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Simple Hints & Home Remedies Around the House

Updated on August 15, 2015

Tips to Simplify Housecleaning

While we would all like to have a cleaning service come in and clean our homes, most of us don't, so any little way to simplify household chores or problems is welcome to me. Through the years I have come across many simple little ways of cleaning up problems or treating physical discomforts with items you typically have around the house. My grandmother had a book where she had written many little tips, so some of the following comes from her little red book.

Cleaning in Half the Time

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Special Cleaning Jobs

  1. Use Kool-Aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet.
  2. Peanut Butter - will get scratches out of CD's. Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
  3. Peanut butter will also remove pain from face of dolls.
  4. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia. Soak for 20 minutes and let dry, will last for many years.
  5. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
  6. To remove anything sticky like tape residue nail polish remover will sometimes work or buy Goo Be Gone or Goo Gone. I have used this to remove a multitude of sticky things.
  7. Remove labels off glassware, etc., rub with peanut butter or Goo Gone.
  8. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it.
  9. Dirty grout - Use Listerine.
  10. Stains on clothes – Rub in Colgate toothpaste, then rinse.
  11. Grease stains – Try Coca-Cola and it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. It will remove corrosion from car batteries
  12. To keep fresh flowers longer, add a little Clorox or 2 aspirin, or just use 7-up instead of water.

Nails with Fungus

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Easy Ways to Treat Physical Problems

  1. A quick spray of Pam cooking spray will dry fingernail polish.
  2. If you burn your tongue, put sugar on it. It’s those pizza burns that are often the problem.
  3. Arthritis - WD-40 Spray and rub in, and WD-40 is also good to kill insect stings also.
  4. Bee stings - meat tenderizer which also helps with jellyfish stings.
  5. Puffy eyes - Preparation H works every time.
  6. Athletes foot - Try corn starch.
  7. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub or tea tree oil.


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Cleaning Jewelry

To clean jewelry use ammonia. I’ve seen different amounts of water and ammonia suggested but I put about a cup of warm water and a half of cup of ammonia put into a bowl, then let the jewelry soak for at least a half hour. I have left the jewelry for longer times without ill effects. This works for silver, diamonds and other gems, plus gold.

Some people put a couple of teaspoons of dish washing soap in the mixture. An old soft toothbrush can be used if there are grooves in the jewelry that didn’t get clean enough.

Microfiber Cloth

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Microfiber Cloths -a Multitude of Uses

To clean your computer board, lift off the keys unless they are designed with springs so they can’t be removed. Use a microfiber cloth on the board. Keep some type of cloth over your keyboard when you are not using it to keep off dust and pet hair.

Keep some microfiber cloths handy as they are great for cleaning many things:

  1. Keep some under your car seat to dust off the dashboard, radio and steering wheel.
  2. They good to shine chrome in the bathroom.
  3. Dampen one of them to wipe off the fur on your pet or get the gunk out of their eyes.
  4. They are good for dusting plants real or artificial leaves.
  5. Wipe fingerprints off cell phones

Lemons and Limes

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More Useful Hints

To keep butter from sliding around the butter dish, wash the dish with hot water, then put the cold butter on the dish and refrigerate. A little butter will melt on the dish and hold the stick in place.

To keep socks separated in pairs, use a safety pin on a pair when you take them off. They will be together through the washing and drying process and you won’t be looking all through a drawer trying to match colors, plus if you buy the same type of socks often, the pair will wear out together. You won’t have a hole in one sock with a new sock on the other foot.

Window cleaner will clean spots on rugs and carpets, so you don’t have to buy an expensive carpet cleaning product. I have also used peroxide and Palmolive soap to remove red wine stains on carpet.

After scrubbing your shower doors to remove hard water stains, wipe and shine the doors with lemon oil wax and the water will bead up and keep the doors clear for a longer period of time.

Lemons and limes will remove smelly odors from your hands, like after you peel onions.

