Life tips

Remove Common Household Stains

Most of these will work on both furniture and carpet:

  • Juice: Blot with solution of one teaspoon dishwashing liquid (like Ivory) in one cup warm water.
  • Gravy: Pretreat with a paste of Fels-Naptha soap, then wash. Repeat if necessary. Don’t put item in the dryer until the stain is gone.
  • Mustard: Apply repeated applications of detergent solution to remove solids. When stain is reduced, rinse and dry in bright sunlight.
  • Lipstick: Blot with acetone-based nail-polish remover, followed by the detergent solution, and rinse.
  • Wine: Blot with water. If stain remains, try the detergent solution. Three-percent hydrogen peroxide is effective on red wine.

Get Your Rings Shining Again

First of all, don’t use household cleaners that may contain harsh chemicals on your rings. The easiest and safest way to clean an engagement ring or other type of ring with precious metals is to use warm water, a small amount of dish washing soap and a soft toothbrush. Mix the solution of water and soap and let the ring soak for 10-20 minutes. Then use a soft toothbrush to clean off any excess dirt, makeup or anything else still lingering.

Clean Up Spilled Glitter

If you like to keep things tidy, glitter is probably one of your nightmares. The good news is that there is actually a solution to your problem. If you have glitter around, you probably also have Play-Doh. Just use a ball of Play-Doh to pick up all those little glitter pieces! (If you don’t have Play-Doh, just use something sticky like tape!)

Pick Up Small Pieces of Glass

Don’t try to use your hands to pick up tiny shards of glass. Instead, grab a piece of bread and press it down over the area. It should pick up those little pieces you don’t want stuck in your fingers or the bottom of your feet!

Clean a Burnt Pan With Vinegar, Water and Baking Soda

Fill the pan with water and then add a cup of white vinegar. Bring it to a boil, take it off the stove and then add two tablespoons of baking soda. Let it sit for a few seconds so it can cool and then wipe the mixture out of the pan.

Remove Cabinet Gunk

Mix a solution of vegetable oil and baking soda, and then use an old toothbrush to scrub all that gunky stuff out of the corners of cabinet surfaces.

Use Magic Erasers on Pretty Much Anything

Magic Erasers can clean pretty much any and everything in your house, including:

  • Converse shoes (white tip & sides)
  • Faucets
  • Shower curtain liners
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Bathtubs
  • Toothbrush holders You can get the brand name Mr. Clean sponges at the dollar stores as well as the off-brand cheaper versions that most often work just as well.

Embrace sustainable living

Global warming is a real threat to humanity, but it feels like a distant danger — and figuring out what actually helps can be confusing. Don’t let the complexities stop you from sustainable living. Sustainable living leads to more thoughtful decision making, which is at the core of living a simple life.

Learn how to be happy

Even the pursuit of positive things should be done in moderation. Be careful not to let your quest to be happy turn into yet another thing you want that you don’t have.  Happiness shouldn’t be seen as a final destination, but the outcome of intentional daily choices.

Elevate your environment

People underestimate the extent to which surroundings impact their mood, thoughts, and behaviors. This includes both the aesthetic and atmosphere (i.e. energy). It’s important to understand the type of environments that inspire you so you can choose where you spend your time wisely.

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