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To remove hard water buildup in most drip-type coffeemakers, run full-strength household vinegar (white or apple cider) through a normal brew cycle, then carefully pour the hot vinegar back in the water reservoir and let it set for 20 minutes, or longer, to break up the mineral deposits. Then run a couple of cycles with just plain water.

To get rid of most fresh deodorant and antiperspirant stains on washable fabrics, rub the areas with undiluted white vinegar, let set for 5 minutes, so the vinegar can work, then launder as you normally do and use the hottest water appropriate for the fabric. Let air dry, don't put in the dryer and retreat if needed.

This homemade mixture will help to keep drains fresh, but WON’T unclog them. Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain and follow with 1 to 2 cups of warm vinegar. After a minute or so, let hot water flow down the drain for a good minute or two. Then flush out the drain with a lot of cold tap water. NOTE: When you add the vinegar, the mixture will fizz and foam up; this action helps to clean out the drains. CAUTION: Don’t let the mixture sit in the drain overnight.

Has hard water built up on drinking glasses? To take it off, try soaking the glasses in hot (not boiling) household vinegar for 30 to 60 minutes, then scrub with a nylon net scrubby. NOTE: If this doesn’t work, the glasses are probably permanently etched, and unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done.WINDOW CLEANER
To make clean windows or mirrors sparkle, add 2 cups of vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray liberally over the window or mirror. Dry with crumpled newspaper for a streak-free window or mirror. You can make the vinegar/water cleaner stronger, if needed.

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Clean and deodorize your butcher block by first wetting it, then sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a kitchen brush and rinse well. Lightly oil butcher block with mineral oil—not vegetable oil. I let ours set overnight. I reapply a thin coat of oil every so often, and then wipe off with a paper towel. I do this when the wood starts to look dry.

Carpets need deodorizing? Put baking soda in a clean spice container, or clean plastic Parmesan cheese container with a shaker top, and lightly sprinkle it all over the carpet. Leave on for at least 30 minutes and then vacuum. If you want a spicy carpet deodorizer, add a little cinnamon spice to a shaker filled _ full with baking soda. Sprinkle on the carpet, let sit for a bit and then vacuum. CAUTION: The dark-colored spices could stain, so don’t use on white or light colored carpeting.

Fiberglass shower looks dull? To make it shine, wash with a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of water or pour baking soda on a damp sponge for scrubbing action. Do not use abrasive cleaners on fiberglass. This also works on porcelain sinks and tubs, and it won't scratch!

Make a mild facial scrub by mixing 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or if you have dry or sensitive skin, put about a teaspoon of baking soda in your hand, pour in a little sweet oil, castor oil or mineral oil and mix together. After washing your face, apply the baking soda mixture and gently scrub in small circles to remove dead skin. Rinse well and moisturize. I do this 1 to 2 times a month.

If your plastic shower curtain or liner is slimy with mildew, just put it in the washing machine with the regular amount of detergent, along with 1 cup of baking soda and several bath towels. Use the highest water level and add 3 to 4 cups of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Pop in the dryer for only a few minutes on low heat.

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