Cleaning Tips

CLEANING SCUFF MARKS
Use 3 tbsp. of TSP (trisodium phosphate) to a gallon of water to clean clean scuff marks or crayon marks off walls. TSP can be found in the paint department of a hardware store.  Wear gloves and do not use on semi-gloss or gloss paint or wood surfaces.

REMOVING GUM
Gum can be cleaned using ice to make it hard and then a dull knife to remove it.

CLEANING WINDOW SCREENS
Nylon covered sponges are great for cleaning window screens.

CLEANING A COFFEE MAKER
Pour straight vinegar into it as if you are making the coffee, no filter is need.  Turn coffee maker on as if you were making a pot of coffee.  Repeat this with a new batch of vinegar until it runs clear of calcium deposits.

REMOVE CHILDRENS STICKERS FROM WOOD
Apply white vinegar to the sticker, letting it soak and then scrape it off.

REMOVING SMOKE ODOR
Place a bowl of vinegar out to absorb smoke odor.

INK STAIN REMOVAL
Ball point pen stains can be removed by using hair spray - let the hair spray dry and wash th eitem.  Table salt will absorb ink when it is spilled - pour salt on the wet ink and continue to add salt until there is no more "wet ink".  Then vacuum or wash.  Other types of ink can be removed using rubbing alcohol.

CLEANING WINDOWS
Use crumpled up black and white newspaper dipped in vinegar to wash widows.  Dip paper in vinegar and wipe the glass until almost dry, then shine with dry newspaper or cloth.