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Winter 2008 (Vol 5, Issue 1)

CAUTION: Do not use bleach with ammonia formulas!

Mildew Formula
1 oz. powdered laundry detergent
3 oz. tri/sodium phosphate
1 qt. bleach
3 qts. water Window Formula
1/2 cup ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar
1 Tbls. cornstarch
1 gal. water
*used balled newspaper

Wall Formula
1/2 cup ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup washing soda
1 gal. water

Hardwood Floor Formula
1 cup Ivory Flakes
1/2 cup bleach
1 gal. warm water

Upholstery Stains (old stains)
1/2 cup powdered laundry detergent
1/4 cup vinegar
warm water

Whiten Whites / Brighten Polyesters
2 cups electric dishwashing detergent
cold water
Soak overnight; was as usual

Commercial Spot Remover
2 parts water
1 part rubbing alcohol
Put into mist spray bottle; use for clothing

Frost Prevention
Rub inside window with rubbing alcohol; wipe with newspaper.

Fabric Softener
1 cup ammonia to washing cycle along with detergent.

Clogged Drains
1 cup salt
1 cup baking soda
1 cup boiling water
*Do not use with garbage disposalOr try3 cups boiled vinegar into drain.
Flush with water.
OK to use with garbage disposals.

Homemade Pre-Wash
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup liquid detergent
1/3 cup ammonia
Mix well and put in empty spray bottle.

Carpet Stain Formula
1/2 cup powdered laundry detergent
1/2 cup vinegar

Urine Spot Remover for Carpets

  1. Blot up urine with paper towel.

  2. Apply carpet stain formula (above); blot.

  3. Pour on club soda; blot.

  4. Mist/spray with vinegar.

  5. Layer paper towels; place a heavy object on top to pull out moisture.

Mildew Prevention
1/2 cup salt into wash cycle to cut down possible mildew.

Baby Formula Remover
1/4 cup bleach
1 cup dishwashing detergent
1 gal. water
Soak overnight; wash as usual.

Spot Remover

  1. Flush with club soda

  2. Mix together 2 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol

  3. Mist/spray spot with above and wipe off.

CAUTION: Do not use bleach with ammonia formulas!

If you have suggestions for article topics or have specific questions, please e-mail Jane Conroy, Extension Educator.

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