Thursday, July 05 , 2012

Mustard Removes Odors

If you want to re-use glass food jars, you may want to remove the odors left by the original contents.

For a medium-sized jar, put one teaspoon of dry mustard in the jar; fill to the rim with water. Leave it that way for 4 to 6 hours and rinse thoroughly with hot water. The jar should be odor-free.

Thursday, April 12 , 2012

Rubber Gloves Stuck?

If you’re having a hard time taking off rubber gloves, hold your hands under cold water—they’ll glide right off. Next time, before you put on the gloves, sprinkle a bit of baking soda or talcum powder on your hands or into the gloves.

Monday, April 09 , 2012

Best Time to Vacuum

When it’s raining or humid outside, open the windows and vacuum. The moisture in the air helps prevent dust from flying and landing on the carpet again.

Thursday, March 29 , 2012

Make Your Own Windshield Cleaner

Prepare your own windshield cleaner in an empty gallon-sized jug. Add 2 tablespoons of liquid dish detergent, 3 cups of rubbing alcohol and fill the rest with water. Pour 1 or 2 tablespoons on a clean cloth and wash the windshield with it. Rinse with plain water.

Tuesday, March 20 , 2012

Easy Window Cleaner

Combine 1 cup of distilled white vinegar with 3 cups of warm water. If your windows seem extra grimy or greasy, add either 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol or 2 tablespoons of pulp-free lemon juice. Dip a scrunched-up piece of black and white newspaper (no colored ink) into the mixture, squeeze it until it stops dripping, then use it to clean the window. Be sure to wear rubber gloves so that the newsprint doesn’t get on your hands. Dry the window with some dry pieces of black and white newspaper.

Monday, February 27 , 2012

Can't Beat It

Do you still beat your throw rugs to get them clean? Save yourself the trouble and toss the throw rug in a dryer on a “no-heat” setting. Let it run for its usual cycle. The rug should come out clean and lookin’ good.

Friday, February 24 , 2012

Dustpan in a Pinch

If you need to sweep up some dirt, but don’t have a dustpan, cut a paper or plastic plate in half. POOF! There’s your dustpan.