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    20 Household Cleaning Tips, Tricks and Substitutions

    How to Remove a Blood Stain, What to Use Instead of Windex and a Whole Lot More
    I've shared 20 interesting household cleaning substitutes and helpful tips that I've learned over the years:

    If You're Out Of...

    Asprin : Cut a lime in half and press it against your forehead to relieve the throbbing.

    Calamine Lotion : A dab of liquid soap or ammonia will give you instant relief from the itch associated with insect bites.

    Raid : Ants are said to never cross a chalk line. Using your kids' sidewalk chalk, draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march.

    Rock Salt : Fill a bucket with hot water and add a tablespoon of Dawn dish washing liquid to it at the end. Pour it all over the steps and they will melt the ice without refreezing.

    Shout! : Baking soda and club soda (AKA: soda water) are great ways to get a stain out if you run out of Shout!

    Toilet Cleaner : Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into your toilet bowl. After twenty minutes just run your brush inside the toilet and flush it. The effervescence of the tablets will make cleaning easy.

    Tweezers : If you get a splinter and don't have access to Tweezers, put a piece of Scotch tape over the splinter and pull it off. Typically, Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

    Windex : Air freshener will clean mirrors and leave a much more pleasant scent. Vinegar works great on windows too!

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    Artificial Flowers : Artificial flowers tend to get dusty easily but are difficult to clean. Pour a half cup of salt into a paper bag and then the flowers. As you continue to vigorously shake the bag, the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt. Your flowers will look new when you're done.

    Blood Stains : You can easily remove blood stain from your clothes using hydrogen peroxide. Just saturate, then blot and repeat if necessary.

    Candle Holders : To remove old wax from the inside of a glass candle holder, just put it inside your freezer for a few hours. When you take it out, flip it upside down and the wax will fall right out.

    Crayon on the Wall : Wet a washcloth with warm water and dip it in baking soda. It will wipe off easily without damaging your paint.

    Microwave : Cut a lemon in half and put it inside a bowl filled with 1 cup of water in the microwave. Microwave the lemon and water for one minute, then let stand for five. The steam and oils of the lemon will make it easy to clean and remove any odors.

    Permanent Marker : on unfinished surfaces like appliances or counter tops can be wiped clean using rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

    Pots & Pans : Caked on Food Fill the pot or pan with warm water and a drop or two of dish washing liquid, then bringing them to a boil on the stove. Once the water boils, remove the pan from the heat, dump the water and cleaning it should be effortless.

    Pots & Pans : Stains I recently fried oil in a stainless steel pan that stained it with black and yellow spots that were impossible to remove with soap and water. If you have a similar problem, spray your pan with Easy Off Oven Cleaner, wait 30 minutes, then rinse. It should clean to a perfect shine with just soap and water. Note: Do not use this on Teflon or coated cookware.

    Scuffs on Shoes : Use a cotton ball soaked in non-acetone nail polish remover and lightly buff it over your shoe's scuff. It will easily come off. This works well with patent leather and leather shoes, but I recommend patch testing first.

    Tupperware : Spray the inside with Pam cooking spray before using anything tomato based inside it. After it's used, you can clean it easily without any red stains.

    Streak Free Windows : Use vertical strokes when washing the outside and horizontal for the inside. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Don't wash windows on a sunny day as they will dry too quickly and be likely to streak.

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    15 unusual uses for your hair dryer editor
    by By Melissa Breyer Yahoo!Green, on Fri Sep 2, 2011 3:41pm PDT


    Handheld hair dryers were introduced for the domestic market in 1920, and since then countless hairdos have relied on that combination of heat and air to achieve their coiffed perfection.

    But the humble blow dryer has plenty of other services to offer around the house -- here are a handful of them:

    If you need to quickly set the icing on a cake, the air and heat of a hair dryer can quicken up the process.

    If your cake won’t unstick from the cake pan, use your hair dryer on the bottom of the pan then invert it, it should drop right out.

    Running an ice cream scoop under hot water helps, but you can also try using a hair dryer on the carton to soften ice cream for easy scooping.

    Some people use pots of boiling water to quicken freezer defrosting, but a hot hair dryer works even more quickly. (Be careful of puddles of water and the dryer, though.)

    Automatic ice-makers can get jammed with frozen ice; relieve that with a long blast of hot air to melt unwanted icebergs.

    Remove contact paper from shelves by heating it with the hair dryer and gently working the edges up. Also works for bumper stickers and other rogue sticky things.

    Use a hair dryer to dust hard-to-dust items; the air will blow the dust somewhere else, but hopefully somewhere else that is easier to dust.

    Personally, I like my kids’ crayon marks on my walls, but for the rest of you: Heat the crayon marks until softened, then scrub with hot water and detergent.

    Old photo albums with magnetic pages can get stuck -- unstick them with a blast from the hair dryer.

    Spot-iron wrinkles by lightly dampening the area and then heating the wrinkles with your dryer.

    Wet boots, shoes, and sneakers can take on a terrible odor if left to dry slowly -- alleviate that by drying them with your hair dryer.

    Winter can bring frozen windows and locks -- thaw them with a hair dryer.

    Window screens collecting dust and pollen? Blow it back to whence it came.

    Removing bandages can hurt more than the wound, so soften the adhesive with a hair dryer first to ease the rip.

    If you have trouble keeping a hot compress hot, keep your hair dryer by you and reheat as necessary.

    Bonus: For wrinkled ribbons and fabric belts, employ a curling iron to straighten them out.

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    15 Brilliant Uses for Toothpaste
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    Get Rid of Ants Solution
    This is a recipe for getting rid of those pesky ants that come every spring and summer. Mix up the solution, pack cotton balls in a ja...r cover, put the solution on and they will be gone.

