Housekeeping 101: A Dozen Time-Savers for Your Home

Here are a few of our favorite time-saving tips. Because we know that even if you have professional housekeeping help there’s still plenty of things to do in between visits.

  • Once every six months or so give your wood cutting boards a good oil-down with vegetable oil. Let it stand overnight and wipe off the residue in the morning, the oil keeps the board from staining.
  • Do you have lint on your dark colored clothes?  Remove it by adding a cup of white vinegar to the wash, and stop putting towels in with black shirts! Also your black clothes will not fade as fast if you wash them inside out
  • Cleaning silk flowers is easy: just put them in a paper bag with some salt and shake, shake, shake. The salt with absorb the dust and leave your flowers looking like new.
  • Spray your Tupperware with Pam before pouring in a tomato-based sauce and there won’t be any stains!
  • To remove stuck-on food in your casserole dish, fill it with boiling water and add a few tablespoons of salt or baking soda. Let it stand overnight if necessary.
  • To remove rust from baking pans, scour them with a cut potato dipped in powdered cleanser.
  • Brown grease marks on your pots, chrome burner rings, etc.? You can soak them in ammonia overnight to get rid of the stains.
  • To remove a water stain from a glass vase, simply fill with water and drop in a couple of Alka Seltzer tablets.
  • Get rid of the smell of garlic on your hands by rubbing them on stainless steel- you would have never guessed.
  • Boiling a cup of water in your microwave oven will loosen the particles and all you have to do is give it a quick wipe.
  • Use liquid body wash in the shower instead of soap and never deal with soap build-up again. How easy is that?
  • Make quick work of getting out a blood stain by using hydrogen peroxide available at any drug store.

Okay, that’s the dozen for the day. What housekeeping tips can you add?

How to Get Grease Spots Off the Walls and Keep Them Off

You cannot call your house clean if you have grease splatter spots on the wall behind the stove. They look ugly and after awhile the accumulated grease gets rancid so that your house doesn’t smell so good.  So let’s get to it.

Put a little dish soap on a Dobie’ or other “scrubby” pad safe for non-stick surfaces, and gently rub the spots.  (Be sure to test it in an inconspicuous area first).

 If that doesn’t work, take it up a notch and use an all-purpose cleaner such as 409 on the scrubby pad.

And if the spots are still there, don’t scrub harder, use a more powerful cleaning agent like Dow Bathroom Cleaner (with the famous scrubbing bubbles) and then rinse the area with hot water.

After the area is clean, apply a generous coat of paste wax. Subsequent spots can then be removed with a dry paper towel.  Reapply paste wax as necessary.

Now, that’s pretty easy.  Housekeeping doesn’t have to be hard.