Northern California ACE Stores Feature Scrigit Scraper

Scrigits in Paradise (Northern California Version)

A group of ACE Hardware stores in Northern California are including the pen-shaped non-scratch Scrigit™ Scraper cleaning tool in their print and online advertising this weekend (August 10-13) as part of ACE Hardware’s 5,000 store celebration. The stores are locally owned singularly or in small groups. The stores are supported by an organization called NorCal that provides advertising and other services.

Thomas Ace Hardware in Paradise, California now carries Scrigit Scrapers and has been providing hardware and other merchandise along with superior customer service since 1927. Family owned since 1908, Sacramento’s Emigh “Call me Amy” ACE Hardware has been developing a lot of Scrigit Scraper fans since 2016.Emigh Hardware store - Northern California

Other Northern California stores that carry Scrigit Scrapers include: Arnold ACE Home Center, Capitol Ace Hardware in Sacramento, Carmichael ACE Hardware, Corning ACE Hardware, Garrett ACE Hardware in Winsor and Healdsburg, Granite Bay ACE Hardware, Greenhaven ACE Hardware in Sacramento, Guerneville Fulton ACE in Santa Rosa, Harshbarger ACE in Gridley, McCoy’s Farm & Ranch Supply in Corning, Orland ACE Hardware, Pacific ACE in Vacaville and Winters, Roseville ACE Hardware, Schemper’s ACE in Ripon, Sender’s Market in Mountain Ranch, Sender’s ACE Hardware in Valley Springs, Suison ACE Hardware, and Van’s ACE Hardware in Tracy.NorCal Ace ad in Northern California

The Scrigit Scraper is a versatile pen-shaped cleaning tool that provides a safe, quick, and convenient way to remove small amounts of unwanted substances from household and automotive surfaces, edges and grooves. The tool makes cleaning jobs faster and easier while not damaging the surfaces being cleaned. People often use their fingernails, which can easily be damaged, or knives or screwdrivers, which can scratch the surfaces being cleaned.

Made in the U.S.A., the Scrigit Scraper can be used instead of fingernails and metal tools to quickly clean off small spots of substances, such as dried food, candle wax, dirt, latex paint splatters, and adhesive stickers and labels. The small size and shape make it practical to keep the scraper wherever it is needed, such as the kitchen, bathroom, workshop, office, car, purse and pocket, so it can be grabbed quickly when needed. There is no other product like it.

If you live in Northern California, please ask for Scrigit Scrapers at your favorite locally owned hardware store and check out all of the ACE 5,000 Store Celebration deals at the stores listed above. Buy Scrigit Scrapers for yourself and to use as gifts.


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RV Lifestyle Magazines Feature Scrigit Scraper

Escapees is Second RV Lifestyle Magazine to Feature Scrigit Scraper

In their July/August 2018 issue, Escapees, a magazine dedicated to “sharing the RV Lifestyle,” included the pen-shaped non-scratch Scrigit™ Scraper cleaning tool in their brief list of highlighted products. Last August, Family Motor Coaching, another leading magazine covering the motorhome lifestyle also featured the Scrigit Scraper as an essential tool for people with recreational vehicles.

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The Scrigit Scraper is ideal for motorhomes where space is limited and weight is always a consideration. The plastic tool is about the size of a pen, so it takes up little room and weighs very little. In addition, the scraper has a wide range of uses, which is ideal for anything carried in a motorhome.

The versatile tool is about the size of a pen but with two different scraper tips. On one end is a round-edged scraper, based on the shape of a fingernail. On the other end is a flat-edged scraper. A Scrigit Scraper can remove unwanted substances, such as dried food, candle wax, accumulated grime, and adhesive labels and tape, from household and vehicle surfaces, whether flat or curved, including Plexiglas windows. The tool reaches into tight spaces, corners, edges and grooves. It is safe to use on most surfaces, keeps you from damaging your fingernails, and is made in the U.S.A.

Here is what one happy Scrigit customer had to say. “This is a brilliant invention! So simple, but it is perfect for cleaning hard to reach areas (around faucets, knobs, etc). It doesn’t scratch the surface.”

Another Scrigit customer said, “The first evening the scrapers were in the house, I used one to remove some cooking debris that soaking wouldn’t solve and Scrigit was my hero. I seem to find something every few hours for which Scrigit saves my fingernails. Really appreciate that these scrapers do not mark finishes. Suggest all purchase these.”

