Our Formulas

Fred & Gerry's Window Cleaning formula #1 Put 3 tbs. vinegar per 1 qt. water in a spray bottle.

Fred & Gerry's Window Cleaning formula #2
Mix 1/3 cup ammonia in 1 gallon warm water. In cold weather add 1 cup rubbing alcohol.

Fred & Gerry's  Exterior Cleaning Formula
2/3 cup TSP or TSP substitute
1/3 cup detergent
1 qt. bleach
3qt. warm water
The TSP substitute works the same as TSP except it has no phosphates, phone around to your local paint and building supply stores first as it's not available in all outlets, it's environmentally friendly. You can use any type of detergent you want, dish, laundry; the soap acts as a carrier for the other ingredients.
Use a garden sprayer, dampen down the area you want to clean with your garden hose first, spray on the cleaner and let it stand for about 15 to 20 minutes, do not apply in direct sunlight. Take a broom and scrub to really dirty areas and then hose off.

Fred & Gerry's Window Cleaning formula #2
Mix 1/3 cup ammonia in 1 gallon warm water. In cold weather add 1 cup rubbing alcohol.

Fred & Gerry's Window Cleaning formula #3
Washing windows is one of the most dreaded of spring tasks, but you can make it a lot easier on yourself if you give up the spray cleaner and paper towels. A squirt of dishwashing liquid in a pail of water, a natural sponge, and a squeegee will make your panes sparkle, and cause you a lot less pain.

Lighter fluid!
Removing grease, oil or tar spots from carpet…a wonderful tip for the wife of a mechanic who also restores old cars at home! Our carpets are light tan and the lighter fluid doesn’t alter the carpet colour at all. Another advantage to the lighter fluid is that it comes in a bottle with a fine nozzle, so the fluid can be directed to exactly where you need it. Sherry Soball

F & G Formula for Pressure Treated Landscape Ties
When you build a planter from Pressure Treated Ties or lumber, it's wise to neutralize the wood on the inside of the planter.   Mix this up and brush on   3 tablespoons of Laters Copper Spray (available at Garden Supply Stores) 1 pint Raw Linseed Oil   Happy Gardening

Roof Moss Removal
2 LBS. Zinc Sulphate 5 Gallons of Hot Water

To remove bumper stickers
Try mayonnaise -
also great for removing those nasty bathtub decals. - put on the Mayo and cover with plastic wrap for a few hours and then scrape off with a plastic ice scraper or a wooden spatula.

F & G Weed Killer
for cracks in driveways
  • One Litre of Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Of Salt
  • 2 TSP Liquid Dish Soap

Scratch Free Glass
Remove scratches from your glassware by squeezing a small amount of non-gel toothpaste onto a cloth and rubbing into the scratch. Wipe with a dry towel – it really works wonders.

Odourless containers
Can’t seem to get an unpleasant odour out of a plastic container? Place a crumpled newspaper into the container, close the lid and let sit for a few days. Then wash with dish soap. Stinky smells will magically disappear.

Spilled cooking oil
Oil spills in the pantry? Sprinkle flour on the spill, let sit for a few minutes, then wipe up with a damp paper towel. Flour absorbs the grease for a quick and easy cleanup

Fred and Gerry's
Fruit Fly Remover
Fill a small glass jar half full of white vinegar and add 2 tsp. of dry yeast and then add just one drop of dish washing liquid like Ivory or Sunlight. Do not mix, just let sit on the counter top.

Etching Glass Formula
Clean glass with rubbing alcohol to remove dirt & grease.
Apply adhesive backed plastic film (mactac).
Cut and remove design.
Apply etching cream according to package directions and allow to set for the recommended time, wipe and remove film, clean with soap and water.
Etching cream is available at hobby & stain glass shops.

Brass Cleaner # 1
To clean brass combine one-quarter cup of salt in enough vinegar to dissolve the salt. Add flour to make a paste.

