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June 2008



Common Household Items You Don’t Need To Buy

Most household items, especially cleaning products, are 90% packaging and advertising. In other words, most of the time you can use common things you have around the house to get the same effect as products you buy at the store! Usually, the home brewed stuff can also be more environmentally friendlier and save you some extra dollars. Here are 7 items and their substitutes you can try making yourself:

1. All Purpose Cleaner
4 tablespoons baking soda
1 quart warm water

Dissolve baking soda in warm water. Apply with a sponge. Rinse with clear water.

2. Drain Cleaner
Drain Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup white vinegar
Boiling water

Pour baking soda down the drain. Add white vinegar and cover the drain, if possible. Let set for 5 minutes. Then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain. (The vinegar and baking soda break down fatty acids into soap and glycerine, allowing the clog to wash down the drain.) Do not use this method if you have used a commercial drain opener and it may still be present in the drain.

3. Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Baking soda
Sprinkle baking soda into the toilet bowl. Add vinegar. Scour with a toilet brush.

4. Glass Cleaner
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap (vegetable-oil based soap recommended)
3 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
2 cups of water
spray bottle

Mix ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle.

5. Fabric softener
1/4C distilled white vinegar

Pour vinegar into the fabric softener dispenser or add manually during the rinse cycle.

6. Furniture Polish
1/4C olive oil
4Tbsp distilled white vinegar
20-30 drops of lemon essential oil

Mix ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Shake before using.

7. Carpet deodorizer
Baking soda

Sprinkle baking soda on carpet, using more in heavily trafficked areas or where pets stay. Vacuum after 20-30 minutes.


Comment from Hakushaku
Posted: June 24, 2008 at 11:06 am

Ummm…..anyone notice a trend here? This entire list is like:

Sun Tan lotion: 1/4 cup of baking soda, mixed with vinegar. tsp of water.

Polio vaccine: 1 cup white vinegar, poured into syringe full of baking soda.

Mustard gas: 1/2 lb of baking soda mixed with vinegar, dash of lime juice.

Volkswagon: Mix 1 ton of baking soda with vinegar, 2 to 1 ratio. Allow to set before driving. Fill fuel tank with white vinegar.

I mean wtf! Is there anything that vinegar and baking soda doesn’t do? I’m starting to think MacGyver was a pussy; he needed like a rubber band, a tuba, and pop-rocks to make his daring escape, when really all you need is vinegar and baking soda and you can build a stealth bomber.

Comment from girlrobot
Posted: June 24, 2008 at 2:05 pm


Comment from Andy @ bloginyourface
Posted: June 24, 2008 at 5:25 pm

HAHAHA! Thanks for the drain unclogger. But I am with Haku…why the hell haven’t we developed a baking soda/electric hybrid car or a vinegar screen T.V. yet?

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