Sunday, July 25, 2010

Smart Idea Sunday! Ideas for Helping your Home.

I found this nice little article in Woman's World magazine, Feb 15, 2010 issue.

Smart ideas for Your home!

1. Touch up furniture scratches!
Head to the kitchen the next time you need to fix unsightly marks on your wood tables or chairs. Steep 2 Tbs. ground coffee in 1/2 cup boiling water for 5 minutes; cool. Dip a soft cloth into the liquid and rub into the nicks. The tannins in the coffee act as a dye to darken scratches so they blend in.

2. Revive a plant!
If the soil in your pot has completely dried out, submerge the plant in a pail of water until no more bubbles come to the surface. Drain well, then put back on the saucer. Your plant will perk right up.

3. Clean your toilet with this!
Mouthwash fights germs in your mouth, so why not in the rest of the bathroom? Pour 1/4 cup alcohol-based mouthwash (the cheap, generic kind) into your toilet and let sit for a half-hour. Swish around with a brush, then flush. It will sanitize and deodorize the bowl.

4. Unstick a screw!
If a screw and nut have rusted into place, soak a soft cloth with cola and wrap around the rusty pair. Leave on for a couple of hours. The phosphoric acid in the cola will eat away the rust so they'll come apart easily.

5. Fast way to find missing stuff!
If you've dropped a contact lens or delicate earring on the carpet, you know how hard it can be to locate. Easy solution: Cover the end of a vacuum hose attachment with a cut-off piece of pantyhose and secure with a few rubber bands. Hold the hose about an inch above the carpet and run it over the area. The suction will pull up the missing item, but the nylon won't let it go into the tube.

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