Countertops, cupboards and walls
Dip a cloth in warm water, add dish soap and baking soda
(the baking soda serves as a soft abrasive to remove
tough spots and light scratches).
Simmer a small amount of cinnamon, orange peel, and
cloves on the stove to give off a pleasant fragrance
in your home.
Mix 2 tablespoons borax or washing soda with three
cups of water for sparkling windows and mirrors.
Sprinkle dry cornstarch or baking soda on carpet and vacuum.
Rub borax into dampened area, let dry, then vacuum
or repeatedly blot stain with a mixture of vinegar and soapy water.
Make a paste of vinegar and salt and apply to built-up area.
Combine 1/2 cup lemon juice to 1 cup vegetable oil, olive oil, or mayonnaise. Apply to rag.
Some more cleaning tips:
When you buy cleaning products, look for ones that are non-toxic, biodegradable, phosphate-free, and chlorine-free.
Use natural fiber sponges.
Reduce paper use. Use rags instead of paper towels and
cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
Looking at want ads, or house's of sale or rent, or cars for sale
in you paper, instead of marking the ad, or cutting it out,
or copying it, instead take a piece of scotch tape and cover the ad, then just peel it off, the ad sticks to the tape, and that way you can put all the ads on one piece of paper, try it, it works
Apply a clean, sterilized gauze pad dipped in cold milk
to itchy, flaky skin.
To soothe an earache, fill a clean sock halfway with
uncooked rice. Tie a knot in the top of the sock and
microwave it, on high, for 30 seconds. Make sure the sock
isn't too hot, then place it over the aching ear.
Keep gold and silver necklaces from getting tangled up
in the jewelry box, run each one through a plastic drinking
straw, then fasten the latch.
A little organization goes a long way. Take desk tray, and
put a label on one stating first of the month, a second one
middle of the month. So you can pay your bills on time.
Also, keep stamps, envelopes, pen by the trays.
To loosen a rusty screw, apply a squirt of vinegar or
Baby shampoo removes eye makeup.
Dab a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton sock
and toss it in the dryer with your sheets and towels.
Lavender helps induce slumber; peppermint is refreshing
Homemade ice pack, fill a zipper-type plastic freezer bag
halfway with 3 parts of water and 1 part rubbing alcohol.
Seal the bag and slip it inside another freezer bag, then
into the freezer. Alcohol will keep the liquid from solidifying
so the bag can be molded to the injured body part.
Use mini marshmallows as a candleholder on a
birthday cake. The marshmallows keep the candle wax
from dripping onto the icing.
If you have trouble with eyeglasses slipping down your nose,
put a dab of clear deodorant on the bridge of your nose
and glasses. They'll stay put all day.
To clean and sweeten the family toothbrushes, soak them in
an equal mix of baking soda and warm water overnight
once every week or so. Rinse well be fore using.
Got a stubborn string knot, shoelace, thread, etc.? Dust the
knot with talcum powder, it will easily come undone.
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