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A HOTCHPOTCH OF TIPS AND TRICKS

In no particular order!

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  • To remove stubborn stains from carpets add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid and 1 tablespoon white vinegar to 1 cup of warm water. Pour over the stain and remove with a sponge.


  • To clean a dirty microwave oven, boil a cup of water in it for a few minutes. The steam will loosen the food, which can be wiped off with a dish cloth.


  • Bottle cap difficult to remove? Hold the cap and turn the bottle.


  • Wash your sponges in the dishwasher along with your dishes to make them last longer.


  • Use equal parts of white vinegar and salt to clean out coffee and tea stains from your china.


  • When mixing any kind of powdery substance with a liquid use a fork to stir the mix.


  • Cigarette smoke can be eliminated by lighting candles in the room.


  • Film that accumulates in your bathtub can be removed by scrubbing with vinegar.


  • Do not store flour in airtight containers but keep it in the paper bag it was bought in. Fold the top of the bag over and secure with a washpeg.


  • Save your old toothbrushes to scrub small areas. Also ideal for cleaning tile grout.


  • A window decal can be removed by painting it with vinegar. When it has thoroughly soaked for a few minutes, it can be wiped off easily.


  • Cigarette smoke can be eliminated by soaking a towel in water and swishing it around the room.


  • Use equal parts of warm water and vinegar to clean windows. Dry with a soft cloth or newspaper to prevent streaking.


  • Carpets should be vacuumed once a week. Dirty spots can be cleaned with a mixture of vinegar and water. Blot dry.


  • To get rid of grease stains on your carpet, rub lightly with baking soda or cover it with cornstarch for about an hour. Vacuum or brush clean.


  • Wet mud on your carpet should be dried first, and then vacuumed. Rub the open end of the hose on the area to help break up the mud. Sponge it with dishwashing liquid.


  • To clean a dirty vase with a small opening, crush some eggshells and mix with water and vinegar or detergent. Pour into the vase, cover and shake until clean. Rinse thoroughly.


  • Cigarette smoke can be eliminated by placing 4 small bowls of vinegar in the corners of the room.


  • Vinegar - removes mildew and stains. Cleans glass, grout, and fireplaces.


  • Baking Soda - cleans, deodorizes, removes stains, polishes and softens fabrics. Can be used on plastic, vinyl, upholstery, carpets, and stainless steel, down drains and in refrigerators.


  • Pure Soap - cleans most everything


  • Ammonia - cleans linoleum, carpets, and most appliances but can irritate the skin and eyes. Area must be well ventilated. Never mix with bleach because it creates a poisonous gas!


  • To remove household odours, use a few drops of wintergreen oil on a cotton ball and place it inconspicuously it in each room. It lasts for months and is very inexpensive.


  • To rid your cutting board of onion or garlic smells, rub the surface with a paste of baking soda.


  • To prevent mildew from forming, wipe the area with vinegar to kill the mildew fungus.


  • Hang an old nylon stocking filled with cedar chips in your cupboard. Not only will it repel moths, it will give a sweet smell to your cupboard.


  • To help eliminate odors from the refrigerator and kitchen put an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to eliminate food odours. You'll need to change the box every month or two.


  • Simmer a pan of water with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg on the stove for a delightful air freshener.


  • Dried orange and lemon rinds can be tossed in the fireplace for a spicy aroma.


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