HOUSEHOLD TIPS by Vickie Kline

Here are a few good tips for using household items in different ways:

If you’re interested in removing rust or stains from the inside of your dishwasher, try using 1/4 cup powdered lemon or orange drink that contains citric acid. Place in the detergent cup and run a regular cycle.

While staying in a hotel, don’t hesitate to pick up the extra shower caps in the room – they can be used in many ways. If you need to protect your shoes while traveling, wrap them in the shower cap prior to packing. Also, when you water plants, stretch a shower cap around the bottom of the hanging plant to catch water that may drip on the floor.

Toothpaste is for more than brushing your teeth. It does wonders to shine sink fixtures. Rub over faucets with a wet sponge. If you have trouble removing cooking odors from your hands, rub a little toothpaste on them. Toothpaste has also been used to get rid of pimples. Place a small dot on the pimple when you go to bed. Or, try putting toothpaste on a mosquito bite to relieve the itch.

Use leftover coffee grounds as fertilizer in flower beds. Any acid-loving plant, such as, azaleas and rhododendrons will love this. Place used coffee grounds in a plastic container with holes poked in the top and place in refrigerator to help absorb food odors.

Have some baby wipes sitting around? These are great for a quick clean-up on phones or dirty hands. You can use baby wipes to quickly clean-up sinks and faucets too (not safe for marble or granite). They’re great in the garage when you’ve finished a messy job and need to clean your hands.

If you have other unusual tips and tricks for common household items, please don’t hesitate to share.

Strive to be healthy!

Information shared courtesy of Goodhousekeeping at

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