HOUSE + HOME
HOUSEHOLD TIPS + TRICKS
– By Elizabeth Norm
To remove blood stains from clothes – Simply
pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and
wipe off… works every time!
To remove crayon or pen marks on walls –
use a damp rag and dip in baking soda.
Comes off with little effort!
For freshly-scented underwear
– Put a few drops of your favourite
essential oil on a face cloth and
allow to dry for five minutes before
storing in the drawer. Works great
on towels and linens too! Lavender
is a light, calming scent to use.
To clean artificial flowers – pour
some salt into a paper bag and add
the flowers. Shake vigorously and
the salt will absorb all the dust and
dirt, leaving your artificial flowers
looking like new.
To bring out the natural
sweetness of corn on the cob – add
a pinch of sugar (not salt) to help
bring out the flavour.
To keep celery fresh for weeks –
wrap in aluminum foil before
putting in the refrigerator.
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To keep ants away from hummingbird feeders
– paint a line with chalk all around the pole they’re
climbing on, and they will not cross up (ants hate
chalk on their sensitive feet! Works great to prevent
them from coming in the house too!)
For clean mirrors – use air-
freshener spray instead. Does a
good job and leaves a lovely scent!
To get rid of splinters easily –
Put a piece of masking or scotch
tape over it and pull it off. The
tape will remove most splinters
painlessly and easily.
To polish jewelry – Drop in
two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass
of water and immerse the jewelry
for two minutes. Alka Seltzer
works wonders for cleaning the
toilet too! Simply drop in, wait for
ten minutes, then flush!
Keep your cling film in the
fridge. A lot of people find it
much more cooperative and easier
to use when it is cold.
Let the blender clean itself. Seriously, why go
through all the trouble of cleaning your blender
by hand when it was practically designed for the
purpose? Just add water and a tiny bit of dish soap,
put on the lid securely, and turn it on. Voilá, the
blender cleans itself! Rinse out the soap thoroughly
when it’s done and you are all set.