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Household Helpers – 2019 The Old Farmer’s Almanac

By Old Farmer's Almanac

 

 

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-To clean copper-bottom pots, use ketchup.

-Wrap cheese in parchment or wax paper, then place in an open plastic bag, store in the refrigerator

-Water your houseplants with club soda that has gone flat. The chemicals that remain in the soda add vigor to the greenery.

-To eliminate ink stains from a carpet, soak the stained area with lemon juice.

-To remove mud or soot from a rug, sprinkle the stained area with salt. Allow the salt to dry or settle before vacuuming.

-To clear a clogged drain, pour ½ cup salt, ½ cup baking soda, and ¼ cup of vinegar down the drain. Close or plug until the fizzing stops, then flush with boiling water.

-For no-fuss painting, place a roller pan inside a plastic bag. Then pour paint into the plastic in the pan; the bag reacts as a liner. When the job is finished, remove the pan, turning the bag inside out and discard it.

-To make a microwave oven smell fresh, fill a microwavable cup with water and mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Heat the water at full power for 1 minute.

-To remove bugs and tar from a car, use a damp cloth to apply a paste made by mixing baking soda with water. Allow the paste to sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing the area clean.

-To remove crayon marks from painted walls, scrub with a dab of non-gel toothpaste.

-To remove chewing gum from clothing, chill it with a piece of ice. The hardened gum can be crumbled and brushed off.

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