Ever been really stuck on how to remove a stain, revive limp lettuce, dry up a pimple or clean a ‘sour’ baby bottle? Check these out.
Ever been really stuck on how to remove a stain, revive limp lettuce, clean dirty photographs, dry up a pimple or clean a ‘sour’ baby bottle? Read on and find out how you can do all of these and more with things you already have in the house.
• Since the dirt rings in collars are oil stains, shampoo for oily hair will remove them. Rub it into the fabric before washing the garment.
• Remove ink spots from clothing by squeezing toothpaste on the spot. Scrub and rinse thoroughly.
• Remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers using a piece of tin foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
• A thick paste made from baking soda and water will remove perspiration stains from clothing. It will also remove urine stains from car seats.
• Lemon juice and salt rubbed into a paste, will remove rust stains from clothing.
• Cotton dipped in alcohol will clean dirty photographs.
• Salad oil will remove tar from your feet.
• Keep old toothbrushes - they are extremely handy for cleaning nooks and crannies other cleaning equipment cannot get into.
• Eat fresh parsley to reduce the acidity of urine and relieve symptoms of bladder infections.
• Toothpaste dabbed onto a pimple will dry it out.
• In an emergency shampoo can be used in the place of shaving cream.
• Soak limp lettuce leaves, celery and carrots in ice water for an hour. They will become crisper.
• Fill a scorched pan halfway with water and 50 grams of baking soda. Boil for 10 minutes and the burnt food will loosen and float to the top.
• Hard, refrigerated butter will soften in the microwave in 30 seconds on the defrost setting. But stand there and watch it - a few seconds too long, and you could have a runny mess.
• When dropping dough from a spoon into a pan, wet the spoon in milk and the dough will not stick to the spoon.
• Moth proof clothing by wrapping them in newspapers. Moths apparently dislike the taste of printer’s ink. And newspapers smell a lot better than mothballs.
• Bend a wire coat hanger in half and hang wet takkies on it to dry.
• If you have poured too much washing powder into the machine, sprinkle salt into the water to settle the soap suds.
• Put candles in the freezer before using them. They will last much longer.
• Buy all your toddler's socks in the same colour. That way you will never have the problem of not being able to find the mythical ‘other sock’.
• Dig your nails into a bar of soap before doing dirty work. This will prevent dirt from getting under them.
• Wipe your shoelaces with a wet cloth after tying them. They will stay tied all day.
• Scrub out a ‘sour’ baby’s bottle a mixture of toothpaste and water.
• Tie a pair of scissors and sellotape to a nail in the kitchen. There is nothing worse than trying to wrap a present in a hurry and not being able to lay your hands on any of these.
• Keep a bag of toys in the car so that there is always amusement at hand for young children.
• Thread a needle with ease by dipping the end of the thread into colourless nail polish beforehand.
• Loosen a rusted bolt by applying a cloth soaked in a carbonated soda to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
• Remove musty and oily odours from the garage floor by spreading grass cuttings on them for a few hours.
To remove bleach smell from hands (and that slimy feeling) pour a little vinegar or lemon juice over your hands then rinse. (bleach is alkaline, vinegar and lemon are acid, so they cancel each other out and balance the pH of your skin.)
Make use of Leftover Soap:
Utilising these little pieces of soap that are always left over. Add a little glycerine and mash them up with a little warm water and you will have a liquid soap that is gentle and economical