Helpful Hints for Around the House
Did you know that placing salt between the cracks of your patio, driveway or deck will keep weeds from growing? What about using WD40 to remove crayon marks from any surface? No? Then read on because these must-know helpful hints for around the house will change your life! These are seriously cool indoor and outdoor tips and things that just make life easier!
- To get the built up residue off of your shower head, tie a baggy of vinegar around a shower head. Leave it there overnight, and it will clean everything off with no work.
- To restore finished wood furniture, steep two tea bags in hot water for 10 minutes. Let cool, then dampen a clean soft cloth with tea and wipe over wood furniture. It will bring out the woods natural color and shine.
- To clean oil based paint off of your hands, use vegetable oil. Then wash hands with warm soapy water.
- If your dryer seems to take longer to dry the clothes then it used too, remove the screen filter and scrub both sides with a soft brush in warm soapy water (an old toothbrush works well). Then rinse thoroughly and dry, before putting back in dryer. This will also help your heating element last longer. Repeat as necessary.
- Keep a bottle of Dawn original blue dish detergent on hand, it’s a great degreaser as well as a spot remover.
- 1/2 lemon sprinkled with table salt can be used safely to clean or remove stains from granite. For stains leave lemon and salt on stain to soak, then rinse with clean water and dry.
- Dampen a cloth with white vinegar then sprinkle cream of tartar on the cloth to clean porcelain.
- Salt and lemon juice mixed together remove mildew stains.
- To suck up hard-to-reach gunk under your fridge, or behind a bookshelf, insert an empty paper towel roll into the end of your vacuum cleaner and bend, or flatten it, to squeeze into these difficult spots.
- Deodorize sponges in the microwave. Soak in water spiked with white vinegar or lemon juice and put on fill power for one minute. Use tongs to remove as it will be hot!
- Boil orange peel and cloves to get rid of unpleasant smells in the kitchen.
- Place a layer of waxed paper on top of kitchen cupboards to prevent grease and dust from settling. Switch out every few months to keep them clean.
- WD40 can be used to remove crayon marks from any surface!
- To get rid of the musty smell on old towels, wash using 1 cup of white vinegar on a hot cycle, then repeat with 1/2 cup of baking soda.
- To clean a wooden chopping board, sprinkle on a handful of Kosher salt and rub with half a lemon. Rinse with clean water and dry to ensure it is clean and germ-free.
- Use scrap paper to help hang an arrangement of picture frames easily. Cut templates for each frame, marking nail locations on the paper, then tack to the wall until you find the ideal arrangement. Then simply nail through the marks on the paper!
- To raise the nap of carpeting after heavy furniture has matted it down, place one or two ice cubes on the area overnight. In the morning the carpet should be back up.
- Rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture to cover up dings.
- Drop a couple of denture cleaning tablets into the toilet bowl at night to clean off stubborn stains.
- Use chalk to remove grease stains from clothes. Simply rub white chalk on the affected area and wash as normal – the chalk will absorb the grease and be washed away in the cycle.
- If you have weeds growing in the cracks of your patio, deck, or driveway. Kill them by spraying them with a solution of 1/4 cup of salt added to 1 gallon of water.
- To keep weeds from returning to the cracks of your patio, deck, or driveway keep salt in the cracks.
- Instead of tossing your daily rag in the recycling bin, use the newspaper as mulch and deter noxious weeds. Simply wet the sheets and put the layers around your plants and garden beds, covering with soil as you go. The weeds won’t be able to get through the wet newspaper layers.
- If you have an ant problem, put small piles of polenta where you see ants and they’ll gobble it up, return ‘home’ and won’t be able to digest it. Your ant problem (and the ants) will soon be dead.
- For a quick ant kill, mix 2 cups of borax with one cup of sugar in a quart jar. Punch holes in the lid and sprinkle around the outside of your house.
- Use toothpaste to clear up hazy car headlights.
- Clean patio stones with a solution of 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water in a spray bottle. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse off (soiled areas may require a little scrubbing). Also helps get rid of weeds too!