Getting to Know Your Ingredients, D-F

Denture Cream:

Denture cream is normally a cleaning paste for your dental prosthetics, which can be purchased in a pharmacy or the pharmacy section of any good department store. In housekeeping, it can be used as an in-a-pinch cleaning paste to get mould or mildew off of tile and grout.

Deodorant Spray (Body):

Deodorant Body Spray is like a lighter version of perfume or cologne, and it can be bought fairly cheaply in a pharmacy or the pharmaceutical section of any good department store. If you are in a pinch, and find yourself without a room deodorizer when you need one, body spray can be used in place of a room spray.

Egg White:

Egg white can be separated from the rest of the egg, or it can be purchased on its own in cartons. For the purposes of housekeeping, it’s best to separate it from the rest of the egg, to ensure that there are no added preservatives or other chemicals. Egg white can be used to help loosen up chewing gum from clothing, by rubbing some on the clothing before you put it through a wash cycle.

Extracts:

Lemon:

Lemon baking extract, whether natural or synthetic, can be found in the baking section of any grocery store. It’s typically used to make a cleaning solution smell nicer.

Vanilla:

Like lemon extract, vanilla baking extract is usually used as a way to make your natural cleaning solutions smell nice. It can also be safely mixed in with latex house-paint to cut down on the paint smell.

Fabric Softener:

Aside from using eco-friendly fabric softener in your dryer in the conventional way, you can use it in more frugal ways… in the dryer in smaller portions, as well as part of a linen refreshing spray.

Flour:

Flour can sometimes be substituted for cornstarch in moisture-absorbing solutions for the damp areas of your home. In this capacity, flour is effective in preventing mild and mould from growing in these areas.

Fruit:

Lemon:

The leftover rind of a lemon makes an excellent “disposable” scrubber that can be used on anything from everyday dishes to rusty surfaces, especially when paired with salt. The naturally astringent quality of this fruit makes it an excellent and pleasant smelling cleanser for counter tops and appliances. Cut lemons can also be used to help remove stains on surfaces that can tolerate food acids (such as cutting boards and kitchen counter-tops).

Lime:

As with the lemon, the leftover rind of a lime also makes an excellent “disposable” scrubber that can be used on anything from dishes to rusty surfaces, especially when paired with salt. A cut lime can used to deodorize kitchen surfaces that can tolerate food acids (such as cutting boards and counter-tops).

Orange:

Oranges, or other citrus fruits, are a generally inoffensive and subtle way to make your home smell nice. The naturally astringent quality of this fruit (unsweetened) makes it an excellent and pleasant smelling cleanser for counter tops and appliances. The peel of the orange can also be used as an additional ingredient in simmering potpourri.

Rhubarb:

Rhubarb can be a little hard to come by when it is not in season, but when it is in season you can often buy it at any good grocery store, green grocers or farm stand. Rhubarb can be used to clean your aluminum cookware by basically “stewing” it in a pot with water and the implement you wish to clean.