Do you have a great household tip?

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    I know that everyone is relaxing this summer, but it is also a good time to catch up on chores that don't get attention during the school year. Do you have any tried and true tips that we may not know about?

    - To remove pet hair from furniture and fabrics, wear a Rubbermaid glove and drag your hand across the material. You will be amazed what it catches.

    (Side note: I think I originally got this from GrammyTeacher. I see her on the Serpentine game site [Boggle]. She goes by MissKitty there.)
     
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    A squeegee works well for getting rid of pet hair on carpet.

    I use my cordless Shark every day so I don't get a build up, but if I'm gone for a long weekend, I'll use a squeegee before vacuuming just to help the vacuum last longer. I use the stronger corded Shark once a week.

    (If you are in the market for vacuums, both my cordless and Navigator Sharks are awesome. We recently moved and the bedroom carpet looked clean, but the Navigator got out what seemed like years and years worth of dirt. )
     
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    Baking soda is amazing. It does a fantastic job of scrubbing away almost anything from any surface and will lift stains out of many materials. I have used it to get blueberry juice stains off the counter and red juice stains out of linolium. It also gets soap scum of the shower walls and doors. All that is needed is elbow grease! Sprinkle it on your carpets and let it sit about 10 minutes before vacuuming to freshen the room. Put about 1/4 cup in the wash to clean your machine and brighten your clothes at the same time. The craziest thing about baking soda is that it is so cheap!
     
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    image.jpeg True story!!
     
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    A couple words of warning, though. Baking soda should NOT be used on wood, and while it cleans very well I don't think it disinfects. I always follow up with Lysol wipes or vinegar.
     
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    Vinegar is awesome....bleach/vinegar and hot water....let it soak in washing machine and it makes it shine like new
     
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    We pour a mix of baking soda & vinegar down the drain to get the gunk out of pipe and it makes it smell better too.

    Tell Grammy hi. She doesn't visit here much does she?
     
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    Newspaper for cleaning glass and mirrors
     
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    I will pass that on, Diznee. I don't think she has come here since she retired. She keeps busy with grandkids. Come over to Serpentine and play. It's lots of fun.
     
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    Lemon and baking soda to clean and shine copper.
     

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