For spilled wax on carpets and upholstery, put a brown
paper bag over the dried wax and run a hot iron over
it. The bag will absorb the hot wax.
TAR OR PITCH ON HANDS AND SKIN:
This is a sticky problem that doesn't have to be difficult
to clean. Spray the affected area with WD-40, work
it into the pitch or tar, then use a teaspoon full
of dish soap with just a little water, and work this
in as well. Rinse under warm water. The oil acts as
a solvent, breaking up the pitch/tar, and the soap
cuts the oil. If you don't have any WD-40, cooking
oil will also work, though not quite as well.
OIL STAINS ON CONCRETE:
Pour a can of coke on the fresh stain, allow it to
sit for fifteen minutes to a half hour, scrub the
area with a stiff brush, add a little powdered laundry
detergent, scrub again, then hose off. This is best
on fresh stains; the ones that haven't had time to
soak deep into the concrete.
Pouring clay style cat litter over a
very fresh oil spill will also help absorb the oil.
GUM IN HAIR OR CLOTH:
Rub ice over the gum, and once cold, break it off
of the hair or clothing. Gum becomes brittle when
CHEAP HAND DEGREASER:
Store bought hand degreaser is expensive and tends
to leave a mess all over everything when it is used.
Here is a very cheap alternative that doesn't leave
as much of a mess; use washing-up liquid. Apply the
liquid liberally, work it in to the oil, and rinse.
Any oily residue left on the sink, etc, rinses off
just as easily. Washing-up liquid can even be stored
in decorative hand soap bottles, but it works far
better than hand soap. You don't even need to buy
the good washing-up liquid. Cheap brands will work
just as well.
EASY AND CHEAP MICROWAVE CLEANER:
Put a damp cloth into the microwave, turn on for about
a minute then leave to stand for a further minute.
The steam from the cloth should have moistened any
dried food on the microwave inner walls and now can
be wiped clean with the damp cloth. Be careful that
the cloth is not too hot to handle.
PROLONGING THE LIFE OF YOUR
CAT LITTER: You clean the cat box several
times a day, and still have a bad stink coming from
the litter box within just a couple days? Try sprinkling
1/4 cup baking soda over the litter. The baking soda
absorbs the odors. It works pretty good in shoes,
MILDEW: To remove mildew
from the corners of the tub, dip cotton balls in bleach
and let them sit, when you finish cleaning the bath,
remove cotton and rinse well. The mildew will be gone.
WALLPAPER: To remove
pencil marks and other non-greasy spots from non-washable
papers, use an art-gum eraser or a slice of fresh
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