Eliminating Pet Hair
To pick up cat hair, put on a wet rubber dishwashing glove and wipe your hand over surfaces. The hair will stick right to it.
Eliminating Wax Spills
To remove hardened wax from fabric, place a paper towel or a brown paper bag on top of the wax and press with an iron on low heat. The paper absorbs the wax, and your iron stays clean.
Make a paste of baking soda and water to clean discolored teacups and teapots. It's gentle enough for most fine china, and it's easy on the hands and the wallet.
Use old newspapers instead of paper towels to clean mirrors and windows. They work great, and you're recycling.
Zapping Red-Wine Stains
A dab of foaming shaving cream can help remove many red-wine spills from carpets.
Leave a basket at the foot of the stairs and toss in any toys or miscellaneous items that were brought downstairs during the day. Whenever going upstairs, take the basket up and unload. It beats running up and down the stairs all day.
Removing Food Odors
When plastic storage containers start to smell like the food that was in them, wash them with hot water and two tablespoons of baking soda."
Baby wipes are useful for quick surface cleanups in kitchens and bathrooms. They also are great for cleaning up after craft projects.
To remove stubborn price tags from items like dishes and glassware, use a cotton pad or Q-tip soaked with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol dissolves the sticky glue and won’t mess up your manicure.
Keeping the House Clutter-Free
When in doubt, dump it. You'll revel in your decluttered existence and have fewer items to dust.