Easy No Scrub Silver Cleaning Method / Space Saving Use of Trash bags for Storing


One last hint is to treat a smelly dog without buying expensive dog shampoos by using tomatoes. You can use tomato puree, rub it in and rinse. The dog will smell fresh for about six months.

I hope you have picked up a new hint or two to make your life a little easier with quick easy cleanups. There are probably dozens of hints like these as people are clever and creative when necessary. I remember Heloise Hints many years ago and there are probably others with good information also.


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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Talullah 5 years ago from SW France

    What a useful list, and all money-saving, too! Voted up!

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    vocalcoach, I read somewhere that drinking 1 coke a day seriously compromised your immune system. I don't know if that is true but I quite drinking all soft drinks about a year ago. Good luck with the driveway! Thanks for your comments.

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    Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    The Kool-Aid tip is a big surprise. Who would of thought?

    When I read the uses for Cola, it made me wonder that if it removes oil from the driveway and corrosion from batteries, what it must do to our bodys. No more cola for this kid!

    Great and very useful tips Pam. voting up useful awesome and interesting...sharing also.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Writing_Wine, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Writing_Wine 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

    These are amazing! I've bookmarked so I can come back again and again. Thank you for sharing!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Mickey Dee, I hope that works for you. I haven't tried that one but it was in my information so I assume someone has had success. Thanks for the comments.

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    Micky Dee 6 years ago

    Arthritis - WD-40 Spray? Wow! Thank you for a very helpful hub!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Phoenix, I have a jacuzzi and a grapefruit tree so thanks for a wonderful idea! I appreciate your comments.

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    PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

    I love these common household remedies and fixes. My brother had a jacuzzi with hard water or calcium buildup and there was a grapefruit tree nearby with bunches on the ground so I cut them in half and pitched them in with it full of water, the next day that stuff came right off easily. Before you couldn't even scrub it off. Thanks Pamela great hub!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Peggy, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and found it useful.

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    Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Will definitely bookmark this hub! So many great ideas and the video was great. Another use for a vacuum cleaner! Useful and up rating on this hub. Thanks!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    onceuponatime, I never tried the freezer method but its good to know. Thanks for your comment.

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    Jackie Paulson 6 years ago from USA IL

    Love your hints and tips I had not one clue to use PAM to dry nails how wonderful. I have been putting my nails inside the freezer next to the air in the freezer as it works to dry my nails, did you know? Well that method is good but you freeeeeeeze. LOL

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Hello, I am glad they will be helpful for your. I appreciate your comments.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for such wonderful tips. They certainly will make life easier.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Audry, That is so true. Thanks for your comments.

    Kanav, Thanks for adding some more tips. As to the shirts I would wash them without any other color in the laundry and you could try some bleach, either the liquid or some detergents come with bleach. Hope that helps. Thanks for your comments.

    katrinasui, I'm glad you will find the tips useful and I appreciate your comments.

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    katrinasui 6 years ago

    These are wonderful tips. I am going to use Peanut Butter to remove scratches from CDs. Happy New Year Pamela.

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    Kanav 6 years ago from Matrix

    Nice collection. To add to the list:

    Toothpaste can be used to clean stains on bathroom fittings. It can also be used in case of emergency burn. Vinegar+water is even better than your window/glass cleaner, it also helps de-scale the electric kettles and dish washers even washing machines.

    For health I have endless list but that will be digressing. I am looking for tips to keep my white shirt white for few washes, it doesn't stay all that white. Help!

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    Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

    Great helpful hints, Pamela and so many of them do work - we've just gotten so 'advanced' that we think we have to pay big bucks for everything!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Rosio, I am glad these hints might be useful to you. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Oh Pam, you are full of information. This is awesome! I'll keep a copy as I just cannot remember all of them. Great very helpful hub. Great job!

    Have a nice day,


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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Cari, I hope everything works well for you. Thanks for your comments.

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    Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

    Awesome tips! I'm going to try to window cleaner for a few little stains on our carpet!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Martie, Thanks for adding some great tips. I appreciate your comments.

    Cybersupe, Thanks so much for your comments.

    Susan, I'm sure banana would work, so another good tip. Thanks for your comments.

