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Recipes to clean sinks, countertops, unclog drains and more.

All Purpose Kitchen Cleaner
Recipe 1
Add1 cup of water to 1 cup of vinegar to clean most surfaces in the kitchen. Never use on Marble, Corian or Garanite however. Save leftovers in a container for later use.
Recipe 2
You can also make an all purpose cleaner for the kitchen by adding a couple of teaspoons of baking soda with water and using in a spray bottle.
Save the leftovers for later use. Just shake before using.

Antibacterial Spray
Fill a spray bottle with Listerine or a generic antibacterial mouthwash and spray kitchen work spaces with it. Then wipe clean for a germ free cutting board etc.

Cleaning Copper Bottomed Cooking Pans
Use lemon juice or use a fresh lemon and rub on the bottom of the pan. Let the lemon juice sit for awhile and then wipe off.

Clogged Drains - Grease
Pour a cup of baking soda, followed by a cup of hot salt water down the drain. Follow this with a panful of hot water. This should open your drain


Clean copper pan bottoms and other copper items in the kitchen by just rubbing ketchup on it. The copper will be shiny and bright again.

Dishwasher Detergent
1 part Borax (like 20 Muleteam, available in Laundry supply department)
1 part Baking Soda

Mix it all up and put it in a container. It works great, and doesn't scratch  glasses. Use about 2 tablespoon per load.
Use vinegar in the rinse dispenser.

Garbage Disposals
For odors in the garbage disposal, just a run a lemon rind through and it will freshen it right up.

Greasy Messes
Use vinegar.

Kitchen Sinks
Just use baking soda instead of scouring powder.
On stainless steel sinks, I've used just a small amount of the home made liquid laundry detergent that is posted on the site and it has made the sinks just shine.

Pots and Pans

If you've burnt food in your stainless steel pan, soak it overnight with a mixture of half vinegar and half water. In the morning it should scour right off. If the black burned food it really thick and it all doesn't come off, repeat the procedure. 

Get rid of odors in the refridgerator by keeping a box of baking soda in it.

Scouring Powder
Use baking soda and make a fine paste to remove hard to remove kitchen crud.

Stainless Steel Appliances
These seem to always streak after cleaning. Use baby oil and cloth to get rid of the streaks.

Boil a mixture of water and vinegar and then just scrub away the grime.