I am having a problem. We just moved into a house where all the counter tops in the kitchen are stainless steel. I can get them shiny for the most part. I have rust spots all over though, like where something wet was set on there or the kids spilled something and didn't clean it up or mention it!
For some time now I've been experimenting with making my own dishwasher powder. I've tinkered with the basic formula, even at one point adding Kool-Aid to it (for the citric acid--it turned out to be a crucial step in figuring the formula out). In further experimentation I've discovered it makes a decent no-scratch scouring powder as well, more like Bon Ami than Comet.
What I've discovered is that it doesn't work as well as some of the commercial detergents; however I have found that it works just as well as the major " green alternative" dishwasher detergents, if not a little better, and at a fraction of the cost. If you don't like scraping your dishes and rinsing them off, you won't like homemade powder; I found you had to be diligent about getting all food particles off your dishes because the dishwasher powder will not do it for you. Of course, many dishwashers require you to do this anyway, but oftentimes people are lazy. Like, uh, me. But this is so much easier on the environment and the pocketbook it's worth taking the time to properly prepare the dishes I've found.
Here, after much experimenting, is the formula for dishwashing powder...
From TNH Reader BrAnDiLeE1026: I work at the local hockey games in town, and for work i have to wear a hockey jersey. Well over the months my jersey got a buildup of hairspray and I cannot get it out! I was wondering if there is anything i can do at home to get it out besides just washing it which did not work.
It has been very humid and rainy here for about 2 weeks now with another week to come. My cellar has started to have a very strong musty smell. I searched for a source, but I can't find one, I think it's just the humidity.
How do I get gasoline smells out of my clothing? I was pumping gas yesterday and afterwards my clothes and shoes smelled like pure gasoline. I let them soak in the washer over night, but the smell is still there.
I am going to clean the rugs in my house with a 'Rug Doctor'. The machine is great but the cleaners are so expensive! Are there any recipes for cleaners I can use in it? I'm guessing maybe something with vinegar or ammonia.