LIVING ROOM TIPS
- Get rid of fingerprints on stainless steel by wiping them with baby oil on a clean cloth.
- Get in a habit of cleaning out your refrigerator every time you bring home groceries. Dispose of any food that is no longer edible or your family is not going to eat.
- Place an opened box of bicarbonate of soda behind the toilet to absorb nasty odours.
- Shine black shoes by rubbing them with a banana skin
- Shine brown shoes by rubbing them with the pithy side of a lemon
- Keep necklaces and bracelets from tangling by hanging off a mug tree or putting hooks inside your wardrobe.
- Put conkers in with your clothes to keep moths at bay.
- To get rid of an ink stain on clothes, spray with a strong hairspray, and then wash as normal.
- Dry wet shoes more quickly by putting crumpled balls of newspaper inside them.
- To remove chewing gum from clothing, upholstery or carpets, heat some white vinegar in a pan and apply it to the gum.
- To make ironing easier place a sheet of kitchen foil on the board under the cover, which helps reflect the heat.
- When you are doing your laundry put any underwear inside a pillowcase. It will keep all those items together and make it easier for sorting everything once it comes out the wash. You can buy mesh bags designed especially for this.
- To stop coloured cottons from fading and the colours bleeding, soak in strong salt water overnight.
- To revive greying white cotton bedding, let the frost get to them on the clothes line.
- Remove rust stains on white cotton by rubbing with lemon juice and salt before washing.
- To remove candle wax from fabrics use a knife to scrape off as much wax as possible. Place fabric between 2 pieces of parchment paper or waxed paper and press with a warm iron. Wash with detergent in the hottest water safe for the fabric.
- Tumble dry pillows in a hot tumble dryer once a week for 15 minutes to freshen them and get rid of dust mites.
- Separate your clothes by season. If you have a wardrobe with a shelf over the rails, place current seasons clothes on the rails and move out of season clothes on to the shelf.
- Categorize your clothes by purpose, such as work, casual, and formal.
- If you have deodorant stains on your clothes, gently sponge the area with white vinegar. Leave for a few minutes and then wash in hot water.
- To remove blood stains, soak the item in cold water for at least 30 minutes. If the stain remains, soak again in lukewarm water with added ammonia. Use 3 tbsp. ammonia per gallon of water. Rinse well. If the stain is really stubborn and still remains, work in a laundry detergent, and wash, using colour safe bleach.
- To remove a fresh coffee stain, sponge or soak with cold water as soon as possible. Wash, using detergent and colour safe bleach. For a set in stain beat an egg yolk and then with a terry cloth, apply it to the stain. You’ll need to work the yolk into the stain for a minute or so. Now rinse it thoroughly with water. The stain will disappear.
- To remove mouldy smells from towels, wash with a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. The smell will disappear they will be lovely and fresh again.
- Plant some lavender under your washing line, or if it on a patio or other hard standing, put some pots of lavender underneath. As sheets swing around on the line they brush against the lavender and pick up a subtle scent.
HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT TIPS
- Unclog a drain by pouring in a cup of baking soda followed slowly by a cup of white vinegar – cover and let it sit for five minutes then pour down four litres of boiling water.
- When potting plants, place a coffee filter in the bottom of the pot over the drainage holes to prevent the soil draining out.
- If you keep your freezer in the shed or garage, polish the outside with wax to stop damp, rust and mould.
- Make stripping wallpaper easier by adding a tablespoon of baking soda to each bucketful of water.
- Clean oil spots on the path or driveway by sprinkling bicarbonate of soda and scrubbing with a wet brush.
- Kill weeds between cracks in patios by spraying them with white vinegar.
- For kids’ outdoor toys, purchase a weatherproof, bench-style storage box and store toys inside. Also, gather all outdoor balls and place into a large, mesh drawstring bag and store in garage.