Friday, June 22, 2012

Household Tips & Tricks

My husbands grandfather got a flier in the mail with all these money saving, 
household tips.. he gave it to me, knowing I would be interested and there 
were some really neat ideas on there so I thought I would share.

I do want to tell you that I have NOT tried all these so I cannot tell you how effective
they all are at this time, but keep an eye out for updates, because I will defiantly 
let you know how each one goes as I try them later on.

Any ways, here are the Tips from the flier-

REMOVE CARPET STAINS: Combine 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon cornstarch, work into the spot with a soft cloth and leave for 2 days, then vacuum, It works like magic!

HOMEMADE CARPET FRESHENER: Mix baking soda with ground cinnamon or cloves, sprinkle the mixture onto the carpet.. wait about 15 minutes then vacuum. The room will be filled with a comforting aroma. NOTE: First test a small hidden area of the carpet for color fastness before you apply the mixture to the entire area.

MAKE FURNITURE NEW AGAIN: Need to repair a small scratch or blemish on varnished furniture? Rub the area with cooking oil and a soft cloth. To color in nicks or scratches in wood stained furniture, cabinets and trim, rub the area with a pecan nut. The oil of the nut will 're-stain' the wood. If your wood furniture has a water stain, simply rub mayonnaise on the stain and let it sit overnight. Wipe off the mayo in the morning and the finish will be restored.

SHARPEN SCISSORS: Cut through a sheet of sandpaper a couple times, they will be like new!

REATTACH LOOSE KNOBS: When putting loose knobs back on drawers, dip the screws in clear fingernail polish or shellac before resetting them, this will help the knobs stay tight much longer.

SPARKLING CLEAN MIRRORS: Your bathroom mirror wont fog up if you clean it with canned shaving cream... and it will be streak free!

NO MORE REFRIGERATOR ODOR: Place a few crumpled brown paper bags into the back of the fridge, changing them with fresh ones whenever the bags begin to smell.. in no time the bags will have absorbed all of the odor.

INSTANT AIR FRESHENER: Boil some water, cloves and orange peel in a pan and set the hot pan of liquid in the room for a while. the wonderful citrus scent will permeate through the air.

EASILY REMOVE HARD WATER BUILDUP: pour some white distilled vinegar in a plastic bag and place the bag around the shower head so the head is completely submerged. Tie the bag around the pipe and let the shower head soak overnight, Come morning, the shower head with spray like new again.

SPARKLING WINDOWS: add a small handful of cornstarch to 3 to 4 quarts of water. Wash the windows with this solution and dry with a paper towel, It cleans and dries them faster than the store bought stuff.

RESTORE STAINLESS STEEL: Place your flatware in a pan and cover it with carbonated water, soda water, seltzer, or club soda. Let set; after a few minutes it will like new!

CLEAN BLINDS EASILY: Use a clean paintbrush. Its a lot cheaper than buying expensive blind cleaning tools and works just as well.

WINE AND FRUIT STAINS: salt is great for removing stubborn fruit and wine stains from your tablecloth or towels and napkins. Cover the stain immediately with salt. let it stand a short time and then wash in cool water.

REMOVER MARKS FROM FLOORS: Remove black heel marks on hardwood floors by applying a little toothpaste to an old toothbrush, scrubbing the area and wiping it with a damp cloth. The heel marks will disappear and the floor will have a nice shine.

SQUEAKY CLEAN SHOWER CURTAIN: To remove the soap and hard-water film that accumulates on plastic shower curtains and curtain liners, try this... take down the curtain and place on a flat surface, wash it in a solution of 1/2cup ammonia to 1quart warm water. The film will vanish!

SHINY SHOWER DOORS: Keep shower doors shiny and clear by using a soft cloth moistened with baby oil. The baby oil prevents buildup from dirt and soap, and keeps hard water spots from forming for several months.

HOMEMADE WINDOW CLEANER: mix equal parts of vinegar, ammonia, and water. Put the mixture in a clean spray bottle, squirt on the windows and wipe off with a newspaper or coffee filter.

STICKY SITUATIONS: Remove sticky price tags and stickers from glass by spraying the surface with WD-40 that you likely have in the garage. The residue rubs right off.

REMOVE CANDLE WAX: If candle wax drips onto the carpeting, don't worry! Remove the wax by placing a brown paper bag over the area and gently running a warm iron over the bag.

I thought there were some really neat ideas that I had never tried, or even thought of, so I wanted to let you in on them too! If anyone has ever tried any of these tricks please let me know who they worked for you!!


  1. Love the shower curtain one! It will save us a lot of money...we always just chuck them when they get that film. Not anymore!! :) Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you again! -The Sisters

  2. I have used the brown paper bag to remove red, blue and green candle wax from a tan rug. Works great. Make darn sure you use a warm iron as you will melt your carpet. Move the bag around as it melts the wax and the oil soaks into the bag. Keep going until all color is removed. Oh, remove the excess wax before doing this. I used a butter knife and carefully scraped away the extra. CountryGrown


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