Drain cleaner: Pour 1/4 cup baking soda into drain followed by 1/2 cup vinegar. Close drain until it stops fizzing, then flush with 2 quarts boiling water.
Tub, sink and tile cleaner: In a bowl mix 1/2 cup baking soda and 2-3 Tbsp. liquid soap. Use sponge or micro fiber cloth to apply and scrub surfaces. Rinse with water.
Floor cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1 gallon hot water. Add 1 Tbsp. liquid soap.
Oven cleaner: Make a paste of baking soda and hot water. Sponge onto stains and wipe clean.
Refrigerator freshener: An open box of baking soda in the refrigerator will help keep it smelling fresh.
Fabric stain cleaner: In a small bowl dissolve 1/4 tsp. baking soda in 2 Tbsp. water. Soak the stained part of the clothing in the liquid. Rub the stain gently. Repeat if needed. Will remove blood, lipstick, make-up stains and more. Club soda works also and can be found in liquor stores. It’s a quick emergency cleaning treatment when traveling.
Shoe polish: Use inside of banana peel to clean leather shoes, then buff – another great traveling tip.
Garbage disposal freshener: Grind lemon peel and ice cubes in the disposal.
Furniture polish: Use a soft cloth and wipe with a dab of mayonnaise. Or mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice. Apply with soft cloth and wipe dry.
Bug spray: Blend several hot peppers (or 2 tsp. ground red pepper) with 4 oz. of water. Filter through cheesecloth or paper coffee filter and transfer to a spray bottle. Add 1 tsp. detergent. Shake well. Spray around affected areas.
Air Freshener: Mix small amount of clove, cinnamon and orange peel in a pan with water. Heat and simmer. Crushed Rosemary or other herbs also spread a pleasant fragrance