I’m always trying to find alternative ways to clean, keep bugs away or even remove stains.

Here are 9 alternatives to using hazardous chemicals.

Ants: Do you have ants in your kitchen? Find out where they are coming in and sprinkle chili powder at the entry.


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Do you have insects on your plants? Try spraying soapy water on the leaves and then rinsing.

Mildew on the shower celling? Mix equal parts of vinegar and salt. Use that to wipe away the mildew.

Oven cleaner: Mix 2 Tbsp liquid soap and 2 tsp borax with warm water.

Paint Brush Softener: Use hot vinegar to soften your paintbrush.

Rusty bolt or nut removal: Use some carbonated beverage.

Brass Polish: Use Worcestershire Sauce!

Coffee Pot Stain? Use vinegar. Vinegar can also be used to clean out your coffee pot.frugal tips, prudent pantry, prudent living

Need to remove a decal? Soak in white vinegar.

These are just a few ideas. No need to use harsh chemicals when you have a problem to solve. What are your home remedies?

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7 comments on “Frugal Tips: 9 Alternatives to Hazardous Chemicals

Katy SkipTheBag on July 14, 2017 3:07 am

I’m pretty sure I said, “who knew?!” after all of these but the first two. Thanks for some great tips I’ll have to try sometime. Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday blog hop!

Rosie (@greenrosielife) on July 14, 2017 7:38 am

Ah ha – I knew a few of these but now I have more ideas for no chemical . Thank you! #WasteLessWednesday

Rosie (@greenrosielife) on July 14, 2017 7:41 am

….no chemical cleaning!

'Becca @ The Earthling's Handbook on July 19, 2017 5:13 pm

That ant repellent is a good idea only if you tend to wear shoes in the kitchen. I go barefoot a lot, and when we sprinkled chili powder, it got in between my toes and caused quite a burning sensation! Another way to get rid of ants is diatomaceous earth–it has drastically reduced my encounters with horrible centipedes in my home. I don’t mind ants much, as long as they aren’t a really large crowd.

Nancy Wolff on July 19, 2017 7:02 pm

Never thought about using diatomaceous earth for ants although I use it in the garden! Thanks!

Marla on July 19, 2017 6:08 pm

Great ideas! I never heard the one about using Worchester sauce for brass polish. I will have to try that. Thanks for all your tips. Congratulations on being featured on #WasteLessWednesday Pinning and tweeted. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day.

Nancy Wolff on July 19, 2017 7:01 pm

Thanks for stopping by, I’m all for less chemicals! 🙂

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