Great household tipsPosted: May 10, 2012
GREAT HOUSEHOLD TIPS from
“My toilet was stopped up. My guests were on their way. And I couldn’t find a plunger!”
My guests were due to arrive in just 15 minutes!,
But the toilet was clogged. And I couldn’t find a plunger (or a plumber)!
I called my sister, who has a copy of your new book, HOUSEHOLD MAGIC.
“Just squirt in some liquid dish detergent,” she told me. “Wait 15 minutes and you and your guests will be good to go.”
Well, it worked just like you said—like magic!
Make Carpet Stains Vanish—
with Shaving Cream!
What is it about light-colored carpeting that just seems to attract stains?
It used to drive us crazy.
But today, let’s say we get carried away rooting for our favorite “American Idol” contestant. And some beverage winds up on the carpet.
…work a heaping tablespoon of shaving cream into the spot, rinse with cold water and the stain disappears! (The secret is the gentle dissolving power of the cream’s glycerin.)
Clean Silver Jewelry—with Alka-Seltzer®!
Plop, plop, fizz, fizz. Oh, what a sparkling silver ring or necklace it is!
Here’s our favorite quick relief for tarnished silver jewelry:
Place jewelry in a cup of water. Plop, plop in 2 Alka-Seltzer tablets and wait for the fizz. After 5 minutes, rinse and dry with a soft cloth.
Keep Salad Greens Fresher Longer—
with a Stainless Steel Spoon!
Yuck! There’s nothing worse than opening a bag of lettuce and finding brown spots.
It’s not just that it’s icky. Greens are expensive—especially those prepackaged mixes!
But there’s something you can do to lettuce, kale, mustard greens or any salad green to keep them fresh and crisp.
All you need is a spoon. And here’s the scoop…
Just put a stainless steel spoon (or any piece of silverware) into the container. That’s all there is to it! Really.
MOULD-FREE CHEESE !
I was so tired of going to the fridge for a nice hunk of delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cheese…
And finding instead something that looked like evidence from a CSI crime scene. Ugh! And what a waste of costly cheese!
So I tried your trick of putting a cube or 2 of sugar in with the cheese to deter mold—and keep the cheese fresher longer.
What do you know? It works! No more mould for me and my family!
Cleaner, Fresher Laundry… with Less Detergent
To supercharge your laundry detergent, just add ¼ to ½ cup of baking soda!
Not only will you use less detergent (why spend more when you don’t have to?), your clothes will smell and look better because the baking soda eliminates soap residue.
Make an Instant Spot Remover—
from 3 Common Household Items
If you’ve ever felt like crying “Out, out, damned spot!” like Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth…
… you’ll love this do-it-yourself instant spot remover:
Combine 1 cup of water (any kind but tap) with 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 2 teaspoons of dish detergent. Spray on and launder as soon as possible.
“Confessions of a Former ‘Mosquito Magnet'”
I always wanted to be voted “most popular.” But not by mosquitoes!
I was always the one slapping my wrists and ankles and slathering on those awful-smelling repellents that are full of nasty chemicals.
Thank goodness for your wonderful “apple cider vinegar” fix! I just drink 2 teaspoons of it in water before I go out and I’m a wallflower at any mosquito dance!
Plus, I hear apple cider vinegar is actually good for me!