Thursday, September 24, 2009

rouge secrets

Here are just a few secrets of the industry that I thought you might find useful in your own home. And this bunch of little tips and tricks are also entertaining! Trust me, these are not old wives tales. Mostly, because I’m not an old wife. But I know you won’t believe some of these until you try them out for yourself, and that’s ok.

Candle drippings -- for spilled wax on a carpet, use a brown paper bag as a blotter and run a hot iron over it, which will absorb the wax.

Removing scratches from wood furniture/floors – rub mayo into the scratches on furniture with your finger, let it stand, and remove with a soft cloth.

Deep scratches – for a deep scratch, break a walnut or pecan meat in half, and rub scratch with the broken side of the nut.

Nicks and scratches – mix enough water with instant coffee to make a thick paste. Rub it into the scratch or nick, let it dry, rub off the excess, and wax as usual. (only use on dark wood)

White water rings – rub the spot with petroleum jelly, let stand 24 hours, and rub into the wood. Wipe off excess and polish as usual.

Refrigerator odor – place a cotton ball soaked with vanilla on the lower shelf to eliminate any nasty odors.

Stainless steel sinks – remove spots on stainless steel sink with white vinegar. Use carbonated water to add shine.

Shiny kitchen chrome – parts made out of chrome can be polished with flour. Pour some flour on a dry cloth and polish for a bright shine.

Window cleaning – the best mixture for cleaning windows is ½ cup of ammonia, 1 cup of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in a bucket of warm water.

Remove rust – if you need to remove light rust from metal, take the skin off a potato and dip it into baking soda. Keep dipping it in the baking soda and rubbing the rusted area to remove rust fast.

Clean toilet – pour your not-so-favorite cola in the toilet and let it sit for an hour. Flush it and it’s clean as new.

There are lots more to come…stay tuned to future blogs for more handy tips & tricks like these!


  1. Your window cleaning formula needs help! Keep the ammonia, use the vinegar on your tossed salad, and put the cornstarch in your gravy.

    Instead of vinegar, use 1/4 teaspoon of dish washing detergent. The cornstarch may work as a poor surfactant, but there is plenty of that in any dish detergent.

    Besides, ammonia(alkaline) and vinegar (acid)are opposites on the ph scale. Putting them together tends to neutralize the acidic / alkalinity properties of both.

    Add the ammonia to a 5 gallon bucket of hot water. Then add the dish washing detergent. Stir the mixture together and you have the perfect formula.

    Don't add the dish soap then the water as this will cause unnecessary bubbles.

    Now all you need is a good squeegee and a lint free towel.

  2. There seems to be as many solutions to this one as there are for the cure for hiccups! Thanks for the alternative option.