Miscellaneous Cleaning Tips
Ring around the collar
Dirty neck rings around shirt or blouse collars can be removed by putting shampoo on them. Rub the shampoo in like you were washing your hair. Shampoo is specifically made to remove body oils. A cheap bottle of shampoo kept by the washing machine is handy for all kinds of stains in clothing. Don't forget this trick when you are traveling.
Cleaning Scuff Marks
Use 3 tbsp. Of TSP (trisodium phosphate) to a gallon of water to clean scuff marks or crayon marks off walls. TSP can be found in the paint department of a hardware store. Wear gloves and do not use on semi-gloss or gloss paint or wood surfaces.
Removing Blood from Furniture
Use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood from clothing or furniture. Rub gently.
Use paint brushes to dust cracks and hard to reach places in telephones, stereos, etc.
Make a Schedule
Set aside a regular short period of time each week for the family to straighten up the house. It teaches good habits to the kids and gives the family a project to do together. Everyone will feel better when the job is done, and might just look forward to the day when they know things are going to be neat and organized.
Listen to Books On Tape to Help You Clean
Having trouble finding time to read these days? You can rent great books on tape from the library to listen to while you're cleaning and doing chores. It helps to pass the time, keeps you working a little longer and lets you catch up on those mysteries you've been wanting to read.
Removing Candle Wax from Walls
Candle wax can be removed from walls or other surfaces with an iron and facial tissue. Set the tissue over the wax and gently iron. When the wax seeps through or the tissue begins to brown, apply a new tissue.
Club soda or seltzer water will clean chrome.
Removing Blood Stains
Corn starch can remove blood stains. Rinse the stain in cold water, then rub in moistened cornstarch. Place the item in the sun.
Gum can be removed using ice to harden and a dull knife to remove.
Removing Magic Marker Ink
Hair spray will remove magic-marker ink from surfaces.
Cleaning Window Screens
Nylon covered sponges are great for cleaning window screens.
Removing Smoke Odor
Place a bowl of vinegar out to absorb smoke odor.
Unstick That Door
Car wax applied to a sticking door will ease opening and closing.
Repairing Cigarette Burns in Carpets
Cigarette burns in carpeting can be repaired by cutting the blackened fibers from the hole. Squeeze liquid glue into the hole and fill with fibers trimmed from carpet remnants.
Repairing Small Holes in Window Screens
Clear nail polish will repair small holes in window screens.
Hair spray will kill flies.
Window Painting Tip
Newspaper strips when wetted can be used around windows when painting, in place of masking tape. Remove strips before they dry out.
Drying Out Wet Magazines or Books
Place paper towels on both sides of a wet page to absorb the moisture and prevent wrinkling.
- Carved furniture- dip old toothbrush into furniture polish and brush lightly.
- To remove polish build-up mix one cup water and one cup vinegar. Dip soft cloth in the mixture and wring out before wiping furniture. Dry immediately with another soft, dry cloth.
Cleaning Acoustical Tiles
- Clean with the dust-brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner.
- Remove stains and dirt with mild soap and water. Don't let the tiles get too wet.
Removing Water Stains
- If the fabric is non-washable, gently scratch off the stain (which is made up of mineral deposits) with your fingernail. Still there? Hold the spot over a steaming teakettle until well-dampened. As it dries, rub the stain, working from its outer edges toward the center.
- Remove hard-water stains from glasses and bottles by rubbing them with steel wool dipped in vinegar.
- Cover hard-water stains on bathroom fixtures with a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Then drape with a terry clot towel and let stand for about an hour. Wipe off, rinse and dry.
Remove hair spray from a mirror with a little rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth.
If you can't reach the cobwebs with your feather duster, use the detached vacuum wand as an extension.
If You've Got Allergies
- Air condition your home.
- Keep bathrooms free of mold and mildew.
- Avoid pets or restrict them to certain areas.
- Damp mop hard surfaces regularly.
- Enclose your fireplace.
- Fluff drapes and rugs in dryer to remove dust.
- Use your exhaust fans.
- Vacuum mattresses.
- Don't allow smoking in your home.
- Replace furnace filters frequently.
- Vacuum everything once a week.
- Invest in an ozone-free air cleaner.
Odor and Moisture Removal
To get rid of odor you have to remove the source, not just cover the odor up with perfumed air freshener. Clean up and disinfect. Kill the germs that cause most household odors. The quicker you get after odors, the easier they are to remove.