8 Old-Time Solutions to Modern Domestic Problems
Â When it comes to keeping house, our grandmothers had it figured outâ€”and they did so on a dime! We don’t have to look farther than the vintage copies of the Farmer’s Almanac, Reader’s Digest, and a household cleaning book circa 1950 for all the useful solutions to the common domestic problems that still plague our homes. Here are eight fast and thrifty solutions your grandma probably figured out long ago.
1. Stained Tupperware
Tupperware often stains after we put something with a lot of colorâ€”usually a tomato-based sauceâ€”in the container. According to the Farmerâ€™s Almanac, a great way to get rid of the stain is to take a wet cloth and scrub it away with baking soda. (Like white vinegar, baking soda plays prominently in many homemade cleaning solutions.) Another way to rid the color is to fill the Tupperware with water and drop in denture cleaning tablets, wait twenty or so minutes, and rinse out.
2. A Smelly Coffee Maker
Normally, an old coffee maker that starts to get a funky, burnt coffee smell would be reason to put it in the â€śgive awayâ€ť box and get a new one. But just because a drip coffee maker starts to emit something other than coffee aromas doesnâ€™t mean it needs a replacement. Coffee-acid buildup is normal and can lead to a burnt bean smell that isnâ€™t very pleasant. According to the Farmerâ€™s Almanac, an easy to way to get rid of it is to pour white vinegar where the water normally goes and run the machine through its normal brewing process with a filter in. Repeat, but this time let the vinegar sit in the chamber for about a half an hour. Run the cycle and then run it twice through with fresh water. It should smell fresh and clean.
3. The Ants Are Attacking!
Ants usually invade the home when itâ€™s rainy outside, though they can strike at any time theyâ€™re attracted to something sweet. Although there are numerous chemical solutions to get rid of them, many are toxic and shouldnâ€™t be used around small children or pets. The Readerâ€™s Digest book suggests an easy solution: grits. They expand in the antsâ€™ stomachs and kill them. You can also try dried spearmint or peppermint near the spot where theyâ€™re coming in your house.
4. White Rings on the Table
I donâ€™t own any wood furniture that hasnâ€™t seen its share of wear and tear, but I know there are some people out there who strive for the shiny wood upon which no cold or hot container shall rest. But sometimes we forget the coasters (especially during parties) and that can ruin a clean grain. If this happens, make a paste of salad oil and salt and rub it into the ring that remains on the table. Let it sit for about an hour then wipe off with a cloth. Petroleum jelly, left on for a day, can also work. Another home remedy is a hot, dry iron and a cotton cloth. Fold the cloth over the stains, put the hot iron over the spot, move it around, and after about thirty seconds, the stains should be gone.
5. Dirty Drain or Small Clog
Without a garbage disposal, drains can get funky pretty fast. Even with a disposal, drains need a cleaning from the gunk that builds up. Try this: pour about 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Cover with an upside down cup while it fizzes. Leave for about twenty minutes and flush out with four or so cups of boiling hot water. Your drain will be clean and gunk-free. If the drain is still moving slowly and has a serious clog, instead of a harsh chemical try using your bathroom plunger to loosen up the clogâ€”works every time!
6. Mildewed Houseplants
During humid weather or due to overwatering, houseplantsâ€”like outdoor roses, vegetables, and other plantsâ€”can develop powdery mildew, which presents as white dust on leaves. For a simple solution, make a paste of one teaspoon baking soda mixed with several drops of vegetable oil dissolved in about two cups of water. Spray or paint it on the leaves.
7. Out of Baking Powder
Thereâ€™s nothing more frustrating than being in the throws of a recipe and realizing youâ€™re out of a certain ingredient. Some things you can substitute, but others, like baking powder, you canâ€™t. The chemistry in baked goods just doesnâ€™t work out right. But, if you happen to have baking soda, cornstarch, and cream of tartar, you can make your own baking powder. Mix one tablespoon baking soda, one teaspoon cornstarch, and one and a half tablespoons cream of tartar together. Voila!
8. A Damaged Window Screen
A ripped window screen is annoying because chances are, the tear will slowly get bigger and lets bugs in. An easy fix is painting over the spot with clear fingernail polish. Make sure to do both sides (if you can) and use several layers to coat it. Small tears are best because they arenâ€™t as noticeable, so try to catch them early!
by, Brie Cadman, DivineCaroline Contributor
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Date: November 21st, 2011
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