    BPOP, I'm glad you found this hub useful and I appreciate your comments.

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    breakfastpop 6 years ago

    Thanks for some very good tips. I have to print this article and keep it handy. Happy New You!

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    Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I just love household tips. Great Hub Pam, have bookmarked it in case I forget any of these. My son has used the peanut butter for cd's but he also uses banana as well when we are out of peanut butter. Voted up and thanks!

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    Hi Pam, great hints. So Peanut Butter, my favorite is more than for just enjoying it with jelly on a slice of bread. Thanks Pam, some very good tips.

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    Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

    I love this kind of tips. Thanks, Pamela, I’m going to test them all. Allow me to make a contribution to this brilliant hub of yours - For removing ink stains on clothes use hair shampoo (and this really works). Cleaning copper ornaments – soak for 15-30 minutes in a solution of 4 pints water and 4 teaspoons tartaric acid. If necessary make the solution stronger. Wipe ornaments dry with soft cloth. (And this also proved itself to me as successful.)

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Denise, Nephews come in handy! Thanks so much for your comments.

    Jim, The clerk learned something new that day! Thanks for your comments.

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    FitnezzJim 6 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

    Coca Cola is good for getting corrosion off car battery terminals too (as long as you don't arc between the two). I'll never forget the time I stopped at a 7-11, got a soft drink, came outside and found my car would not start. I went back inside to get another Cola. The clerk had noted my car wouldn't start and asked me if I needed to call a tow-truck. I said, I don't think so, it's probably just thirsty. I then took the Cola outside, poured it on the battery terminal, and started the car. The slack-jawed look on the clerks face as I drove away was priceless. (Kiddies don't try this at home)

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    Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

    Wow, wow, wow!! What an awesome list. First, I made sure I bookmarked this hub; next I rated it up for its usefulness. So...any particular flavor of kool aid? Haha-just kidding, I don't even have a dishwasher unless you want to call it my nephew. :) But, there are soooo many cool tips here. Thanks Great way to start the year

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    tnderhrt, Your comment was very enthusiastic and I appreciate it immensely. I hope the tips will be useful to you.

    drbj, I don't know about chrome bumpers but of the things I do know it is hard to think the beverage is a healthy choice. Thanks for your comment.

    Papernotes, I'm glad you found the hub useful and I appreciate your comments.

    creativelycc, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for your comments.

    Hanna, Sending this to your sister is fine with me. Thanks so much for your comments.

    jtormey, I appreciate your comments.

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    jtormey 6 years ago from Atlanta

    Hey Pamala, nice hub. Thanks for sharing.

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    HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

    Thanks Pamala. I have an Aunt that wrote a book called "Homework" that taught tips and tricks for saving money. These suggestions sound a lot like what was in her book. She started a newspaper article called "It Makes Cents" which my sister is now keeping up. With your permission, I would like to send this hub to her to use in the article. If not ok let me know.

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    Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

    Excellent hub! I've learned some very helpful cleaning tips. Thank you Pamela!

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    PaperNotes 6 years ago

    Hmm, great tips. I only knew that peanut butter tastes great. Now I know it is of help as a cleaner too. Thanks!

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    drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

    Great tips, Pamela, your grandmother was a very smart cookie. Runs in the family, right?

    I once read that Coca Cola is effective in removing rust from the chrome bumpers of cars. After learning that, I found it difficult to look at the beverage in quite the same way. :)

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    tnderhrt23 6 years ago

    Pamela99, Where have you been all my life??? I bookmarked this Hub after Easy Ways to Treat Physical Problems! I feel like someone just turned on the light bulb! WooooHoooo! Thanks and voted up and up!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    rpalulis, I think nothing good! Thanks for your comment.

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    rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

    These are great tips! I cant help to think that if Coca Cola can remove battery acid and oil stains from a driveway wonder what it can do to the stomach.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Eovery, Thanks for your comment. I wish you a great 2011 also.

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    eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

    Wow, this is a good list.

    Hope you are having a good new yeat.

    Keep on hubbing!