Household Remedies

Last updated on April 11th, 2013

Household Remedies

Mold Remover
Borax is a natural mold retardant. If you live in an area where the humidity levels are high, try adding a cupful to your soapy water whenever you are washing a moldy surface.
½ cup borax
½ cup vinegar
1 cup water In a spray bottle
Combine the ingredients and spray generously on moldy surfaces. Wipe clean with a damp sponge.

Clogged Drain
1 cup salt
1 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar
Mix, then pour down the drain. Follow with 2 quarts boiling water.

Glass Cleaner
Pour 1/4 cup distilled vinegar into an unused spray bottle.
Fill the bottle to the top with tap water and shake gently to combine the liquids.

All-Purpose Cleaner I
Mix 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap in a spray bottle.
Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. When the foaming stops, add 2 cups warm water.
Shake gently to combine the ingredients.

All Purpose Cleaner II
1 tsp Borax
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vinegar
1/4 tsp dish washing liquid
2 cups hot water

Clean your eyeglasses with a homemade solution.
Fill an eyedropper with vinegar. Your lenses will be bright with no streaks.

Insect Spray
1 garlic bulb, chopped or ground
1 quart water
1 small onion, chopped or ground
1 tablespoon liquid soap detergent
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
Mix garlic, onion, cayenne pepper and water; add liquid soap detergent. Store in a tightly covered jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Cast Iron Cookware Cleaner
This will loosen burned-on food.
Put salt and vinegar into the cast iron cookware. Boil for about 10 to 15 minutes. After cleaning, coat cookware with grease to recondition and prevent rusting.

1/4 cup chlorine bleach
1 quart warm water
Mix well. Scrub surfaces. Rinse completely.

Poison Ivy Spray
3 pounds salt
2 gallons soapy water
Mix well. Spray the poison ivy with this solution. A few dousings will kill the plant.

Ant Deterrent
Wipe down your countertops, cupboards and any other places where you’ve spotted ants with a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water. Repeat throughout the day to maintain the efficacy.
Why This Works: Two reasons, really: ants hate the smell of vinegar, and it removes the scent trails that they use to get around.

Mice cannot stand the scent of peppermint or peppermint oil. Soak a cotton ball in the oil of peppermint and place it at a suspected entryway. Remove food supply. Add mint plants to the foundation of your house. Place mothballs around – mice will look for other places to live.


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  1. marty 05/28/2013

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