Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cheap and Easy Household Tips

Here are some things that can help you around the house but cost little to nothing.

Scuff Remover
Just rub the inside of the banana peel over your leather shoes, leather furniture and silverware to get rid of scuffs. Wipe with a soft cloth when done. As always test on a small spot before using. You can also dust your household plants with the inside of a banana peel.

Drain Cleaner
Pour a 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain, follow with 1/2 cup of vinegar, cover drain tightly until it stops fizzing. Flush with about a gallon of hot water.

Hardwater Spot Remover
Spray vinegar on the item with the build up and rub with a cloth. You can add a little salt for tough spots.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Spray vinegar in bowl. Let sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom. Add some baking soda and scrub.

Microwave Cleaner
Heat one cup of vinegar in a microwave safe bowl for one- two minutes. Wipe out with a cloth and warm soapy water.

Color Safe Bleach
Take a clean plastic gallon jug (an old laundry soap bottle works well) and add two cups of hydrogen peroxide and fill with water (preferably distilled water). To use just soak your items for 10 to 30 minutes or add a half cup to your washer.

Drawer lubricant
Keep drawers sliding smoothy by rubbing the runners with bees wax.

Remove Paint from Skin
Rub with olive oil.

Weed and Grass Killer
Spray vinegar on the weeds/grass in cracks and other places you wish to kill them.

Heal Burns
Keep aloe in the fridge for burns in the kitchen. Another way to help heal burns fast is using mustard (make sure it contains turmeric). Aloe Vera plants are also very easy house plants that help clean the air and are great to have around for burns.

What are your easy and free household tips? Do you use any of these?


Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

I never heard the tip about olive oil and paint! Is this latex paint or oil paint?

I'll try the colorsafe bleach one next week. I'm having a tough time getting stains out of my little ones' clothes. I soak them in the washing machine, but I think I need to do a presoak before soaking them in the washing machine.

robbie @ going green mama said...

We just grow the aloe rather than store in the fridge. Just as easy. The trick is encouraging the kids to take small pieces!

Green Bean said...

Really? A banana peel?? I love that.

Anonymous said...

Green tea on sunburns! Recent studies have shown that it works to reverse/prevent DNA damage caused by the sun so hopefully reducing associated cancer rates (just like when you drink it - the power of antioxidants!). Aloe, while helping to heal the wound, doesn't do that.


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