The Environmental Health Center offers the following “safer solutions.”
|For This:||Try This:|
|Ants||Red chili powder at their entrance
|Chrome polish||Apple cider vinegar|
|Dish detergent||1/2 cup baking soda + liquid
|Flies||Well watered bowl of basil|
|Ink spot remover||Cold water +1 tablespoon cream of tarter + 1 tablespoon lemon juice|
|Moth Repellant||Cedar chips enclosed in cotton
|Pet odor removal||Cider vinegar|
|Roach repellant||Chopped bay leaves and cucumber
|Window cleaner||2 tablespoons vinegar in 1
quart warm water
|Air Freshener||Use herbal bouquets, pure vanilla on a cotton ball, or simmer cinnamon and cloves|
|Mold and Mildew||*Bleach|
|Drain Cleaner||1/2 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup vinegar, wait a few minutes, then 2 quarts boiling water; repeat process|
|Rusty bolt/nut Remover||Carbonated beverage|
*Never use chlorine bleach on nylon carpeting.
The article containing the above information (“Making Your Home Environment More Healthy!”) also suggested baking soda as a “Rug/Carpet Cleaner.” NOT a good idea.
There are also grocery store products for pet urine odor control in carpeting that contain baking soda. Again, NOT a good idea.
Reason: First of all, baking soda is not a good overall cleaner for carpeting, because it cannot cut the broad variety of soils that accumulate. It will work on some soils, not on others. Second, the substance is extremely difficult to get out of carpeting. And, once used, when your carpet is cleaned, the baking soda causes pile yarn to become stiff.