Escapees magazine coverEscapees magazine, published by the Escapees RV Club, is packed with useful, entertaining, and specialized information on all aspects of RVing. The Escapees RV Club is dedicated to supporting the RV lifestyle with everything needed to make it easier, more affordable, safer, and fun! Members enjoy a comprehensive suite of discounts and support services, as well as numerous education options and access to a friendly and supportive community of RVers.

Family Motor Coaching magazine is the leading publication covering the motorhome lifestyle.The magazine is published by the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization of families who own motorhomes and enjoy their recreational use. The term motorhome is often used interchangeably with motor coach, RV and campervans, though the terms are not entirely synonymous.

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Best Way to Stop Breaking Fingernails

Avoid Breaking Fingernails by Using a Handy Scrigit Scraper

Do you have problems with breaking fingernails or damaging your manicure? Many people use their fingernails as a quick and convenient tool to remove small spots of dried food, candle wax, dirt, and many other substances, because the nails are attached to our hands and always breaking fingernails

However, fingernails can also be easily broken for most people. For women who use nail polish or have artificial nails, these nice manicures can be chipped and generally ruined by scraping. Longer nails, whether natural or artificial, are often more fragile or just shaped in a way that they don’t make good scrapers. There is also that awful feeling of the substance being scraped wedging under your fingernail (yuck). There are also some unwanted substances and locations, such as around the base of a toilet, where you just do not want to put your fingers (yuck again).

The unique rounded tip of the Scrigit Scraper is designed to replicate the appearance and functionality of a fingernail but is much sturdier. (The Scrigit name is a combination of scraper and digit, as in a finger.) The fingernail shape of the Scrigit Scraper is great at scraping off unwanted substances, removing adhesive labels and stickers, and getting into grooves and edges. You can also use the tool in places where you don’t want to put your fingers or your fingers just can’t reach. The plastic material of the scraper is about the same hardness of a fingernail, so it won’t damage most surfaces, but much more durable overall. Using the Scrigit Scraper instead of your fingernails allows you to save time and effort when cleaning and protects your fingernails.Scrigit rounded tip avoids breaking fingernails

If you do nick or dull the Scrigit Scraper while trying to remove harder substances, you can use an emery board or very fine sandpaper to restore the edges.

In addition, the flat-edged top end of the Scrigit Scraper can be used to quickly clean up somewhat larger areas on flat surfaces or along edges and in grooves where fingernails are not as effective.

Many bloggers agree about using a Scrigit Scraper to keep from breaking fingernails. Here is what one blogger has to say. Let us know how you are using or thinking of using the Scrigit Scraper. Share photos.

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Preserve Your Vacation with a Scrapbook!

Helpful Tips on Creating a Scrapbook for Your Vacation Memories

Summer is a season for travel— whether you love splashing at the beach, camping in the woods, visiting landmarks, or experiencing other cultures abroad— the warmer weather is favorable for vacations. And for most of us, the experiences are captured in pictures and videos. So why not commemorate your events and experiences in a scrapbook. They’re easy to make, and create a story around the pictures you hold dear.Scrapbook supplies

Scrapbooks do not have to be elaborate. Start with a visit to your local craft store, where you will find an abundance of books in all sizes, textures, and colors. Smaller books are great for single events or trips, but larger books allow you to place more photos. The typical sizes are 8” square and 12” square.

Next, you‘ll need to choose some scrapbook paper. The papers really spruce up a page, and are designed in various colors, textures, and prints. The options are endless!

You will also need some type of acid-free adhesive meant for use with photos, whether it’s a glue stick, adhesive dots, or tape. Be sure to select acid-free to protect your photos long-term.

You may use a basic pair of scissors, but decorative scissors allows you to cut designs rather than straight lines, with little effort.

You may find yourself perusing stickers as well. You might also want to add ticket stubs from places you visited and clippings from brochures. These and other embellishments can help make a page pop and look more whimsical.

Once you have all of your supplies, you will need to print your pictures. Take time to select the ones you really want to showcase; this is also the perfect time to clean out all of the duplicates you may have in your phone or on your camera.

Create your layout prior to using adhesive. You can cut out your stickers and embellishments with the backing still adhered. Play around with it, keeping in mind that you’re telling a story. Start with the first day of your vacation, or the few days leading up to it. As you layer your photos and paper and embellishments, remember to leave space to write the story. It doesn’t have to be long, but a few sentences will memorialize your feelings while the occasion is still fresh in your mind.

