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Category: Quirky Tip of the Month

How to Clean Wallpaper

Use a natural sponge lightly dampened with a solution of warm water and a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent. Before cleaning, test the solution in an inconspicuous corner to be sure it won’t remove paper or coating. Don’t scrub too hard or allow the paper to get too wet to avoid damage. Always check the instructions first. This is for washable wallpaper.

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How to clean champagne flutes

Before cleaning the glassware, place it on a soft towel by the kitchen sink (to help avoid breakage if dropped). Then, fill the glass with warm water and add in an Alka-Seltzer tablet. Allow the tablet to dissolve. Next, rinse the glass with warm water. Dry with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free shine.

source: HuffPost

According to restauranteurs, these ingredients will get nasty red wine stains out of your carpet or upholstery. Remember that it is very important to dab not rub, as rubbing will only spread the stain and possibly damage the material. Be sure to use a generous amount of whichever substance you choose. Plain club soda or a mix of club soda and hydrogen peroxide. Salt or better yet, first dilute the stain with club soda then apply the salt. And the most interesting of all: white wine, then salt. Finally, it’s always a good idea to wash or dry clean the fabric after any of these tactics, if possible.

DO

  • Turn off the monitor. If the screen is dark it will be easier to see the dirty and oily areas.
  • Make a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
  • Gently wipe the screen.

DON’T

  • Use paper towels as these may scratch or damage the screen.
  • Use products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone or ethyl chloride. These chemicals can cause the screen to turn yellow.
  • Spray liquid directly on the screen as it can run inside the monitor and cause damage

source: howstuffworks

How to Clean Outdoor Cushions

Brush off loose dirt.
Spray on a cleaning solution of water and mild soap.
Use a soft bristle brush to clean.
Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.
Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
Air dry.

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If the cushions zip off, wash in machine in cold water then let them air dry and put back on the insert while still damp.

How to ripen fruit faster

Need fruit to ripen faster before making your signature pies? Simply stick it in a paper bag a couple of days in advance. To speed up the process even further, add a banana to the bag along with your unripe produce. This will speed it up even more, but don’t let it stay too long!!

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Stainless steel appliances seem to be stained with fingerprints constantly. But to give them a good, clean shine, all you need is a microfiber cloth (or just a soft cloth) and some rubbing alcohol! If you really want to get your stainless steel super clean – once a month use a few drops of olive oil to mask scratches, erase water spots and repel smudges. When done with either treatment, buff to shine.

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Use Newspapers to Prevent Weeds

First wet the newspapers, then put layers around the plants overlapping them as you go.  Then all you have to do is cover the soil with mulch and totally forget about weeds. The weeds will get through some gardening plastic but they will not get through wet newspapers. Happy planting!

Set ceiling fans for winter

Set fan blades to move clockwise in winter, and run fans slowly. The idea is to lift cool air to the ceiling and push heated air down where you can enjoy it. Some fans have a remote control or remote switch. Otherwise, use a ladder and manually adjust the small toggle switch on the fan body. Now set the thermostat a notch lower and enjoy the warmth.

source: MoneyTalksNews

How to make Mums last longer

Make sure your mum in a sunny area and keep the soil moist, but do not saturate. Giving your plants too much water will result in rotting stems and mushy, decaying blooms. Deadhead as needed by removing any dead or damaged flowers, leaves, and stems when necessary to keep your mum looking fresh and healthy. If a frost is expected, move the mums to a protected inside area such as a garage, shed or barn in the evening, before the temperature drops. Place the plants back outside when the temperature rises above 50 degrees the next day. Alternatively, you can cover the potted plants with old towels or sheets to protect from the frost, taking care to cover all exposed areas of the plant.

Mix equal parts of white vinegar and olive oil. Rub the surface with a gentle cloth. Make sure the cloth is non abrasive. Rub the water mark and walah. It’s gone. This mixture will remove dirt too. The vinegar cleans and the oil conditions and best of all, it’s non toxic.

Image: Source: Hal Martin

How to clean silverware easily

Line a baking pan with silver foil. Add enough vinegar to a pot that will fill your pan 1-2″ deep. Bring the vinegar almost to a boil then add 1 TB of baking soda. Pour the solution into the pan and add silverware. The solution will cause the tarnish on the silverware to transfer to the foil. Remove clean pieces. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. From the Joy of Clean Cleaning.

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