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DIY Household Cleaners

Health and wellness expert Marian Bell shares how to make houshold cleaning products from ingredients you already have on hand. Her set of cleaning substitutions can not only save money but also cut down on the number of chemicals you bring into your home.

Stop buying separate cleaning products for every job in the house! Here are some quick cleasers guaranteed to work. Total cost of ingredients: $5.

Carpet Stains

  • If it's dark stain, like red wine, or if it's been there a while:
    - Don't rub it in!
    - Pour on hydrogen peroxide in a circular motion (about 1/4 cup for a hand-sized stain)
    - Add a little water to dampen the spot
    - Two minutes later, blot with a dry towel
    - Then, gently rough up the tips of the carpet fibers
  • If it's a light stain, like white wine or milk:
    - Follow the same steps as above, using vinegar instead of hydrogen peroxide
Cleaner for a Coffee Pot or French Press
- Pour 3 cups of steaming water into a heat-resistant bowl
- Add 1/4 cup vinegar (use straight from the bottle or boil it on the stove)
- Carefully set the filter screen in the bowl
- Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes
- Use a toothbrush to scrub away the last of the stains

Cleaner for Windows and Mirrors
- Mix equal parts water and vinegar into a spray bottle

Cutting Board Cleaner (Antibacterial Kitchen Soap)
- Squirt a few drops of dish soap into a small bowl (about 1 tbsp)
- Add 1 tsp vinegar
- Mix them together with a rag
- Scrub cutting board; allowing product time to get under the surface; rinse OR
- Scrub the cutting board clean under running water

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