When you have the page set up the way you want it to look, take a picture of it with your phone so that you can recreate it. Start with the background paper; whether you are using a full or partial sheet, you will need to glue it down. Apply the adhesive along the outermost edges of the paper, and then carefully place the paper where you’d like it.  Once you have pressed it in place, use the flat edge of a Scrigit Scraper™ to more firmly adhere the paper to the page.

Continue layering your page with your photos and embellishments. You can write your story when everything is dry, or else write it on a piece of paper or card stock and adhere it to the page as well.

Be creative! Remember, this is your story, so it can be as simple or fancy as you’d like. Most of all, have fun creating your scrapbook!

You can check out videos on scrapbooking, or look here to get started with digital scrapbooking.

Contributed by guest blogger Cyndi G.


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Time to Clean the Fridge with These Helpful Hints!

Stop Cringing When You Look in the Fridge and Follow these Helpful Hints for Cleaning It

The refrigerator is easily the most used appliance in the kitchen, and the most neglected when it comes to cleaning. How often have you noticed crusted-on spills, drips, and glops, but merely closed the door, putting off the cleaning for another day? Or maybe you’ve placed other food items on top of the messes, so that you don’t have to be reminded of cleaning. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that your fridge should be cleaned at least biannually, if not quarterly. And it’s much easier than you’d think.fridge cleaning tips

Whether you have a side-by-side, a French-door model, a traditional freezer top/ fridge bottom, or the inverse (freezer bottom/ fridge top), the cleaning is performed the same way. The first thing you must do is take everything out. This is the perfect time to check dates on condiments and other items, and toss what’s expired. Take a look at any leftovers that may have been lurking too long as well.

To clean, start at the bottom of the fridge. This is typically where the produce drawers are located. Pull the drawers out, and wipe down with a warm soapy cloth. Some people prefer to use multipurpose sprays, but they’re not food-safe; use a spray bottle containing equal parts of water and vinegar instead to ensure that you don’t toxify surfaces. Rinse thoroughly in the sink, and dry with a hand towel. Before returning them, wipe down both the shelf that sits atop the drawer and the bottom surface of the fridge interior with a soapy cloth. Instead of dish soap, you could also use a solution of 2 tablespoons of baking soda in one quart of hot tap water. This will clean and help eliminate odors. Be sure to wipe dry all the surfaces with a clean cloth, then replace the drawers.

Repeat these steps with the rest of the shelves. You may decide to remove the shelves and give them a good scrub in the sink. Use a Scrigit Scraper™ to remove stubborn foods and to clean along the edges. Once the shelves are clean, wipe down the walls, back, and top of the fridge interior with the soap or baking soda solutions before putting the shelves back in place.

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Scrigit Cleaning Fridge Shelf

Last but not least, remove the shelving containers on the door and clean thoroughly. Wipe down the entire door. Make sure to also clean along the insulated rubber gaskets on the top and side of each door to remove any crumbs and grime.

You can repeat these steps with the freezer as well, though most freezers tend to stay fairly clean. If you find that you need to give it a good wipe down, make sure to remove all food and turn up the thermostat to keep the cleaning solution from freezing on the surfaces. Remove any ice trays, or if you have an ice maker, turn it off and remove all sitting ice. Give your freezer at least 15 minutes to warm up. Do not use soap to clean! Use only the hot water and baking soda solution or the vinegar solution to wipe down the shelves, bins, walls, top, and bottom. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.  Check the dates on all food and toss expired items. Turn the freezer back to 0° and allow it to get to temperature before restocking.

For some additional tips on organizing your fridge, look here.

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Moving Season Means Cleaning Time

Helpful Hints for Cleaning Before and After Moving

Peak moving season starts in April and runs through September. Out of around 40 million people who move each year, about 80% move during this time period. Weekends are the busiest moving days. Moving boxes

When you put your house up for sale, you want it to look its best. Before you move, you need to clean your place so it looks nice for the new people. If you are renting, you want to make sure you get your whole security deposit back. After moving into your new place, you will want to clean even more thoroughly.

Moving is the ultimate motivation for decluttering your home. Give away, recycle, or discard all those things that have accumulated since the last time you moved (or regret having moved to your new place). Pack up all the items you plan to keep, and carefully label the boxes. No, you will not remember where you put everything.

Once each room is empty, or at least consolidated into boxes stacked by the furniture you will be moving, you can start the cleaning process. According to cleaning and organizing expert, Donna Smallin Kuper, here are some important steps.

