Someone in another thread was worried about cat hair on their clothes and I thought a home remedy thread would be useful to us all. Please post any home remedies you know of:
To remove tar spots on cars, make a paste of baking soda and water, scrub on gently with a soft cloth or sponge and remove spots.
Use dishwashing soap to clean windows (2 tablespoons in a gallon of water, scrub on and squeegee off)
For fake jewelry: Coat it with 2 coats of clear nailpolish to protect the finish
Use dryer sheets to pick up pet fur
Used dryer sheets can be used to clean windows lint free
Use dryer sheets to remove lint
Use toothpaste to bleach tiles and white porcelain wares
Toothpaste can also be used to polish fine wood and glass scratches
Use shaving cream to get stains out of carpet and clothing
Use shaving cream to clean mirrors (use a soft cloth) - even repels steam!
To remove silver tarnish - make a hot bath with water and salt or baking soda, placing aluminum foil on the bottom. Keep the bath hot. Dip the silver in the bath for 5-10 seconds and remove. The tarnish will be gone.
You can use white vinegar to clean chrome fixtures.
Carefully (away from heat or flame) use kerosene to remove oil stains.
Baking soda and water with or without lemon juice is useful to clean ovens and stovetops.
Dip a clean cloth in milk and rub on vinyl table cloths or furniture to remove ball point pen marks.
Use old mesh bags (the kind onions come in) to scrub bathrooms.
Keep old spray bottles to mix up and dilute strong cleaners.
To touch up a scratch on mahogany or dark cherry wood furniture, dip a cotton swab in iodine and rub into the scratch. To touch up unshellacked maple or light cherry, mix equal parts iodine and denatured alcohol. Test the color of the scratch cover in an inconspicuous sport, especially before using on light woods.
To prevent odors in picnic coolers, wash out the cooler and let it dry in the sun. Then place an opened box of baking soda inside. After the winter, it'll still smell fresh.
Baking soda boxes, opened, also keep odors out of drawers, the fridge, closets, etc.