Household Remedies - For Cleaning

We are sure getting our fair share of snow! In the past two weeks it seems we’ve been getting snowed in an awful lot, while we are stuch in our homes we might start to notice different things that could use a little TLC. Here are a few tips for cleaning household items.

Chrome: To remove rust from chrome, wipe it with aluminum foil dipped in Coke. To polish chrome, use a crumpled piece of foil and rub.

Cloudy Drinking Glasses: Soak them for an hour or longer in slightly warm white vinegar. Then, use a nylon-net or plastic dish scrubber to remove the film. If the cloudiness is still there the damage must be etching (tiny scratches that occur in the dishwasher). Unfortunately, this means it is permanent. To avoid this happening in the future stick to handwashing your glasses.

Coffee Grinder: Grind up a 1 cup of rice in the grinder. Not only does this clean the grinder it also sharpens the blades.

Copper: To polish copper, rub an ample amount of ketchup on the copper and let it stand for five minutes. Rinse off the ketchup with hot water and dry to find an incredible shine.

Crayons on Walls or Washable Wallpaper: Spray with WD-40, then gently wipe, using a paper towel or clean cloth. If the mark is stubborn, sprinkle a little baking soda on a damp sponge, and gently rub in a circular motion. If the WD-40 leaves a residue, gently wipe with a sponge soaked in soapy water, rinse clean; blot dry. Another method is to use a hair dryer – it heats the wax and wipes away instantly. If the color remains, wet a cloth with bleach and wipe.

Deodorize Dishes, Pans, Cutting Boards or Utensils: After so many uses these items are sometime absorb odors. To get rid of them add fresh lemon juice to your dishwater when soaking them.

Dishwashers: To clean mineral deposits from the inside of your dishwasher, pour in a packet of sugar free lemon koolaid or a mostly frozen can of orange juice. The acidity helps remove the mineral buildup.

Hopefully, using these tips for cleaning will give you all something to do while stuck in the house over the next week.

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