Hints for the Homemaker


oth-proof clothing by wrapping them in newspapers. Moths apparently dislike the taste of printer’s ink. And newspapers smell a heck of lot better than mothballs! 

                                                                                                                -Reprinted from The Almanack of 1920

Buy all your toddler’s socks in the same color. That way, you will never have the problem of not being able to find the mythical ‘other sock’.

                                                                                                                                 -From The Almanack of 1970


Since the dirt rings in collars are oil stains, shampoo for oily hair will remove them.  Rub it into the fabric before washing the garment.

Remove ink spots from clothing by squeezing toothpaste on the spot. Scrub and rinse thoroughly.

Keep old toothbrushes - they are extremely handy for cleaning nooks and crannies other cleaning equipment cannot get into.

Remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers using a piece of tin foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

A thick paste made from baking soda and water will remove perspiration stains from clothing. It will also remove urine stains from car seats.

Lemon juice and salt rubbed into a paste, will remove rust stains from clothing.

Cotton dipped in alcohol will clean dirty photographs.

Salad oil will remove tar from your feet.

Buy all your toddler’s socks in the same color. That way, you will never have the problem of not being able to find the mythical ‘other sock’.

If you have poured too much washing powder into the machine, sprinkle salt into the water to settle the soap suds. 

Scrub out a ‘sour’ baby’s bottle a mixture of toothpaste and water.

Put candles in the freezer before using them. They will last much longer.

As it happens, rubber gloves attract pet hair like magnets. By simply stroking your hand over an afflicted area, you’ll find that the majority of hair and dander will stick to the rubber. Clean up is just as simple – dunk the gloves in water and the hair instantly detach from the glove’s surface and float to the surface!


Baking soda, covered with just enough water to cover the surface of a pot or pan, can be brought to a simmer to remove a mess without much hassle. Another particularly effective, albeit unexpected, agent in loosening up overcooked food is ketchup. Because of the high acidity of tomatoes, the mess is easily eaten away. 

Baking soda will lift and deodorize stains from pet urine or other bodily fluids, and different combinations of vinegar, water, and gentle dish soaps can be used to eliminate virtually everything from red wine to grass. Club soda and even beer can also come in handy if all else fails.

A simple mixture of ammonia, vinegar, baking soda, and warm water can work magic for cleaning large areas of grout with a scrubbing brush. From there, you can maintain the cleanliness of your grout by working isolated, small stains with white toothpaste (using that old toothbrush we told you not to throw away!) or the eraser end of a pencil.

If looking to refresh the appearance of your stainless steel appliance, look no further than olive oil.  Buffing stainless steel surfaces in olive oil is a surefire way of keeping everything shiny. As an alternative to olive oil, all-purpose flour can also be used to buff out splotches and streak