Household Cleaning Hints

111779891The little things will do the trick.

  • Dirty Microwave: Put a dish of water in the microwave with a lemon slice and bring it to a boil. Wait until there is plenty of steam, then open and wipe out the inside with a damp cloth.
  • Greasy Pans: Add a tablespoon of vinegar to your dishwater to help remove the grease more easily.
  • Dirty Pots and Pans (with baked on food grime): Boil Coca-Cola in the pan and the baked-on grime should come right off.
  • Ice Trays: Soak your trays in vinegar to remove hard-water buildup.
  • Musty Books: Place several dryer sheets between the pages of the book and place in a Ziplock bag for a couple weeks. Placing a book in clean kitty litter is also known to remove musty odors.
  • Brass Tarnish: Soak your brass in cherry Kool-Aid for 10 minutes to remove tarnish.
  • General Carpet Stains: Rub club soda onto the stain with a sponge and blot with paper towels.
  • Wine Stains on Carpet: Pour some household salt onto the stain. Salt should cause stain to disappear.
  • Glass Coffeepot: Fill the stained pot with Coca-Cola and let it sit overnight. By the morning you should see a clean pot – just wash out the Coke.
  • Crayon on the Walls: Use a hair dryer to heat the wax from the crayon, then wipe with a paper towel.
  • Garbage Disposal: Freshen your disposal with a quarter cup of lemon juice. Let it sit in your drain for 10 minutes.
  • Crock Pot: Fill your grimy crock pot with soapy water and cook on high for one hour.
  • Dirty Glassware: Use a vinegar-saturated sponge to clean glassware.

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