Got a few minutes? Here are some tricks to make things spic ‘n span at home.
1. Stop your sink from clogging. Twice a month pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of white vinegar. After ten minutes or so of fizzing, flush zink with six cups of boiling water.
2. Cut down on fridge odors, by lining the vegetable drawer with a sheet of newspaper.
3. Clean windows and other glass with unused coffee filters when you’re out of paper towels. As an added bonus, the filter paper leaves no residue.
4. Get rid of stubborn price tags of stickers. Apply vinegar, allow it to soak into the glued-on- paper for a few minutes, then peel.
5. Remove grass stains on sneakers. Sponge spot with water, then pour a bit of molasses believe it or not!) on stains and let sit overnight. The sulfur in the molasses gently eats away the stain. In the morning, rinse shoes in water to remove syrup.
6. De-stink sneakers. Sprinkle baking soda inside shoes, place in a sealed plastic bag and put in the freezer overnight.
7. Expertly dust silk flowers. Put them in a zip-top bag with ½ cup salt. Shake vigorously. Salt will absorb dust and dirt, and flowers will look like new again.
8. Easily get rid of stains in your coffee thermos. Fill with water and drop in a few denture cleaning solution, Let fizz and rinse.
9. Prevent a laundered comforter from clumping. Toss a couple of old tennis balls into the machine with it. The pounding movement will fluff the stuffing, ensuring even distribution. This also revives flattened pillows.
10. Remove mold spots on walls with a solution of one cup bleach to one gallon of warm water. Use a sponge and rubber gloves. Don’t drip on carpeting! When dry, paint with a mildew-resistant latex paint.
Source : GoodHousekeeping Magazine, October 2008