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Title: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Lin on August 20, 2006, 07:29:05 AM
We all know that vinegar is a good cleaning agent for wood but does anyone have any good cleaning tips for around the house ?

For example a lemon on the chrome taps in the bathroom is excellent for bringing up that shine!

Lin
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Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: CarrieSheppard on August 20, 2006, 03:04:27 PM
Getting someone else to do it is a good one... but doesn't seem to work in my house! 

Boiling old bass guitar strings brings them back to life.  Maybe not the kind of tip you were after, but if you knew how much bass guitar strings cost..!

Carrie
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Narnian Prince on August 20, 2006, 09:12:10 PM
Yeah, I hear you Carrie.  :)  And here we thought we were having kids so that we could get someone else to do the work, eh?  LOL!!!   :)

Vinegar for cleaning out teapots is one that my great grandmother passed down to my mother who in turn passed it on to my 4 sisters and my wife.  It may wreak like the dickens for a bit but it will clean off those nasty brown stains which, by the way are now lining your stomach.  :)

Give me a nice hot herbal tea any day!  :)


Have a truly wonderful and Blessed day, everyone!  :)
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: CarrieSheppard on August 21, 2006, 05:12:19 AM
So - NP - are you subltly advising that WE should all drink vinegar to clean those nasty brown stains out of our stomachs?  ::)

(and - because I'm Mrs Picky - ask anyone who I've reviewed - it's reek, not wreak.)

Completely off the post: I live near Duxford Air Field.  I regularly see Spitfiires B52s, Hurricanes and all sorts flying over.  Saw a catalina last week.

Bye bye

Carrie

Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Milysmic on August 21, 2006, 01:40:39 PM
 Put lemon peel in the garbage dispose. Egg shells down it will sharpen them, lemon juice also gets out lipstick stains. Other then those I use store bought products  :D
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Nelodra on August 21, 2006, 05:06:55 PM
Getting someone else to do it is a good one... but doesn't seem to work in my house! 

Boiling old bass guitar strings brings them back to life.  Maybe not the kind of tip you were after, but if you knew how much bass guitar strings cost..!

Carrie

Do you think this would work with broken violin strings too  ;D
They, too, cost a fortune.
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Nelodra on August 21, 2006, 05:08:39 PM
Having your children do the job is a nice enough idea, really.
It's just such a pity that they'll only cooperat gladely when there's money involved  ::)
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Nelodra on August 21, 2006, 05:14:43 PM
Hey, actually I've got some GREAT tips!
If your house is a mess and your inlaws call to tell you they're intown and will be paying you a visit in, say, 10 minutes, don't worry...
If you have one or all of the following appliances, use them to put "STUFF" in: dishwasher, oven, washing machine, tumble dryer, the cupboard under the sink...
Vacuuming: Do only where you'll actually look (not under teh table, couch, whatever...)
Bedroom: More storage room under your bed!

Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Lin on August 22, 2006, 07:53:21 AM
Did Grandma do this as well?

Lin x
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Nelodra on August 22, 2006, 10:10:11 AM
Did Grandma do this as well?

Lin x

The grandma of my children's children will  ;)
(Mind you, my children are only 12 and 7 yet, so it might be awhile.)
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Narnian Prince on August 22, 2006, 10:59:06 PM
But who will be cleaning our their garden shed, Nel?  :)


Chris
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Nelodra on August 23, 2006, 03:57:40 AM
Garden shed, Narnian Prince?
What are you referring to, you... you.. you TURNIP!
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Narnian Prince on August 23, 2006, 04:49:18 AM
LOL!!!    :D
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Lin on August 23, 2006, 06:10:19 AM
More tips please

Lin
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Narnian Prince on August 23, 2006, 07:42:00 AM
Sorry, Lin.  Didn't mean to get off topic there.   :-[

Anyway, I'm not sure if this fits into the category but my grandparents would often tell us that when they ran out of toothpaste while in the shelters during the war, they wouldn't often use baking soda.  They laugh about it now when the dental companies advertise is as though it were something new when they've known about it for more than half a century!  LOL!!!   :)


Have a truly wonderful and Blessed day, everyone!  :)


Chris
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Cathy C on August 23, 2006, 04:46:03 PM
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Anyway, I'm not sure if this fits into the category but my grandparents would often tell us that when they ran out of toothpaste while in the shelters during the war, they wouldn't often use baking soda.  They laugh about it now when the dental companies advertise is as though it were something new when they've known about it for more than half a century!  LOL!!!   


Gosh NP I though I was younger than you!!! >:(

My dad said that during the war (The 2nd - please say you were talking about the 1st? :P) they used to use soot from the fire to clean their teeth!!!

Never made any sense to me but he swore by it.

Okay, my tip:

If, like me, you drink only black coffee then your cups (Or in my case MUGS. ;D) must have dirty brown stains on them? The best way to remove this (if you don't have a dishwasher. *Sniff*) is to put a little salt in them when washing. Works like a charm. ;)

CATHY C
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: The Matelot on August 23, 2006, 09:54:12 PM
Another one for the vinegar groupies....

Clean windows with newspaper and vinegar.

Tommy's Top Tip on Onions.....To rid your hands/fingers of onion smell....rub them on
                                            your stainless steel sink or cutlery !!

Later
Tam
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Cathy C on August 23, 2006, 11:11:26 PM
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Another one for the vinegar groupies....

Clean windows with newspaper and vinegar.

Tommy's Top Tip on Onions.....To rid your hands/fingers of onion smell....rub them on
                                            your stainless steel sink or cutlery !!

Ha, knew both those Tam. (Guess mothers constant harping worked. ::))

Here's another one:

After you change your bed - and wash the bedding of course :P - put your duvet, sheets (bottom and top) and pillow cases inside ONE of the pillow cases - that way, when you go to look for them again, they are all together.

Simple, but effective. 8)


CATHY C
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: The Matelot on August 24, 2006, 04:46:21 AM
Hmph ! ! !

Aspirin, sugar or lemonade added to a vase of flowers willl prolong their bloom

Later
Tam
Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Jenny on August 24, 2006, 09:17:36 AM


Nice one Tam I've always wanted to know how to get the smell of onions off my hands, does it work with garlic? - I shall remember you forever!!

Title: Re: Grandma's Household Cleaning tips
Post by: Lin on August 24, 2006, 10:01:00 AM
My grandmother swore by the marigold,(Calendula) she always rubbed it on her warts!!

Lin