(Closed) Fun/useful household tips?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I use Resolve in the bottle for clothing stains.

Post # 4
Member
581 posts
Busy bee

I put a 1/2 cup of baking soda in my drain and follow it with 1 cup of vinegar (sometimes more).  It foams (like the volcanoes in school) and cleans the drain of make-up muck!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ooh, I need to try that on my necklace later. Thanks for the tip!

After using up lemons or limes, I grind them in the garbage disposal to freshen up the kitchen sink. That’s probably a tip most people already know, but I can’t think of anything else right now!

Post # 6
Member
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Milk takes blood stains out of clothing. Just soak the spot with blood on it in a little milk (a few teaspoons is all you need unless it’s a lot of blood) for a few minutes, scrub the cloth on itself and then wash like normal.

That’s my big ‘home remedy’ right there 🙂

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

This one is not so weird… we have hardwood floors, and we always use the hand attachment on our vacuum to clean the floors instead of sweeping. Same goes for the kitchen. I hate sweeping, and the hand attachment seems to do a great job. Our dog once got in to a full 1 lb bag of flour while we were gone one day. We came back to a kitchen floor covered in flour. Five minutes later and it was all cleaned up. It probably wasn’t good for the vacuum, but SO much easier than sweeping, dustpan, etc. If I could use it outside without breaking it, I would!

Post # 8
Member
581 posts
Busy bee

The blood tip made me think of the next one.

This is for when you have children — make sure to have a red washcloth on hand for when your child skins their knee or gets a cut.  They won’t be able to see the blood on the washcloth so they won’t get freaked out!  Of course, some kids think it’s cool….

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ddw: That’s awesome! I didn’t know that! Great tip!

A woman at my old gym had a funny tip from her sister. She used to just hide a bowl of Mr Clean or whatever near the front door so when people came in they’d smell the cleaner, and it gave the illusion that she had just washed the floors, etc, LOL!!!! I thought that was awesome!

For gardening, I’ve been washing out all my eggshells, letting them dry overnight and then I crush them up into an air-tight container. I sprinkle the shells around the base of my lillies which slugs LOVE to eat to keep the little critters off. Plus eggshells are awesome for your soil. It worked while I was keeping it up 😉

Post # 11
Member
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Every few weeks I throw some ice down the garbage disposal and turn it on. My mom always said it was good for sharpening the blades and for cleaning out any muck that might be in there… but who knows 🙂 

 

hmmm cant really think of anything else!! i’ll keep thinking.

Post # 12
Member
581 posts
Busy bee

@torybrian — my husband has a leaf blower type thing that vacuums!  Yup, vacuums.  The neighbors think he is off his rocker.  He has two — one for vacuuming and one for blowing.  I think he vacuums the front yard more than I vacuum the house! (maye I shouldn’t say that  Wink

Post # 13
Member
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Is that the one with the bristles on top? I can’t remember which brand it is that I have (I’m 99% sure it’s Resolve…) with the bristles on the lid and it’s AMAZING. When we were fostering our kitten and first got her, she had some sort of awful parasite/stomach bug and had massive diarrhea on my white silk Christmas tree skirt twice (sorry if that’s TMI). I used that Resolve and you would never ever know anything had happened to it. I was SO relieved! It’s amazing!

Post # 14
Member
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I clean everything with vinegar and vodka. Tea tree oil can be used to get that “musty/moldy” smell out of furniture, etc.

Warm salt water helps get rid of a headache. If you have a sore throat/chest put Vicks on your feet and wear socks to bed.

@sudslover: That is a great trick. Works so well.

Post # 15
Member
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@bakerella: um… i have TOTALLY been guilty of just mopping right next to the door to make it smell just-mopped! especially bc i have the febreeze scented mr. clean. love it!

Post # 16
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@bakerella: Possibly, but I use the Resolve that’s actually for carpets/furniture on my clothing and scrub it with a toothbrush.

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