Monday, February 20, 2012

Helpful Hints

Lamp and lint roller

Lint Roller as Lamp Shade Duster
Run the roller up and down the outside of the lamp shade to get rid of small particles that shouldn't be there. Ah, the satisfaction of knowing that every surface in your living room will pass the white-glove test.
Dirt Devil vacum and masking tape
Masking Tape as Scuff Preventor
Keep baseboards free of skid marks when you vacuum. Cover the edges of the vacuum head with masking tape so they won't leave dark smudges when you inevitably bump into the walls. There will be no more black marks on your cleaning record.
Shaving cream and nail polish
Nail Polish as Rust Preventer
Coat the bottom of a shaving-cream can to fend off rust rings on the ledge of the tub.
Newspaper in a food container
Newspaper as Food-Container Deodorizer
Stuff a balled-up piece of newspaper into a plastic container that has developed a funk, and let it sit overnight. By morning the paper will have absorbed the offending smell.
Coffee grinder full of rice
Rice as Coffee Grinder Cleaner
Mill a handful of grains in your grinder and the fine particles will absorb stale odors and clean out residual grounds and oil. Discard the rice and wipe clean.
Woman using table salt to polish candlesticks
Salt as Polishing Agent
Shine brass and copper with a paste made from a few tablespoons of white vinegar and equal parts salt and flour. Apply with a soft cloth, rinse, and dry.
CD and toothpaste
Toothpaste as CD Cleaner
To restore a damaged CD, apply a dot of non-gel formulat toothpaste to a cotton cloth and rub in a straight line from the center of the CD outward, covering any scratches. Rinse off the toothpaste with water.
Towel rack used as a toiletry organizer
Towel Rod as Cleaning Supply Holder
Assemble a spray-cleaner arsenal by placing a tension rod or installing a rod in the closet or underneath the sink and then hooking the bottles onto it by their triggers.
Mesh vegetable bag, pots, and dish soap
Mesh Vegetable Bag as Dish Scrubber
Repurpose the bag that held your potatoes to remove caked-on food from dishes. Wad the mesh into a ball, add soap and water, and scrub away.

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