Brass and Copper#2
Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle it with salt and rub the lemon on whatever needs to be polished. Buff with a cloth to remove excess lemon juice.

Lemon Juice and Cream of Tartar Brass Cleaner
Make a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Apply, leave on for 5 minutes and then wash in warm water. Dry with a soft cloth

Clean Brass with Ketchup?
You can use Worcestershire sauce, Toothpaste, or even Ketchup to clean brass or copper. Just rub onto the copper or brass and dry with a soft cloth.

Anti fog or fog proofer
A simple bar of soap. Just rub on the soap and then polish with a soft cloth. Also great for your ski goggles or scuba mask. If you know anyone with a Volkswagen Beetle they will find this information a blessing.

Discouraging Insects
Crumbled bay leaves, placed in a cupboard, will discourage insects.
Place cucumber peels on the kitchen windowsill to keep ants out.
Salt or red pepper sprinkled on counters and across doors and windowsills is a barrier for ants.

Unclog your showerheads
Remove the head and soak it in a mixture of equal parts vinegar and warm water for about 15 minutes to get the water flowing freely again.

Drive away pesky critters
If you want to drive away those pesky critters like chipmunks and raccoons try dipping a towel or rag in ammonia and placing it under the porch or in the garage, wherever the animals are invading. They dislike the smell so much that it drives them away.

Carpet Cleaner.
To absorb big spills, spread cornmeal all over the spill. Wait about 15 minutes, then vacuum it up. For stains, put 1/4 cup biodegradable liquid soap with 1/3 cup water into a blender to make a foam. Put the foam on the stain and rub. Finish up with a splash of vinegar.

Silver Cleaner
Put a sheet of aluminum foil into a plastic or glass bowl. Sprinkle the foil with salt and baking soda, or Washing soda then fill the bowl with warm water. Just soak your silver in the bowl and the tarnish will migrate to the aluminum foil. Finally, dry and buff your silver.

Fabric Softener
Add 2 cups white vinegar and a few drops of an essential oil to your rinse cycle.
Vinegar can cause colours to fade a little.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Sprinkle baking soda around the inside of the toilet bowl and then clean with a toilet brush. Also try letting white vinegar sit for a few minutes in the bowl before cleaning with the toilet brush

Shoe Polish
Use a little olive oil.

Keep cats away from your garden or shrubs
Mix one garlic clove, 1/2tsp Tabasco sauce, 1/4 cp of sunlight dish soap, 2 cups water ....grind up and mix in blender .... pour over area CATS HATE THIS SMELL and will stay away.
Thanks Rhonda

Get a white plate, put some water in it, and then add a couple of drops of LEMON Joy dishwashing soap.
Then place the plate near where you'll be sitting outside.  The mosquitoes will be attracted right to the plate, and will drop dead in the plate or nearby.  How cheap and easy was that, and no yucky chemicals!

To Frost a Bathroom or Garage Window:
Make a solution of one cup of beer to four tbsp. Epsom salts and paint on the window. It washes off when you want a clear pane again.

The F & G fly trap
Here is a recipe for a good home-made fly trap! For catching flies
1/4 cup of. Vinegar
1/4 cup of. sugar
Put first 2 ingredients in and put enough water in a jar to make it about 1/2 full and punch a couple holes in the lid. Good for Patio's or barns.
Works great!

F & G Rust remover
Here is a way to dissolve rust from bolts, nuts  and other metals.
Soak in full strength vinegar and the rust will dissolve away

Simple furniture polish
Mix 2 parts olive oil or cooking oil with 1 part lemon juice, use beeswax if possible instead of the oil it will smell lovely

Lemony Furniture Oil
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp lemon essential oil
Mix well. Apply with a soft rag. Wipe and buff well to a gleaming shine.

