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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More Useful Household Hints

Frosted Windows 

Want to make your windows "frosted" for more privacy?  Add 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salt to 1 cup beer.  Brush on the window!  Let dry..To remove the frost, wash off with ammonia!  This is really neat. Just remember to cover any wood or furniture nearby, because this drips! 

Grease Stains on your wallpaper 

Try mixing corn starch and water and make into a paste.  Rub on with a soft, clean cloth.  Test this in an inconspicuous area first.

Scuff marks on your vinyl luggage

Try rubbing lemon extract over the area


If you need to make a patch for your wallpaper, never cut out a piece. Always use a piece that you have torn by hand and be sure to tear toward the wrong side of the wallpaper.  This will make the patch nearly invisible.

Cleaning Woodwork 

Did you know that cold tea will clean woodwork?  Give it a try!

Grease stains on your carpet 

Shake some cornstarch over the grease stain and let set there overnight or at least 8 hours.  Vacuum. 

Cleaning Brass

Wash with salt and buttermilk or vinegar and salt.
This same treatment is also used for cleaning copper.

Care of Aluminum

Place tarnished pieces in large pan and cover with sour  milk. Allow to remain overnight. This will make the  ware as bright as new.

Furniture Polish

Mix 2 tsps. lemon oil and 1 pt. mineral oil in a spray bottle.

General Purpose Cleaners

Combine 1/2 c. baking soda and 1 tbsp. water to form a paste.

To Clean Wooden Furniture:

Wash with warm water and Ivory soap, dry and rub with equal quantities of spirits of turpentine and sweet oil, wipe dry and rub with soft flannel cloth.

To Wash Windows

Dip a lintless cloth in wood alcohol, go over the glass  and follow with a piece of old silk cloth. This is fine  for cold weather.

Unclog Drain

Mix 1 c. baking soda, 1 c. salt and 1 c. of white vinegar. (It will fizz) Let it sit for 15 minutes then pour down clogged drain. Pour in several cups of boiling water.

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