Well for those of you who are celebrating Purim or Easter this weekend, you may appreciate some of these tips for unruly guests or those little mishaps that seem to happen at family gatherings. Other suggestions are good every day “Green” household helpers. There was such a positive response to my previous post, I thought you may enjoy some more suggestions.
Zippers: While getting dressed, you notice that the zipper on pants you planned on wearing will not go up. Solution, rub a bar of soap over the teeth. It will act as a sort of lubricant to move more effectively.
Lipstick: Oh hello! Hugs and kisses! After greeting your family upon their arrival for your holiday meal, you notice that you have someone’s lipstick on your blouse. Take some petroleum jelly or vegetable shortening, gently rub (from the inside of the fabric) and then launder as normal.
Grease Stains: Oopsy! You’ve gotten some oil on your new dress. To get that stubborn grease stain out, sprinkle a generous amount of cornstarch or baby powder over the stain. Allow it to sit for about 5 mins and then brush the powder off. Wholla! The powder has absorbed the oil and comes off with the cornstarch.
Blood Stains: Uncle Joe and Bob decide that they can’t call a truce to their family feud for this holiday and now you have their blood to clean up. Try soaking the stain in hydrogen peroxide, wash (don’t dry), and repeat if necessary. This tip also works especially well for carpet or clothes.
Candle Wax: You have every candle lit in the house for your celebration and now that everyone has gone home, you notice that some wax has make its way on the carpet.
To remove wax from carpeting or other fabric, first scrape away any excess. Then, place a brown paper bag over the wax and run a warm iron over the bag. The wax will melt right into the bag! Continue moving the bag around as you pick up the wax so you are always using a clean section. If a little grease stain remains on carpet, sprinkle with baking soda and allow to sit overnight before vacuuming, which will remove the grease residue. If colored wax leaves a stain on carpet, blot with spot remover or carpet cleaner, following label directions.
Deodorant Stains on the Underarms of Washable Shirts: Is your favorite shirt starting to show a little wear? I notice this can happen with tight fitting undershirts or your favorite gym shirt. A buildup of deodorant can leave an unsightly stain. To help remove it, use a sponge to apply white vinegar to the effected area; wait 30 minutes. Launder the shirt in the hottest setting that the fabric may tolerate. It is also helpful to use an enzyme detergent (i.e. Oxyclean) to remove any lasting residue.
To prevent this from happening, be sure to allow your deodorant to dry before dressing.
Baby Wipes: Everyone has gone home now from your celebration and you are out of your make-up remover. Now what? I always have a pack of baby wipes on hand for all sorts of things like cleaning a fresh spill on clothes, removing a recent swipe of deodorant or in this case cleaning make-up off my face. I recommend the unscented version.
A Greener Way to Keep Static At Bay: I thought this was a great suggestion to save money and reduce the number of fabric softener sheets that you use and put in landfills.
Take a new clean dish towel and apply a couple of capfuls of liquid fabric softener Like Seventh Generation Natural Fabric Softener Liquid with Blue Eucalyptus and Lavender and throw this towel in the dryer with your wet laundry. In addition, you may want to consider choosing towel of a distinct color or pattern from your usual towels to remember your new “fabric softener”.
Fluff and Reduce Energy: We are all looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption. Pop in a few clean new tennis balls in each dryer cycle to reduce the amount of time needed to dry clothes by 25-50%. You will also notice that your laundry will be extra fluffy, especially towels.
Smelly Shoes: Does someone in your household have stinky shoes? Here’s a tip to keep that odor away. Fill a sock with kitty litter, baking soda, or tea leaves; tie the end closed; and place the filled socks in the shoes when you’re not wearing them. These sachets can be used over and over in any kind of shoe.
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Finally, it wouldn’t be Friday with out a little fashion. Here are a few cute dresses to consider for your weekend celebrations. Click on the image for shopping information.