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Make up a regular solution of Soda Crystals and use it as a sugar soap after stripping wallpaper. It will help remove leftover wallpaper paste and you can prepare the wall for its next covering.
To freshen and deodorise the room, and banish cooking or smoky smells, simply spray the area with White Vinegar. The odour of the vinegar will dissipate, leaving you with a fresh, clean smell. You can also add your favourite essential oil to the mix and this will leave your home smelling sweet!
Also add a teaspoon of sugar if the flowers didn’t come with some plant food. By replacing the water every few days (with some vinegar and sugar) and cutting another centimetre off the stem, you will maximise the flowers’ life.
To clean your make-up brushes, combine equal parts of White Vinegar and warm water in a tumbler. Leave the brushes to soak in the solution for one minute. Then work it deep into the bristles in gentle circular motions.
After this, rinse the brushes thoroughly with warm water until the water runs clear. Reshape the brushes into their natural form and lay them flat to ensure the bristles are not bent and that water doesn’t leak into the handles. Avoid using a hairdryer or the radiator to dry the brushes, as heat can damage the bristles.
Once the brushes are dry, simply store them upright or place them in a make-up bag or make-up brush roll, away from other cosmetics.
Deodorise pet bedding:
You can eliminate odours from pet bedding with a liberal sprinkling of Bicarbonate of Soda. Wait 15 minutes (or longer for stronger odours), then vacuum off.
Deter your pet:
Another quick, simple method of removing pet urine odour on furniture is to spray White Vinegar on the affected area. This will remove the unpleasant smell and deter your pet from returning to the same spot.
White Vinegar is a proven ingredient that aids in removing both urine stains and the odour for good. Always test it on a small, inconspicuous patch of fabric before using it on large areas to prevent damage.
To remove stains and odours, simply make up a solution by combining one part of White Vinegar to two parts of warm water. Soak a clean cloth in the solution and dab the affected area. When the solution has dried, wipe away the residue and the stain using a clean cloth and some warm water. After the area has been cleaned, cover it with some Bicarbonate of Soda and leave it overnight before vacuuming.
After every shave, thoroughly rinse the brush with warm water. Then shake off the excess water and hang the brush upside down on a brush stand with room for the air to circulate. Leaving a brush wet can lead to mildew, which could affect your skin. Even if you have to place the brush in a toiletry bag after a gym session for instance, make sure you take it out to air dry as soon as possible.
Your brush should also be deep cleaned every two to three months, as oils from your face and product build-up can affect the absorbency of the bristles and consequently, how effective the brush is. Caring for a shaving brush will also extend its lifespan, saving you money in the long run.
To deep clean your shaving brush, mix one tablespoon of Borax Substitute with a few drops of warm water to make a thick paste. Rub the paste into the brush, working it into each hair, right down to the base. Leave the paste on the brush overnight before rinsing it thoroughly with warm water in the morning.
To remove salt stains that are left behind in winter wipe the shoes with a solution made up of equal parts of White Vinegar and water. Once the shoes are dry Polish to protect the leather.
Remove dirt and marks by wiping them off with a microfibre cloth using a 10p-size dollop of Liquid Bicarb.
*Do not use Soda Crystals on aluminium or plated silver and use rubber gloves during prolonged exposure.
Soak delicate jewellery in a regular solution or use a paste of Dri-Pak Laundry Starch and water. Apply with a damp cloth, let dry, and then remove with cheesecloth. Soft stones such as opals should not be cleaned using Soda Crystals.
Simply pour it on to a microfibre cloth and gently wipe over the surface. Then wipe the surface again with a clean damp area of the cloth to remove any residue.