Zapping Red-Wine Stains
"A dab of foaming shaving cream can help remove many red-wine spills from carpets."
"My sister and I help clean each other's houses. It's great to share the workload with someone who uses the same cleaning techniques, and it cuts the job in half."
Using Outside Services
"If you have an insurmountable pile of laundry that you can't bear to do yourself, find a Laundromat with wash-and-fold service. I pay by the pound, so it costs only a few dollars per load. And I can pick up my clothes the next day."
Cleaning for Guests
"If you can clean only one room before company arrives, tackle the bathroom. This is the only room where people spend time solo and may have the time and tendency to notice a mess."
Removing Food Odors
"When my plastic storage containers start to smell like the food that was in them, I wash them with hot water and two tablespoons of baking soda."
Speeding Through Chores
"I follow two good tips: Time will fly if you listen to great music, and enlist your family's help."
Dusting Lamp Shades
"My vacuum attachment doesn't work on cloth lamp shades, so I dust the shades with a lint roller."
Repurposing Old Clothes
"I wear an old, unmatched sock on my hand when I have to dust the house. I run my hand along chair rails, crown moldings, and doors until the sock is dusty enough to discard or wash and reuse."
"Baby wipes are useful for quick surface cleanups in kitchens and bathrooms. They also are great for cleaning up after craft projects."
"I make a paste of baking soda and water to clean discolored teacups and teapots. It's gentle enough for most fine china, and it's easy on the hands and the wallet."
"My priority is to be a good mom, not to have the perfect house. I picked up a friend's motto: 'If you want to see me, come on over. If you want to see my house, call ahead.'"
Asking for Help
"The best household cleaning tip I can give is find someone else to do it."
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