Miscellaneous Cleaning Tips
Ring around the collar
Dirty neck rings around shirt or blouse
collars can be removed by putting shampoo on them. Rub the shampoo in like you were
washing your hair. Shampoo is specifically made to remove body oils. A cheap bottle of
shampoo kept by the washing machine is handy for all kinds of stains in clothing. Don't
forget this trick when you are traveling.
Cleaning Scuff Marks
Use 3 tbsp. Of TSP (trisodium phosphate) to a gallon of water
to clean scuff marks or crayon marks off walls. TSP can be found in the paint department
of a hardware store. Wear gloves and do not use on semi-gloss or gloss paint or wood
Removing Blood from Furniture
Use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood from clothing or
furniture. Rub gently.
Use paint brushes to dust cracks and hard to reach places in
telephones, stereos, etc.
Make a Schedule
Set aside a regular short period of time each week for the
family to straighten up the house. It teaches good habits to the kids and gives the family
a project to do together. Everyone will feel better when the job is done, and might just
look forward to the day when they know things are going to be neat and organized.
Listen to Books On Tape to Help You Clean
Having trouble finding time to read these days? You can rent
great books on tape from the library to listen to while you're cleaning and doing chores.
It helps to pass the time, keeps you working a little longer and lets you catch up on
those mysteries you've been wanting to read.
Removing Candle Wax from Walls
Candle wax can be removed from walls or other surfaces with
an iron and facial tissue. Set the tissue over the wax and gently iron. When the wax seeps
through or the tissue begins to brown, apply a new tissue.
Club soda or seltzer water will clean chrome.
Removing Blood Stains
Corn starch can remove blood stains. Rinse the stain in cold
water, then rub in moistened cornstarch. Place the item in the sun.
Gum can be removed using ice to harden and a dull knife to
Removing Magic Marker Ink
Hair spray will remove magic-marker ink from surfaces.
Cleaning Window Screens
Nylon covered sponges are great for cleaning window screens.
Removing Smoke Odor
Place a bowl of vinegar out to absorb smoke odor.
Unstick That Door
Car wax applied to a sticking door will ease opening and
Repairing Cigarette Burns in Carpets
Cigarette burns in carpeting can be repaired by cutting the
blackened fibers from the hole. Squeeze liquid glue into the hole and fill with fibers
trimmed from carpet remnants.
Repairing Small Holes in Window Screens
Clear nail polish will repair small holes in window screens.
Hair spray will kill flies.
Window Painting Tip
Newspaper strips when wetted can be used around windows when
painting, in place of masking tape. Remove strips before they dry out.
Drying Out Wet Magazines or Books
Place paper towels on both sides of a wet page to absorb the
moisture and prevent wrinkling.