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Helpful household hints.....

Postby jan4peace » Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:22 pm

I love those books filled with helpful household hints using everyday items you just have around the house to clean, repair items, or folk remedies. These are tips that our grandparents or parents may have used and passed down to us. Today, I cleared a clogged drain using baking soda and vinegar. It worked great!

I would love to hear any tips or tricks you guys have like this for camping, home or whatever if you would like to share :)

Thanks! Happy tears!
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Postby jan4peace » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:41 pm

:( Doesnt anyone have any hints? No one wants to play :(

On another thread, someone suggested pepsi to remove rust though :)
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Postby chorizon » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:49 pm

Yes! Got a cool book somewhere...I'll be back in a minute...need to brainstorm... :)
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Postby artwebb » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:41 am

Any soft drink to remove corrosion from battery terminals.
A paste of baking soda and water works, too.
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Postby steve smoot » Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:45 am

Can I play?

I use Clorox to clean my stainless steel kitchen sink. I just fill the sink with warm water and pour in some Clorox. Also, I put my white vinyl cutting board in the sink at the same time. The sink and the cutting board will sparkle and it kills germs too.

I clean the stainless steel face of our refrig, microwave, stove and dishwasher with WD-40. It removes all finger prints and smudges for the stainless steel. WD-40 also cleans aluminum, and it is easy on your hands.

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Postby jan4peace » Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:31 am

:) These are great!
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Postby CAJUN LADY » Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:04 pm

Coffee, tea stains in your ceramic cups?...spray some Clorox Cleenup in them and the stains melt away in seconds. Just wash them by hand or put in the dishwasher after. It works and so far hasn't killed my husband! (I don't drink coffee) :thumbsup:
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Postby steve smoot » Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:33 pm

CAJUN LADY wrote:Coffee, tea stains in your ceramic cups?...spray some Clorox Cleenup in them and the stains melt away in seconds. Just wash them by hand or put in the dishwasher after. It works and so far hasn't killed my husband! (I don't drink coffee) :thumbsup:


But, does your hubby realize he was a guinea pig? ;)
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Postby mandy » Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:25 pm

I use white vinegar removes pet urine smells from carpets.

Vinagar helps with sunburns, Aloe Vera also helps sun burns.

You can treat bug bites with a paste of baking soda, in a pinch salt works too.

Never mix dish soap or anything that has amonia with bleach, they create a toxic gas. :?

If you line the bottom of a container with foil and add hot water and baking soda, then place your silverware in it, you can remove tarnish from silverware. :D
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Postby CAJUN LADY » Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:29 pm

steve smoot wrote:
CAJUN LADY wrote:Coffee, tea stains in your ceramic cups?...spray some Clorox Cleenup in them and the stains melt away in seconds. Just wash them by hand or put in the dishwasher after. It works and so far hasn't killed my husband! (I don't drink coffee) :thumbsup:


But, does your hubby realize he was a guinea pig? ;)


Yep but he's used to it now. I use clorox or clorox cleanup for so many things. I also use hydrogen peroxide to clean things. I keep a few bottles in the bathroom and clean hair brushes with it.
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DANGER

Postby Shadow Catcher » Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:42 pm

I am a strong believer in looking at MSDS (material safety data sheet). The use of WD-40 for anything other than for what it is purposed, and this aint it, anything that comes in contact with food, food preparation etc. that involves petroleum scares me.
http://www.wd40company.com/files/pdf/ms ... 716385.pdf
Note section 7 Handling: Avoid contact with eyes. Avoid prolonged contact with skin. Avoid breathing vapors or aerosols. Use only with adequate ventilation. Keep away from heat, sparks, pilot lights, hot surfaces and open flames.
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Postby mcspin50 » Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:00 pm

Here's a recipe for window cleaner that I've used for years:
2 T Prell Shampoo (gee, do they still make that?)
2 c. alcohol
water to make 1 gallon (I use a cleaned out gallon plastic milk carton)
Leaves no streaks and smells great.
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Postby Miriam C. » Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:04 pm

mcspin50 wrote:Here's a recipe for window cleaner that I've used for years:
2 T Prell Shampoo (gee, do they still make that?)
2 c. alcohol
water to make 1 gallon (I use a cleaned out gallon plastic milk carton)
Leaves no streaks and smells great.


:) I got some Prell at the Dollar Tree just a couple of weeks ago. Boy didn't used to be able to afford that when it came out.

Tooth paste will get out stains. Just remember that the "whitening" kind may bleach your fine washables.
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Re: DANGER

Postby jan4peace » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:56 am

Shadow Catcher wrote:I am a strong believer in looking at MSDS (material safety data sheet). The use of WD-40 for anything other than for what it is purposed, and this aint it, anything that comes in contact with food, food preparation etc. that involves petroleum scares me.
http://www.wd40company.com/files/pdf/ms ... 716385.pdf
Note section 7 Handling: Avoid contact with eyes. Avoid prolonged contact with skin. Avoid breathing vapors or aerosols. Use only with adequate ventilation. Keep away from heat, sparks, pilot lights, hot surfaces and open flames.


I have removed chewing gum from carpet with wd40. Works great!

CLR is working great to remove rust from my new used bike.

Thanks you all! These are great tips. Keep um coming of you want :)
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Re: DANGER

Postby steve smoot » Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:03 am

Shadow Catcher wrote:I am a strong believer in looking at MSDS (material safety data sheet). The use of WD-40 for anything other than for what it is purposed, and this aint it, anything that comes in contact with food, food preparation etc. that involves petroleum scares me.
http://www.wd40company.com/files/pdf/ms ... 716385.pdf
Note section 7 Handling: Avoid contact with eyes. Avoid prolonged contact with skin. Avoid breathing vapors or aerosols. Use only with adequate ventilation. Keep away from heat, sparks, pilot lights, hot surfaces and open flames.


OH well, I also use WD-40 to clean foundation coating (tar) of my hands and tools. It works great, just melts that crap off your hands. I agree it may not be safe, but I have used it for years... :thinking: As for open flames, my stove is gas, but it has electronic spark, so no pilot lights. The outside of the dishwasher and refrig are not coming in contact with any food. And, I wash my hands with soap and water as soon as I finish using WD-40. I would say that the stuff we use to waterproof plywood on our T&TTTs is worse than WD-40.
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