2017-08-23 / Columns

Now Here's a Tip

• Here’s a great recipe for DIY dishwasher pods for use in your automatic dishwasher: Mix 2 cups of baking soda, 2 cups of borax, a half cup of salt and 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil. Stir in 1/2 cup vinegar and allow it to settle. Then scoop it into an ice-cube tray and pack tightly. Let it dry overnight, then pop your pods out into an airtight baggie or jar. Label and store in a cool place. Use one per washing cycle.

• To get paint splatter off your hands after painting, try this old kitchen trick: Wet hands and then pour sugar or salt into palms. Use it as an abrasive to scrub paint away.

• Waxed paper can shine a kitchen or bathroom faucet. Simply use it to buff away the marks. No spray cleaner necessary.

• “ If you have dirty blinds, keep in mind that spraying them with a liquid is going to turn the dust to muck. Always dry dust first, then use a barely damp microfiber cloth to remove spots. (This is for hard material blinds, not for fabric blinds.)” — L.G. in Kansas

• Sticky irons can ruin fabric. Never fear, though, because cleaning one is a cinch. Heat your iron to its hottest setting, no steam. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of salt onto a piece of newspaper. Iron over it, rubbing vigorously. Finish with a pass or two over a plain paper towel.

• Track tools in a workshop by hanging them from a wall. Trace around the tools with chalk, and you can tell quickly what goes where when it’s time to clean up.

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