Drapes and curtain can be dust and debris magnets. They need to be cleaned on a routine basis. Here’s how:
1. Draperies or curtains that can be washed first should be taken down. Get them outdoors for a good shake to remove the dust. But if they are really soiled, soak them in warm water and fabric safe bleach, if okay on the care label. Then wash on a HIGH water level, so that they can move around in the washing machine. Add regular detergent to warm water or cold for some fabrics. When done, take out and hang to dry.
2. Sheers should be washed, as indicated on the care label. Then dissolve a cup of Epsom salt in hot water in a sink. Dip the sheers into the mixture and hang on a shower rod to dry (you will not have to iron them).
If you have leftover French bread that has gotten stale, don’t throw out. Instead you can transform it with these ideas. Here’s how:
1. Slice the French bread and drizzle olive oil over the slices or you also can sprinkle your favorite grated cheese over it. Bake in the oven until the slices are brown and crunchy and the cheese is melted.
2. Cut the stale bread into cubes and mix with beaten eggs or egg beaters and fry in a bit of margarine or butter for a quick breakfast. Serve with syrup.
Does your family love to eat popcorn? Here are some new things you can try to make eating it even better. Here are some tasty hints:
1. Create gourmet popcorn, which is a lot cheaper than buying it. Sprinkle regular popcorn with seasoned salts, taco or chili seasoning mixes or even dry salad dressing mixes. You also can grate hard cheese, like Cheddar or Parmesan over the cooked popcorn!
2. Make edible popcorn serving cups: When you make a recipe for popcorn balls, instead of forming them into balls, put the popcorn ball mix over the bottoms and sides of small glasses (to make a cup) that you have greased with margarine. Let the mixture harden. Then you can fill them with nuts or candies.
Oh, that oily stink hangs over the kitchen, but you can get rid of it rather easily with these hints. Here’s how:
1. Bring in a lot of fresh air and circulation into the kitchen. Open windows, a door or turn on a fan.
2. Put out a bowl of vinegar or utilize a room deodorizer, which will mask the smell.
3. To prevent this awful odor, turn on exhaust fans and open windows while you are deep-frying.
If you don’t want to use household cleaning products that contain chemicals, you can go green. There are many staples you have in your kitchen cabinets that will do the cleaning job just as effectively and you can make your own home-style cleaning solutions that will also cost a lot less. Here’s a list of what you can use:
1. These are green products: baking soda, vinegar, salt, lemon juice, cornstarch, cream of tartar, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Borax and washing soda.
2. For example, here’s one vinegar cleaner you can make to clean windows, mirrors and stainless steel: Mix ½ cup of white or apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of water. Pour into a spray bottle and label it.
It’s so annoying to find scratches in your wood furniture but you can repair or cover them up. Here are several hints on how to do it by using one of these:
1. Use a matching crayon.
2. Apply paste shoe polish.
3. Rub pecan or walnut meat in your hands and until warm, and then rub over the scratches.
4. When done, buff over the areas with a soft, clean cloth.
If you have housed your TV, stereo or other high-tech devices for entertainment in one area, it’s a good idea to clean them on a regular basis. Here’s what to do:
1. Dust the TV or computer screen with a dry microfiber cloth, but wipe it first to the right and to the left and finally up-and down (but NOT in a circular motion). Don’t forget to also dust the outside of the devices, too. If there are smudges, lightly dampen the microfiber cloth to remove them. Use a long-handled cleaning duster to go over the cords and area around the entertainment center.
2. To eliminate the grime and gunk from remotes, you can use an alcohol-based hand wipe or a microfiber cloth dampened ONLY with a bit of water. Never let any alcohol or water seep into the control.
When you receive a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, you want to keep the flowers around for as long as you can. Here are the steps you can take to achieve that:
1. Strip off all the leaves or anything else that goes below the water line, but keep the leaves near the top of the flowers.
2. Change the water every other day and also cut off about ¼ inch of the stem. Be aware that only the freshly cut bottom of the stem absorbs the water.
3. Never put the vase near a heat source or in the direct sunlight.
If you live in an area with hard water, these mineral deposits will happen and they can be tough to remove. Here’s what to do:
Get out household vinegar and warm it on the stove. Pour it into the vase to cover the stains. Shake the vase, making sure to cover the top, then let the vinegar sit inside overnight. Then use a long-handled scrubber to loosen the stains. Wash with soapy water and rinse well. You may have to repeat this process.
Note: Vinegar has so many applications in and around your home. To get rid of unwanted grass in between sidewalks, spray it with full-strength vinegar. For more vinegar hints, click here to find them on my website here.
When you are considering cleaning products to use at home, read the labels before you buy them. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that many common products “may have toxic substances.” The EPA says these do: floor or furniture polish, oven cleaners, laundry detergents, paints and pesticides. Some of these can also do harm to the environment in your home, along with the septic system. Here’s more info:
Companies provide good labels. Read them and pay attention to these words: Caution, Warning and Danger.
1. Caution: This indicates a product that might harm you, if it gets into your eyes or you inhale the fumes.
2. Warning: Not quite as serious, but this could cause sickness and often it means that the product could catch fire.
3. Danger: Be very careful when you use this product. If it not used in the right way, a family member could become ill or have a medical crises.