Category Archives: cleaning
Diane Spotilla of Hobart, Ind., has found a sparkling way to get more out of those little net shower puffs used to wash your skin: She hangs old, out-of-shape ones on an extra hook and has a soapy good time … Continue reading
We’ve had many readers suggest new ways to make the most of magazine inserts that waft perfumes. This one from Barbara O’Leary of Tucson shows that the samples should not be reserved for your pulse points. “Use the perfume sample … Continue reading
Alice Gottlieb of the Bronx, N.Y., shares her household secret for cutting one of the unwanted after-effects of an aromatic meal. Since fish and onion odors can linger on plates and silverware, she found an easy way to get rid … Continue reading
Thanks goes out to Jo Ann Sichi of Mebane, N.C., who shares this friendly tip for removing that crusty ketchup that somehow always lands on our hot dogs and hamburgers. “My best friend gave me the greatest hint,” she writes. … Continue reading
Reader Tracy Britton of Los Angeles shares a grime-stopper for storing ice chests and other containers. After each picnic, party or trip, she rinses out the cooler, then leaves about an inch of water in the bottom with half a … Continue reading
Despite its amazing reliability, this tip from online reader Ruthie Harrell of Dickson, Tenn., still strikes us as a bit of a magic trick: “To clean your windows and glass — such as on your car — use old newspaper … Continue reading
For a 12-minute car wash, you just need to deploy a bucket of sudsy water, an old-fashioned string mop, thirsty towels and a garden hose, says Jean Elam of North Augusta, S.C. The mop can swab across the top and … Continue reading
Reader Cathy Truesdale of Wheaton, Ill., is a fan of using natural ingredients. “My recipe for soft, sweet-smelling clothes is ¼ cup each of baking soda, washing soda and borax mixed with phosphate-free laundry soap,” she e-mails. “For clothing with … Continue reading
When Christine Haemmerle of Forked River, N.J., needs to dust around tight spaces, she puts an old cotton sock on her hand, sprays it and gets to work. “My fingers are good to go around rungs and spindles and other … Continue reading
Donald Toll of Milwaukee, WI offers this easy way to clean bathroom sinks, tubs, showers and tiles: “Go out and find the cheapest shampoo. Apply it to an old nlyon shower puff. You will find that the shampoo cuts through … Continue reading
Joyce Sherman of Ormond Beach, Fla., eliminates bad odors in her refrigerator by adding a few drops of lemon or vanilla extract to a cotton ball, putting it in a shot glass and placing it inside the fridge.
Donna Kuper of Everett, Wash., keeps her soap-filled steel wool pads from rusting by freezing them between uses. “It only takes a few seconds for the pad to thaw, or it can be used immediately when submerged in warm water. … Continue reading
Looking for an inexpensive chemical-free cleaner? Then look no further than your kitchen cabinets. Marcia Irvin of Post Falls, ID, writes: “For cleaning I use inexpensive white vinegar. It’s antibacterial, safe around children and pets, and cleans as well as … Continue reading
Carol Lanke of Hudson, FL., writes: “To make a handy dandy mini-garbage container to collect garbage on your sink, just take a facial tissue cube box and cut the 4 corners diagonally from corner to center. Next put a small plastic … Continue reading
Donna Kuper of Everett, WA., suggests tossing your soap-filled steel wool pads in the freezer to keep them from rusting. “It only takes a few seconds for the pad to thaw,” she writes. “Or it can be used immediately when submerged … Continue reading
Rozlyn Barkoff of Boynton Beach, FL., has found lint roller sheets to be useful for picking up more than just lint.”Tear off single sticky sheets from a lint roller, and use them to clean crevices and hard to reach areas,” … Continue reading
Who wants to spend time scrubbing BBQ grills when they could be enjoying some summer fun? Dan Irons of Fort Myers, FL has this time-saving tip: “To clean BBQ grills, put them in a large plastic bag, Pout 1 cup … Continue reading
Coffee filters find a new use at Mary Allen’s house in Louisville. She uses them instead of paper towels to clean glass tops on tables and desks. “It leaves no residue behind like paper towels do,” she attests.
KTHV in Little Rock broadcast some great ideas for keeping your desk de-cluttered!