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Grandmother’s tips that really work!

January 15, 2010

Grandmother’s tips that really work!

By Lorraine Cyr

Cleaning tips from Grandma

Cleaning ceramic tile: Regular rubbing alcohol works wonders for a ceramic floor. Just pour straight on and rub around with mop until it dries. Make sure children are not in the area during this process and have good ventilation in room.

Removing Crayon from walls: use damp sponge and colgate toothpaste. Rub carefully.

For more effective dishwashing: add a few tablespoons of vinegar along with the dishwashing detergent when washing dishes. The vinegar cuts the grease and leaves dishes sparkling.

To clean mineral deposits from the inside of your dishwasher, pour in a container of Tang® Drink Mix and run the dishwasher (don’t put dishes in the dishwasher for this load).

To whiten an old stained sink or tub: poor a half cup of salt in it and then scrub it with a lemon. Let it stand for a few minutes and rinse.

Streak free windows: Use crumpled up black and white newspaper dipped in vinegar to wash windows. Dip paper in vinegar and wipe the glass until almost dry, then shine with dry newspaper or cloth.

Smelly Shoes: Simply fill a tube sock with kitty litter, baking soda, or tea leaves; tie the end closed; and place the filled socks in the shoes when you’re not wearing them. These sachets can be used over and over in any kind of shoe.

Ant Repellant: To keep ants out of the house, find where the ants are entering the house and sprinkle a “barrier” of cinnamon or any type of ground pepper to block their way. The spices are too hot for the ants to cross

Keep the mice away: Dryer sheets, even the cheap ones at the dollar store work. Put them everywhere, in the closet, on top of the stove elements in the cupboards.

Or peppermint oil dipped cotton balls. Remember to freshen or replace often.