Taking Care of Your House

Eliminate Odors from Your Home

White wine vinegar makes an excellent air freshener by pouring some into a spray gun and spray neat into the air to kill cigarette, cooking or paint odors. Alternatively put a bowl of white wine vinegar in your living room overnight to soak up any such smells.

The leftover grounds of coffee from an espresso machine makes a fantastic air freshener. Leave the damp grounds in a bowl to soak up unpleasant odors. Soak up the smell of cigarette smoke by placing the grounds from your morning coffee into your ashtray.

Household Tips

Toothpaste can be used to polish your faucets and clean ceramic tiles. Use car wax to remove scratches and marks on your refrigerator and washing machine. Keep your kitchen and bathroom tiles looking shiny and new for as long as possible by treating them with lemon oil. This will prevent water stains from building up.

To remove scuff marks on linoleum by rubbing the marks with nail polish remover on a cotton wool ball. The solvent in the nail polish remover will bring the marks up easily and quickly.

If you have something stuck to the bottom of your burnt pots and pans, and you cannot remove it, then pour half an inch of fabric softener into the pan. Leave it to soak overnight and it will clean up easily the next day. Lemons are great for cleaning copper or brass. Simply mix the lemon juice with a little salt in a bowl and then dab in a cloth and then rub as you would with any cleaner. Lemon juice is also good for removing food odors from your hands or cutting boards.

Transform your curtains by putting a denture cleaning tablet into water and soaking the curtains. They will come out looking like new again.

If your carpets are looking faded then just sprinkle over a mix of tea leaves and salt, then vacuum and those colors will come alive.

The next time you burn a pan, sprinkle a quarter cup of baking soda in the dampened pan. Let it sit for five minutes and then scrub clean.

To remove finger marks from your wallpaper, rub them gently with plain white bread. To remove grease spots from wallpaper by holding several white paper towels over the spot and then press with a warm iron until the grease is absorbed.

Removing dust from silk flower arrangements by sprinkling ordinary salt over them and then shaking off the salt and the dust goes with it.

Get rid of stubborn marks from your ceramic or plastic bath by applying a small lump of toothpaste on your finger and rubbing the mark gently with it. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and you will be surprised by what a little toothpaste can do.

Keep glass topped tables, TV and computer screens clean for longer by using a little fabric conditioner in warm water, then rub dry. This will prevent dust settling on the surface.