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I keep outdated credit cards or other laminated cards at my kitchen sink. Whenever I have something which sticks on the bottom of the Teflon pan and does not come off easily, I use the old laminated card. It does not scratch the Teflon and in most cases cleans the pan like a charm.
By Bellevillelady from Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Is your bathroom or kitchen sink mounted really close to the rear of your counter? Both my sinks are, and cleaning the gunk out of the tight spots behind the sinks drove me crazy before I thought of this idea. Use a child's paintbrush!
Apply whatever cleaning product you use to the brush, or just spray the area, and use the paintbrush to get into those tight fitting places. Rinse the gunk out of the brush and repeat as often as necessary. Such a simple solution after years of frustration trying to get paper towels or sponges behind there.
By Gouligann from Northern Ontario
Since I blow my hair dry in the bathroom after every shower my floor becomes disgusting in a short time. I used to hate getting on my hands and knees to clean behind the toilet and my pedestal sink. Recently, I realized my telescoping cobweb catcher does an excellent job of dusting behind those fixtures without the drudgery of kneeling. I then can use my Swiffer to finish the job. It is now a two minute job and I don't dread cleaning nearly as much!
By Susan from Elkhart, IN
This is a cleaning tip with funny story! I was preparing to wax my floor the "old fashioned way" as my mom always did, on my hands and knees, when I remembered a pair of plush slippers that my daughter just threw out due to a crack along the bottom of them. Since I didn't have the waxing mop that this product called for, I just slipped my hand into the slipper and turned it upside down on my hand and used the top portion of her slippers!
Every time I cleaned out a certain closet, I ran across this 3 foot aluminum rod with a plastic tip that has a slit in it. I would ask my husband why it was in the closet and what is it. He said it was a shotgun cleaning rod so I put it back in the closet and it was not moved for another year or so until I cleaned the closet again. Now I have put it to good use.
I cut the bottom of his old T-shirts off and use them for dust rags. I cut a strip off one of the rags and threaded it through the end of the rod and wove it around the rod and secured the end with masking tape.
I have been using it for cleaning behind furniture that I can't move and for getting the dust, food, and everything else out that has rolled under the refrigerator, stove, washer, and dryer. The rod is 3 feet long and comes in really handy.
When I'm finished, I take the vacuum cleaner and suck the dust off the fabric and put it back in the broom closet where it belongs. I love this new cleaning tool of mine.
The following "tools" I keep at or near my sink and use regularly: toothbrush (old) - for extra scrubbing in hard to reach places.
I used to use single edge razor blades to scrape burned food off my porcelain enamel stove, but even that scratches. So when I was trying to scrape off some dried sauce, I turned to a thin plastic knife with a serrated edge and it worked without scratching!
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Put all those credit card offers to good use. I have a place in my kitchen drawer to save the John Doe, or your name here plastic credit cards I get in the mail. I later use them for almost anything. Scraping teflon pans (you pay 2$ for a plastic tool), cleaning and scraping anything nasty, because you can throw it away when you are done. I have used them scrape hardened wax, remove excess foam insulation (the stuff in a can), scrape up built up fabric softener from the washer. The shape makes them perfect for getting into corners and tight spaces, and best of all they are free!
By Diane from Rochester Hills, MI
Boy, I get a lot of these and usually just destroy them. This is a great idea to recycle them. (11/10/2008)
I have used these for sometime now. They work well for most cleaning jobs; flour off the counter, cleaning my ceramic stove top. They are better than the ones you buy as they seem to be thinner but sturdy.
I also save the credit cards and have used them for the same purpose. They come in handy when cleaning the tight space between my stove and the counter top. (11/10/2008)
Pretty cool idea (11/13/2008)
Don't forget to destroy them after using them. (11/17/2008)
By Darla H.