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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hilltop Enrichment
1935: Use it up; wear it out; make it do-or do without.
2009: Reduce, reuse, recycle.

A recent Enrichment Meeting in Hilltop Ward taught the sisters the principle of value. Several mini classes were present to encourage thrifty living.

Roxann Hokanson taught the sisters how to make their own cleaners
using three everyday ingredients:

Vinegar (deodorizes; dissolves mineral deposits and grease; removes soap traces, mildew and wax, polishes brass, chrome, copper, pewter and stainless steel; cleans brick and stone, removes decals and stickers; removes water spots on leather.)

baking soda (neutralizes acid; scrubs shiny materials without scratching; deodorizes refrigerators, carpets, upholstery, vinyl and drains; extinguishes grease fires; and cleans and polishes aluminum, chrome, jewelry, plastic porcelain, silver, stainless steel and tin.

and borax (removes dirt, soil and mold. Performs as well as commercial cleaners in cleaning dirt and soil and removing mold from walls. Works well on tough jobs that
baking soda may leave half-done.) Borax is sold in the laundry soap
section as a laundry booster.

Glass Cleaner

Mix 1/8 cup white vinegar and 1 cup water. Spray on glass and wipe off.

Tub and Tile Cleaner

Mix 1/3 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup Borax and 1 teaspoon liquid soap with enough water to make a paste. Scrub on and rinse well.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar. Let soak for at least 30 minutes; then scrub with toilet brush.


Put 1/4 cup borax in toilet bowl and let lit for at least 30 minutes. Swish with a toilet brush and then scrub.

Toilet Bowl Mineral Buildup

Turn off water intake to tank and flush to mostly empty toilet bowl. Pour in white vinegar and leave for a couple hours. Buildup should brush right off.

Scouring Powder

Mix 1 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup white vinegar. Scrub onto surface with a wet sponge. Let stand a few minutes. Rinse.

Mold and Mildew

Mix 1 teaspoon borax, 3 tablespoons white vinegar and 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on, let sit, scrub then rinse.

Drain Opener

Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain and follow with 1/2 cup vinegar. Cover and let sit at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water.

Thank you, Hilltop, for some interesting and cost-saving information!

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