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Pantry Raid II

On the hunt for cleaning products? Look no further than your own pantry, says domestic diva Sara Lynn Cauchon. Her latest surprising solutions are all easy to find, economical and environmentally-friendly.


Vanilla extract as...fridge deodorizer!

Soak a cotton ball in vanilla extract and place it in the fridge to absorb foul odours. Pour a couple drops of vanilla on a damp sponge and use it to wipe down the inside of your fridge.

Salt as...fake-flower cleaner!

Place your fake flowers in a paper bag with a 1/4 cup salt. Give it a good shake to remove dust.

Cooking spray as...plastic container protector!

A neat trick for avoiding ugly orange stains on your plastic containers: Spritz them with cooking spray before you pour in your tomato sauce.

Lemon as...cutting board cleaner!

Give your wooden cutting boards a good scrub with half a lemon. For stains, dip the lemon in table salt and scrub away. Let it sit for twenty minutes or so, then rinse.

Rice as...decanter cleaner

Pour 1/2 cup rice, 1 cup hot water and 1 drop dish soap into a vase and swish it around. The rice acts like an abrasive to scrub the inside.

Vodka as...fabric freshener!

Fill a spray bottle with half vodka and half water. Spritz it on your upholstery and drapery to refresh them. The vodka kills the bacteria that cause odours, and the smell dissipates quickly. (Be sure to spot-test first.)

Dish gloves as...pet-hair remover.

If you're in a pinch, wet a dish glove and rub it over your upholstered furniture to remove pet fur.


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