Cleaning and organizing isn't just something I do, it's something I live and breathe. Sure, I can clean a refrigerator or organize a closet like you wouldn't believe, but I also know random little tricks and tips that make life a little easier. Or cleaner, at least. Maybe not easier.
I could go on all day about how many uses there are for antibacterial wipes. They can be used to clean your hands before or after a meal, or after shaking someone's hand, or after accidentally touching an animal or a tree or a child. They can be used to freshen-up when you are on the go. They're also great for cleaning up a spill, or wiping up all kinds of dirt. I could go on, but I shouldn't. If I keep explaining how great these are, I might increase demand, and that could drive up prices. Wipes could become a hot commodity, like gold. And then I'd need to buy a safe to protect my supply. A few safes, actually.
I ask you, who doesn't love to vacuum? And who wouldn't love this neat trick to deodorize your home naturally: just place a cinnamon stick in the vacuum bag before getting started. Then vacuum each room for your usual two to three hours, and your carpet will smell fresh as can be.
Another vacuuming trick: to raise carpet indentations, place an ice cube in the dent and let it melt. Let the area dry and then vacuum. Then move your furniture back into place, arranged in straight and perpendicular lines, like mine.
When hanging a picture, place a strip of clear tape over the spot where you plan to hammer the nail. The tape will prevent the nail from shattering the plaster. But please, measure carefully before hanging anything. There's nothing more disturbing to the eye than a picture that isn't hung properly. There have been studies that prove it.
To protect my wood tables, I use coasters. To protect my coasters, I use more coasters. If you aren't quite as careful and manage to get water rings on your tables, use this technique to remove them.
Mix 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon of baking soda and lightly rub it over the water ring. Then wipe gently with a cloth or paper towel. Polish as usual. Then buy yourself some coasters, and learn to use them properly. Believe me, you'll thank me later.
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