Useful Households Tips You May Not Be Aware Of

Chalk

CHALK

  1. Remove Stains – Mark stains heavily with chalk before washing. The dust helps absorb the oils, making the stain easier to clean.

  2. Stop Tarnish – Wrap chalk in cheesecloth and store with silverware. It absorbs moisture and helps prevent tarnishing.

  3. Keep Ants Out – If ants are trotting into your house, draw chalk lines around their entry points. Many chalks contain calcium carbonate, which ants don’t like.

VinegarVINEGAR

  1. Clean a Coffeemaker – Get rid of stains and mineral deposits by filling the reservoir with 1 part white vinegar, 2 parts water, and brewing.

  2. Prevent New Clothes from Losing Color – Soak them in 1 part vinegar, 1 part cold water for 15 minutes before washing.

  3. Kill Grass and Weeds – Pour vinegar on upshots between bricks and stones. The acidic component kills young weeds.

SaltSALT

  1. Vegetable Wash – Remove dirt from greens such as spinach, arugula and kale by swirling them around in a bowl of salt water.

  2. Clean a Greasy Pan – Shake some salt on the pan before washing to absorb most of the greases.

  3. Remove Water Marks from Wood Surfaces – Make a paste of salt and cooking oil and gently rub onto the ring with a sponge. Let sit for a few minutes then wipe with a soft cloth and polish as usual.

CoffeeFilterCOFFEE FILTERS

  1. Clean Mirrors, Windows and Wine Glasses – Put your hand inside like a mitt and wipe. Filters are lint free and leave no streaks.

  2. Line Flowerpots – Put a filter inside the pot to stop soil from leaking through the drainage holes on the bottom.

  3. Save the Wine After You’ve Broken the Cork – If you pour the wine through a filter, you’ll catch the lost pieces of cork.

Toothpaste

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Deodorize Hands – Wash hands with a blob of toothpaste to get tough odors such as onion or garlic off.

  2. Whiten Sneakers – Clean rubber roles by rubbing scuff marks with an old toothbrush and non-gel toothpaste.

  3. Defog Goggles – Coat the inside of swimming goggles with toothpaste then wipe off. They’ll be crystal clear.