I recently came across a little booklet with lots of ‘tips’ on how to clean your home or to make cleaning easier. Some tips seemed great or worth trying and with others I was scratching my head or even laughing out loud, here are some of them and I also added my own:
These might be worth a second look:
- For light cleaning jobs try 1/3 cups of ammonia, 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda in a gallon of warm water.
- You can prevent mildew on a shower curtain by soaking the plastic curtain in a saltwater solution before you hang them up- it really works, simply fill up the tub with the saltwater and dip before you hang.
- Ever had a rust stain on the tub from a shaving cream bottle? Try a small amount of kerosene dabbed on a wash cloth (ok so I chuckled when I saw to use kerosene…)
- Stains in toilets, cups, pitchers, coffee maker…try denture cleaning tablets for several hours or overnight( toilet). I have used this plenty of times to clean items that I could not get into with my hands and fingers to scrub. Otherwise, I have been using a pumice stone and scrubbing with stains, but throwing a tablet and waiting is much more appealing than elbow grease.
- Make formica countertops shiny with soda water.
- Remove wax on furniture by softening the wax with a hair dryer on ‘hot’ and scrape as much off as you can once the wax has softened. Newspaper
- To remove rust of wrought iron, wipe it down with an oil based furniture polish.
- Cold weather window cleaning (who does that?? ):1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/2 cup of ammonia, 1 cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.
- Cleaning screens: A paint roller will remove dust, dirt and lint from wire window screens.
- Keeping tennis shoes white: spray them heavily with starch when they are new.
- If you are not quite done with painting a room, stick the paint brushes in a ziploc bag. The brushes will stay pliable for a few days until you are ready to continue painting.
- Before you close a paint can, make a mark the paint level on the outside of the paint can to easily see later how much paint you have left.
Here a few suggestions that made me smile:
- Washing paint brushes: A little fabric softener in the final rinse water will keep your paintbrushes soft and pliable.
- ===> Will you put your paintbrushes in your $600+ washer?
- Car passengers who suffer from cold feet and legs in the wintertime should place their feet in a large brown paper bag, and pull it up around their knees.
- ==> Do you all have a mental picture of that?
- Spray PAM on your snow shovel to keep snow from sticking.
- ==> I thought this was funny at first, but this could really make work easier…I’ll try it out next time…well, I'll tell the kids to try when they shovel our driveway.
- Dead skin can be removed by rubbing a bit of Miracle Whip salad dressing into your skin and letting it stand for a moment. Rub vigorously, and the dead skin will quickly come off.
- ==>Whoever tries this please let me know how it turned out?!
- A nightly application of odorless castor oil around your eyes will keep wrinkles away.
- ==> …and your husband too. I heard hemorrhoid creme helps too?
- Lemon juice is the perfect hair shiner for blonds, appl cider vinegar in rinse water is for brunettes.
- ==> again tell me for whomever it works
- Homemade deodorant: Heat the following in a double boiler until a smooth cream forms: equal parts o baking soda, petroleum jelly and talcum powder. Keep it in small jars in the fridge
- ==> hm.