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Getting Back to Basics, Remedies

April 23, 2011, by Ken Jorgustin

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Before the days of endless availability of products and high-tech remedies for things like cleaning, laundry, pest control and others, people had to make do with the materials that they had on hand. They were able to accomplish the same tasks that we deal with today, while using only a handful of basic supplies, some ingenuity, and elbow grease.

The way-of-life for generations before us was one of commonsense, practicality, frugality, and simplicity.

More and more people are longing for the simplicity of the ways of old – when things were less complicated, less wasteful, and healthier in many ways.

Rediscovering the tools and practices of generations gone by – letting nothing go to waste, finding new uses for basic supplies and used items, are all very valuable knowledge and skills for a post-collapse world, or even a modern world where you choose to live a frugal way of life.

Survivalists and preparedness minded folks are often learning and practicing these lost remedies, all of which will prepare you for living well, when the products of today are not readily available. Should be needless to say, but it will also save you a fair amount of money – today.

You may be surprised how good a job can be done with basic and inexpensive supplies. Modern day marketing has brainwashed most into thinking that the only solution to cleaning windows, toilets, floors, etc.. are the products tailor-made for these tasks by the handful of corporate conglomerate giants that place them on your store shelves. Same is true with most other products. Don’t be fooled.

For example, here are a few inexpensive remedies that you could try for yourself.



How to get rid of the soap scum buildup on the sides of your bathtub

Mix 1 part baby oil, or generic, in 4 parts water
Pour the solution into a spray bottle
(Tip: save old spray bottles from used up commercial products, just clean them first)
Spray the sides of the tub
Wait 5 minutes
Wipe clean with a damp cloth

Careful, this will leave the bottom of the tub a bit slippery.
A sponge soaked in white vinegar will wipe away the slick.



How to make your own window cleaner solution

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
2 tablespoons ammonia
1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid (not antibacterial, which will streak)
Pour the solution into a spray bottle
(Tip: save old spray bottles from used up commercial products, just clean them first)

Alternate window cleaning solution for touch-up

1 cup water
2 tablespoons vinegar
Pour the solution into a spray bottle
(Tip: save old spray bottles from used up commercial products, just clean them first)



You will find lots of remedies online. If you start thinking in terms of using your own mix of general purpose cleaning solutions, you will save yourself money and open your mind to a new way of thinking. Give it a try.

Here’s a previous article about the many benefits of Borax



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