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"Ketchup" on Cleaning Up Household Spills

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We have all heard to use white baking flower to put out a kitchen fire or Dawn dishwashing soap to remove a grease stain from your favorite blouse, but did you know that many common pantry staples can be used to tackle tough clean-up jobs throughout the home?

Here are just a few simple tips sure to dazzle your friends and family:

Use White Vinegar to Shine Your Wood Floors

A wise contractor once told me that if you want a good clean shine on your wood floors, mix 9 parts warm water to one part white vinegar – an inexpensive and nonabrasive trick he had learned from his elderly grandmother whose floors were always spic n’ span. I tested the potion, and have used it ever since!

Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Remove Stone Countertop Stains

According to a veteran countertop specialist at our local home supply superstore, many countertop stains, such as coffee or red wine can be easily removed with a little hydrogen peroxide in water, plus a few drops of ammonia. In addition, everyday wear and tear of your stone countertops can be virtually eliminated with a quick buff using superfine dry steel wool (grade 0000).

Skinny Bud Vases Can be Cleaned with Alka-Seltzer

If your rose bud vase is to narrow for you to clean with a standard bottle brush, you can fill it halfway with water and then drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into it and they will eliminate the grime for you.

Clean Tarnished Brass with Ketchup

Because of its acidity (thanks to its tomato and vinegar base) Ketchup is a great product for removing tarnish from copper and brass fixtures, pots, and pans. Simply apply a small amount to a soft cloth and gently rub in a circular motion and watch the tarnish vanish. Don’t forget to rinse with warm water when you are finished.

Removing Stains and Odors

According to Ruth Travis, president of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, you can remove fabric stains and odors on furniture by blotting as much of the smelly mess up right away with an absorbent cloth while placing a plastic liner or a garbage bag between the cushion and the fabric. “This will keep you from pushing the contaminant into the cushions,” according to Travis. “If that doesn't work, it’s best to call in the professionals.”

It’s great to know that in a pinch you can quickly take care of a mess, without having to make a trip to the store for special cleaning supplies. Not having to wait, or allowing a stain to set, can be a lifesaver!