Magic Eraser for Coffee Stains

I use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to get rid of coffee and tea stains in my mugs, teacups, and teapot. I simply swipe the stains away, wash the mug and it’s like new.

Even a really cheap Dollar Tree version magic eraser works well! Pamela


Other Uses For Dryer Sheets

Don’t get rid of those dryer sheets just yet! Since Mary is always telling us to use dryer balls instead of fabric softeners, many of us may still have boxes of unused dryer sheets. Wonder no more. They have many other uses and some of them will amaze you.

  • Remove the bugs from your car: Wet the hood of your car where all those nasty bugs left a gross mess. Then take a wet, unused dryer sheet and effortlessly wipe away the bugs.
  • Deodorizers: Put them in a drawer or closet, under the seats in your car, in the vacuum cleaner bag, in your stored luggage, at the bottom of wastebaskets and hampers, in the pages of a musty book, in your shoes overnight, inside your tent and sleeping bag. You will be left with a pleasant, fresh scent.
  • Pest control: Put them in and around campers,  boats, and under the bed to keep mice away. Tie one to your belt loop or put it in your pocket to repel bees and mosquitoes. Lay them on the floor if you have ants in your house.
  • Clean baked-on food from a pan. Put a sheet in the pan and fill it with water. Let it sit overnight and wipe clean with a sponge. The anti-static agent loosens the stuck on food.
  • Dissolve soap scum from shower doors by wiping them with a wet dryer sheet.



Giving Flannel a Second Life

Want to give those flannel lounge pants and shirts a second life? Make cleaning pads for your Swiffer other cleaning tool. Cut the flannel into pieces 8″ x 20″ (or to fit your mop head of choice), then attach to the mop head and dampen with water or cleaning product before use. When I’m done mopping, I toss them in the laundry and to use again!  Brenda



Amazing Dish-Covery

One day, I decided to read the label on the box of automatic dishwasher detergent. I was curious to see how much powder is recommended per dishwasher load.

It read, “Follow manufacturer’s instructions or use one tablespoon of powdered dishwasher detergent.” Really? Wow. I’m one to just dump it in. Once I saw how little one tablespoon is, I realized I’ve been using more like five or six times that amount.

I’ve made the switch to measuring my dishwasher detergent more carefully, and I can see no difference at all using the more correct amount. Dishes come out just as clean and sparkly as when I was using the dump method.

Not surprisingly, a box of automatic dishwasher detergent lasts a lot longer, too!  Marcie


Goo Gone Naturally

Love to reuse glass bottles but not keen on using the chemicals to get rid of the sticky mess after removing the label?

A simple solution is to place a piece of paper towel over the sticky area, secure it with 2 rubber bands (avoid banding the sticky area itself) and soak it with pure lemon essential oil.

Lay the bottle on its side, paper towel side down, and let it sit for an hour or so. You ought to be able to easily wipe off the sticky residue, using the paper towel and a bit more lemon oil if needed to finish cleaning it. Wash the jar as usual.

Bonus: It smells great while it’s working!

Best Way to Declutter

The old adage about  “How to eat an elephant?”  definitely gives insight into how to attack large decluttering projects.  I find that the best way to declutter is to break my task down to a small area within an area.

Don’t tackle the whole garage or kitchen all at once. Just focus on one drawer or cabinet.  This makes the project less overwhelming and much more manageable. Set your watch or timer for the amount of time you have that day. When the time’s up you’ll have the satisfaction of seeing that one part of the chaos is under control.

Repeat this technique until the entire project is finished.

DIY Mop Cloths

For many years, I have reused my brand-name mop with wash cloths attached to clean my wood floors. Washcloths are inexpensive when purchased in bulk, easy to launder and bleach, store nicely under the sink, and fit the mop head perfectly.


Happier Hair Days: Clean Your Blow Dryer

The vents on the back end of your blowdryer can get clogged with hair and dust. This will shorten the life of your dryer – and possibly create a safety hazard- because the motor has to work harder to stay cool. The solution for this is to periodically clean your blowdryer.

The next time you are vacuuming your floors or carpet, take a couple of seconds to clean the vents on your blowdryer. Give them a quick pass with the nozzle of your vacuum to remove any buildup.