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Subj:.....Some Cleaning Tips (S235) 
          From: h2oman19 on 7/30/2001 

To make your house cleaning a little easier: 

 1) Flies or bees bothering you?  Spray them with
    hairspray and they will take a quick dive.
 2) Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a 

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    few hours, then slide a?nbsp; knife under the flap. 
    The envelope can then be resealed.  (hmmmmmm...) 
 3) Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. 
    It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what 
    appliance it belongs to. 
 4) For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm 
    water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it.  Pour it 
    all over the steps.  They won't refreeze. 
    (wish I had known this for the last 60 years)! 
 5) Crayon marks on walls?  This worked wonderfully! 
    A damp rag, dipped in baking soda.  Comes off 
    with little effort (elbow grease that is)! 
 6) Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like 
    store receipt BLUE)!  The answer was left off so 
    I will take a guess of lighter fluid or paint thinner. 
 7) Whenever I purchase a box of SOS Pads, I immediately 
    take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. 
    After years of having to throw away rusted and unused 
    and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be 
    much more economical.  And now a box of SOS pads last 
    me indefinitely!  In fact, I have noticed that the 
    scissors get sharpened this way! 
 8) Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself.  Well, 
    I have found a way to make it the easiest thing to do. 
    Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a 
    knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the 
    drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker.  It adjusts 
    to the size of the jar and I simply give it a good 
    twist and off pops the lid! 
 9) Blood stains on clothes?  Not to worry!  Just pour a 
    little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off 
    every drop of blood. Works every time! 
10) Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and 
    horizontal for inside windows.  This way you can tell 
    which side has the streaks.  Straight vinegar will get 
    outside windows really clean. 
    Don't wash windows on a sunny day.  They will dry too 
    quickly and will probably streak. 
11) Spray a bit of perfume on the lightbulb in any room 
    to create a lovely light scent in each room when the 
    light is turned on.  Place fabric softener sheets in 
    dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly 
    washed for weeks to come.  You can also do this with 
    towels and linen. 
12) Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the 
    freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning. 
13) To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a 
    paper bag and add the flowers.  Shake vigorously as 
    the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave 
    your artificial flowers looking like new. Works like 
    a charm! 
14) To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, 
    simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water 
    to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop. 
15) Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray 
    before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't 
    be any stains. 
16) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, 
    use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't 
    be any white mess on the outside of the cake. 
17) Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the 
    refrigerator and it will keep for weeks. 
18) When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to 
    help bring out the corn's natural sweetness. 
19) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and 
    rub it on your forehead.  The throbbing will go away. 
20) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into 
    ice cubes for?nbsp; future use in casseroles and sauces. 
21) To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying 
    soap on the area and you will experience instant relief. 
22) Ants, ants, ants everywhere ...  Well, they are said to 
    never cross a chalk line.  So get your chalk out and 
    draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. 
    See for yourself. 
23) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors.  It does a good job 
    and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine. 
24) When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape 
    before resorting to tweezers or a needle.  Simply put 
    the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. 
    Scotch tape removes most easily. 
25) Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer. 
    * Clean a toilet.  Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, 
    wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.  The citric acid 
    and effervescent action clean vitreous China. 
    * Clean a vase.  To remove a stain from the bottom of 
    a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two 
    Alka Seltzer tablets. 
    * Polish jewelry.  Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into 
    a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes. 
    * Clean a thermos bottle.?nbsp;?nbsp; Fill the bottle 
    with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let 
    soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary). 
    * Unclog a drain.  Clear the sink drain by dropping 
    three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by 
    a cup of Heinz White Vinegar.  Wait a few minutes, then 
    run the hot water. 
Do your friends a favor.  Pass this timely (and some not- 
so-timely) information on to a friend or two. 

                           -(o o)- 
Subj:.....Some Cleaning Tips  II (S272d) 
          From: Joke-Of-The-Day on 4/17/2002 

You're getting company in 30 minutes.  Your house is a mess. 

If a room clearly can't be whipped into shape in 30 days 
--much less 30 minutes--employ the Locked Door Method of 
cleaning. Tell anyone who tries to go in the room that 
the door is intentionally locked. 
CAUTION: It is not advisable to use this tip for the 
Time: 2 seconds 

No home should be without an ample supply. Not only 
is it handy for plumbing repairs, but it's a great way 
to hem drapes, tablecloths, clothes, just about anything. 
No muss, no fuss. 
Time: 2-3 minutes 

If you think ovens are just for baking, think again. Ovens 
represent at least 9 cubic feet of hidden storage space, 
which means they're a great place to shove dirty dishes, 
dirty clothes, or just about anything you want to get 
out of sight when company's coming. 
Time: 2 minutes 

Like Secret Tip 3, except bigger. 
CAUTION: Avoid hiding flammable objects here. 
Time: 2.5 minutes 

Like Secret Tip 4, except even bigger. 
Time: 3 minutes 

No bed should be without one. Devotees of Martha 
Stewart believe dust ruffles exist to keep dust out 
from under a bed or to help coordinate the colorful 
look of a bedroom. The rest of us know a dust ruffle's 
highest and best use is to hide whatever you've managed 
to shove under the bed. (Refer to Secret Tips 3, 4, 5.) 
Time: 4 minutes 

                           -(o o)- 
Subj:.....Cleaning Tips III (S276b) 
          From: janeenmarie on 9/26/2003 

1. Dirt:   Layers of dirty film on windows and screens 
provide helpful filter against harmful and aging rays 
from the sun. Call it an SPF factor of 15 and leave it 

2. Cobwebs:  Cobwebs artfully draped over lampshades 
reduce the glare of the bulb, thereby creating a 
romantic atmosphere. If your husband points out that 
the light fixtures need dusting, simply look confused 
and exclaim "What?" "And spoil the mood?" Or just 
throw glitter on them and call them holiday 

3. Pet Hair:   Explain the mound of pet hair brushed 
up against the doorways by claiming you are collecting 
it there to use for stuffing play animals for 
underprivileged children. Also keeps out cold drafts 
in Winter. 

4. Guests:   If unexpected company is coming, pile 
everything unsightly into one room and close the door. 
As you show your guests through your tidy home, rattle 
the door knob vigorously, fake a growl and say, "I'd 
love you to see our den, but Fluffy hates to be 
disturbed and the shots are SO expensive." 

5. Dusting:   If dusting is REALLY out of control, 
simply place a showy urn on the coffee table and 
insist that Grandma wanted you to scatter her ashes 

6. General Cleaning:   Mix one-quarter cup pine 
scented household cleaner with four cups of water in a 
spray bottle. Mist the air lightly. 

Leave dampened rags in conspicuous locations. Develop 
an exhausted look, throw yourself on the couch and 
sigh, "I clean and clean and I still don't get 

As a last resort, light the oven, throw a teaspoon of 
cinnamon in a pie pan, turn off oven and explain that 
you have been baking cookies for a bake sale for a 
favorite charity and haven't had time to clean... 
works every time. 

Another favorite, I think from Erma Bombeck... always 
keep several get well cards on the mantle so if 
unexpected guests arrive, you can say you've been sick 
and unable to clean. You figure if you can live in it, 
they can surely stand it for a 30 minute visit! 
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