• Quick Tips & Tricks For Washing Mini-Blinds

    Quick Tips & Tricks For Washing Mini-Blinds Mini-blinds may be a nice, affordable window treatment, but they sure can be a pain to maintain since each slat has to be attended to one by one. There’s no way around that but here are a few quick ideas…

  • Chewing Gum Mishaps? Here’s How To Get It Off

    Chewing Gum Mishaps? Here’s How To Get It Off Many of us enjoy chewing it, but boy can misplaced gum sure make a mess! Here are several different ways you can try removing it from every day items. First, here are a few tips for lifting as much of…

  • Easy Ways To Attack Limescale Buildup With Pantry Items

    Easy Ways To Attack Limescale Buildup With Pantry Items Limescale is calcium carbonate that leaves a white film on surfaces or settles inside appliances such as tea kettles and coffee pots. It’s commonly found in homes with hard water and can be stubborn to remove with regular household solvents…but…

  • 5 Soap Scum Busters Made With Simple Ingredients

    5 Soap Scum Busters Made With Simple Ingredients Soap scum is a combination of residue, mineral deposits and dirt that forms a grimy layer over surfaces and is a common trouble spot in bathroom maintenance (typically shower walls, doors, tubs and fixtures). It doesn’t have a chance to…

  • Caring For Suede Accessories & Footwear: Spot Cleaning

    Caring For Suede Accessories & Footwear: Spot Cleaning Suede is soft and luxurious but unfortunately it’s quite porous so that makes it a stain magnet. It’s not washable so you either need to get an item handled professionally or try a few of these methods to get the…

  • Concrete Care & Cleaning: Plus Suggestions For Lifting Stains

    Concrete Care & Cleaning: Plus Suggestions For Lifting Stains Sometimes beverages are spilled on patios, or mildew, moss and white salt spots develop (especially when located in shade or humid environments). Here’s a handy tip sheet detailing a few ways you can wash that up with some DIY recipes…

  • Tipnut’s Guide To Spring Cleaning

    Tipnut’s Guide To Spring Cleaning Here’s a peek at this year’s battle plan for my home, I’ve also included references to homemade cleaners, tips for specific jobs and assorted fix-it projects that will help make this year’s job a big success. Every surface is conquered,…

  • Eliminate Fruit Flies With Easy DIY Bait & Destroy Methods

    Eliminate Fruit Flies With Easy DIY Bait & Destroy Methods These tiny, pesky critters are brown and appear to have no fear of people (often it seems they’re trying to swarm up your nose and in your mouth) but they’re mostly just clumsy fliers. The good news is that eliminating…

  • How To Clean & Remove Stains From Marble & Granite

    How To Clean & Remove Stains From Marble & Granite Marble and granite counter tops are gorgeous but they are porous and will soak in liquids that can leave stains (even sitting water!). Here are some poultice recipes & diy solutions that can help tackle them, I’ve also tucked in…

  • So Cheap & Easy! Homemade Cleaner For Laminate Flooring

    So Cheap & Easy! Homemade Cleaner For Laminate Flooring We recently had gorgeous laminate installed in our living room and I just had to take the opportunity to ask the installer what he recommended for washing it. Although it’s much easier to care for than real wood flooring and…

  • What To Do If You Get Bed Bugs (& Where To Spot Them)

    What To Do If You Get Bed Bugs (& Where To Spot Them) Bed bugs are typically brought into the house from the outside on clothing, baggage, second-hand furniture or in laundry done in an infested home. Social stigma is attached to them more than to any other pest which is unfair since…

  • Steps To De-Gunk & Clean A Curling Or Flat Iron

    Steps To De-Gunk & Clean A Curling Or Flat Iron In the scheme of things, curling (or flat) irons are pretty low maintenance but to keep things in prime salon condition, it’s ideal to regularly wipe them down after each use. Taking just a few moments a day keeps them…

  • Going To War Against Fleas: Indoors, Outdoors & On Pets

    Going To War Against Fleas: Indoors, Outdoors & On Pets These are one of the most irritating, stubborn, bloodsucking species of pests and they’re determined to thrive despite your best efforts. While certain types confine their feeding to animals, others are equally satisfied with human blood. Cat and dog fleas…

  • Drab & Dingy Tile Grout? Here Are A Few Cleaning Tricks

    Drab & Dingy Tile Grout? Here Are A Few Cleaning Tricks Some of the recipes below contain ammonia, or bleach, or vinegar (I’ve also included other homemade solutions that are gentler). There are some who claim that these ingredients will degrade grout over time–what that amount of time is no one…

  • Dusting: Tips, Tools & Prevention

    Dusting: Tips, Tools & Prevention Now that the weather is nice, windows and doors are kept wide open so we can enjoy all the lovely fresh air that we’ve been missing over the past winter–the downside to this is that with so many openings into…

  • Bring Bathrooms To A Shine {Plus DIY Peppermint Cleaners}

    Bring Bathrooms To A Shine {Plus DIY Peppermint Cleaners} Bathrooms are busy rooms and if they aren’t maintained daily, it doesn’t take long for them to get grunge-tastic. Here are several tips to help you bring them to a shine (and keep them that way), along with some nice…

  • 50+ Cleaning & Work Savers From Last Century

    50+ Cleaning & Work Savers From Last Century These vintage tips are a collection of snippets found in books and magazines from the 1930’s to early 1960’s offering advice to homemakers. Since they didn’t have the appliances, tools and products that we have today (that make our tasks…

  • How To Use Salt, Vinegar & Lemons For Household Cleaning

    How To Use Salt, Vinegar & Lemons For Household Cleaning These items are a staple in cooking and baking, but they’re also a great help around the house. Here are dozens of ways you can use them, I’ve separated them into three groups for easier browsing. Enjoy! Color Brightener: Add…

