Cleaning like the old days

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cleaning tipsI 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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…)
  4. 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.
  5. Make formica countertops shiny with soda water.
  6. 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
  7. To remove rust of wrought iron, wipe it down with an oil based furniture polish.
  8. 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.
  9. Cleaning screens: A paint roller will remove dust, dirt and lint from wire window screens.
  10. Keeping tennis shoes white: spray them heavily with starch when they are new.
  11. 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.
  12. 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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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?!
  5. A nightly application of odorless castor oil around your eyes will keep wrinkles away.
    • ==> …and your husband too. I heard hemorrhoid creme helps too?
  6. 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
  7. 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.
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Comments (1)

Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

These  are some good ole cleaning tips for sure but Many worked better than the products today... Baking soda is one of my favorite cleaners try wetting your hands and rubbing some bakingsoda on them for a bit then rinse... how do they feel... ? 

Jul 17, 2012 12:46 AM