Getting to Know Your Ingredients, G-I

Glue (White):

White glue can be bought in the school supply section of any department store, or at any arts and crafts supply store. When you have a crack in your plaster walls or ceilings, white glue can be used, together with baking soda, to make a temporary repair paste until you can get a more permanent solution.

Grass Clippings:

In the warm months, those who are not allergic to grass can use their fresh grass clippings in the same way as damp bran, when sweeping the floor. Aside from adding a pleasant scent to the chore, the grass essentially makes the task easier by weighing down the dust and lint.

Herbs (Fragrant):

Fragrant herbs, aside from being used “as is” to provide a nice scent to any area of your home, may also be used as an ingredient in dry carpet deodorizing solutions.


Houseplants don’t exactly have a function in housekeeping in the conventional sense, but they are still a nice way to improve the quality of air in your home. They are often inexpensive, and can be a nice addition to your décor.

Hydrogen Peroxide:

Although it’s mainly used in health and beauty care, peroxide is one of those nifty household items that can be used anywhere that white vinegar can, without the smell. In its undiluted state, when applied with a medium- bristled scrub brush, peroxide is better for removing and killing surface moulds than the more traditional chlorine bleach (contrary to popular thought, chlorine bleach does not actually kill the spores that grow under the surface).

Ice Cubes:

Ice cubes are a “must”, when you need to get gum off of clothing, which they do by freezing it solid. They also help with fluffing up a crushed area in your carpet or rug, when rubbed into it.