Daily Archives: November 12, 2008

Handy Hints for Wednesday ~1

Here I am one week down the road from my big moment on TV. As a result of the programme I have received several queries about stain removal and other household hints. It has given me the idea to devote one day a week to these little tips. From now to the end of the year I hope to include uses for the following items that most of us have in our homes.

Lemon juice


Tooth paste – non gel

Dental Floss

Denture cleaning tablets

Shaving Foam

Baby wipes

White sewing cotton

Now I begin with a personal mishap with hot port at the weekend. My houseguests witnessed how I dealt with it. This is the carpet with an all-over pattern.

And here is the particular area where the port was spilled. The shot was taken after I cleaned it up.

I soaked up the excess liquid with an old towel and then rubbed gently with a baby wipe. We used two wipes in total and as you can see the stain has completely gone. I think I prefer this method to pouring the white wine on the stain. The wipes are supermarket own brand – fragrance free.

Now to answer the questions I received in the last week:

Q. Judy from Imagine asked; does vinegar work on feet as well as hands?

A I don’t see why not! When you put your hands or feet in the bowl or basin of vinegar it will feel like iced water.

Another tried and tested treat for feet is to add a capful of liquid fabric softener to a basin of hot – to warm water. Add feet and steep for 15 minutes! This makes nail cutting very easy 😉

Q. Emma wanted to know about a silver ring she was wearing at the sink while using bleach and now the silver has faded.

A. If the ring is pure silver try soaking it in 110mls of white distilled vinegar & 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda for two to three hours. Rinse well under cold running water; put the stopper in the plughole so you don’t lose the ring! Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

Q. S Byrne enquires about cleaning non-slip floor tiles in a bathroom.

A. If the tiles are ceramic some cleaners will leave a residue like a smeary coating. Try 2 tablespoons of ammonia and 1 tablespoon of borax in 1 gallon of water and use a rag or chamois-type mop. Rinse the mop frequently and change the water as it becomes dirty.

Q. How to remove milky tea from a white carpet

A. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water. Use a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Finally sponge with cold water and blot dry.

Q. Siobhan asked how to remove ball point marks from a white leather handbag

A. Dab full strength distilled white vinegar on the pen mark using a cloth or a sponge. Repeat until the marks are gone.