Furniture Polish
2 ounces beeswax
1/2 pint turpentine
About 1/4 ounce Essential Oil
You need to blend the mixture together. So heat a pan of hot water and use a bowl that fits in it. Turpentine is flammable so you need to be careful. Grate up the beeswax and place in the bowl with the turpentine and heat till it all melts. Take off the heat and allow to cool. Just before it starts to harden add any essential oil that you fancy for a lovely aroma. You can use lavender or lemon or anything really. Once it has cooled down completely it will be like a thick cream. You will have to put a bit of effort in to get a shine, and after a couple of hours the smell of turpentine will diminish.

To make the above polish more manageable you can melt a table spoon of soap in 4 a cup of warm water and blend into the above mixture.

Chilly way to clean your GARBAGE DISPOSAL
This tip really is a cracker. With this you really will be able to give the waste disposal a good clean. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal. After grinding, run cold water through.
The grinding effect of the ice will sort out any stubborn items and it will remove the odours and smells as well.

F & G Blood Stain Remover
Remove fresh blood stains by rubbing an ice cube over stain, as the ice starts to melt away, so does the stain. This is a fairly quick process. Launder as usual. Remove a stubborn blood stain by applying hydrogen peroxide, allowing it to bubble, then repeating the application until stain is gone. Launder as usual. Hydrogen peroxide is the main ingredient in commercial blood stain removers.

Another way to remove blood, if it is a small amount.
(I'm thinking of a dressmaker who has run into a pin while sewing a wedding dress. 
YOUR saliva will remove YOUR blood.   (Nobody else's)

F & G makes GIANT ICE CUBES Make giant ice cubes for the punch bowl by filling muffin tins instead of conventional ice trays. Run hot water on the bottom to loosen when frozen.

F & G refreshing bath additive
Just add 1/2 cup of Baking Soda to your bathtub of water to make
your bath even fresher. Relax!...while the Baking Soda neutralizes
acids on the skin and washes away oil and perspiration. It also
makes your skin feel silky smooth

Make your own air deodorizer
Use a regular pump spray mister with 4 cups of water in it, add 4 teaspoons of baking soda and spray the odours away. This will not mask an odours it will remove an odour. Which is what is needed.

Stronger air freshener
Use 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vinegar and 2 cups of water. After it stops foaming, mix well, pour into a spray bottle and spray into the air

Clean and deodorize patio and pool furniture
Use a Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) solution of 1/4 cup Baking Soda in 1 quart of warm water to clean and deodorize patio and pool furniture. Simply wipe with the Baking Soda solution and rinse clean. For tougher stains, sprinkle Baking Soda directly on a damp sponge, scrub and rinse.

Remove those annoying water spots on the car
Here's a handy tip for all you car fanatics. If those water spots are annoying, after washing your car. Use your leaf blower to get all the water off your car and out of the crevices. Now it'll gleam.

Tabasco Sauce messes with the moles!
Mix up a batch of Mole Chaser Juice. 1+1/2 Tbsp. of Tabasco Sauce
1 Tbsp of liquid dish soap
1 tsp. of chilli powder
1 Qt. of water

Simply pour this tonic in mole runways ... and they'll run away.

Here's another good use for charcoal briquettes.
When we put away our travel trailer for the winter, we cut open a couple of bags of charcoal briquettes.  Keeps the moisture and smells away ... Moisture is a trailers worst enemy...Excellent stuff.  A friend also does this in her cottage.  Works great.....From Joelle

To remove bumper stickers
Try mayonnaise -
also great for removing those nasty bathtub decals. - put on the Mayo and cover with plastic wrap for a few hours and then scrape off with a plastic ice scraper or a wooden spatula.

Fabric Softener &
 Paint Brushes
Keep your paintbrushes soft and pliable after use by adding a small splash of fabric softener to the water when you clean them Let dry as usual.

No more mustiness
Have an old book that's gotten musty? Seal it in a plastic bag and place it in the freezer for two to three days. The smell will be gone.

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