| To clean heavily discoloured brass items – great for outside door furniture.|
Cut a lemon in half – pour a good quantity of table salt on the exposed lemon surface.
Doesn’t seem to do any harm to surrounding paintwork or wood and doesn’t leave white stains like commercial brass polish products.
Saw this tip on a ‘boating’ website for brass ships fittings and I have used it on old brass blowlamps to good effect.
clean a burnt pot, chop some rhubarb into small pieces and boil it in
the pot for at least 10
minutes. You want something with the consistency of glue.
Throw away the rhubarb
remove burnt on food from a saucepan just boil a cup of cola for a
minute or two and it will remove the burnt on food. For very stubborn
areas repeat the process.
Just putting the Cola into
a few squirts of liquid dishwashing detergent to the pan, fill with
water, then bring to a boil for 5 or 10 minutes. Should
clean up easily after that.
pan with water and add Comet or Ajax. Allow to simmer for about
half an hour, depending on how burnt it is.
way to clean a burnt pan or dish is to put a “Dryer” sheet,
such as Bounce, into the dish with Hot water. Leave it overnight (or
several hours) and then wipe it clean with the sheet. The
conditioners in the dryer sheep will left the stuck on food with ease.
I have done this ever since I read it on an email many years ago and
it has never failed me!
time ago, my son burnt one of my pans and we got it as clean as we
could. Shortly after that I cooked some Cream of Wheat** in it
and left the remains to sit for awhile. When I went to clean the
pan, I pulled out the dried cream of wheat and it took all of the
carbon out with it. The pan was good as new.
clean the aluminium rings of a gas cooker, soak in a solution of
biological washing powder/liquid and warm water for about 30 minutes
and wipe over.
remove limescale from taps and toilets, scrape with copper coin.
| To clean lime scale off shower|
heads, place the shower head into a container containing equal amounts of malt vinegar and
boiling water. Leave to soak overnight. Rinse well.
|To make a room smell pleasant,|
spray polish behind a radiator – heat spreads aroma.
|Use a soft, clean paintbrush|
or make-up brush to clean the tops of books in a bookcase.
|To clean grout around tiles,|
squeeze a lemon into some water and rub into grout with an old toothbrush. Wipe dirt
off with clean cloth.
|To clean stainless steel,|
spray with lubricating oil, rinse and polish up to a beautiful shine with clean, dry
|If you have to keep your|
freezer in the garage, spray with furniture polish to prevent it going rusty.
|Clean mildew from the bottom|
of windows with some bleach and an old toothbrush. Wipe with clean dry cloth.
|If you clean the outside of|
windows vertically and the inside horizontally, you will be able to tell which side any
smears are on.
|To prevent condensation on|
windows, cut a potato in half, rub on window, buff up with dry cloth.
|To keep flies away from|
windows, soak a cloth in cold water into which a few drops of paraffin have been added and
rub over windows.
|To keep long curtains out of|
the way whilst cleaning, put the ends through a clothes hanger and hang up over window
|If you stick a strong magnet|
to the front of your vacuum cleaner or cleaner nozzle this will pick up metal objects
before they cause damage to your cleaner.
|Mix cigarette ash and olive|
oil into a paste to remove heat and ring marks on polished furniture. Rub into mark
and buff up with dry cloth.
and heat marks can be removed by smearing petroleum jelly over the
stain, leave overnight. Remove with a soft, clean, dry cloth.
|Reduce static on TV and|
computer screens by putting some fabric conditioner on a cloth and wiping over screen.
|After cleaning the tops of|
kitchen cupboards, put some newspapers down, then all you have to do is periodically
change the newspapers.
|Never spray furniture polish|
directly onto furniture as this can leave smears. Spray onto cloth and then polish
|Use nail varnish remover to|
remove melted plastic from appliances (such as toasters etc.).
| Place a saucer of vinegar in|
the corner of your room to act as an air freshener. It will absorb odours such as
cigarette smoke etc.
Thanks to Elaine Prentice for this gem.
| Use a wide tooth comb to clean|
brooms after use – particularly good for removing animal fur.
Contribution from Krystal G – thank you
you have a pressure-washer, then the addition of an accessory called
an “Under-body Lance” cannot only be used to clean the underside
of your car easily, but will also clean out your roof guttering,
without having to climb up too high on a ladder.
sparkling cleaning windows – you will need:
First, wipe windows with cloth dipped in
Gets glass really sparkling clean that it
The same method works for cleaning
| To clean a|
microwave oven all you need to do is put a couple of tablespoons of vinegar in a bowl.
Microwave on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute (time depends on your particular
model). Carefully take the bowl out and wipe out the oven.
Now I am not too sure about the next bit, it
If you have some food that won’t come off then put the
This contribution was
Cleaning a microwave. Rather than using
If you have any really stubborn areas,
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