Housekeeping 101: A Dozen Time-Savers for Your Home
Here are a few of our favorite time-saving tips. Because we know that even if you have professional housekeeping help there’s still plenty of things to do in between visits.
- Once every six months or so give your wood cutting boards a good oil-down with vegetable oil. Let it stand overnight and wipe off the residue in the morning, the oil keeps the board from staining.
- Do you have lint on your dark colored clothes? Remove it by adding a cup of white vinegar to the wash, and stop putting towels in with black shirts! Also your black clothes will not fade as fast if you wash them inside out
- Cleaning silk flowers is easy: just put them in a paper bag with some salt and shake, shake, shake. The salt with absorb the dust and leave your flowers looking like new.
- Spray your Tupperware with Pam before pouring in a tomato-based sauce and there won’t be any stains!
- To remove stuck-on food in your casserole dish, fill it with boiling water and add a few tablespoons of salt or baking soda. Let it stand overnight if necessary.
- To remove rust from baking pans, scour them with a cut potato dipped in powdered cleanser.
- Brown grease marks on your pots, chrome burner rings, etc.? You can soak them in ammonia overnight to get rid of the stains.
- To remove a water stain from a glass vase, simply fill with water and drop in a couple of Alka Seltzer tablets.
- Get rid of the smell of garlic on your hands by rubbing them on stainless steel- you would have never guessed.
- Boiling a cup of water in your microwave oven will loosen the particles and all you have to do is give it a quick wipe.
- Use liquid body wash in the shower instead of soap and never deal with soap build-up again. How easy is that?
- Make quick work of getting out a blood stain by using hydrogen peroxide available at any drug store.