by Linda Merrill, Networx
It’s not uncommon to use whatever might be at hand when something in the home needs to be cleaned, or perhaps, scraped off. Sometimes we use the “correct” tool for the job and other times we pick up something less likely and it still works. Some of the most commonplace items in our homes can become useful cleaning tools. Here’s a list to keep in mind when you need to reach for something at hand:
1. Facecloths: Facecloths are great for many clean up needs. They pick up spills and wet or dry clean any surface and can be easily laundered. Keep a stack at hand and you will use fewer disposable paper towels or dirty sponges. Facecloths can be bought in bulk for very little money as well.
2. Chopsticks: If you hand wash your glassware and leave it to dry on the counter on a towel, you will know that the inside of the glass never really dries out. Use leftover, unused chopsticks to prop up your glasses and vases so that air can flow up inside, aiding the drying process.
3. Paper towel for bottle drying: Tightly roll a paper towel, and insert it three-fourths of the way into the bottle; it will absorb the moisture.
4. Vodka: Vodka not only makes a great cocktail, it can also clean your home. Of course, you won’t want to use the Grey Goose to freshen your laundry, but a cheap bottom shelf brand can be used to freshen your laundry because it kills killing odor causing bacteria. It can also be used to sterilize and sanitize counter surfaces or personal tools such as tweezers or nail clippers.