Household Chemicals: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

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Chemical-based cleaners can be a big help with cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in your home. If used improperly, household chemicals can be dangerous. Below are articles about many common cleaners and how to use them safely.  Click on the titles to read the entire articles.


Household chemicals can be dangerous if used incorrectly wants you to keep your home clean and more importantly safe

How to Use Chlorine Bleach Safely

Chlorine bleach aka sodium hypochlorite is a powerful disinfectant and is one of only a few widely available, inexpensive sanitizing agents.

How to Use Rubbing Alcohol Safely

Rubbing alcohol is frequently recommended by frugal and green bloggers for use as a household cleaner.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Oxygen Bleach

As a regular consumer you most likely will find oxygen bleach in the following forms: ultra, concentrated, and as an added ingredient to things like laundry detergent, and liquid.

Is Synthetic or Distilled Vinegar the Same as Cider Vinegar for Cleaning?

Please remember that creating your own cleaning solutions is a great way to save money, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

Is Vinegar a Safe Alternative for Chlorine Bleach?

Vinegar is the byproduct of ethanol fermentation. Basically, a specific kind of bacteria -genus Acetobacter metabolize (think of it as their equivalent of eating) alcohol and produce acetic acid as their waste. You’re just craving some french fries with malt vinegar, now aren’t you?

Is Vinegar a Good Dishwasher Rinse Aid

White vinegar seems as though it would be more environmentally friendly and less expensive than the commercial dishwasher rinse aid products. Is this true?

Use Caution with Homemade Cleaning Solutions and NEVER Mix Bleach and Vinegar

While double checking my research I was stunned by how many frugal websites recommend a homemade cleaning mixture that contains both bleach and vinegar in the recipe.

How to Use Bar Keepers Friend

Here’s a list of seven places in your home to try out Bar Keepers Friend. One would think the fine folks behind Bar Keeper’s Friend would be banging down our door to sponsor us. 🙂

How to Dispose of Cooking Grease

In which Heather answers the question: “I am perplexed.  I have never had a good answer to the question: how should I dispose of cooking grease (that is, grease from hamburger, bacon, etc.)?”

What is Sodium Percarbonate

Sodium percarbonate is replacing sodium perborate in many laundry products due to its more environmentally friendly characteristics.

Where to Find Borax and Washing Soda

Borax can be difficult to find because it’s not as marketing heavy as your other cleaning products. Washing soda can be even harder to find.

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5 thoughts on “Household Chemicals: A Home-Ec 101 Guide”

  1. I really like your approach to helping others keep their lives running in some reasonable order. I hope to pass along your website info to my you neighbor who seems to be just keeping her head above water and feels overwhelmed. She and her husband are the ages of my sons so I’m sort of a mom/friend figure for her. Her 2 children call me grammie.

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  2. Hi
    I love the page you do and the time for you to help people is awesome !
    I have a question is there a way to make carpet cleaner for in a carpet machine ? I have 5 cats and I have alot of messes :/

    Thank you in advance !

  3. Earlier I posted question on having used powerful drain cleaner in the plug hole of my acrylic bath I was left with large white patch on the acrylic and asked if the bath was permanently damaged.
    However, I have managed to get it off by laboriously scrubbing with toothpaste and toothbrush.
    (This also works on car headlamp perspex when gets hazy).

  4. Hi,
    Is there a particular natural preservative you would recommend for using in homemade cleaning products to extend the shelf life?


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