  • Start high. Dust ceiling fans and corners, door and window moldings with a long-handled duster or broom. Clean lighting fixtures. The last thing you should clean in any room is the floor.
  • Go low. Move furniture and large appliances so you can vacuum underneath and behind. Roll up large area rugs and vacuum underneath.
  • Do it room by room. Plan to clean one room at a time until the job’s done.

One of the challenges of cleaning is to remove spots of food or dirt from floors, walls and countertops without damaging the surfaces. Another challenge is to quickly clean corners, edges, grooves, and other tight spaces. Your fingernails are probably not strong enough to handle the task for a whole house cleaning. Screwdrivers and kitchen knives will scratch the surfaces being cleaned.Scrigit for a deep clean

One of Donna Smallin Kuper’s favorite tools for small cleaning tasks is the pen-shaped Scrigit Scraper that will not scratch most household surfaces. “This is one of those products you don’t realize you need until you try it.”

  • Kitchen. The Scrigit Scraper is ideal for removing spots of dried food or other mysterious substances throughout the kitchen. The tool also is great for cleaning the edges around the sink, faucet, sink drain, cook top, and countertop. In the refrigerator, use the tool to clean along the edges of the glass shelves. The versatile scraper tool also gets dirt out of corners of drawers, floors, and countertops.
  • Bathroom. Here again, the Scrigit Scraper provides a non-scratch way to clean along the edges of sinks, drains, faucets, and toilets. If there is crusty lime scale around the faucets, soften this substance with vinegar or Lime-A-Way before scraping. The tool is also the right size to clean many types of shower door tracks and quickly removes soap buildup.
  • Throughout the house. Use a Scrigit Scraper to clean off spots of unwanted substances. Soften the spots with cleaning spray or water when needed. Use the tool to clean sliding window and door tracks along with your favorite spray edges with Scrigit Scraper

Remember to use your Scrigit Scraper to remove the adhesive product labels and price stickers from all the new products you purchase for your new home. A new one with sharp edges will work better. You can also restore the tool’s edges with very fine sandpaper or the fine side of an emery board.

Once you get done with all the moving and cleaning, reward yourself by trying out a new restaurant or other treats that you enjoy.

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Easy Method for Making Colorful Placemats

How to Make Your Own Springtime Placemats

The birds are chirping, blooms are sprouting, and there’s more daylight to savor… it must be Spring!  The season calls to mind milder temperatures and a yearning to get outside and start planting.  But why not bring the outdoors in?  You can enjoy spring flowers year-round with your very own homemade placemats!Flower design for placemats

For this project, you will need:

  • Paper, plastic, or vinyl placemats (enough for your table setting) in your choice of solid color or print (Note: the mats must be smooth on the surface)
  • Dry rub transfers in a flower pattern(s) of your choice – make sure to purchase enough for all of the placemats
  • Small, pointed scissors
  • Scrigit Scraper™

If using vinyl or plastic placemats, thoroughly wash them in warm, soapy water and allow to air dry.

Begin by cutting out the flowers. Be sure to keep the back contact paper intact. Take your time and carefully cut along the edges of your flowers, including any stems or leaves. By the time you are done, there should be no background to the cut-outs, unless you choose to keep it there for design purposes. Cut as many or as few as you’d like.

Arrange your flowers on your placemats. You may lie all of them out at one time, or work on one placemat at a time. Keep in mind, the placemats do not need to match symmetrically; each placemat can serve as its own work of art!

Once you have decided upon your design, carefully peel off the backing of the first flower and position it. If you are creating a layered look, position the background flower(s) first. As you position the flower, use your Scrigit Scraper™ to rub the transfer onto your placemat. Rub in all directions to ensure a complete transfer. If using paper ones, take your time and be gentle so as not to tear the paper. You will need to use a little more pressure in rubbing a transfer onto a vinyl or plastic placemat.

Once you have your design finished, set the placemat aside and begin the next one.

If you make a mistake, you can always cover it with another transfer. For paper placemats, you can just start over with another blank slate. With vinyl or plastic placemats, you may want to remove the transfer and start over.

While you can’t really protect your paper placemats, you can protect the plastic and vinyl ones by applying either a clear spray paint or clear acrylic spray. Make sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

And there you have it! This technique can be used to make seasonal placemats; you can purchase dry rub transfers in all sorts of designs. Have fun with it, and Happy Spring!

Contributed by guest blogger Cyndi G.

