Sunday, June 03, 2007
Sherri's Helpful Hints
Surprising Items for Household Cleaning
Mesh Veggie Bag as Pot Scrubber
Original Purpose: Packaging for potatoes, onions, and tomatoes on the vine.
Use: Scrubbing up after dinner. Cut ends open, scrunch, add soap and water and be amazed at how well it works.
Reward: After an especially messy clean-up, you can throw this scrubber away.
Dust Lamp with Lint Roller
Original Purpose: Getting the white cat hair off your black sweater.
Use: Dusting a lamp shade. Run the roller up and down the outside to get rid of the lint and dust; especially difficult with pleated shades.
Reward: A perfectly clean lamp shade that doesn't make you sneeze.
Remove Food Stains with Lemon
Original Purpose: Cooking and flavoring beverages.
Use: Removing tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards. Slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Reward: A house that smells like fresh lemons.
Other Use: Washing up after eating or cooking fish. Rub lemon on your hands and rinse.
Baking Soda as Silver Polisher
Original Use: Making cakes rise.
Use: Polishing silver. Wash tarnished items, then place on aluminum foil in the bottom of a pot. Add the baking-soda solution (1/4 cup soda, a few teaspoons salt, 1 quart boiling water) to cover for a few seconds.
Reward: A chemical reaction that gets the tarnish off of your silver products without all the scrubbing, especially detailed pieces.
Sop Up Spilled Egg with Salt
Original Purpose: Boosting flavor.
Use: Sopping up a spilled egg. Heap a handful of salt on the mess, leave for two minutes or so, then wipe up.
Reward: The egg sticks to one paper towel instead of sliding off five or six.
Use Coasters to Catch Drips in Pantry
Original Purpose: Keeping wet glasses from making rings on your wooden tables.
Use: Catching drips that might come from bottles and jars in cupboards.
Reward: Shelves that don’t require a full wipe-down every other day.
Posted by february sherri