Sometimes the most basic formulas are the most effective when it comes to cleaning. Case in point: All of these DIY cleaners are made out of only two (yes, two!) ingredients — and you probably have every one of them in your pantry right now.
The next time your elbow grease isn't enough to scrub off baked-on food, on top of your dish detergent to pump up your cleaner and add more friction to your scrubbing situation.
If your copper item is looking tarnished, squirt some ketchup on a rag, then sprinkle salt on top. on your item and repeat until you've covered every inch of the surface. Rinse it off and you'll be left with a shiny new surface.
This cleaner is safe to use on even . Just combine lemon juice and salt and apply the mixture to your stain, then let it sit for half an hour. Rinse the item with vinegar and warm water and toss it into the wash as usual.
Combine in a bowl, soak the jewelry for five minutes, then use a soft toothbrush or cloth to scrub out any stubborn grime. The bubbles in the seltzer will loosen dirt, while the soap revives serious shine.
Clear a by pouring 1/2 cup of baking soda down it, followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar. It'll have the same effect as your DIY science fair volcanoes in elementary school, so cover it with a wet cloth and wait five minutes before you flush it out with hot water.
When combined with liquid detergent, baking soda helps balance the pH levels of your clothes to help get them cleaner. So the next time your clothing looks dingy, add a to your load before running the washer.
Those left after forgetting to use a coaster can be buffed out quickly with a half-and-half mixture of baking soda and toothpaste. Use a damp cloth to gently rub the formula into the mark, continue until the ring is gone, then wipe clean.
Add three drops of dish soap to a bowl of vinegar to in your home that are impossible to get rid of. The detergent will cut surface tension, so the flies will sink and drown. Just toss the cup once your home is fruit fly-free.