Renovation & Design

Handy tips to help make 2022 a HAPPY NEW YEAR

To unclog a plugged drain, use one cup of salt mixed with one cup of baking soda — no liquid. Pour the dry solution into the drain, followed by a pot of boiling water.

Instead of regularly buying paper towels to clean up messes, invest in thin towels that you can wash and reuse. They’ll last a long time, saving you the cost and trouble of buying paper products.

When dusting furniture, lightly dampen your cloth. Whether you use an old T-shirt, a cheesecloth, or another soft cloth, it should be damp enough to pick up dust, but not wet enough that it pools water while in use.

Simple trick to putting pillowcases on pillows. Turn the pillowcase inside out. Lay the pillow on top of the case. Pull the pillowcase over the pillow.

Homemade window cleaner: Combine 12-16 ounces of water, half cup of white or apple cider vinegar, and one-quarter cup of rubbing alcohol. Spray and wipe with newspaper.

To remove fresh stains on fabrics, pour salt on the area, to prevent setting. Press with a damp white cloth to blot the stain.

Keep the refrigerator vegetable drawer fresh-smelling by lining the bottom with newspaper.

To dry wet shoes without harming the leather, hold the nozzle of your hairdryer inside each shoe for a few minutes. Stuff shoes with newspaper to absorb the moisture and help them dry in shape.

If you find that you have an excess number of pens, consider donating them to a school, library, or restaurant.

If you love cheese, you’ll want to make sure it’s free of mould, for as long as possible. Keep your cheese in an airtight container and add a few lumps of sugar to the container.

Use two secret ingredients to make great sugar cookies: orange zest and cinnamon.

Freshen furniture by sprinkling the cushions with a liberal amount of baking soda. Leave for 20 minutes, then vacuum.

A paste of baking soda and water is great for removing Crayon from walls.

Make your own fizzy bomb toilet cleaners. Mix half cup of each of the following: citric acid, baking soda and cornstarch. Separately combine one tsp. water and 30 drops of your favourite essential oil into a spray bottle. Slowly spray the liquid into the dry ingredients. Spoon mixture into silicone moulds and freeze for four hours. Remove from moulds and store in a sealable container. When ready to clean the toilet, drop one bomb into the bowl and scrub with a toilet brush. Nice and clean!

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on/in an inconspicuous area first.

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