Don't you hate white deodorant stains on your cotton or polyester-blend t-shirts? Don't hate anymore, I have a tip to share with you. Just rub a baby wipe gently across the mark a few times, and it will come out in seconds!

Do you have suede boots with salt stains? Here's a tip to help you get those off...
Mix 1 tsp. dish detergent and 2 cups lukewarm (not hot) water. Dip a rag into the mixture, squeeze out excess water, then gently pat on the stains. Let air-dry in a cool area, and your shoes should be good as new.

Make drawstrings frustration-free Pajama bottoms and sweatpants often have drawstrings at the waist for comfort, but the strings are easily lost or loosened in the wash. To keep yours in place, try double-knotting the ends of the string, or for a foolproof fix, sew a small button onto each end of the string!

No more grease stains on your clothes... Stop greasy food drips from staining your clothes. Gently blot the mark with a napkin to absorb the excess, then
sprinkle the spot with a thick layer of baby powder. Let sit for about 3 hours before brushing off. The starch in the powder will draw out the oil from the fabric's fibers,  leaving it stain-free!

Here's a quick tip on ironing pleats easily. As you  know pressing pleats can be quite tricky, but with a  few bobby pins the job is a cinch. Just place a pin on  the top of each pleat along the bottom hem to hold each  fold in place while you iron!

Store your bras this way! Take a cue from lingerie  stores and place your bras in horizontal rows with the  bands tucked behind them within your dresser drawer.  This will help them keep their shape and prevent hooks  from.

1 cup hair conditioner (I use suave $1 @ the $ store)
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups water
Mix together. Don't shake, mixture will foam.
Use 1/4 cup to each load of laundry. You can make more just be sure 1 part conditioner, 1 part white vinegar, and 2 part water. I love the smell of my clothes

For homemade "OxiClean" to remove stains from clothes:
1 cup water
1/2 cup peroxide
1/2 cup baking soda

Mix; keep in a plastic container or jar.
Apply to stains or soak laundry for about 20 minutes or longer before laundering.

For bathroom mirrors: Wet a paper towel; Take the lid off of a small bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar and moisten the towel once or twice by placing the moistened towel on the bottle and tipping it over and up quickly (only takes a bit of vinegar). Wipe mirror with this towel and dry with a clean, dry paper towel.

For windows: Fill a bowl with water, add 2-3 caps full of Apple Cider Vinegar to the water...use a cloth or paper towel to wash and a dry cloth or paper towel to dry!

do you use Apple Cider Vinegar because it smells better? cheaper? more effective? I have both at home...I read it also takes off stickers and gummy things...where Windex won't...:)

Dishwasher Rinse
1-1 ½ Tbs. white vinegar added to the rinse compartment of your dishwasher. Don't overfill. Add before washing.

Hand-Dishwashing Liquid
This inexpensive soap does create a lot of suds, but it  cleans so well. Use with hot water. Do not use in an  automatic dishwasher.

- ¼ cup soap flakes
- 2 cups hot water
- ¼ cup glycerin
- ½ tsp. lemon essential oil

In bowl combine soap flakes and water and stir until  the soap is dissolved. Cool in lukewarm water. Stir in  the glycerin and the essential oil, leave to cool. As  it cools it will form a loose gel. Stir with a fork to  break up the gel and then pour into a narrow- necked  bottle. An old shampoo bottle makes an excellent  container. To use, squirt 3 tsp. into hot running  water.

That damp, musty odor most basements get can be safely eliminated
with Bergamot Mint. Botanical name Mentha citrata
This unusual oil is actually a mint!

Soft with floral notes and touches of citrus it is similar to
Bergamot,this oil will brighten your mood and lift your spirits.
Unlike the mint oils it is not stimulating but actually de-stressing
like Lavender.

High in linalol and linalyl acetate (like Lavender) it is much safer
on the skin than other mint oils. Used in proper dilutions, it is
neither irritating, sensitizing, nor photosensitizing, much safer to
use than either Bergamot or Peppermint alone.

To clean the grout on your shower or tub, make this solution: Mix 1/4 cup Borax, 1/2 cup baking soda with just enough hot water to create a paste. Use a soft brush to apply to the grout and scrub. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse.

*Keep Cheap Paper Plates Handy
They can be used in so many ways: as a dustpan, cutting board, throwaway spoon rest. In the microwave, they can serve as a spill-catcher or put over top of food to avoid splatters.

Bathroom cleaner
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup baking soda
a few drops orange, grapefruit, tangerine or other essential oil

In a 2 liter bottle, or any other bottle or container, mix the hot water with the baking soda to dissolve the soda. Add a drop or two of orange essential oil if desired to enhance the cleaning power and create a pleasant scent. Wipe dirty surfaces to a clean shine.

Effective Cleaning Blend
Create a blend of Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit. Lemon is an effective degreaser. Lime is refreshing and Grapefruit uplifting. Add about 20 drops of this mixture to 4 oz. distilled water. Use this in any spray bottle for cleaning counter tops, bathrooms, garbage pails, toilets and more.

Carpet Freshener
Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda and 5 drops of  Peppermint Oil. Put in a shaker jar and you've got a natural, chemical-free, carpet freshener. Peppermint Oil will 'perk' your brain, so you might even enjoy vacuuming the carpet more!

To clean tarnished copper bottoms of pots and pans, spread a little ketchup onto the bottom. Let it sit for about one minute. Wipe it clean and rinse.
Household Tips
& Other Good Ideas
Except for a few articles, stories and a few poems I wrote, most everything on my site came from my friends and family members. I hope you enjoy these and that you find something you can use.

Do you have any household tips and tricks you would like to share? If you do please feel free to send them to me. I'll be happy to add them along with your name, email address and a link to your web page. Just let me know which you prefer.
You won't believe how bright your white clothes will be when you add a bit of  tartar to the wash water.
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