Posts Tagged ‘Common Household Chemicals’

Can I Mix [cleaning product] with Bleach

Dear Home Ec 101, I love your site! Love the 50’s look! I want to mop with bleach once a month to help keep our grout white, but mopping with bleach and water does not seem to clean the floor well. Your site came up when I googled which cleaners/soaps can safely be mixed with…

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How to Remove Hard Water Stains in a Kettle

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a Corningware tea pot that has hard water stains from too many times boiling dry. A friend suggested straight bleach and bringing it to a boil, removing it from the burner and letting it set overnight. No luck. Suggestions? Does sodium hypochlorite break down at a certain temperature? Can’t find…

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How to Use Bleach Safely

Heather says: I received a concerning email, yesterday, that made me realize it was time to send this post out again as a reminder. This is the first in our series on household chemicals. Over the past few years, I have gotten the impression that many people are using chlorine bleach in an unsafe manner. Chlorine…

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Household Chemicals: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

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.   How to Use Chlorine Bleach Safely Chlorine bleach aka…

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Oxygen Bleach an Introduction

Heather says: Welcome to the another installment of the series on Common Household Chemicals. I think I was a kid when Billy Mays first showed up on my radar. He pitched Oxyclean late into the night and I’d sit there fascinated watching the red swirl away and magically disappear. Oxyclean is just a brand name for…

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How to Use Rubbing Alcohol Safely

Heather says: This is another post in the series on household chemicals. Rubbing alcohol is frequently recommended by frugal and green bloggers for use as household cleaner, and needs to be used with care. Rubbing alcohol is a general term that most often refers to isopropanol, but can also refer to ethanol. It is very…

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