It’s November, and time to get the house ready for
the holidays. Let’s save some money and trips to the store for cleaning
products. We are going to use salt. Yep, everyday table salt.
To remove fruit or wine stains from any washable
fabric, pour salt on the spots. Soak the article in milk until the marks
are gone, and rinse with cold water and toss in the washer with the rest
of the load.
If you have rust stains, mix a half-and-half
mixture of salt and vinegar in a glass jar. Glass won’t hold the vinegar
smell like plastic does. Rub the pasty mixture into the rust spots, wait
30 minutes and launder as usual.
If your washable cotton throw rugs are faded, and
you want to bring the color back, run them through the washer with a cup
of salt added to the water. Do not use any detergent with the salt.
Follow up with a cold water wash and a normal cycle. You can use your
detergent this time.
Are your white cotton or linen tablecloths and
napkins not sparkling white? Bring back their brightness by boiling them
for an hour in a solution of half cup each of salt and baking soda for
each gallon of water you use.
If you are setting a fancy table for the holidays
and your ceramic cups, mugs or a teapot are stained, it won’t look good.
Mix equal parts (half cup) of salt and vinegar and scrub the marks away.
To freshen your stale-smelling coffee pot, rub some
of your left over salt and vinegar mixture from cleaning your mugs
around the inside, and rinse with warm water.
If someone should spill wine on your carpet,
sprinkle salt lightly over the spot. Then, blot it up with a soft cloth
or a paper towel. If any liquid remains just add more salt and let it
set until it has absorbed all of the liquid, then vacuum.
If someone spills greasy foods on your carpet or
area rugs, mix one part salt to seven parts of rubbing alcohol. Rub the
mixture into the carpet fibers using a sponge or cleansing pad.
So, there are some inexpensive ways to help with
holiday chores. Happy Thanksgiving.