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After Holiday Cleaning Tips

The holidays are full of festivity and fun. Here are some tips to help you clean a little easier. 

Spills on the carpet.  No matter how careful everyone tries to be, someone is going to spill some food or drink on your nice clean carpet!  To keep the spill from doing damage,  try to dab it up as quickly as possible. Mix one tablespoon of mild liquid dishwashing detergent in 1/2 cup of warm water (you can also use 1/2 cup of white vinegar). Grab two clean white towels. Use one to dab at the stain with the solution, and the other to alternately blot the area to soak up the spill.

Keeping frost away from windows.  If you live in a cold weather area, it’s nice to be able to look outside and see the pretty winter snow and holiday decorations. If your home windows fog up in cold weather, wipe windows with a solution of 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol (or antifreeze) per 1 quart of water. You can also moisten a cloth with glycerin and wipe the insides of the windows.

Clean candle wax drippings.  To clean hardened wax off of candlesticks, place the candlesticks inside the freezer for about an hour. After an hour, remove the candlesticks and the frozen wax should easily peel off. Wash and dry candlesticks. If you’re pressed for time, run the candlesticks under very hot water, cover your hand with a soft towel and gently push hot wax off the candlestick. 

To remove still warm candle wax from a tablecloth, rub the wax with an ice cube to harden it, then scrape the wax off with a spatula. Place a paper towel over and underneath the remaining wax. Press wax area with a warm iron. Keep changing paper towels until all remaining wax is absorbed.

Fireplace cleaning.  To prevent a lot of ash dust from spreading around the room when you clean out your fireplace, sprinkle damp tea leaves onto the ash first.

If you have a slate hearth, you can make it a glossy showpiece by washing it every six weeks, letting it dry, and wiping it down with lemon oil.

Wash brass fireplace tools in warm sudsy water.

Quick Clothing Stain Removal.  Dip a clean white cloth or handkerchief into a glass of club soda and sponge off the stain.

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