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Handy Tips for Those Household Jobs

Updated on August 17, 2010

Simple Cleaning Tips

Everyday cleaning does not require a trip to the local cleaning section of your grocery or hardware store. Often times, the perfect solution to save time and make do it yourself projects is in your cupboard (or refrigerator) already.

How to Clean Copper

Keeping your copper-bottom pots and pans shining is not difficult. After you squeeze the juice from that lemon, don't throw it away! Dip the lemon halves in salt and rub it on the bottom of a copper-bottom pan for a few minutes and watch the shine reappear. After cleaning the copper part of the pan, scour it lightly with a soap-filled pad to stay shiny.

How to Remove Rust Stains from Metal Patio Furniture

Concrete often gets rust stains from metal outdoor furniture. No need to run to the store to buy new furniture or lay new concrete, the rust can be removed quickly and easily.

All you need is lemon juice and a soft linen cloth. Rub the stained concrete and the rust stains will disappear.

How to Remove Varnish from Wood

If you want to remove varnish from wood flooring or woodwork, here's an inexpensive and non-toxic varnish remover recipe.

Mix 1 cup cornstarch and ½ cup cold water together. Add 1 quart boiling water, ¾ cup sal soda, ½ cup ammonia and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Apply the hot mixture to the wood (rewarm if necessary). When varnish becomes loose, wash it off with hot water and a cloth. Be sure you have soft water to make the solution work better. If you have hard water, add a softening agent to the rinse water.

No More Sagging Wash Lines

Wash lines are infamous for sagging after they've been used for awhile. To keep your wash line taut and tight, attach each end of the lines to a short length (6 to 8 inches) of light weight chain. When the line begins to sag and need to be tightened, move the chain up a notch or two.

Wet Elbows and Sleeves

Here's an easy trick to prevent water from trickling down your arm. Before you begin washing your walls or windows, wrap absorbent cotton around your wrist. Keep it in place with a rubber band. The cotton will catch any water before it gets a chance to soak your sleeve or run down your arm.



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    • ivori profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Eisenberg 

      8 years ago from Titusville

      I hate housework, too! But, sometimes (like every couple months) it is a necessary evil! LOL

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Some neat ideas.. but I hate housework. LOL


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