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Best Ways to Clean Up After Toddlers

Scrigit Scraper™ Makes Life with Toddlers Much Easier

toddlers can be messyThe giggles. The snuggles. The milestones. The messes. Oh, the messes! Children bring with them a hodgepodge of sticky, messy goodness. Whether it’s the toys they drooled on after breakfast, the spaghetti they ate for lunch, the stickers they played with after nap time, or the markers they used to draw all over themselves, toddlers are especially prone to creating monstrous messes all over the house and car. Here are some ways you can stay on top of it, while still being able to enjoy the wonderment of your children as they explore their environment.

Cleaning toys. How many times have you collected Lego® bricks off the floor, only to see some goopy mess (Jelly? Milk? Pudding?) puddled on the inside? Before you decide to soak them overnight, use Scrigit Scraper™ to get out all of the debris. The flat side is perfect for scraping in tight corners. Once you’ve removed all of the goop, wash the toys in warm, soapy water. Don’t toss them into the dishwasher, as many plastic toys cannot withstand the high temperature.

scraping sticker off wood floorRemoving stickers. They’re on the floor, on the furniture, on the books, on the kids. Children love stickers! However, they’re not very discerning about where the stickers are applied. To safely remove stickers from your wood furniture and floors, appliances, laminates, and metal and glass surfaces, gently scrape them off with the rounded tip of your Scrigit Scraper™ instead of using your fingernails. The polycarbonate plastic is about the same hardness as fingernails, but more durable, and will not damage most household surfaces. Remove any remaining adhesive marks by applying olive oil (or any cooking oil) to the area, and rub with a soft cloth. Do not use oil on painted surfaces, as it will stain.

Removing wax crayon marks. Toddlers love to draw on walls and tables, don’t they? Before you reach for your bottle of degreaser or multipurpose spray and create a bigger mess, try this trick. First, scrape off all loose crayon with Scrigit Scraper™. Next, use a hair dryer to warm the remaining traces of wax. Wipe clean with a soft cloth soaked in hot soapy water. Repeat with the hair dryer and cloth until the crayon is gone.

Maintaining gear. High chairs, car seats, and strollers are infamous for having little crevices where crumbs and other food messes tend to congregate. With our 5-pack of Scrigits, you can keep one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, one in the car, one in the diaper bag, and one in another handy location! Use it for big cleans once per month to completely freshen gear (remove all of the cushions, scrape all dried debris, and wipe everything down with a sanitizer), and use it daily to scrape up the small spills that inevitably occur when you’re on the go. The more you use your Scrigit, the more uses you will find for it.

For ideas on how to get your toddlers and older kids to clean up after themselves, look here.

Contributed by guest blogger and mom, Cyndi G.

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Best Way to Clean Wet Dry Vac Filter

Helpful Tips for Cleaning a Pleated Wet Dry Shop Vac Filter

A wet dry shop vacuum is great for heavy duty cleaning throughout your house and in your vehicles. Often called a shop vac based on the brand name and registered trademark “Shop-Vac,” the vacuum with a big tank holds a lot of dry debris or water. If you notice that the vacuum is losing suction when being used for cleaning dry surfaces, it is time to clean the cylindrical pleated filter. The tank could be almost empty, but a clogged filter will dramatically reduce suction. The pleated vac filter can be cleaned and reused many times. However, if you see dust being discharged from the vacuum exhaust, the filter is either not installed correctly or needs to be replaced because it has a hole or tear in it.Shop vac with vac filter

Cleaning the vac filter on a regular basis is a good idea to keep your vacuum working the most effectively. It is amazing how much dust and debris builds up on the filter. Here are a few simple steps for cleaning the filter, including one that is usually not included in other guides.

1. Open Vac
Follow the instructions for your particular shop vac to release the top motor assembly from the lower tank. The cylindrical pleated vac filter should be hanging down from this top unit. With this top unit only partially removed from the tank, bang the lower rubber ring of the filter against the inside of the tank to cause as much debris from the filter to come loose and drop into the tank.

2. Remove Filter
Then completely remove the top unit from the tank and follow the instructions for your shop vac to remove the filter. Note that you might want to wear a dust mask during this whole cleaning process. Then put the filter in a plastic trash bag, hold the bag closed, and gently bang the rubber edges of the filter against a hard surface, such as the floor, to dislodge more dirt from the filter without damaging the filter.