  • How To Clean Quick Tips & Tutorials: {Household}

    How To Clean Quick Tips & Tutorials: {Household} Louvers & Venetian Blinds: Use a soft paint brush to get in and wipe away the dirt in between louvers (slats) and venetian blinds. If you do this regularly, the paint brush technique should be enough to prevent a grime…

  • Wallpaper Care & Repair Tips

    Wallpaper Care & Repair Tips For grease spots apply a paste of cornstarch and water to the stain and allow to dry. Brush or vacuum off the cornstarch after a day, the grease should be gone. If you have a little nic or tear, you…

  • Get Back On Track: Mastering A Messy Home

    Get Back On Track: Mastering A Messy Home Living a clutter free and bare-bones minimized possessions lifestyle would be great and easy to manage in single or adult couple dwellings–but here are some practical tips for mess-free family sized living: Regularly Junk Hunt: Race through the house and…

  • Linoleum & Vinyl Floor Repairs: Scuffs, Stains, Nics & More

    Linoleum & Vinyl Floor Repairs: Scuffs, Stains, Nics & More Update: Here’s a medley of tips and recipes for all-purpose cleaners, DIY repairs and other odds & ends for linoleum and vinyl flooring. Some were previously published elsewhere here on Tipnut and moved to this page for better organization. Assorted…

  • 30 Helpful Items To Remove Sticky Adhesive Goo

    30 Helpful Items To Remove Sticky Adhesive Goo Things like price stickers and labels, different types of tape (packing, masking, scotch tape) can leave behind a sticky, gooey residue that’s a tricky mess to remove. Here’s a list of items that can help make the cleanup job a…

  • 21 Crayon Busters: How To Get Scribbles Off From Walls

    21 Crayon Busters: How To Get Scribbles Off From Walls Have a little scribble artist nearby? No worries, they’ll grow out of it eventually! I promise ;). As the oldest of four children, a busy neighborhood babysitter as a teen and then a mom when I “grew up”, I’ve had…

  • How To Wash & Care For Fine China Dishes

    How To Wash & Care For Fine China Dishes Hairline Crack Repair: Soak the china in warm milk overnight. Gently hand wash in warm water with mild dish detergent. Grey or Black Cutlery Markings: Dab a damp sponge in baking soda and rub the marks gently. You could also…

  • What A Horrible Smell: Like Something Crawled In & Died!

    What A Horrible Smell: Like Something Crawled In & Died! Here is a selection of tips I’ve collected over the years to get rid of really, really nasty smells. Things like the fridge dying while you’re away for a number of weeks and you come back to rancid food that…

  • Filthy Bathtub? A Brilliant Idea To Bring It Back To Life

    Filthy Bathtub? A Brilliant Idea To Bring It Back To Life Think your old, grungy bathtub is beyond repair? Then this is the tip is for you! If nothing seems to bring it to a shine, you can try spraying a layer of oven cleaner on the surface. I have an…

  • Tips For Removing Carpet Stains

    Tips For Removing Carpet Stains Here are a few tips I’ve accumulated to get rid of and clean carpet stains, remember to always test in a small, unnoticeable area first to make sure there won’t be any discoloration or damage. Saturate a clean, white cloth…

  • How To Wash Crystal & Delicate Glass

    How To Wash Crystal & Delicate Glass Crystal glasses, ornaments and pieces should not be washed in the dishwasher since they are at risk of damage from the high heat and harsh detergent. Here’s how to wash them by hand… Fully line the bottom of a sink…

  • How To Clean The Inside of Bottles & Vases

    How To Clean The Inside of Bottles & Vases If you collect old perfume bottles, miniatures, or ones with necks too narrow to use a brush, you can easily wash out the inside by doing the following: Fill it 3/4 full with warm water, a bit of dish detergent…

  • DIY – How To Remove White Heat Stains On Wood Table

    DIY – How To Remove White Heat Stains On Wood Table We have an old wood table that has been used and abused for years. I brought it out over the holidays for card playing and commented how badly stained it was–while quickly covering with a cloth. These white cloudy marks…

  • How To Clean Bedwetting / Urine Stains From Mattresses

    How To Clean Bedwetting / Urine Stains From Mattresses Those of us who don’t have toddlers or young children in the home may think directions for dealing with bedwetting mishaps won’t apply to us, but during the holidays I was pulling out this information when family members visiting with…

  • Don’t Forget To Clean Sponges + Tip For Clipping Them

    Don’t Forget To Clean Sponges + Tip For Clipping Them Did you know sponges used for day-to-day wiping up should be sterilized at least every other day? They are nice for scrubbing and wiping up, but make sure to wash them regularly to help prevent spreading grubbies around your home.…

  • Pet Hair In Every Nook & Cranny? 12 Cleaning Tips & Tricks

    Pet Hair In Every Nook & Cranny? 12 Cleaning Tips & Tricks We love our furry friends but they sure do keep us hopping trying to keep all their shed hair picked up. The most pro-active thing we can do is to groom them frequently (a good combing just a minute or…

  • How To Clean Cat Urine & Nasty Smell Plus Spray Deterrents

    How To Clean Cat Urine & Nasty Smell Plus Spray Deterrents Attempting to clean stains and the smell from cats urinating in the house is tricky business but removing carpets, padding and floor boards is not an easy or practical thing. Here’s a handy tipsheet filled with instructions and DIY recipes…

  • How to Get Permanent Marker Off From Walls & Surfaces

    How to Get Permanent Marker Off From Walls & Surfaces Did the kiddos get a little “creative” with their coloring? Cleaning things up isn’t so hard with this tip: Try covering the stains with toothpaste then scrub off with a damp cloth (just plain–not the gel kind). I’ve tried this…