7 Unusual cleaning products

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PETROLEUM JELLY: Makes a great polish and restorer for dull wood furniture. Massage it in, let it sit an hour or so and then buff really well.

ASPIRIN: Drop as aspirin in a vase of flowers to keep the flowers fresh longer. Soak underarm stains with a solution of 1 cup warm water and 8 to 10 aspirin tablets. Let soak for 30 minutes and then launder as usual. Best for light stains.

PEROXIDE: Remove stains from counters with a paste of cream of tartar and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Rub into stain, let sit for 15 to 30 minutes and then rinse and dry. Spray a solution of 50 percent hydrogen peroxide and 50percent water on stains on white or light colored clothes to remove stains. On colors, test in a small area first. Once stain is removed launder as usual.

ALCOHOL: Mix 50 percent rubbing alcohol with 50 percent water in a spray bottle for a great window cleaner. Simply spray and wipe.

MEAT TENDERIZER: Mix into a paste with cool water and apply to protein based stains such as meat juice, blood, milk, egg, yogurt etc. on any color clothes. Let sit until stain is dissolved, then launder as usual.

WHITE VINEGAR: Just the thing to remove hard water and soap scum. Warm it and spray on shower walls. Let sit 15 minutes or so and then work in Borax with a scrubbing sponge. Rinse and wipe dry.

TOOTHPASTE: Old fashioned non-gel toothpaste is a wonderful polish for silver and also removes marks from hard floors and counters. It is also great for cleaning black marks off of leather athletic shoes. Work in and rinse off.

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