Cleaning vac filter3. Special Step to Clean Out Pleats
If you use the shop vac for cleaning a variety of surfaces, there is usually a mixture of dust, hairs, pet fur, and who knows what else that stays stuck in the pleats. The best way to remove this clingy mix is to use the flat blade of a Scrigit Scraper cleaning tool. The wedge-shaped top end of the scraper is just the right size to remove the debris from each pleat without tearing the filter, though still be careful not to press too hard. While a large screwdriver can be used for this cleaning process, its narrow shape is much more likely to poke a hole in the filter.Scrigit Scraper flat tip

Once you have used the Scrigit Scraper to clean each pleat while holding the filter over the trash bag or can, put the filter bag in the bag and gently bang the filter against a hard surface to knock the loosened debris off the filter.

4. Optional Washing Step and Reassembling the Vac
If you need to resume using the shop vac, reinstall the filter and you are ready to go.  For a more thorough cleaning, use a spray of water from the inside of the cylinder outwards to wash off more dust stuck to the filter. See this video on how to wash the filter. However, once the filter is wet, it must be completely dry before being put back in the vac and used. If you skip the pleat cleaning step using a Scrigit Scraper before washing, the clumps of dust and hairs in each pleat tend to turn into a stringy glop of mud and are then harder to remove. Do NOT use a brush. The bristles will ruin the filter.

Once the vac filter is cleaned, dry, and inspected for damage, put it back in the vacuum. You are ready for more heavy-duty cleaning.



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5 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen without Toxic Chemicals

Avoid Using Toxic Chemicals to Clean Your Kitchen

Take a look at the ingredients list of any commercial household cleaner and you will find a collection of words that are practically unpronounceable.  We typically use harsh cleansers to disinfect and clean our homes, not paying much attention to the chemical film that is left behind, or the pollutants we spray into the air. Luckily, there are some tried and true products that you can use to effectively clean your kitchen (and bathroom, too!) without having to worry about breathing in or coming in contact with toxic chemicals.  The best news is that these items are probably already sitting in your home.clean kitchen without toxic chemicals

1. Vinegar
Vinegar has been used as a medicinal application, cleanser, and food preservative for more than 2000 years.  Its typical 5% acidity and antiseptic properties makes it the perfect tool for household cleaning.  Diluted at a 1:4 ratio with water, vinegar can be used to clean floors and cabinetry.  However, at full strength, it can be applied to cutting boards and countertops to naturally disinfect surfaces; sprayed onto glass for streak-free windows; or even used on stainless steel sinks and appliances to really bring out the shine!

2. Baking Soda
Like vinegar, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) has been used as a cleaning agent for thousands of years.  Its gritty texture is perfect for scouring jobs in the kitchen.  Mixed with water as a paste, baking soda can be used to scrub dishes and tile grout.  Use your versatile Scrigit Scraper™  to assist with scraping burnt-on foods after soaking or getting into corners, edges and crevices.  While baking soda is a natural degreaser and scourer, it becomes a super stain remover with the help of a halved lemon.  Sprinkle some baking soda onto a copper-bottomed pot, rub with lemon, and watch the original patina shine through!  Baking soda is great for cleaning ceramic sinks and tubs without the noxious smell of commercial cleaners, and is a superb natural cleanser for greasy ovens.

3. Olive Oil
For cleaning and removing scratches from wood furniture and cabinets, use equal parts of olive oil and vinegar, such as a half-cup of each. Use a clean soft cloth to rub in the mixture. Rub back and forth with the grain. Use another clean soft cloth to remove the excess liquid and buff the wood. For light-colored wood, you can substitute lemon juice for the vinegar.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide
Rather than suffering with the noxious fumes of ammonia or bleach, hydrogen peroxide is an odorless, non-toxic solution.  Long used in wound care for its antiseptic properties, peroxide has also been used for hair bleaching, teeth whitening, and household cleaning.  Combined with baking soda, it is effective in removing tougher stains, such as coffee or tea stains in ceramic mugs.  However, with a 1:3 warm water ratio, you can also use peroxide to wipe down the stovetop, clean the inside of the refrigerator, or clean the microwave.

5. Hot Water
This one is often overlooked as a way to avoid toxic chemicals.  At the right temperature (at least 140°F), hot water can kill many bacteria in your kitchen.  Most people maintain their hot water at 120°F to minimize the chance of scalding, thereby rendering it useless for killing most bacteria.  But hot water in and of itself can remove dirt and grime from countertops, appliances, sinks, floors, cabinets, and dishes.  Some people opt to exclusively clean with hot water; its sanitization properties are effective at 170-180°F.  Therefore, you may choose to boil some water to use as a cleaning agent.  Just be sure to use sturdy rubber gloves when handling.

For other household cleaning ideas to avoid toxic chemicals, look here.

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