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The New Year, A Fresh Start

The New Year, A Fresh Start

With the New Year comes resolutions and goal setting, out with the old and in with the new.  Many of us enjoy a good sprucing up around the house too, after the Christmas decorations come down and we prepare for a fresh start.  Some of our specialty items need a little extra care, when it comes to cleaning and touching up.  It’s also a great idea to clean up your cleaning products…Although non-toxic, ‘safe’ household cleaners are becoming more and more readily available and easy to find; there are several good old homemade substitutions you can easily make yourself. These natural alternatives are not only healthier but environmentally friendly as well…not to mention extremely inexpensive compared to commercial cleaners.We’ve got a few solutions for your to help your home start of the year feeling clean and fresh.



2 Cups of Water
1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice
2 Teaspoons of Borax



Image from Kitchen Traditions of Colorado

Kitchen Cleaners

Garbage Disposal: Grind the skins of lemons, oranges and limes in the disposal along with ice cubes.

{The ice will sharpen the blades}

Dishwasher Soap:
1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup of Washing Soda1/2 Cup Citric Acid Powder
1/2 Cup Kosher Salt

Dishwasher Rinsing Agent:
Fill with Plain White Vinegar

Scouring Powder:
Baking Soda or Table Salt can be used as an alternative to chlorine scouring powders. Sprinkle on sponge or surface and scour.



Image from Waterworks

Bathroom Cleaners

Bath Mold or Mildew:
Mix One Part Hydrogen Peroxide with Two Parts Water
Spray on – Wait one hour before rinsing

Tub and Tile Cleaner:
Make a paste of baking soda and water
Allow to stand for 10-15 minutes

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
Mix 1/4 Cup of Baking Soda and 1 Cup of Vinegar
Pour into basin and let sit – scrub with a brush and rinse

Please 1/2 cup of undiluted vinegar into a food storage bag and secure to the showerhead with a rubber band – let sit over night, rinse.



Image from Porcelanosa

Floor Cleaners

Vinyl and Linoleum:
1 Cup of Vinegar
Few Drops of Baby Oil
1 Gallon of Warm Water

Brick and Stone Tiles:
1 Cup of White Vinegar
1 Gallon of Water
Rinse with clear water

Carpet Stain Cleaner:
Mix 1/4 Cup of Salt, 1/4 Cup of Borax, 1/4 Cup of Vinegar
Rub into carpet – leave for a few hours – vacuum

Carpet Deodorizer:
Sprinkle Baking Soda on carpets and let sit one hour prior to vacuuming




Sunburst Mirror from Century Designer Showroom

Metal Polishers

Line a pan with aluminum foil and fill with water. Add a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Immerse silver and poilsh with a soft cloth.

Stainless Steel
Clean with a cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar

Polish with baby oil or vinegar

Clean with a solution of Cream of Tarter and Water using a soft cloth

Apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots

Clean with Toothpaste or a paste mix of salt, vinegar and flour

Brass or Bronze
Polish with a soft cloth dipped in equal parts of lemon juice and baking soda or Apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots



Image of Hickory Chair products from Hoff Miller, Ltd.

Specialty Cleaning

Furniture Polish
Mix 2 Teaspoons of Olive Oil and 2 Teaspoons of Lemon Juice -Apply with a soft cloth

Varnished Wood Polish
Add a few drops of Lemon Oil to 1/2 Cup of Warm Water. Spray onto soft cloth – wipe and finish by wiping with a soft dry cotton cloth.

Water Rings on Wood
Apply toothpaste or mayonnaise with a soft damp cloth and rub into ring.

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