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.

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