Housekeeping

Musty Smell

Category: Housekeeping

To get the musty smell out of towels wash them with a cup of ammonia (I let them soak for a bit). Do not use any other detergent or any softner. Dry as usual.

Least Favorite Job

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Do the job you dislike the most or is hardest early in the day. Then as your day gets longer and you are more tired, you have the easy or fun stuff left to do!

Fabric Sheet

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My mother and I both love using used fabric sheet for many things. In a casserole dish put it in the dish spray with hot water and it will not only loosen the food but is great to scrub any stubborn food. I also use it to pre-scub food on my counter tops and it works well to scrub my stainless sink then just rinse. It is a great way to reduce-reuse and recycle.

Vinegar

Category: Housekeeping

Always have tons of vinegar around, it is useful for almost everything. For example....
-my favorite- to give to your son who won't stop picking his nose and well you know kids (eating it)
-to deter ants put around window sills and doors (I use this one in the spring!)
-unclogging drains with baking soda... especially good on my slow sinks
-you can clean up mildew- we use around bathtub
-with kids using stickers you can use vinegar to remove glue and sticker messes!
- let your humidifier soak in it if you can't get the gunk off of it

Hanging a Picture

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When you wanna hang a picture instead of guessing where the nail goes put some tooth paste on the back of the picture or whatever you are hanging and push it up against the wall and then remove it from the wall and then you know where to put the nail or screw at on the wall.

Cleaning Stove Grates

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Does anyone else hate trying to keep their grey burner grates on top of your stove clean? I did until I tried this. Put the grate in a gallon resealable bag with 1/4 cup ammonia. Leave set all night. Next day drain into sink, then wipe with a dishrag or soft scratcher. All the black baked on stuff with come right off.

Bedwetting

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When dealing with bed wetting I did everything I could to not fully wake up while I dealt with the situation. With this system I had everyone back in bed in three minutes: When making the bed initially, put a "disposable underpad" on top of the mattress pad. Put the fitted sheet over the pad, then the flat sheet, a soft/comfy blanket, and then a comforter or another blanket if need be. When they wet the bed, as long as everything went down and the flat sheet and blankets are still dry pull them back to the end of the bed and take off the fitted sheet and pad. Throw the pad away and put a new one on the bed. Here is the secret: simply pull up the FLAT sheet over the new pad and put the pillows on top. Have the kid, who is now in dry undies and jammies because they changed while you "changed" the sheets, climb back in on top of the flat sheet and cover them up with the comfy blanket. They won't miss the flat sheet on top and you didn't have to completely strip the bed and fight with a fitted sheet in the middle of the night. Wash and fix everything in the morning, and keep using the same pad until it gets wet.

Robot Vacuum

Category: Housekeeping

I love my irobot Romba. It vacuums my kitchen floor while I'm at work so all I have to do is mop. It's awesome.

Losing Socks

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After losing many socks either in the washer or dryer, we finally came up with the idea of putting all socks into mesh bags before washing. Throw into the wash and dry in mesh bags and never have a missing sock again!

Mesh Bag

Category: Housekeeping

To sort your children's socks/underwear, hang a mesh lingerie bag from the back of their door. They put socks/underwear in the bag, you can wash the bags together, then give each child their bag and all they have to do is match their own socks instead of arguing about which socks are theirs.