• Keep a new toothbrush near kitchen sink to clean rotary beaters, graters, choppers and similar utensils.

  • Spray garbage sacks with ammonia to discourage dogs from tearing bags before pickup.

  • Clean darkened aluminum pans easily by boiling with 2 tsps. cream of tartar mixed with a quart of water for 10 minutes.

  • A cracked dish boiled 45 minutes in sweet milk will develop an invisable bond - the crack will be welded and strong.

  • Use a clean powder puff to polish silverware, copper and brass.

  • Wet tarnished copper pans with lemon juice or vinegar, sprinkle with salt and let stand briefly before rubbing away tarnish, wash in soapy water and polish.

  • Iron rickrack by turning the garment to the wrong side first.

  • To whiten laces, wash them in sour milk. To give them antique appearance, dip them in hot tea.

  • To dry drip-dries faster with fewer wrinkles, hang garment over top of a cleaner's plastic bag.

  • To remove creases in slacks or hem marks when lengthening little girl's dresses, use brown paper bag and white vinegar; sponge crease with vinegar, cover with brown paper and press with hot iron.

  • To remove scratches or water marks from antique or moder wood furniture, and leave a soft sheen - mix a level tsp. of instant coffe and 2 tsp. water. Go over the surface with the mixture, using a small wad of cotton. Polish as usual.

  • To remove or prevent carpet stains, mix together 1 tsp. Ivory Liquid, 1 tsp. white vinegar, and 4 cups (1 quart) water. Moisten spot with small amount of mixture on a damp cloth. Rinse carefully with clear water on another clean cloth, and dry quickly with hair dryer held 6-8" from carpet surface. Repeat, if necessary. Care must be taken to prevent wetting carpet through to backing by drying quickly.

  • Run out of laundry detergent? Use Cascade for a beautiful bright wash, especially whites.

  • Microwaves can always use a box of baking soda when not in use to eliminate odors.

  • Use one sheet of fabric softener tucked inside clean pillow slip for fresh scent.

  • How to get whites white again. Soak overnight in 1/2 c. liquid bleach, 1/2 cup dishwasher detergent and 1 gal. hot water, then wash as usual. Gets white things white again.

  • Window Cleaner: 1/4 c. ammonia, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 1/2 gal. hot water. Use while hot.

  • Hardened paint brushes will soften readily if you place them in hot vinegar and then wash them in warm suds.

  • Get your clothespins ready for the first beautiful spring day to hang clothes outside to dry. Soak them in hot water and bleach solution for a couple of hours. Dry and your stained clothespins are like new.

  • Jiffy Bottle Scrubber: To clean the inside of a bottle or small mouth jar, pour 1/4 cup of unpopped popcorn into jar. Add dishwater and shake vigorously. Presto! It's clean.

  • To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously ! As the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

  • Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry to quickly and will probably streak.

  • Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little Hydrogen Peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works Every time! (Now, where to put the body?) LOL

  • To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The wax will fall out.

  • I received this from a friend who had received it from Mary Rita of the A1 eGroup. Thank you *S*


    The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material... I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well ...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free... That nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box ..well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very longtime (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

    How about that!!

    Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that.

    So, I thought I'd share!

    Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it... The water ran right through the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!