At an auction recently, I bought a box of linens that also contained a newspaper clipping from the 1960's, as far as I can tell. Now I loved the yellow tablecloth and hand-embroidered linens in the box, but the clipping was cool--s0meone obviously liked the 'home remedies' for household problems.
Which made me think about other household shortcuts I know, like:
*scrub your white leather athletic shoes with toothpaste to clean stains and brighten the white
*scrub your hands with sugar to remove stains and odors (works pretty well after chopping onions!)
*put a couple tablespoons of vinegar in the pressure canner to make the water boil more quickly, and to make your jars come out clean and sparkly
*salt makes a good scrub too, for cast iron and aluminum pans
*use a used slice of lemon to wipe down your sink and give your kitchen a fresh smell
*put your kitchen sponges and scrub brushes in the dishwasher to clean and disinfect them
*we've put plastic shower shoes and flip flops in the dishwasher too--they come out nice and clean!
*you can wash your plastic shower curtain liner in the washer, and then hang it back up to dry--or tumble briefly in the dryer to smooth the wrinkles before hanging.
*wipe the mirrors in your bathroom with your bath towel when the mirrors are covered with steam to clean them quickly and easily
*simmer a little whole pickling spice to make the whole house smell good; or, use cinnamon sticks and whole nutmeg to do the same thing
These are just a few of the tricks I use. What are your favorite shortcuts or low-cost methods of getting things done around the house?