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post #31 of 46
Ball point pen marks on fabric....spray with hairspray. It will look like it is spreading, but then scrub with soapy water and it should dissappear. If not then give it another spray and scrub again. This only works with pall point ink...not perminate markers.
post #32 of 46
The best thing I have found for cleaning bathtubs is shampoo! (A cheapie from the local dollar store works just fine. Just be sure you rinse well so that you don`t slip in the tub the next time you get in it.
post #33 of 46
when baking and using real butter, save the wrappers to use to grease the dish. There is the perfect amount of butter left on the wrapper.

I also use baking soda as an abrasive cleanser. I use it in my toliet bowl and to wash down the kitchen sink really good.

Instead of using heavy scented air freshners I use water with lemon juice, or lemon oil, to spray around the house and in musty places like around cat boxes or in closets. The lemon makes it smell fresh and not overly scented. I have heard disolve 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda in the water as well and it will help disinfect.

When you are using fresh herbs and they start to wilt, cut them up, put them in ice trays filling the little sections about half way. Fill the tray up to 3/4 full with water (or veggie or chicken broth!) and when frozen pop out and put in freezer bags. When cooking stews or casseroles or even hamburger helper pop a couple in for a fresh flavor. they arent good for salads or anything after that, but so good in cooked stuff. You can do the same with bell peppers, celery, onions, etc.
post #34 of 46
place a soap powder tab in your hoover bag,will make the room smell nice,but make sure its one of the sented types
very handy thread this ill try the microwave tip
post #35 of 46
If you have rust on a chrome surface, you can scrub it off with a piece of crumpled foil. It works great!

This is a great idea for a thread!
post #36 of 46
One I recently learned - coffee grounds - what do you do with them? Mix the used coffee grounds with water and pour into the garden - it really makes plants grow great, especially azaleas! I have been doing this for my little garden here and the plants have grown so well. I did an experiment on my mothers lavendar plant - the one I used the coffee grounds has bloomed early while the other one has just started to bloom. I guess the coffee stimulates growth
post #37 of 46
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This one is for folks who live in an apartment:

If you are grocery shopping alone and will be carrying several bags home, put a laundry basket (the kind you rest on your hip) in your trunk and then put the grocery bags in it to carry your groceries from your car to your front door!

You only need to make one trip and it's not as painful on your fingers to carry the heavy bags!! And I live on the second floor! ugh!
post #38 of 46
I read somewhere that the tumble drier sheets are good for insect repelants, and for freshening up sports shoes.

But I know from a lifetime of using it that liquid lighter fuel removes sticky labels and the black edging left from sticking plasters on the skin. (My mum used it on me as a kid, 40 odd yrs ago, never did me any harm).
post #39 of 46
for all you fellow northern people... if you get salt stains in the winter on your boots, bags or clothes, just clean it with some vinegar. It'll come right off.
post #40 of 46
Used dryer sheets are good for dusting your monitor and TV screen. They get the dust off and don't streak.

Gin and vodka are great glass cleaners (finally - a good use for them).

Boric acid kills roaches.

I use chlorine bleach to clean my toilet. Pour in about 2 cups, close the lid and let it sit for about 1/2 hour. Brush and flush. DO NOT pee before flushing, as the ammonia in the urine mixes with the chlorine and makes a poisonous gas.
post #41 of 46
Best cure for colds and sore throat:

Mix 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup white vinegar. Take one tablespoon every two hours.
It shocks your system the first dose you take but it isn't so bad once you get used to it.

post #42 of 46
a measuring cup of water in the microwave works to steam up the dried up gunk, for less scouring

Powder laundry soap in your trash cans helps keep flies at bay

a clothespin bag (the kind with the hanger) hung over the dryer is perfect for mismatched socks
post #43 of 46
Originally Posted by journey
1) Baked on black crud in the bottom of your cooking pot? Put some baking soda and water, bring it to a boil, let it cool down, and then clean it. The baking soda helps to loosen the crud.
YAY at last!! THANK YOU!!
post #44 of 46
Originally Posted by Bugaboo1
Best cure for colds and sore throat:

Mix 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup white vinegar. Take one tablespoon every two hours.
It shocks your system the first dose you take but it isn't so bad once you get used to it.

I think I'll stick to a Hot Toddy when I get a cold/sore throat. Cup of tea with honey and a splash of whiskey (NOT too much whiskey, unless you just want to forget that you HAVE a cold!). OK, I'll take a Hot Toddy even when I don't have a sore throat!
post #45 of 46
Goo Gone is really great for taking off anything sticky, my husband is a hot tar roofer and we use it to get tar out of his work clothes.

I also use a product called Awesome. I've only found it at Family Dollar, but it will clean EVERYTHING! And its safe for all surfaces. It only cost a dollar a bottle and its the best cleaner I've ever seen. It sucks the dirt right out of carpets that don't even look dirty! LOL The only thing it dosen't do is disenfect.

Hydrogen Peroxide will take blood out of your clothing as long as its not a really old stain. For older stains, Goo Gone works quite well, just use it sparingly. If you use too much and it dosen't all rinse out, it can leave a stain itself.
post #46 of 46
[quote=darkeyedgirl]This is a "gross tip" but still... it works, so here goes.

(Cat related, too!)

For barfed up hairballs, let them dry out for a day or two, then run a vacuum up over them OR pick them up w/ a paper towel. To get the watery-now-dry puke-spot out of the carpet, wet it with carpet cleaner (I use a cheapo brand from Lowes) and scrub w/ a washcloth.

The hairball is way easier to clean up once it's hard!

Yes, I do that too! MUCH easier to clean up! Although, it's kind of embarrassing when I forget and someone comes to visit and sees it just lying there! They're probably a bit disgusted!
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