Top Cleaning Tips

Posted : Thursday 28th March 2013

Eucalyptus oil removes the gummy residue left by shop stickers.

Buffing a marble tabletop with car polish leaves a thin, invisible film that helps reduce the risk of stains.

To remove furniture indentations from pure wool carpet place a tea towel over the area and then press with a warm iron.

Light a match and let it burn a few seconds to remove toilet smells.

To stop bathroom mirrors steaming up, regularly rub a dry bar of soap over the surface and rub in with a clean cloth.

Stop clothes with thin straps falling off hangers by sticking small felt furniture pads onto the hanger just beyond where the straps sit.

To remove oil from silk clothing, gently rub cornflour into the area and lightly brush off.

To keep spiders or any other nasty surprises out of shoes you keep outside, (such as your gardening shoes or work boots), place old stockings over the top of them.

To make candles last longer, cover with a plastic bag and place in the freezer for 24 hours before lighting.

To keep your car windows ice and frost free when left outside overnight in the wintertime, mix three parts vinegar to one part water, put it in a spray bottle and spray on the windows as needed.

To prevent buttons from becoming loose or undone, dab a little clear nail varnish on the top thread or onto the stem of the thread and leave to dry.

To remove pollen from the stamen of flowers, take a piece of sticky tape about five centimetres long, gently press the sticky side to the pollen mark and lift off. Repeat with clean sticky tape as required. Do not try to brush it off.

To reuse the bits of soap that are always left over, combine them with glycerine and some warm water. Pour into a bottle for a handmade liquid soap.

To pick up small fragments of broken glass, press pieces of bread onto the affected area.

To stop ants entering your house, draw a chalk line on the ground where you want them to stop.

To remove body oil stains from collars and cuffs of coloured shirts and blouses, rub hair shampoo directly on the stains. Rinse out the shampoo, then wash the clothes as usual.

To revive a vase of wilted flowers, add a teaspoon of mild detergent.

Use leftover styrofoam peanuts as great drainage in the bottom of a pot.

 To stop drawers from sticking, rub a bar of soap across the runners to make them glide smoothly.

To clean the bottom of the iron, sprinkle salt on the ironing board and iron back and forth.

To locate light switches in the dark, put a dot of luminous paint on tape and stick to the switches.

To keep pinking shears or scissors sharp, cut through a sheet of folded aluminium foil or coarse sandpaper.

To leave a room smelling fresh after you have vacuumed, place a few drops of your favourite essential oil (such as lavender or peppermint) near the vent where the hot air is released.

To mask unpleasant odors, put some coffee beans in a saucepan and burn them.

To clean a microwave oven, add four tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl.


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