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Household Remedies for Common Cleanup Problems

 

Why spend a fortune buying expensive cleaners or cleaning contraptions? Here are a few tips to make your everyday cleaning chores a bit easier--and ligher on your valet !

CLEANING FOODS, SMELLS AND STAINS:

Clams: When soaking clams, add quarter cup corn meal to the water--gets rid of sand and grit

Onion smell: This is miraculously true. To get rid of onion smell from your fingers (most of it, not all). Get hold of a stainless steel spoon and run your hand under cold running water.

Garlic smell: Use a little distilled white vinegar to cut down on the pungent smell.

Tea and Coffee stains: Can be removed by a mixture of 1 tablespoon chlorine bleach and 1 quart warm water. Fill the stained cups and utensils with the solution and leave for an hour before rinsing and cleaning.

Stains on the Glass: Mix a solution of 1 part salt and 8 parts white vinegar to clean stains on the glass.

Removing Scratches from China or other Glazed Surfaces: Use white toothpaste, rub it into the scratch, rub the marks gently and wash off with water

Wine Stains: Sponge immediately with club soda. Sprinkle salt over the area immediately. This absorbs the wine. For stubborn stains, mix equal parts borax and baking soda with a little water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the stain, then wipe with damp cloth. Check for color fastness first.

Grease Stains: Mix a thick paste of baking soda and water. Wipe it on the surface, let it sit until completely dry. Remove excess baking soda and give it a good wet wipe with a clean cloth. then rinse or wipe clean with warm water.

Cupboard Stains: Mix a solution of 2 tablespoons of lemon oil, 1 teaspoon of turpentine and 2 cups of hot water. Wipe on and rinse off with clean cloth.