You don’t need to buy specialty cleaning and household products when you can just utilize common household products, that you already have on hand, to do the job, instead. I have collected so many great cleaning and DIY tips on the Internet, that I decided it would be nice to have my favorites all in one place and share them with you, at the same time. Did you know…
- If you put a small piece of tape on the spot where you will hammer a nail into the wall, it will keep your paint from chipping, as you drive the nail in.
- You can dust hard to reach corners and shelves by setting your blow dryer to cool and blowing the dust right off them and into an area you can easily reach.
- Loose screws in your pot and pan handles can be tightened by removing them first, brushing them with clear nail polish, letting them dry and then reinserting them. The pot handles will be snugged up and the polish will help prevent the screws from rusting.
- Coffee filters, placed in the bottom of pots for house plants, allow water to drain through the drainage hole, but keep soil inside the pot.
- You can keep squirrels from raiding your bird feeders by coating the poles with petroleum jelly, so they can’t get a good grip to climb up.
- Toothpaste (not the gel-type) will remove crayon marks from walls. Rub it gently with a soft cloth and then rinse.
- Threaded needles can be pulled through a dryer fabric sheet to help keep the thread from raveling.
- Sprinkle a little cornstarch into the squeaky cracks in a wood floor to stop the noise.
- Grind rice in a coffee grinder to clean and sharpen the blades.
- W-D40, straight from the garage or workshop, is great for removing stickers or sticky price tags from fabric. I learned this when our son washed some brand new t-shirts with the tags still stuck to them and unknowingly put them through the dryer. What a mess. Nothing seemed to work. Then I sprayed the sticky spots with W-D40 and the paper and glue rubbed right off. I laundered, as usual, and the shirts were new again.
- Crayon marks or wax spills can be removed by heating them with a hair dryer set to “high” and then blotting them up with a clean white cloth. You can also place a layer or two of paper toweling over the spot and iron it with a warm iron. The heat from the iron melts the wax and it is absorbed into the paper towels. I actually had to test this out recently when one of our granddaughters spilled a melted candle onto our carpeting. This trick worked like a dream.
- Old photos stuck to a photo album page can be worked loose by heating the back side of the page with a warm blow dryer as you gently work the photo loose on the other side.
- Rub cornstarch into tight knots in shoelaces, jewelry or other tied items to loosen the knots and be able to get them untangled.
- A small amount of hand lotion, first rubbed into your hands and then smoothed over nylons or clothing can remove static cling. Fabric softener sheets are good for the same thing. Just rub them over nylons or static-plagued clothing, even frizzy hair.
- You can create a makeshift sifter by poking small holes in the bottom of a paper or plastic cup and using it to sprinkle powdered sugar on desserts.
- Wrap colored candles in waxed paper and twist the ends shut before packing them away for next season. It will prevent chips and scuffs. This is such an ingenious and simple idea! I love it!
- Loosen dirt and clean the gears of your handheld can opener by running waxed paper through the gears. The wax will help it operate more smoothly, too.
- Kill grass and weeds without toxins, by putting vinegar in a spray bottle and spraying the weeds popping up in between bricks, stonework or cracks in concrete.
- A little petroleum jelly rubbed on the threads of outdoor light bulbs will help them to be easily loosened when it’s time to change them. If you have ever experienced a light bulb stuck from dirt, dust and debris “welding” them into the socket over time, you’ll love this simple trick.
- Scratches on wood furniture can be masked by rubbing them with walnuts, removed from their shell. The natural oils in the walnut meat soaks into the wood and helps to camouflage the scratch. Just rub a piece of walnut on the scratch. Leave it to soak in for about 30 minutes and then polish the area with a soft, dry cloth.
- Use chalk to heavily mark dark rings on shirt collars, before laundering. Wash as usual. The chalk helps to absorb all the oils and make getting the collar clean an easier task.
- Snip the corner from any size ziptop bag and create a temporary funnel for neater pouring.
- You can use coffee filters, which are lint-free, to clean mirrors and windows with no streaking.
- A sponge dipped in salt water and then washed across the inside of windows will keep frost from building up on the windows.
- Place fabric softener sheets between towels, sheets and pillowcases in the linen closet or between your sheets and mattress to keep linens smelling freshly laundered. The Lavender and Linen Essentials dryer sheets I have been using would be perfect for this! Since lavender is a scent associated with relaxation and being soothing, maybe that’s exactly what I need to help me fall asleep more easily. 🙂 I’m off to remake the bed!
All these tips, and so many more, can be found online and will save you time and money, using what you already have on hand instead of wasting time and money running to the store for specialty products and cleaners.
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