I was going through an old copy of MaryEllen’s Best of helpful hints book, and came across some pretty good tips to share. Some of the tips in the book are outdated, but some are timeless. I am sharing the timeless ones.
- Save time and money by using the cheapest brand of dishwashing detergent available, but add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the dishwasher. The vinegar will cut the grease and leave your dishes sparkling clean.
- To remove coffee and tea stains from fine china, rub with a damp cloth dipped in baking soda, or use denture cleaning tablets and let soak a few minutes.
- Have lots of stainless steel in your kitchen? Use a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol to remove water spots. Also, spots can be removed with white vinegar, and club soda will shine up stainless steel in a jiffy. (I like the word jiffy)
- For tub and bathroom sink cleaning, use lemon juice and borax as a paste. If you have any rust, this is especially helpful.
- Make your own washer solvent that won’t freeze (for your car windows). Combine 1 quart rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons liquid detergent. This formula is guaranteed not to freeze down to 35 degrees below zero. *Side note – if you live in an area that is 35 below zero, move away today.
- Place a bag of kitty litter in your trunk just in case you get stuck in the ice or snow. It provides excellent traction.
- Need an instant spot remover? Try shaving cream. Foam is a good spot remover. Wash up with club soda or water.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of salt on your carpet. Let stand for an hour before vacuuming. You will be amazed at the results.
- If you don’t want broken crayons, wrap the new crayons in masking tape.
- Clean your eyeglasses with a drop of vodka. Not a drinker? Then use a drop of vinegar.
- Here’s a way to kill household odors and always have a fresh smelling house. for just pennies. Put a few drops of wintergreen oil (available at drug stores) on a cotton ball and place out of sight in each room. It will last for months and is as effective as room sprays.
- Renovate wood floors which have become faded in spots by mixing brown shoe polish with floor wax and applying to spots. It will give the floor an antique look.
- Toothpaste will remove small scratches from glass.
- Shaving cream is one of the most useful upholstery cleaners for ordinary dirt.