Best way to disinfect the bathroom
Need a quick and easy way to clean a bathroom? Melanie Williams of Apex swears by this method: “Take some paper towels, soak them with alcohol, wipe everything: toilets, tile, cabinets, tub and sink fixtures, floors (vinyl, tile, etc.) and mirrors. Buff with dry towel to shine. The alcohol will dry quickly, so it can be used on just about anything, plus it disinfects. I have been using this method for over 40 years so (I) never needed a lot of expensive cleaners.”
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Best way to remove paint
Clean up painting mishaps on new windows and doors with a little vinegar. The Style Me Pretty blog says vinegar acts as an all-natural paint remover. Warm it up, dab it on and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Use a razor blade scraper to seamlessly scrape it away. Visit nando.com/uy to learn more.
Best way to store baking sheets
Do you have baking sheets to store, but are limited on cupboard or drawer space in your kitchen? A post on Pinterest suggested purchasing tension rods at your local hardware or organizing store and placing them vertically between shelves. Place one toward the back of the shelf and one toward the front. Repeat and space as needed to create vertical storage space for baking and cookie sheets. You can find this and other organizing life hacks at: nando.com/uz.
Best ways to remove marks on wood floors
Remove scuff and scratch marks from wood floors with these tips picked up from the Real Simple website.
Scuff marks on wood floor: Apply some non-gel toothpaste onto a clean rag, then rub the rag on the marks. They will be history in moments. Non-gel toothpaste can also be used to get rid of crayon marks, so make sure to keep some handy.
Scratch marks on wood floor and furniture: Mix olive oil and vinegar in a 3-to-1 ratio. Apply the mixture onto a clean cloth and rub it onto the marks. The marks should disappear within seconds. Just make sure to buff it out so no one slides on the mixture.
My neighbor Betsy is an excellent cook. She recently posted a recipe for 7-Up biscuits that she said were easy and delicious. She suggests baking them a little longer than suggested time and cautions not to pat the dough too thin. Enjoy!
You will need:
4 cups Bisquick
1 cup sour cream
1 cup 7-Up
1/2 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 425. Mix Bisquick, sour cream and 7-Up. Dough will be very soft. Knead and fold dough until coated with your baking mix. Pat dough out and cut biscuits using a round biscuit or cookie cutter. Melt butter in bottom of cookie sheet pan or 9-by-13 casserole dish. Place biscuits on top of melted butter and bake 12-15 minutes or until brown.
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Best way to get rid of sweater bumps
When you realize that the favorite sweater you’re wearing has a noticeable sweater bump, grab an ice cube. “While wearing the sweater, run the ice cube vigorously over the area until the fabric is damp (but not wet). Depending on how thick your sweater’s material is, this will take 15-45 seconds. Then, lightly press a paper towel or dry cloth over the wet spot, which will press the fibers back into place. As the water dries, the fibers will shrink and your knitwear will return to its normal, fashionable state.” Thanks to the Brightness blog for the great idea. More details: nando.com/ux .
Best of the tube
Salvage some history: When clients come to the shop with a vintage trunk, Don Short suggests turning the family heirloom into a 6-foot-high shelving unit. Although they are hesitant at first, the owners agree and the guys get busy slicing the unit into four pieces while preserving as much history as possible. See how it turns out at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on “West End Salvage.”
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