Alternative Cleaning Solutions
for Household Items
Toria’s Housekeeping Portland 503.353.795 Vancouver 866.353.7950
For more effective dishwashing, add a few tablespoons of vinegar along with the dishwashing
detergent when washing dishes. The vinegar cuts the grease and leaves dishes sparkling.
To clean up spills in your oven, sprinkle the spills immediately with salt. When the oven has
cooled, brush away the burnt-on food with a damp sponge.
To disinfect smelly sponges, wash sponge thoroughly, then microwave it while it is wet, for a
short period. When you see steam from the sponge, the bacteria in the sponge will be dead.
Remove carefully it will be hot! Wash the sponge thoroughly before use.
To whiten an old stained sink, poor a half cup of salt in it and then scrub it with a lemon. Let it
stand for a few minutes and rinse.
To remove skid marks on linoleum rub the spot with toothpaste before washing the floor.
To keep your plastic containers from getting stained from tomato-based foods, rub the inside
with vegetable oil before placing the food in the container.
Odor producing mold and bacteria in garbage cans: sprinkle 1/2 cup Borax in the bottom of the
Cleaning coffee maker: Pour straight vinegar into it as if you are making the coffee, no filter is
need. Turn coffee maker on as if you were making a pot of coffee. Repeat this with a new batch
of vinegar until it runs clear of calcium deposits.
Garbage Disposal: If you've got a lemon that's a little past its prime, cut it in quarters and run it
through your sink disposal to freshen your drain.
Shower curtains can be renovated by being washed, on gentle cycle, with a pint of white
To clean tubs and showers use a product that contains phosphoric acid, there is no scrubbing
Buildup on shower doors: Wipe with lemon oil. Removes buildup and keeps doors protected
longer from future buildup.
Removing mildew from shower