SARAH’S CLEANING RELATED HINTS AND TIPS
by Sarah Nicholson
To remove burnt-on food from the bottom of the oven, coat with a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda and water, leave for a couple of hours and then clean out the debris. Repeat if necessary.
In an emergency, leather shoes can be cleaned and polished using the inside of a banana skin. Also works a treat for putting the gloss back on large-leaved houseplants, such as rubber plants.
To unblock a drain or
Polish brushed steel with a few drops of baby oil.
To remove stale or cooking smells when it’s too cold to open a window, simmer a cinnamon stick and a few cloves in water. Your house will smell good enough to eat!
Apply a light layer of baby oil onto clean shower doors to keep them crystal clear for weeks.
For an inexpensive way to keep scum and grease at
If you are not going to use your dishwasher for a few days, just toss in a couple of tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda to
Use a couple of drops of odourless cooking oil or baby oil to
To clean grout, mix 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts bicarbonate of soda to make a thick paste (or use a cheap toothpaste). Spread the paste on and leave for a couple of hours or overnight before scrubbing off with an old toothbrush.
For an odourless fridge
Water stains in baths can be removed with a paste made from white vinegar and salt spread on and left overnight.
You can quickly fragrance a room by spraying a little cologne or perfumed furniture polish onto a light bulb (before you turn it on) or a hot radiator.
Laundry borax (not the same as boric acid!) can be used as a
Bicarbonate of soda (perfumed if you like by mixing with some talcum powder or a couple of drops of essential oil) can be used to
An effective marble cleaner can be made from a paste of bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice. Scrub over surface, then rinse. Leave paste on any stains for 30 minutes before scrubbing.
Clean a narrow-necked vase by dissolving a soluble aspirin or a denture-cleaning tablet in some water in the vase and leaving overnight. Add a couple of tablespoons of uncooked rice, swirl around vigorously for a minute or so, then rinse.
A teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda or cream of tartar added to the powder drawer will make a
A ring in your toilet
To make room