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Household & Household Cleaning

35mm Film Container Heaven

Never throw out plastic 35mm film containers! They're useful for a million storage needs. Household uses include storage for laundry coins, rare coins, rings, jewelry, small parts or various jells or salves. Although airtight, they do tend to leak upon occasion, so liquids are stored better in other containers. Solids and powders do store well. Small parts, sharp pins or thumbtacks also store safely in these containers. Once the container's filled, use a permanent marker and simply label the contents. For camping or backpacking trips these film containers do a great job of storing cooking spices & seasonings. One camping manufacturer even makes snap-on lids that fit the 35mm cans to use for camp-sized salt and pepper shakers. Using a leather hole punch, you can punch holes in the plastic top to make your own shake tops too. Fishermen or hobbyists can store manageable amounts of fishing tackle, weights, hooks or bait in these little cans.

Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

Spray a bit of perfume on the lightbulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on. Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!

Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!

Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

To remove whiteout or permanent marker try using just a little bit of sunscreen. Just drop on a dab and rub off with a cloth or paper towel. It works great!

Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.

Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

Now, look at what you can do with Alka Seltzer. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china. Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary). Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

Ants, ants, ants everywhere... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

To remove grease from wallpaper, apply baby powder to a clean powder puff, rub, and the spot disappears.

Kid Cleanup

Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).

Here is another idea for the empty roll on containers: Rinse an empty roll-on container out well. Fill the container (not quite to the top) with white liquid soap. (Do NOT use the anti-bacterial soap because you will get UGLY colors.) Put 1 or 2 drops of food coloring just to tint the soap. Put in your kids' bathroom and let them paint themselves while they are getting clean.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Hi - I found an awesome Crayon Remover and just had to share with you guys! I got it from Staples with all those discounts recently posted. It's called Crayon-A-Gone Plus. This stuff is too cool! My 2-year-old is having major coloring problems--it's everywhere. This stuff took crayon off of my little tikes toys (with no scrubbing!), off doors, off an oak armoire, walls, tile, and more. I just had to share. It's way cool!

~Submitted by Brandy

Since you were mentioning Little Tykes toys, I thought I might add that you can take your plastic toys like that (big or small) to the carwash. You just set them in the carwash area, and use the handheld thingy and spray away!! It makes the toys look like new!! I do this occasionally when the crayon and dirt get on my nerves, and it sure is a pick-me-up. I feel like I just bought brand new stuff! I also do this if I buy used stuff. I bought a cottage house for the outside, and it had mold, dirt, etc. on it. It was bright and pretty when I was finished. I have also done this with the mesh on playpens, etc. The mesh gets dirty and you can't really clean it. The carwash works great.

~Submitted by Connie

Kitchen Cleanup

To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove-top.

Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces and there won't be any stains.

Cleaning my metal kitchen mallet, which I use to pound meat and flatten chicken breasts, was once a pain. Whatever I was pounding got mashed into the grooves of the mallet head. I decided to try a rubber mallet (from the hardware store) and discovered it works equally well. In fact, I use it to whack garlic too. It's easy to clean and fits easily in my utensil container.

~Submitted by Annie in IN

Kitchen Tips

Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have found a way to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to the size of the jar and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the lid!

If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.

Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.


It is easier to put shoes on a wiggly toddler who is "trapped" in a high chair. Shoelaces will stay tied if you dampen them before tying. Knots tied in the ends of the child's shoelaces will prevent the laces being pulled out altogether.

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