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     To prevent mirrors from fogging up, clean them with shaving cream. Spray it on the mirror and then wipe it off with a paper towel. You may have to repeat this process every few weeks

    Next time you drop an earring or a small screw (or anything else for that matter), try stretching a pair of ladies stockings over the end of the vacuum hose.  Then, vacuum the area where you expect the item to be.  The vacuum will suck it up and the stockings will catch it!

    To get the build up and residue off of your shower head, try putting vinegar in a sandwich bag and tie it around your shower head.  Leave it over night and it should be clean in the morning.  (Note: This may not work as well if you have really hard water in you area, but it's worth a try.)

  If you're painting at home and don't want that annoying smell, try this trickCut an onion in half.  Then place each half "cut-side" down in a bowl with a little bit of water at the bottom.  The onion will absorb the smell!

    Is dust a problem in your home?  Check the air filter(s) for the A/C unit.  If they get too dirty, dust will start to get through.  Also, vacuuming at least twice a week can make a big difference.  Other than that, just make sure you are dusting often by wet wiping surfaces when possible.  (FYI: if you really want to eliminate dust, you could get rid of your kids and any pets.)

    You can use vinegar and baking soda to unclog and/or clean your kitchen drain. Pour a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by one cup of white vinegar. Cover quickly to create a foaming reaction. Leave it for 20 minutes. Last but not least, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.

    Next time you need to remove a stubborn ring from your toilet, try using a pumice stone.  Don't have one, click hereThey are very abrasive and can remove almost any stain with a little bit of elbow grease.  WARNING: Stone must be kept wet at all times or you WILL ruin your toilet!!!

    If you want to remove fingerprints from your stainless steel appliances look no further than club soda. Wipe your appliances with club soda that has gone flat. Grab a dry cloth and buff. It is an easy and cheap way to keep your stainless steel appliances looking great!!

    Remove water rings from the coffee table by simply rubbing some toothpaste into the spot with a soft cloth and wipe dry with a clean damp cloth. Finish off with some furniture polish. And next time – use a coaster.

    Hairspray can be removed from the mirrors by wiping with alcohol. Hairspray can quickly damage a mirror, so be careful not to spray too close to the mirror.

    Lime and hard water deposits will need little scrubbing to come off if you wrap paper towels around them and soak with white vinegar for an hour. Then all you have to do is rinse and dry.

    To remove chocolate stains from your clothes you should rinse off the excess chocolate with cold water. Rub liquid laundry detergent on the stain and let it soak in for about 5 minutes. Next, soak the clothing in cold water for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then wash how you would normally do.

    It is best to clean an oven spill while it is still warm.  Get the spill wet and sprinkle some salt over it.  After the oven has completely cooled down, the spill should be able to be washed off easily.

Next time you want to clean in that really tight space or get behind a piece of furniture without moving it, try connecting a paper towel roll to the vacuum hose. You can flatten it and tape it onto the end of the crevice tool or maybe just use it as an extension from the hose itself!

    If you need an easy way to remove dirt and rust from just about any type of surface (even clothes), try using an "oxygen bleach" cleanser. It won't scratch the surface, is environmentally safe and contains no hazardous chemicals (not even bleach).

    To remove hard water stains from your toilet, pour one cup of distilled white vinegar in the toilet bowl.  Let it sit overnight and then just flush.  For more stubborn stains, mix one part vinegar with one part baking soda.  Apply this paste to the stain and leave it on for at least 30 minutes.  Scrub with your toilet brush then flush.

    To Remove a stain from your carpet, spread a generous amount of table salt on the stain.  This will help absorb much of the stain.  In a spray bottle, mix 1/4 teaspoon of non-bleach detergent with one quart of water.  Shake to make sure it is mixed well.  Spray the mixture onto the stain and wait at least 5 minutes.  Take a clean cloth and clean with a daubing action.  Do not scrub or wipe as it can push the stain deeper into the carpet.

    Add a half a cup of vinegar to one gallon of water and you will have an inexpensive, yet effective cleaning solution that sanitizes too! Just put it in a spray bottle and you can clean your windows and mirrors streak free. If you are cleaning something a little tougher, you should add another half cup to the solution.

I was looking around to find a good holiday cleaning checklist to make it easy to get ready for guests.  I found a good one on
ThirtyHandmadeDays.comIf you want an even more detailed list, try the one I found on Better Homes and Gardens.

    Try this quick fix for broken blinds.  Clean the broken blind well.  Then, using super glue, join the two broken pieces with a popsicle stick.  If you leave your blinds open or turn them down, be sure to put the stick under the blind.  If you like to turn them up, then glue the stick to the top so the stick will not be visible.  For extra camouflage, spray the popsicle stick white before gluing it down.

    Don't have a plunger handy?  Try this.  Pour a very generous amount of dish soap (Dawn or similar) into the toilet.  Let sit for about 20 minutes.  Pour a bucket of hot water into the toilet.  Fill until it is an inch or two below the rim.  Give it a little bit of time and the clog should work itself out. (Video)

    Want to keep those pesky water spots off of your shower door?  Apply a small amount of lemon oil every couple of weeks.  This will cause the water to bead up and roll off the glass.

    If you're trying to remove hardened wax from fabric, place a paper bag or paper towel on top.  Then, with the iron set low, iron over the top.  The bag or towel should absorb the wax!

        Put 1/4 cup powdered dishwasher detergent in a glass measuring cup, and add enough water to make a paste; stir with a nonmetal utensil then apply to the stain. Lightly scrub, and let set for 20 minutes….and then rinse. If the glaze on your tub has worn off, you may not be able to remove the stain.

To remove pet accident stains from your carpet, pretreat the area with club soda. The carbonation in the soda will lift any dirt embedded in the carpet. Next you need to treat the area. Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with some water in a one quart spray bottle. Spray the area and blot with paper towels or a wet rag. Repeat as many times as needed to remove stain.

The most common cause of flowers wilting is bacteria in the vase water. The bacteria attach to the cut ends of flower stems and plug up the mechanisms that allow the plant to draw water. Add one part vodka to 5 parts water to inhibit the growth of bacteria without any harmful effects to the plant.

    Mirrors can be cleaned with a mixture of 2 quarts of warm water and 1/2 cup of cornstarch.  Streaks from glass or mirrors can be removed with a felt blackboard eraser.

    If you clean tin with water, it will rust. To prevent rust clean tin items with Vaseline. Put some Vaseline on a soft towel and rub, rub, rub. Most dirt and stains will come off, the tin will shine, and it will have protection from rust.

     Remove glue from the refrigerator (from stickers) with peanut butter. Add peanut butter to a soft cloth and rub it on. Keep rubbing until the glue is gone.

     If you want to get rid of soap scum in your shower or tub, make your own "scrub" by mixing 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part borax. It will cut through even the toughest scum!

     To prevent mirrors from fogging up, clean them with shaving cream. Spray it on the mirror and then wipe it off with a paper towel. You may have to repeat this process every few weeks.

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