Tipnut's Household Cleaning Library: Recipes / Tips
It's something we all strive to do: Keep our living spaces tidy, organized and efficient. It's not only healthier but I find this to be very true: When our homes are in order, our days go smoother and our family interactions are more well balanced. Some individuals may function in chaos just fine, but rarely does a family.
There are plenty of tools and products on the market that can help us get the job done...and many of them are excellent...but if you're looking for some extra help with a particular problem (maybe trying to remove a stain or getting rid of a foul odor), I have a large collection of tips and recipes here for you to browse through. Some methods are so unusual you may find yourself lifting an eyebrow or two but the results can be amazing ;).
This website has been online for over a dozen years and it began as a place to share all the best housekeeping tips that I've collected and tinkered with as a housewife for over 30 years. I'm an avid collector of vintage advice found in old magazines, cookbooks and manuals.
Like many of you, keeping a tidy home is one of the ways I choose to nurture and care for my family so this really is a passion of mine. If you have a method that gives better results, it sure won't hurt my feelings to hear about it! Please share it with all of us to try (you'll find the comments section below each article).
In This Archive
I've had one of these Little Green carpet cleaners for years & it's saved the day many times. If you have a pet with a sensitive tummy, you'll be happy to have this.
One tool that gets put to regular use in my home is a cobweb duster, handy to reach up into corners 20 ft high. I prefer those with exchangeable heads like this one.
Make Your Own Cleaners
Top 10 In This Category
- DIY – How To Remove White Heat Stains On Wood Table
- 10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes
- 30 Helpful Items To Remove Sticky Adhesive Goo
- How to Get Permanent Marker Off From Walls & Surfaces
- 16 Thrifty Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipes
- 4 Simple & Affordable Febreeze Solutions To Try
- So Cheap & Easy! Homemade Cleaner For Laminate Flooring
- How To Clean & Remove Stains From Marble & Granite
- 21 Crayon Busters: How To Get Scribbles Off From Walls
- 10 Homemade Window Cleaners & Streakless Glass Advice
Dishwasher: The orange Tang juice crystals contain citric acid which can lift stains nicely. If your appliance needs a little TLC to fight scum or buildup, run a full empty load with some orange Tang tossed in.
In The Kitchen
Brooms are a tool we use daily to keep our floors dirt free. You can also use them to sweep dust bunnies from lower ceilings and walls. Something you want to do on a regular basis is to wash the nylon bristles regularly. Fill a pail with hot soapy water (just use your favorite detergent) and give the broom a few good dunks and swishes. Rinse well then set outside in the sun (bristle side up) to air dry.
It's only been the past few decades that we haven't had to hang our wet garments out to dry and thank goodness for our electronic clothes dryers! But don't put away that clothesline just yet...there's really nothing like fresh linens in from the line. Why not consider hanging bedding and sleepwear out on hot summer days? This way you can still enjoy a bit of that can't-be-beat freshness when you snuggle in for the night (without giving up the convenience of your dryer).
One of the most overlooked gadgets for housekeeping is the humble brush...it's initial purpose can be anything from painting to cosmetics to crafts. If it has bristles, it can be put to good use! I like to collect all shapes & sizes then use them for dusting knick-knacks, tight corners, grates, even behind appliance dials. One thing's for sure: keep your eyes open for tight spots that collect dirt and grime; you will definitely find a creative use for them!