- February 18, 2009 at 12:39 am #270688
polish brass with a paste made of equal parts salt and vinegar. or, sprinkle salt onto the surface and rub with a halved lemon.
carpet and rug stains
blot fresh spills with a clean cloth or paper towel. apply a little club soda or cool water and blot again. if the stain remains, add a couple drops of dish soap to a spray bottle filled with water.
shake well, spray the stain, and work the lather into the spot with a toothbrush. follow with clean water. blot thoroughly with a clean towel.
wipe with vinegar or polish with a sprinkle of baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge.
wipe with a paste of three parts salt and one part vinegar.
use the brush attachment of your vacuum to remove dust. rub smudges with a dab of isopropyl alcohol on a cotton ball.
run the adhesive edge of a self-stick note between the rows of the keyboard to remove dust, hair, and crumbs. turn your key board over and tap on the desk a few times, amazing what will come out.
wear safety goggles. open the flue so that stray ashes will rise up into the chimney, rather than out into the room. use a dustpan and brush to collect the ashes.
use an art gum eraser (available at art supply stores) to remove soot marks from the fireplace surround.
dampen a soft cloth with cool black tea and wipe.
steep two black tea bags in a quart of boiling water; let solution cool to room temperature, then mop the floor.
spray cleaner onto a cloth and wipe. avoid spraying cleaner directly onto the edges of a mirror; the liquid may seep around the glass and onto the silvering, causing it to loosen and darken.
clean spills immediately with a soft, damp cloth. avoid highly acidic cleaners such as vinegar or lemon juice.
remove tarnish by placing silver in a large pot or bowl with two teaspoons of salt, two teaspoons of baking soda, and a piece of aluminum foil. cover with boiling water and wait three minutes.
rinse silver and dry well.
use stainless steel spray, or try a solution of baking soda and water. rinse well and buff to a shine with a chamois cloth.
tile and grout
clean with a paste of baking soda and water. for stubborn grime, mix two parts baking soda with one part laundry borax. scrub with a wet cloth and rinse well.
spot-clean stains with foamy shaving cream. rub gently. remove residue with a clean, damp cloth.
for walls that need more than a good floor-to-ceiling dusting, use a flat sponge wringer mop and two buckets: one filled with a solution of all-purpose cleanser and one with clean rinse water. tape a drop cloth to the floor edge of the wall before you start.
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