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I'm a 41 year old married mom of two teenage girls and one German shepherd. My hobbies are reading, sewing, cross-stitching, exploring the internet, and collecting postcards and stamps. I LOVE exploring new and different ways of living frugally and environmentally friendly!

March 24, 20110 found this helpful

There is a primer and paint that you can buy specifically for tiles. We looked at it to cover up a really tacky backsplash we had in our kitchen.

March 2, 20110 found this helpful

If the residue is dried hard from the heat or sun, use a razor blade at about a 45 degree angle to the glass and you'll find it scrapes off easily. If it is still gooey then, like the other posters said, use Goo Gone. It's amazing stuff. Make sure it is "Goo Gone" though and not "Goo Off" - it doesn't work nearly as well.

February 22, 20110 found this helpful

Hi Patricia,

I had the same problem with a large collection of postcards that I had purchased from an estate. What I tried was putting them in a cardboard box that was big enough to allow air space, put in 2 bounce dryer sheets and closed the box up for about a week. I was amazed when I opened the box back up - there was no sign of the cigarette smell ramaining at all. HTH

February 22, 20110 found this helpful

This is an amazing idea! I usually use a cardboard box when I'm working out of the house, but this is so much more practical! Thanks for posting.

February 7, 20110 found this helpful


My sincere condolences to you and your family. I can completely understand your need to restore these things to their original beauty.

I deal in antiques, in particular porcelain, china and glassware. There is no universal product or method to cleaning/restoring these types of pieces. There were/are so many methods used in the production of vintage and antique wares that great care must be taken - what will work fine for one piece, can destroy the next. For clear glass or crystal, whether cut or uncut, fill your sink with warm water and liquid dish soap just as if you were going to wash your regular dishes. To this add about 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar (be generous). Wash the crystal using a soft toothbrush to gently scrub in any cuts in the glass. If there is still residue remaining, dip your wet cloth into some baking soda and use it to gently "scrub" the piece. Baking soda is a mild abrasive and does a nice job of cleaning tough residue and it doesn't take a lot of elbow grease. Finally, rinse the item well in warm water and dry with a soft cloth right away. I've always used this technique and have had success cleaning some pretty tough pieces. You'll be amazed at how they will sparkle!

In the interest of not turning this post into a book, please feel free to contact me about cleaning any other types of items. Once I know what they are I can better help you go about it.

Take care!

January 12, 20110 found this helpful

To clean windows & mirrors, I use a bit of dishwashing soap (whatever I happen to be using at the time - I've never used Joy) and vinegar mixed in a pail of hot water. I've been using this for years and have always been happy with the result. I use the same mixture (with just warm water) for cleaning my china and crystal, and it makes them really sparkle.

January 5, 20111 found this helpful

I'd suggest trying GooGone. Our fiberglass tub had done the same thing and one day, while I was recaulking the tub, I accidentally knocked over a bottle of GooGone. I wiped it up right away and was surprised to see that the tub was white where the liquid had spilled.

December 23, 20100 found this helpful

Check out the website Maybe someone there can help you out. Good luck. :-)

October 29, 20100 found this helpful

If it's a flat plain glass surface, I'd remove as much as you can with a razor blade. And then, as Linda said, use Goo Gone to remove the remainder. The stuff is amazing. Funny, just this morning hubby was removing the caulking around our bathtub getting it ready to be re-caulked and he used the Goo Gone which, as expected, worked perfectly. Then he wiped the floor of the tub with it and wow! Our tub is vinyl with a pebbly finish on the bottom and I was unable to find anything that would get rid of the soap/mineral buildup that happens over time, without damaging the vinyl. It never occurred to me to try the Goo Gone but it worked like a charm! Just thought I would throw that in! Lol.

April 10, 20100 found this helpful

I've also heard of using lemon juice and placing in the sunlight which would be the same as using vinegar.

April 10, 20100 found this helpful

We've had many different types of fabric on our furniture over the years, with kids and dogs, and microsuede is, by far, the easiest we have found to clean and maintain. I'm not sure where you are, but in Canada we have a product called ProSolve, which is a foam spray that comes in an aerosol can. If you need to spot clean, just spray it on the area, let it sit for a minute or two, and then rub with a clean sponge or cloth.

