You can clean those dirty and sweaty baseball caps without losing the shape by taking these easy steps:
1. If caps are cotton or wool (not vintage), start by testing them for the colorfastness. Dip a white cloth in a mild mixture of mild laundry detergent and cool water and dab it on the interior of the cap. If you don’t see any dye, you can hand wash them.
2. Wash with that solution and rinse well (shake out and pat dry). You can buy an inexpensive baseball form to put the hat over to dry and retain the shape.
3. If the band is filthy, mix 1 tablespoon of cheap hair shampoo with ½ cup of water. Scrub onto the band with a toothbrush, rinse and air-dry.
If you would like to save money on buying fabric softener, you can do so by making your own natural, scent-free softener with this home-style recipe:
1. In a big plastic container, mix 2 cups of baking soda, 2 cups of white vinegar with 4 cups of water.
2. Add this solution to the last rinse cycle to soften your garments.
3. Be aware that commercial cleaners do a good job lessening static cling, but don’t overuse because they make cotton diapers or towels less absorbent.
Baking soda can be used to take all kinds of awful household odors. Click here for more baking soda hints.
Many of the fabrics in our homes are used daily and we don’t pay attention to them, unless there is a spill or emergency. But here’s what you can do to refresh them in between serious cleanings:
1. Dryer: Freshen most pillows, bedspreads, comforters or curtains just by putting them, along with a fabric-softener sheet, into the dryer on the AIR setting for several minutes.
2. Vacuum with upholstery and crevice attachment: Dust off heavy drapery, fabric-covered chairs and couches with the vacuum and attachments.
3. Microfiber cloths: Simply dampen a microfiber cloth with tap water and rub over fabric (NOT silk) to get rid of minor surface debris or dust.
Toothbrushes can be stored on the counter as long as they are away from the toilet, so the airborne bacteria from flushing the toilet won’t land on exposed toothbrushes. Here’s what else you should do:
1. Do not allow toothbrushes to touch each other because infections, such as periodontal disease or colds, can be passed from one toothbrush to another.
2. Rinse toothbrush bristles completely after every time your brush.
3. You should change toothbrushes around every three months or when you see that the bristles are worn or splayed.
Stainless steel appliances are attractive, but take specific care to maintain the durable surface properly to remove fingerprints and keep it shiny. Here’s how you should care for the
1. Clean frequently. Rinse and wipe dry with a clean cloth or sponge. Take note that stainless steel can be scratched easily, so never use abrasive cleaners or steel wool.
2. Do not use cleaning products that contain chlorine, including dishwasher detergent or spray products.
3. If you have hard water, it can leave spots. To remove them, wipe the area with household vinegar on a paper towel, then rinse and wipe dry.
4. To shine stainless steel, apply baby or mineral oil to a paper towel and wipe dry.
If you suddenly notice a lot of spider webs around your home and you don’t like them, be aware that here’s a reason they are there. Spiders like to eat moths and flies and if you have them in your home, spiders will be munching on them. Here’s how to get rid of them:
1. Clean up the inside of your home really well to get rid of all other pests. Vacuum up webs and remove all egg cases and place in the trash. Dust corners and behind furniture and anywhere else you have seen webs. Spiders won’t come in your home, if there’s nothing to eat.
2. Around the outside of your house, remove wood or debris where spiders might like to hang out. Also wipe away all the webs too.
Spaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them:
1. Use a clean, cotton cloth and dampen it with water and moisten with a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of white vinegar.
2. Turn the garment inside out and place on a towel and blot the stain (do not rub because that could spread it) until it’s gone.
3. Rinse in clear water.
NOTE: Use this ONLY on synthetic fibers or cottons, but NOT on silk.
Vinegar is an amazing household product that can be used in so many ways around the home. For more vinegar hint, click here.
When they tarnish and need to be shined, you can make cheap homemade cleaners to make them shine again.
1. Douse a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice. Then sprinkle salt on it and rub the metal, rinse and dry well.
2. Pour ketchup over the object and clean off with a damp cloth and rub to polish.
Did you know that there are more than 300 varieties of honey in the world? Wildflower and Scottish Heather each has a different flavor. Here are two ideas for using your favorite honey:
1. Spread buttered toast with fresh ricotta cheese and then spoon a dollop of honey on top.
2. Blend honey with apple cider and rub over a roast chicken or leg of lamb that been soaked in honey.
Pewter has such a lovely soft finish rather than a shine. Occasionally, pewter pieces may need to be buffed up. Here are two home-style ways to do it:
1. Go to your refrigerator and take out several cabbage leaves and rub over the pewter to buff it up.
2. Or, clean pewter by dipping the item into leftover water that has been used to boil eggs.