Handy scraper. In response to a recent post about finding something to use as a scraper when cleaning oven crud, we use a Lil' Chizler Vinyl Label Scraping Tool ($4 for a two-pack) all over the house to scrape paint and oven doors; to lift labels, decals and stickers; and to remove just about everything you can imagine. It does all of that without scratching. It's amazing.
Recycle home chef ice packs. I posted my Home Chef freezer packs on freecycle.org. Quite a number of people wanted them. One hunter took two full boxes!
Reship it. In response to what to do with the Home Chef package material, we have a Going Postal shipping store that is happy to reuse all the packaging material for their clients' shipments.
No more stains. I fill my hubby's thermos with boiling water, drop a denture tablet inside and let it sit overnight. I scrub with a bottle brush in the morning, and all the (disgusting) built-up coffee stains come right out!
Dawn rescue. I have a way of removing stains, especially grease, from washable fabric that I never hear anyone suggest. I put Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid on the stains and let them sit for a minute, and the stain comes out completely 99 percent of the time. A friend even used it on a pair of her husband's jeans that were still stained after having been washed several times. All the stains came out. Blue Dawn is easy to get at any grocery, drug or hardware store.
No-streak floors, brite laundry. I have two products that I cannot do without. I'd tried Bona on my hardwood floors, and I found that it left streaks. Even with extra rinsing, it was still streaky. So I tried my trusty Murphy's Oil Soap (about $7) and followed the label instructions. It works great. There's no streaking; it leaves a clean shine; and it smells extra clean. I use it with the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop you recommend. It's perfect!
I have white capris, tees, etc., that needed a brighter look. I tried White Brite Laundry Whitener (about $10 for a 22-ounce jug). It makes everything so white and bright -- like new!
Stain recipe. Here is the recipe I use to make my own Laundry Stain Remover. Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup household ammonia, 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup liquid laundry detergent together in a 1-quart jar. Place the lid on the jar, and then pour the solution into a spray bottle to keep handy next to the washer. I spray stains generously, allowing the item to sit for about 10 minutes, and then wash as usual. It really works for me. -- Ginny
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