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Excellent bundle of cleaning tips

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1) Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they
will take a quick dive.

2) Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then
slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.

3) 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.

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

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

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

7) 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. And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!

8) Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have
found a way to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to the size of the jar and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the lid!

9) 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!

10) 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.

11) Spray a bit of perfume on the lightbulb 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.

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

13) 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!

14) 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 stovetop.

15) Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before
pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains. (Key Word:- Tupperware)

16) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a
bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

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

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

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

20) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes
for future use in casseroles and sauces.

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

22) 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.

23) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and
better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

24) 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, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

25) 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, then run the hot water.
post #2 of 10
Very handy... I must copy this for later use!
post #3 of 10
Cool! I'm copying and pasting into a Microsoft Word file right now for later use! Thanks for sharing!
post #4 of 10
This list sounds a lot like the Queen of Clean book I've got. It has some great tips like these! I even call my book "The Household Bible"! Whenever I have a tough cleaning problem, I just break out the book!
post #5 of 10
Neat Tips
post #6 of 10
Thanks, Ady! Im copying this too...
post #7 of 10
Great tips!
post #8 of 10
These are good tips and I will need to remember all of them...thanks so much for sharing!
post #9 of 10
Cool! Some of these are really good, but I'd be interested to see if they really work "specially the crayon ones" I can't even fully get washable crayons off my wall with the horrible paint job these apartments have done.

About trying to open a jar, my aunt taught me this one and it really works.

Just run the top of the jar under hot water (holding sideways under the flow) for a little while and most the time it will pop right off after you try to twist it off again.
And on some containers, you can turn it upside down and hit the bottom of it squarly with your palm, and then it will open.
post #10 of 10
very useful, thanx!
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