Household tips that won't tip you over.

Cudging By Cudging, 20th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Household tips for everyday cleaning that won't cost you an arm or a leg.
Page covers a variety of items such as dishwashers, chopping boards, a homemade All-purpose surface cleaner, washing machines, pans, smelly house and hands, pet hair, stained walls and hard-to-reach areas.

Dishwashing blues

Do you own a dishwasher but have run out of dishwasher detergent? Make your own with these two simple ingredients:
Use 2 tablespoons of borax and 2 tablespoons of baking soda and add to the soap compartment.

Washing dishes by hand? Dry them on a draining rack or alternatively use a dishcloth. If using a dishcloth, change it everyday. Dishcloths contain a myriad of germs, so boil them every so often in a pot containing a biological washing powder and this should keep nasty bacteria at bay. Don't forget to rinse thoroughly.

Chopping boards

Chopping boards should be washed in hot, soapy water, especially taking care with grooves caused by sharp knives.
Wooden boards can be thoroughly scoured using half a lemon with 1 tablespoon table salt. Rinse and spray on some white vinegar. Leave on for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Let it air dry.

If all of this seems like too much hard work, why not try acquiring a marble or scratch-resistant glass board instead and make your life that much easier? It's good on the eye too!

Homemade All-purpose surface cleaner

This is a cheap, great smelling, All-purpose surface cleaner that is non-toxic and so easy to make!
It will remove grease and dirt and works well on wood, tile, stainless steel and plastic finishes. If you're not sure, try testing a small area first.

The Ingredients:
600 ml white vinegar
300 ml water
20 - 30 drops of eucalyptus oil
Spray bottle

The Method:
Add the vinegar to the spray bottle.
Add the water and then the eucalyptus oil.
Shake thoroughly.

Use with a soft, damp cloth and apply on area to be cleaned.
There is no need to rinse!

Extra Tip: Can also be used on those smelly cutting boards mentioned before!

Grubby washing machine?

Give your washing machine a thorough cleanse by running it empty on a hot water wash not forgetting to add 60 ml white vinegar to the detergent drawer. This should be done every 20 washes or so.

A burnt pan? Don't pan-ic!

Sprinkle a thin layer of of baking soda into the burnt pan with enough boiling water to cover. Leave overnight and then gently scour with wire wool.
You can also try a baking soda paste, rubbing it in with a damp cloth or abrasive washing pad and then rinsing off.

Extra Tip: Prior to using a new pan, boil some white vinegar in it to prevent food sticking to the bottom.

Smelly house

So you've cleaned your house and everything looks shiny and new. You should be happy except there's that all-pervasive smell of cooking permeating the air, that won't go away no matter how many doors and windows you leave open. What do you do? Bring out the expensive air freshener and spray till your lungs yell out for air?

There is a cheaper, less lung threatening alternative:
On a low heat, bring a 1/4 litre of water, one teaspoon of ground cinnamon or cloves plus a handful of orange peels to a slow boil. As the water evaporates, so will those nasty cooking smells.

White vinegar is also a great smell fighter, so put some into a spray bottle and freshen every room.

Smelly hands

Cut up onions or fish and can't get rid of the smell no matter how many times you've washed your hands?

Remedy No.1
Wash your hands with lemon or lime juice or alternatively rub them all along your stainless steel sink or taps until the smell dissipates. Using a stainless spoon works just as well.

Remedy No.2
Wash your hands using a mixture of two tablespoons of salt and some water and use as with soap.

Extra Tip: Engine oil can be removed from hands using either olive or any other cooking oil.

Hairy pets, hairy house

Hair from cats and dogs can be removed from furniture and clothes by wiping down with rubber gloves that have been dampened.
Sticky tape can also be used by wrapping the tape around your fingers (sticky side outside) and rubbing over the hairs.

Extra Tip: Rubber gloves tend to become damp and smelly inside over time. To combat this, dust the insides with talcum powder and then slip them on. Wash your rubber gloves regularly and leave them to dry inside out.

Wall of Art

So your little Da Vinci has decided that your clean walls would make the perfect canvas.
It looks great to the little one but you find it an eyesore. How now to get rid of those crayon(ic) works of art?

Here are a few procedures you can try:
1. Switch on your hairdryer and keep it on the area for about 10 to 20 seconds. Wipe down with a clean, dry cloth.
2. Use a pencil eraser and use as you would with pencil marks.
3. Use plain white toothpaste and leave on the area for half an hour. Wipe down with clean, dry cloth.
4. Rub mayonnaise over the marks and leave to rest for a few minutes. Wipe down with a damp cloth.

Hard-to-reach areas

More than just a tool to keep your teeth clean and white, electrical toothbrushes are great for cleaning those hard-to-reach areas. Use with your homemade All-purpose surface cleanser.


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author avatar Cudging
A 42 year old self employed, internet-surfer Mom of two kids, two cats, two birds and one husband. An avid reader, always on the look-out for new things to explore and creative avenues to follow.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st May 2013 (#)

Feeding pets a better pet food and brushing them regularly, reducing stress in the home, also greatly reduces shedding.

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author avatar Cudging
21st May 2013 (#)

Thanks Mark

(I wonder if this would work for my husband as well).

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