- To magnetize tarnish away, soak silver in salted water in an aluminium container; then wipe it clean or soak it in a mix of boiling water, baking soda, salt, and a piece of aluminium foil.
- To prepare a quick dip for silverware, create a mix of 1 litre of luke warm water and a level teaspoon or baking soda and brush with a soft toothbrush.
- To clean metal, gently rub with a paste of baking soda and water.
- Mix equal parts salt and flour with a little vinegar and then rub.
- Rub the item with undiluted vinegar.
- Rub the item with a mix of either lemon juice and salt, or hot vinegar and salt.
- Rub the item with a paste of baking soda and water.
Glass and Mirror Cleaners
- For a no-streak glass cleaner, create a mix of 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 litre of warm water. Mix the ingredients together and apply it with a sponge or pour it into spray bottle and spray on. Wipe it dry with crumpled newspaper instead of paper towels for a lint-free and more environmentally friendly result.
- If you don’t have any corn starch at home you can also create a mix of equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle, ½ lemon juice and 2 cups water in a spray bottle or even just alcohol.
- Do not wash windows or glass when the sun is on them or if they are warm as this causes the solution to dry too quickly creating unwanted streaks.
There are a few natural furniture polish mixes that you can make:
1. Make this natural polish mix fresh every time you use it
- Lemon juice extracted from 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon water
- Mix with oil and water.
- Apply a thin coat on your wood surface and let sit for five minutes.
- Use a soft cloth to buff to a deep shine.
2. You can also mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice. Apply the mixture to your furniture with a soft cloth and wipe it dry.
3. If you have linseed oil at home mix 1/8 cup linseed oil, 1/8 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup lemon juice for a natural wood polish. Apply with a soft cloth.
- Hide wood scratches by rubbing the scratches with the meat of a walnut.
- To remove water stains on wood furniture, dab white toothpaste onto the stain. Allow the paste to dry and then gently buff off with a soft cloth.
For greasy, no-wax floors mix:
- 1 cup vinegar
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil-based liquid soap
- 2 gallons hot water
Combine all the ingredients, stirring well to dissolve the baking soda. Mop your floor as per usual with this mix.
- A pencil eraser removes heel marks from a floor.