Cleaning is really hard for me. I don’t mean that it’s hard to get started or that I don’t really want to clean. It’s actually physically difficult. My spinal cord injury left me in constant pain and I’m really limited in the way I can move. Because of this problem I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to clean that, while strange, may help me get chores done faster and with less physicality. With that in mind, I’ve found even more cleaning tips that you may want to try yourself.
- I don’t know how many people still have artificial flowers around but if you do and they’re a dirty mess just pour a good amount of salt in a paper bag. Add the flowers and close the bag by twisting the top. Shake the bag. I mean shake it like you’d like to shake someone who has really ticked you off! The salt will knock off and then absorb the dust. Viola! Your artificial flowers are clean again!
By the way, this is exactly how I dress to do housework. Of course I wear pearls!
- Today was a day I’d be more likely to drink vodka than clean with it but you can shine porcelain, chrome, and glass with vodka. Just pour some on a soft cloth and rub until you can see yourself. And you can always save some of the vodka to toast yourself on a job well done.
- I use permanent markers in my kitchen all the time. I mark the items I’ve sealed with my vacuum sealer and use the markers to write on freezer bags. And once in a while I mess up and get that permanent marker on the counter top. No problem. A little rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and the marks are gone. This also works if you somehow get that blue ink from a receipt on your counters.
- A while back my husband tried to cook something and burned it to the bottom of one of my skillets. It wasn’t my cast iron so there was no use trying to kill him by hitting him with the skillet. Instead I put a few drops of my dish soap in the pan and added just enough hot water to cover the bottom of the pan. I put it on the stove and brought the soap soup to a boil. The burned on food came off easily.
- I hated getting stains on my plastic storage containers. But when I was very young I learned a trick that I’ve used for decades. Spray a little nonstick cooking spray in the container before pouring in tomato sauce, berries (like my beloved mulberries) or anything else likely to stain the plastic.
- My husband used to get ink stains on his shirt pockets all the time. It wasn’t a problem because big hair was in style so I had lots of hairspray. Just spray the ink with hairspray and rub with a damp cloth. You may have to repeat the process several times but the ink will come out!
- Vases aren’t always easy to clean because some of them have wide tops but narrow bottoms or just generally odd shapes. If you’ve left flowers in a vase too long and the bottom is stained just throw in a good handful of rice and add a little hot water. Cover the top of the vase with some plastic wrap affixed with a rubber band and shake the heck out of the vase. The hot water will help dissolve some of the gunk and the rice will knock it loose.
- At times there’s simply no way I’m going to be able to lift my arms to shake a vase so I go to another way to clean it. I just put some water in the vase, drop in a tablet of Alka-Seltzer and let it do the work for me!
- This isn’t really a cleaning tip but it pertains to cleaning so here we go! I cut my steel wool cleaning pads (like S.O.S) in half. I can use up a half a pad before it rusts so I’m not throwing away a whole pad after just a few uses.
- So you’ve gotten rid of the body but there are blood stains on your clothes. Or you just had a bloody nose. I watch too much Investigation Discovery, I guess. Just use a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth to get the stain out. Of course the first thing to do is rinse, rinse, rinse the blood stain in cold water. And always tell ‘em you want a lawyer!