Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Cleaning

My new favorite blog, The Southern Lady Cooks, posted a list of weird but helpful cleaning advice and I thought I'd share it.

1. To keep dust off artificial plants, just spray them with non-aerosol hair spray.

2. A paste prepared from baking soda and water will remove rust from appliances.

3. Use white vinegar and newspaper to clean grime and grease off the car windshield.

4. Spraying vegetable oil on a clean car bumper before a trip will make it easy to remove the bugs when you return.

5. If you place a few charcoal briquettes under your car seat they will absorb car odors.

6. Cleaning bathroom mirrors with shaving cream will keep them from fogging up.

7. To keep blankets soft when you launder them, add 2 cups of white vinegar to the rinse water.

8. Clean and restore brass with a solution of 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon flour in 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Apply with soft cloth, rub until tarnish removed. Wash with warm, soapy water, rinse and buff. You can also clean brass with Worcestershire sauce or ketchup.

9. Use cooking oil spray on squeaky hinges.

10. Beer will remove coffee and tea stains.

11. Sprinkle salt on fireplace logs to reduce the soot in the house. This will remove soot that clings to the inside walls of the chimney, too.

12. Wipe TV and computer screens with a dryer sheet to help keep dust off.

13. If you don’t have a pot scrubber, just crumple up a piece of aluminum foil and scrub away.

14. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher to eliminate odors between washings.

15. If you have a driveway that has oil residue that is hard to remove, just cover the area with sand or cat litter and allow to remin for 2 or 3 days before sweeping it off.

16. Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.

17. Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

18. Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

19. Newspaper weeds away. Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and for- get about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

20. When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

21. To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them
in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

22. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

23. Pouring salt on oven spills immediately will make them easier to clean up.

24. Do not refrigerate sweet potatoes. Temperatures below 40 degrees tend to make them bitter.

25. This rule applies to all vegetables except potatoes when boiling. Cover any vegetable that grows below the ground. Don’t cover any vegetable that grows above the ground.

The weather is going to start warming up soon and there's nothing I love more than opening the windows after a long winter and getting some fresh air in the house. This tends to underline, though, just how dusty the house has become after the winter and I tend to go a little nutty with spring cleaning as a result. If you're like me you'll be putting these tips to good use within just a few weeks.


Anonymous said...

Hi Kate! Thanks for your wonderful comment about my blog. It is beautiful here in Kentucky today and I need to be cleaning!!! I enjoyed checking out your place, too. Judy

Kate said...

I'm jealous of your beautiful Kentucky weather - it's raining here in Jersey. Boo! Thanks again for the great tips! I know many will find them very useful!