Who knew baby wipes can remove carpet stains!

Real Estate Agent with Realty World Platinum

I recently found this article and I wanted to share it with you!

■ Have you tried baby wipes on carpet stains? They work so well, you'll be wondering why no one told you sooner!

■ Keep candles in the refrigerator for several hours before use to slow down dripping and make them last longer.

■ The best way to attack cooked-on spatters in your microwave: Heat a half-cup of water for two minutes on high. The steam will soften the food and the mess will wipe right out.

■ To eliminate cooking odors (fish, fried bacon, garlic, etc.) heat white vinegar in an uncovered pot on the stove. (Don't boil.) Remove after 30 minutes. The light vinegar smell dissipates quickly, taking odors with it.

■ When run through your coffee grinder, a handful of dried rice will sharpen the blades.

■ After your next party, share flat, leftover beer with your garden. Plants love the yeast.

■ Place unusable remnants of soap in a ventilated plastic bag and pack it away with seasonal clothes. This will keep the moths away, and your clothes will smell much better when you take them out of storage.

■ Ants hate anything spicy. Sprinkle ground pepper, cayenne, even cinnamon, in their path, and you'll stop them in their tracks.

■ Your chimney will stay clean if you throw a handful of salt on the fire.

■ To clean tarnished silverware: Line a large cake pan with aluminum foil. Fill with 8 cups of warm water (150º) mixed with 1/4 cup of baking soda. Lay silverware in pan, and watch the stains disappear.

■ Fill nail holes with a paste made from cornstarch and water. Works just as well as putty!

■ Leather needs to breathe, so never hang coats or jackets in plastic. Instead, make a dust cover from a pillowcase by cutting a hole in the top for a hanger.

■ When a wooden door or gate sticks, bring out the hair dryer. By blowing hot air directly on the wood where it's sticking, you'll remove the moisture and the swelling will go down.

■ Squeaky doors? For a drip less solution, use petroleum jelly on the hinges instead of oil.

■ Simmer a sliced apple and a couple of cinnamon sticks in water on your stove. Your whole house will smell like apple pie.


Angie Acevedo

Keller Wiliams Realty



Comments (11)

Lori Robertson-Stoudt
Stoudt Realty REALTOR - Hollis, NH

Gosh, I love all these "all natural" tips.  Great information and thanks for sharing.

Mar 05, 2011 08:03 AM
Lorinda Ward
Keffer Realty - Norfolk, VA
Serving, Hampton Roads Virginia. Norfolk, Chesapeake, Va Beach

Thank you for all your great tips, I love the tip on keeping the candle in the fridge first.  Great post.

Mar 05, 2011 08:04 AM
Marilyn Tolhuizen
McColly Real Estate - Crown Point, IN
Real Estate Specialist - 219-616-7069 - NW Indiana

Angie-thanks for the tips-I'm going to run right home and freshen up!!

Mar 05, 2011 08:05 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Angie - Who new ants didn't like spicy food:)

Mar 05, 2011 08:06 AM
Kim Dean
www.GoSimplyTexas.com - McKinney, TX
Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner

Angie...I love learning all of these little known tips! Really like the tip about putting unused beer on the garden!

Mar 05, 2011 08:08 AM
Angie Acevedo
Realty World Platinum - Folsom, CA

Isn't that something, who knew :)

Mar 05, 2011 08:11 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Hey a couple of these I practice especially the microwave cleaning. Throw some lemon juice in that water & it smells great.

I tried that with ants 2 years ago & mine must have been from spanish decent because it didn't stop them one bit!  I also tried it as a squirrel preventative in my one hibiscus plant & the stupid squirrels just started flipping around & rubbing themselves in the curry powder & cayenne - they loved it! 

Mar 05, 2011 08:20 AM
Clark Cook
1st Choice Realty of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Marketing Homes For Sale In Fayetteville NC Area

Great list of tips Angie! Thanks for posting them here!

Mar 05, 2011 08:20 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

You need to put this in all "welcome to your new home" packages!    Great list!

Mar 05, 2011 08:38 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Great tips Angie! Some of the best solutions are simple and already available in our homes.

Mar 05, 2011 09:15 AM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

As soon as I get home home Angie, I am going to try the petroleum jelly on my squeaky front door.  I like that solution for ants as well!

Mar 05, 2011 09:18 AM