Thursday, September 22, 2011

Recipes from Pat, poet and writer

Most of you know I have chemical sensitivity which means I can't use products with petro-chemicals or fragrances. Pat Daharsh , a regular reader and an award winning poet and writer, sent me a long list of non-chemical cleaning recipes and uses for simple safe items we have in our kitchens. I am sharing a few here today. Some of you might have tried these already. I plan to print this list and keep it handy. If you have tried one of these, let us know

Hair Dryer as Sticker Remover - A little hot air quickly loosens price labels—with zero fingernail-chipping frustration.

Mustard Powder as Jar Deodorizer - Deodorize smelly glass jars by washing them with a mixture of one teaspoon powdered mustard and one quart warm water.

Onion as Basement Deodorizer - Clear the air in a dank basement. Cut an onion in half, place it on a plate, and leave it out overnight. Once the initial salad-bar aroma dissipates, you'll have a fresh (non-oniony) atmosphere.

Rubber Glove as Pet Hair Remover - Put on a damp rubber dishwashing glove and run your hand over hair-covered upholstery—the hair will cling to the glove, not the sofa. Rinse off the glove in the sink (with the drain catcher in place, of course).

Vanilla as Freezer Freshener - Trade frostbite funk for a more pleasing freezer scent and wipe the inside of the icebox with an extract-dampened cotton pad.

Vinegar as Garbage Disposal Deodorizer - Deodorize a garbage disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal. After grinding, run cold water through the drain.

Coffee Filter as Screen Cleaner - For lint-free viewing, grab a coffee filter to wipe down dusty and staticky computer monitors and TV screens regularly.

Club Soda as Stainless Steel Polisher - Shine stainless-steel cookware and fixtures. Buff scuffs with a soda-dampened cloth, then wipe dry.

Coffee Filter as Mirror Cleaner - Get a streak–free shine by using a coffee filter to buff a mirror or window.

White Bread as Painting Cleaner - To clean an oil painting, softly rub a piece of white bread over it to remove dust or dirt.


Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

So THAT'S what you should do with white bread (smile), which I've banned from my kitchen. Great tips Glenda and thanks Pat. You gals are great.

Glenda said...

Yes, Sam, that is a good use of white bread, isn't it? I need to clean some of my old paintings and now I know an easy way.
Thanks for stopping in.