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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 08:47 PM

Some Good Cleaning Ideas (I got these in an email)...

Some I've seen before, some not. I swear by the wrapping celery in aluminum foil one.

Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them
neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put
Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't
refreeze. (wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)

To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for
a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The
wax will fall out.

Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped
in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).

Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt
BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads , I immediately take a pair of
scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw
away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would
be much more economical. Now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely!
In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get 'sharpened'' this way!

Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen
peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works
every time! (Now, where to put the body?) LOL

Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal
for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks..
Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows
on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely
light scent in each room when the light is turned on.

Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will
smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels
and linen.

Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3
hours prior to burning.

To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the
flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt
and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet , simply add a drop or
two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to
a boil on stove top. Or, fill pan with water, add a fabric softener sheet. Let
it soak overnight. Food will just wash away.

Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring
in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will
keep for weeks.

When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the
corn's natural sweetness

Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your
forehead. The throbbing will go away..

Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future
use in casseroles and sauces ......... Left over wine? What's that?

To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area
and you will experience instant relief.

Ants, ants, ants everywhere .. Well, they are said to never cross a chalk
line. So, get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still,
leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to
tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and
then pull it off.. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer........

Clean a toilet.
Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.
The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China .

Clean a vase.
To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water
and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.

Polish jewelry.
Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the
jewelry for two minutes.

Clean a thermos bottle.
Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak
for an hour (or longer, if necessary)

Unclog a drain.
Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the
drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes,
and then run the hot water.

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Little Star Feb 2013 OP
cantbeserious Feb 2013 #1
Curmudgeoness Feb 2013 #2
Little Star Feb 2013 #4
Curmudgeoness Feb 2013 #5
LiberalEsto Apr 2013 #8
Curmudgeoness Apr 2013 #9
Sherman A1 Feb 2013 #3
RebelOne Mar 2013 #6
Eleanors38 Apr 2013 #10
diane in sf Apr 2013 #7

Response to Little Star (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 08:59 PM

1. Nice List - Thank You


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Response to Little Star (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 09:24 PM

2. I love it....some things sound improbable,

but I am willing to try it. The only suggestion to save more money, instead of Alka Seltzer tablets to clear a sink drain, put baking soda down, then add the vinegar (doesn't have to be Heinz and doesn't have to be white). Another option I have used, and it works, is to pour hydrogen peroxide down the drain. It will react with all the crap in the drain and fizz like crazy----and the fizz will loosen things up. Neither of these have worked for a totally clogged drain----that takes a plunger.

Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:36 AM

4. I love hydrogen peroxide it's useful for quite a few things. I actually buy the the cheapest...

no-name brand by the half gallon. I also buy white vinegar by the gallon.

One of the new one's on this list for me was to use vertical strokes washing windows outside and horizontal
for the inside so that you can tell which side has the streaks. Why didn't I ever think of that by myself?

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Response to Little Star (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:34 PM

5. I read that horizontal/vertical trick years ago.

And it really does help, but it isn't as easy as it sounds---at least not for me. For some reason, my brain does not want to deviate from the back and forth that I have always done. So what I do now is clean back and forth, but the final buff is the one I do up and down. It really does make it easier.

The one that I am really skeptical about is cleaning mirrors with air freshener. WTH. I rarely use air freshener and have the same can that I have had to 20 years, just in case someone visiting feels the need to use it. I also think that this is a more expensive product to clean glass than most others. However, I am going to try this out, just for grins and because I can't believe it would work.

The hydrogen peroxide removing blood is the best suggestion I can give to anyone. Someone had a bad bloody nose once and got a lot of blood all over the carpet, and this totally cleaned it. The blood was gone----although it took a lot more than a little on a rag. I actually poured some of the spots.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 09:17 AM

8. Just be careful with the peroxide - it can deteriorate the fabric


Make sure to rinse the peroxide off quickly with cold water after the blood stain is gone.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 06:34 PM

9. Really?

It was my understanding that hydrogen peroxide, after the reaction with organic matter, just becomes water. But normally I do rinse anything that just had blood stains on it.....except for my carpet. Lucky for me, the carpet did not deteriorate.

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Response to Little Star (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:16 AM

3. K&R

Thanks for posting.

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Response to Little Star (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2013, 05:48 PM

6. I love the perfume on a light bulb tip.

I am a smoker and use lots of Frabrez, which can be quite pricey. But I have plenty of perfume.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 11:54 PM

10. My Dad used a pouch of tobacco for deodorant in our family car.


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Response to Little Star (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2013, 06:52 AM

7. I like all the suggestions except the dryer sheet one, they smell completely vile,

Are filled with toxic chemicals, and give me (and many others) migraines and skin rashes. You could make lavender sachets or store your incense in your drawers instead--Much better smelling and nontoxic. Also hanging clothes outside in the sun to dry, makes them smell really good, and is cheaper than running a dryer.

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