It will take out just about anything (including pen ink). I would think any spot-cleaning product would work just as well. You may find after spot-cleaning though that the area will be noticeable because the area around it doesn't look as clean. We have a small cleaning machine called a Green Machine that is perfect for cleaning sofa upholstery etc. Our sofa. love seat and chair is a light beige microsuede, we've had it for 5 years, and using the methods I've mentioned, it still looks like new!

April 10, 20100 found this helpful

Glass can be etched either by chemical means or sandblasting. This roughens the polished surface of the glass. There are 2 options for getting rid of it: 1) have the surface of the glass, on the etched side, repolished (which would be completely cost prohibitive) or 2) replace the doors.

I'm not quite sure what you mean when you say the "etching looks worn..." There would have had to have been something pretty abrasive used to wear at the etching - something more powerful than soap or just rubbing against it. (Or maybe it is just a decal that needs to be removed?). Perhaps it just needs a pretty powerful cleanser to bring it back to looking new. Check with a local window cleaning company to see what they would suggest you use.

April 10, 20100 found this helpful

We used to refer to it as webbing, but without seeing exactly what your set looks like, it would be hard to say exactly what you are looking for.

January 26, 20100 found this helpful

My sisters and I, and our mother and grandmother before us, have always stored our flour in the refrigerator. One of my sisters, who does a lot of baking and keeps more flour in the house than she could store in her fridge, has an old, large, pickling crock that she keeps her flour in in a cool location in her house and she has never had a problem with that method either.

December 25, 20090 found this helpful

For Christmas one year, my mom and I took 2 large coffee tins (they were tin at the time), painted them, decorated them, and filled them with hair accessories (barettes, pony tail elastics, etc) for my 2 nieces for Christmas presents. They loved them! Perhaps you could decorate them and use them to "wrap" gifts in? Because they contained coffee, the plastic would have to be food-grade so you could even use them for holding cookies, either for yourself or to give away. My husband and I use mason jars to hold our spare change so that might be an idea too.

Hope this helps!

December 25, 20090 found this helpful

I'm a recipe junkie and have tried so many methods over the years that just didn't work for me. A couple of years ago I tried the method I use now and I find it is perfect for me.

I picked up a couple of 3 ring binder style photo albums with the plastic sleeves that hold 4x6 pictures. I picked them up at walmart for just a few dollars each. If the recipes I find (cut out of magazines, etc) are smaller than 4x6 I just slip the recipe into the pocket. If it is too big to fit, I write it out on an index card. When I use a recipe I just slip it out of its pocket.

My husband and I have come up with an interesting way of identifying the recipes we enjoy the most. Each time we try a new recipe we each give it a rating out of 10 and average our 2 ratings together. I then mark the number on the top right corner of the recipe card. Flipping through my recipe book I can easily see the recipes that we enjoyed the most even if it's been a long time since we made it.

We've been using this system for a couple of years now and haven't run into any negative aspects of it. :-)

December 25, 20090 found this helpful

Toothpaste is great for so many things.

It is a non-toxic mild abrasive. I've used it on an old toothbrush to clean marks off of my running shoes, and even to clean the shoelaces themselves (wet the shoelaces and then scrub the toothpaste in with the toothbrush - then rinse). It's also great for cleaning jewelry - just don't brush too hard because it is an abrasive, and don't use it on softer gems such as emeralds or on jewelry with a softer gold - ie: 18c or up). I've heard of people that have applied toothpaste to pimples to help them clear up, although I've never tried it myself :-).

If you do a google search you can probably come up with many more ideas!

December 25, 20090 found this helpful

Hi Amy,

If you have some extra closet space, you can buy those inexpensive closet organizers (the ones for shoes that hang on a closet rod) and hang one up. The individual shoe compartments are great for storing yarn, and you can usually fit more than one skein in each compartment. If you don't have the closet space but have space even in your basement (if the humidity levels are okay) you can probably find a spot to put a rod up there.

Good luck!

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