    Ingredients:
    1 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons boric acid
    3 cups warm water

    Directions:

    1. Mix the sugar and boric acid well.

    2. Add the warm water slowly, mixing all the while so it won't be too lumpy.

    3. Store in a jar until ready to use.

    4. When ready to use, put cotton into the top of a jar lid to fill it and then saturate the cotton to the top.

    5. Place it in the location where it is needed.

    6. Note: This solution will keep for a long while. A good technique is to drip a drop or two over the edge of the lid to rest on the counter so the ants will find the solution sooner. It sometimes takes a little while for them to find it, but find it they will. When they do, do not disturb them as they drink. They will hang over the edge of the lid and drink for a while and then take it back to the nest killing the colony. Almost overnight they will be gone.

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    Never Throw Out Citrus Peels 9 Ideas Of What To Do With Them

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    13 Non-Toxic Kitchen Cleaners
    Ditch the chemicals and try these green solutions for a spotless (and healthier) house.
    Adapted by Alyssa Jung from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things


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    Ketchup naturally cleans your oven : If a stubborn stain keeps burning in your oven, turn the oven on very low to warm it up. Then, squirt ketchup on the culprit, scrub and let sit for five minutes; it'll wipe right up! You can also restore discolored copper pots by spreading a thin layer of ketchup on, then rinsing and drying.

    Aluminum foil naturally cleans silver : Tarnished silver is no match for this aluminum foil "recipe." Bring 1 liter of water, 1 tbsp of baking soda and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Drop your silverware in the pot for 10 seconds (longer if it's extra tarnished), then fish it out with tongs. Magic! You can also ball up foil and use it to scrub off caked-on food from pans (not non-stick ones).

    Orange peel naturally cleans water spots : Next time you peel an orange, don't chuck the skin. The peel erases water spots on metal faucets, and dissolves light gunk build-up in sinks. You can also shine up dull wood with the white-membrane side of the peel; the orange's oils act like a natural polish and leave a nice glow. It also is good for repelling insects. http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-step...-waste-kitchen
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    Wood Butter – A Recipe for Your Utensils!

    If you have a lot of wooden bowls and utensils in your kitchen and they are looking dull Creative culinary has a recipe for a butter to bring the wood back to its shiny glory. I have been using it on my pampered chef wooden spoons since I first saw it and it works really well.

    I have used it on wooden salad bowls and it worked well for them. My dishwasher has a butcher block top and I love this butter for it. I like to rub it on and let it soak in for half hour or so them buff any that is left off. The wood looks so good when its well oiled.

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    What better way to show you the magic of Wood Butter than a Before and After photo.

    ■8 ounces pure beeswax - measured dry. One package of the pellets that I purchased weighed 16 ounces and I used half a package at a time.
    ■32 ounces of mineral oil - typically packaged with 16 liquid ounces per container so I used 2 containers.
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    Cheap Green Spring Cleaning Recipes

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    Cheap Green Spring Cleaning Recipes

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    These look great. I already use some of them. Just wondered if you did anything in making a homemade Shout or Oxyclean solution for grease stains on clothing. I have two problems with the one I'm using. First, it doesn't get the grease stains out. Second, it clogs up the nozzle after two or three uses and I can't spray it. Has anyone had any luck with this type of thing? Would love some ideas. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gloria7819 View Post
    These look great. I already use some of them. Just wondered if you did anything in making a homemade Shout or Oxyclean solution for grease stains on clothing. I have two problems with the one I'm using. First, it doesn't get the grease stains out. Second, it clogs up the nozzle after two or three uses and I can't spray it. Has anyone had any luck with this type of thing? Would love some ideas. Thanks.
    I read somwwhere that you use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and Dawn dishwashing soap... I will look for it





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    Click here to see more uses for coffee grounds. http://bit.ly/16sTNyR

    1. Deodorizer. Dry them out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer, or rub them on your hands to get rid of food prep smells

    2. Plant food. Plants such as rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen and camellias that prefer acidic soils will appreciate the leftovers from your morning cup. Also, grounds can add nutrients to your compost bin.

    3. Insect repellant. Sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant piles themselves. The little buggers will move on or stay away. Used grounds are also said to repel snails and slugs.

    4. Dye. By steeping grounds in hot water, you can make brown dye for fabric, paper and even Easter eggs.

    5. Furniture scratch cover-up. Steep grounds and apply a bit of the liquid to furniture scratches with a Q-tip.

    6. Cleaning product. As they’re slightly abrasive, grounds can be used as a scouring agent for greasy and grimy stain-resistant objects.

    7. Kitty repellent. To keep kitty from using the garden as her personal powder room, sprinkle grounds mixed with orange peels around your plants.

    8. Boost your carrot harvest. Mixing fresh grounds with the tiny seeds makes them easier to sow and may repel root maggots and other wee beasties.

    9. Dust inhibitor. Before you clean out the fireplace, toss wet coffee grounds over the ashes to keep the ash dust under control.

    And, finally, the top use for used coffee grounds....drum roll here....

    10. Cellulite reducer. I kid you not. We're supposed to mix 1/4 cup warm, used coffee grounds with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then, while standing over an old towel or newspaper, we're to apply the mixture to our "problem areas". Next, wrap the areas with shrink wrap and leave on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush loose grounds off our skin and then shower with warm water. For best results, it is recommended to repeat this procedure twice a week. A little weird to be sure, but as high priced cellulite creams actually have coffee in them, it just might work.

    For even more uses of spent coffee grounds, visit http://www.essortment.com/home/usesforoldcof_syav.htm and http://www.rd.com/content/extraordin...offee-grounds/ . And if you have any secret uses for your used grounds, please share!

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