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12 Ways to Use Temperature Instead of Chemicals to Clean

Other low-temp cleaning solutions

There are also a couple other proven freeze-cleaning methods, which we thankfully didn’t need to put to the test.

11. Removing gum: Remove gum stuck to clothes or hair by putting ice on the spot or freezing the clothing, then use a butter knife to pop off the frozen gum.

12. Killing bedbugs: Freezing is also one of the only proven ways (the other is heat) to kill bedbugs. Freeze infested sheets, backpacks or other items to 23 degrees Fahrenheit or less for at least five days, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota.

Plenty of surfaces and materials can be cleaned with ice or boiling water and some common household ingredients. However, other alleged homemade cleaners just don’t cut it. Still, even the ones that didn’t work for us may be worth a try before spending good money and bringing new toxic chemicals into the home.

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9:29AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

Again, excellent information! Thanks!

3:42AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

In that way, it's more likely to be a win-win situation, for the human and the environment

6:54AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:05PM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Janice R. - it kills the ants too!!
they can be a nuisance, but they are part of the eco-system - maybe we should be looking at ways to live with the animals that we get in the way of, rather than kill the ones that get in our way - and many who don't get in our way at all.

2:54PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

I'm blessed I have a clothesline to hang my clothes . The sun really brightens them. Only use dryer when I have to!

10:13AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

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10:29AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

tanks

3:38PM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Thank you for the interesting article

10:56PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Interesting.....

5:49PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

This past weekend I watched someone successfully remove small red wine stains (little spots, not a large area) by pouring boiling water through the fabric. We had a white cotton t-shirt that was pre-soaked in plain cold water, boiled a pan of water, held out the area with the stain and poured boiling water through the spots. They vanished. I was astounded. Not anxious to try it again, but I wouldn't hesitate to.

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