Lip Color Smudges
Lipstick can leave its mark on cloth napkins. Save them by scraping them clean, then apply drops of mineral spirits, working them in with a brush. Rinse with rubbing alcohol and repeat until you’re in the clear. Launder with an enzyme detergent to dissolve leftover residue.
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To clean broken glass without getting cut, arm yourself with rubber gloves. Pick up the biggest pieces of glass first, and don’t forget to check under the furniture. Vacuum the area—glass can stick to brooms. Finish by pressing a slice of bread against the ground to pick up the smallest fragments.
Don't Put a Ring on It
Next year, remember to make enough DIY coasters for all, but for now, here's a solution for white water rings. Create a gentle abrasive by mixing a teaspoon of salt with a few drops of olive oil. Rub it gently into the ring until the spot is gone. Massage some furniture polish into the surface to finish.
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Red Wine Spills
Red wine on your carpet can be neutralized with white wine. Pour over the affected area and blot with a towel (don’t rub—that may set the stain). Remove the remaining red with soda water. If wine has already dried on clothing, pretreat the spot with shaving cream before washing to lift the pigment.
For faster cleanup, line the trashcan with two or more bags. That way, you'll always have another bag in place when one fills up. Once bags are full, take them out the trash and replace and resume until everything has been collected for disposal.
To make quick work of glasses, plates, and serving pieces, take advantage of the dishwasher, and load it to capacity. Avoid hard water spots on glasses by using white vinegar in the dishwasher. The acid from the vinegar will dissolve the minerals before they’re deposited on your glassware.
Save a Sponge
If that heap of dishes stinks up your sponge, extend its life with this quick tip. Rinse the sponge and wring it out, leaving it moist. Zap it in the microwave for one minute, then let it cool. Be sure to keep an eye on the sponge while it microwaves, and don’t forget to pick up dish sponges on your next shopping trip.
Say goodbye to last night's party smells with a natural deodorizer. Place lemon halves in dishes around the room for a fresh scent. For more fresh scent enhancers, check out Clearing the Air: 10 Natural Ways to Remedy Household Odors.
You can dust all you like, but after a big house party you'll want to employ the vacuum to get up debris that's become embedded in carpeting, and crumbs, confetti, and broken ornaments or glass on wood and tile floors. Don't forget to vacuum sofa cushions and chairs as well, just in case an olive, cracker, or other unexpected token has taken up residence.
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