I may have already mentioned what follows in a prior blog or two. However, today is Monday — the day we suspend our regular work schedule in favor of a bit of rest and reflection. I always rest my brain on Mondays, so if I’m forgetting that I’ve already done this, just blame it on Monday.
Hey, it works for me.
Anyway, here are two of my all-time favorite helpful hints. One is vinegar. I just love vinegar and use it for everything from poison ivy relief to weed control.
Yep, weed control. We buy gallons of inexpensive white vinegar for cleaning and other non-food uses. Fill a spray bottle with straight vinegar and head on out to the sidewalk, brickwork, curb … wherever pesky little weedlings are pushing their way into the world at the expense of your lovely patio or street. Spray them with the vinegar (sometimes the spray setting is best, as in cleaning up the place where curb and street or driveway meet; the stream setting works better between bricks of a patio, for example).
Then just sit around and watch the vinegar do all the work. (You do want to be careful; I don’t suppose your prized rose would appreciate, or perhaps even survive, a vinegar bath.)
My next little household helper is hydrogen peroxide. Of course I grab it when anyone is cut; used with Betadine, it’s the best way to clean and sterilize a wound. But it really shines in the stain removal department. Ever discover a red wine stain on your favorite shirt or your best linen napkin? Mix about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of peroxide with a small squirt of dish-washing liquid (some folks say Dawn works best, but I use ECover liquid and it works just fine).
Mix it up a little bit to distribute the soap, then use it as a prewash treatment. Honestly, it’s just like magic. Even an old wine stain (if it hasn’t been set by a hot dryer and/or a firm ironing) will disappear. This morning I discovered a large spot on the back (now how did it get there?) of my good shirt. It looked sort of like a scorch spot, though I don’t iron this particular garment. Having no idea what caused it, I tried a bit of soap and lukewarm water.
Didn’t phase it. So I did the peroxide/soap thing, and voila, no more stain.
OK, that’s it for this Monday. Go get your vinegar and peroxide and have a weedless, spotless day.