Weird and wonderful housekeeping hints
The Cheap Chick
My grandmother collects books on housekeeping, and I inherited them all. Some of the hints are completely outdated – like ones about cleaning the icebox – but many of them still work and are still useful today.
I've gathered together some of my favorite tips – the ones that work, the ones that don't, the really obvious ones we never would have thought of ourselves, and the one that are just downright weird.
1. Condition your hair with mayonnaise. For some reason, people are obsessed with using food as beauty aids. Trust me when I say, save the Hellman's for your BLTs. I tried using mayo as a conditioner and it took 5-6 shampoos to remove the oil. Not frugal. However, plain olive oil (not the more expensive extra-virgin) works great as a conditioner for hair, nail cuticles, and to gently remove eye makeup. You can also mix olive oil, or even canola oil with brown sugar to make your own sugar scrub.
2. Save your knees in the garden or when you're scrubbing floors. Wear knee pads. As someone with really bad knees, I know this one works, too. Sure, you'll look a little odd wandering around your home and garden wearing knee pads, but it sure beats the inevitable pain the next day after gardening.
3. Keep cut apples from turning brown by tossing them with lemon juice. And, get more juice from lemons and other citrus by heating them up in hot water. Of course, nowadays you can also just microwave your citrus for about 30 seconds to achieve the same results.
4. Aerosol hairspray gets out ink and paint stains. Just spray directly on to the stain, rub and rinse with lukewarm water. As a child of the 80's, with ready access to hairspray, I know firsthand how well this tip works. Hairspray also reduces the chance of you running your nylons. Spray the toes and let them dry before you wear them. The spray toughens up the fabric without staining or ruining it.
5. This one is so self-evident, but still useful. When you are cleaning the whole house, carry a paper sack with your from room to room. Dump all the garbage in the sack as you go – that way, you aren't bringing the junk to the trash can, you're bringing the trash can to the junk. Heloise wrote 5 whole paragraphs about this tip.
6. My favorites are the don'ts: Don't bother to iron your husband's underwear. Don't worry about dusting under the bed each day. Don't spend your grocery budget on non-food items like cigarettes, beer or cough syrup (direct quote). Don't clean your closets unless you're angry and in the mood to throw things away… or at people. Okay, I made up that last part.