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How to Keep Kitchen Sink Stain-Free and Shiny

For an easy, cheap, and green way to clean my classic, white cast-iron enameled kitchen sink, I scrub with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. After rinsing, I add the stopper to the drain and pour hydrogen peroxide into the sink to cover the bottom. I let this sit for 15 to 20 minutes […]


Whiteboard Goofs

It happens all the time in my classroom, and usually, I’m the culprit. I, or one of my students, grabs the wrong marker to write on the whiteboard. Here’s the best way to remove the permanent marks: Cover the mistaken writing with a dry-erase marker—any color—covering the mistake completely. Now wipe it away. Like magic, […]


Magical Microwave Cleanup

I’ve found a great way to clean my microwave.  I take a rag, wet it, and ring it out—but not tightly. I place it in the microwave and turn it on for 25 seconds. When I open the microwave, the rag is hot enough to remove any buildup but not too hot that I can’t […]


Crocheted Mop Refills

I have a Don Aslett Mop.  It has a microfiber cloth pad for dusting or mopping the floor.  The pad is affixed with a row of velcro on the bottom of the mop. Instead of using the pads that came with it,  I like to use my own crocheted rectangle.  I make it several inches larger […]


Good and Cheap DIY Glass Cleaner

Here’s another recipe for a good glass and mirror cleaner: 45 percent water 45 percent rubbing alcohol 10 percent household ammonia First, put it in a clearly marked spray bottle. Next measure out the ingredients.  (Note: Measurements do no need to be precise.) This is as good as any product you can buy. Cheryl


Super DIY Upholstery Cleaner

If you need to remove spilled soda pop from your car interior, try a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water, and an old toothbrush. When I had a can of pop explode in my car, not even the professional car detailers could tell me how to get it out. I figured the above mixture couldn’t […]


Vaccum in the Dark

This tip may seem counterintuitive but hear me out.  If you have a headlight on your vacuum, vacuum your non-carpeted floors at night with the room lights off.  You’ll be amazed at what you’ll see (yuck!) but it is so satisfying when you can see you are getting EVERYTHING. When I first told my husband […]