Don’t throw away a garden rake just because the handle is broken. It can be used as a convenient rack to hold small tools such as hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches. Just attach the rake section to the wall with the tines out and hang the tools between the tines.
Mix 1 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water. Add 1 quart boiling water, 3/4 cup sal soda, 1/2 cups ammonia and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Apply with a brush while hot. Rewarm if necessary. After varnish loosens, wash off with hot water and a cloth. If you don’t have soft water, it will work better if you add a softening agent to the rinse water.
Coil the ends of your rubber bath mat toward the center and stand it on end in the tub to drain. If the mat doesn’t stay coiled, snap the rolls together with a clothespin. Draining the mat will keep it from mildewing.
A hanging pocket-style shoe bag is a great addition to any hallway for storing winter gloves and mittens, rubbers, scarves and caps. Put it where the children can reach it so they can be responsible for finding and putting away their own things.
To be even more orderly, you might want to label each pocket with a family member’s initials.
To avoid clogged kitchen drainpipes, pour a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda down the drain. Followed with a pot of boiling water. Sure makes the grease let go.
Floors can get scratched from chairs sliding back and forth. Cut little pieces of carpet and glue them to the bottoms of chair legs. The chairs are much quieter and your floor will not get scratched. You can use any type of carpet including indoor-outdoor.