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PRESENTING CLEAN CHIC'S AWARDS FOR THE BEST OF 2011...

 

Thanks to the contributions of our blue-ribbon staff and clients, here are my six, top picks for this year's best--and most clever--helpful hints.  
 

1. Catty-Couch Cover-Up: Citrus Spray

 

Calico: Wish she'd hurry up and leave so we could get our claws into that brand-new sofa.

Persian: Yeah, I can feel those threads pulling now . . . . We'll make it ratty in no time.  

Calico: Ack! What's that smell? It's worse than kitty litter on a summer day.

Persian: Label says it's "citrus spray"--and she thinks it smells purr-fect. Looks like she bought it at the grocery store or was it the hardware store? Meow.

 

Calico: Well, let's get outta here and find her cashmere sweater to knead.

 

2. Cloth Encounters of the Third Kind: Other Uses for Dryer Sheets

 

Lift off burned-on casserole residue: Fill the dish with hot water, add two or three sheets, and leave overnight. Next morning, remove the sheets, lightly scrub the dish, and wash as usual.

Prevent musty odors in gym bags and suitcases: Place an unused dryer sheet in an empty suitcase before storing or in your daily workout bag. Either way, the bag will smell great next time you use it.

Collect sawdust from drilling or sanding: A used dryer sheet acts like a tack cloth (great for collecting cat hair too!).

 

3. It's What's Inside That Counts: Decluttering with a Conscience

 

Fastest way to declutter is to keep a giant trash bag in a closet. Check these fab ones out:

As you find things you haven't used or worn in a year or more, toss them into the bag.  

When it's full, off to Goodwill or schedule a pick-up on-line with Vietnam Veterans:

Don't get bogged down with itemizing your donations--make a quick, conservative estimate for taxes and get the goods out the door to someone who'll gladly use them.

 

4. Uses of Olive Oil (other than Joe's balsamic vinaigrette)
 

Shaving: Sure thing. Joe likes it better than shaving cream. Great for smooth legs too.
Squeaky doors be damned. Lubricate hinges by applying a small dab to a cloth, then wiping the top of the hinge.
Prevent wax from sticking to a candle holder: Rub a thin coat to the base of the holder before inserting the candle.
Remove eye make-up as well as moisturize skin and cuticles.
Hairball scheme: Add a few drops or up to 1/4 teaspoon to your cat's food to help prevent hairballs.  

5. Shake Things Up: Gin Without the Olive or Twist

 

 Air Freshener: Fill a spray bottle with some gin and a few drops of essential oil for a homemade air freshener. The alcohol evaporates quickly, leaving behind the essential oil scent.
All-Purpose Cleaner: While you have a spray bottle loaded up with gin, use it to get rid of mold and mildew. For best results, let the spores soak in the alcohol for a few minutes before wiping them away with a damp cloth.

Pie Crusts: For flakier crusts, replace some of the water in the recipe with gin. (Alcohol evaporates at a lower temperature than water, creating a flakier crust.)

6. Off-the-shelf cleaning products (as voted by the staff)  

 

Original Formula 409 because it removes stains, degreases, and is a terrific wipe-up cleaner. (Note: the original formula, not any of the specialized 409's.) 

Any brand of denture-cleaning tablets for cleaning out narrow-necked glass vessels as well as tea-stained cups because their effervescent qualities remove tiny particles you can't reach and the bleaching action eliminates stains.     

Non-gel toothpaste cleans away dust and dirt on piano keys. Put a dab on a damp, lint-free cloth and, after gently rubbing in the toothpaste, wipe the keys clean with a second lint-free cloth. (Another tip from the mother of a toddler: Gel toothpaste has the same water-soluble polymers that are in hair gels. She uses a dab to make sure her daughter's baby barrettes stay in place.)

Diapers or gently- used wash cloths make fantastic protection pads for your china, chargers, and platters.  They're also great liners for in between your stacked pots and pans--especially cast iron. This is a great way to re-purpose old cloths and much less expensive than the fancy felt ones sold in stores.  

As always, thanks to everyone who sent in their tips. Be sure to keep 'em coming,  CC  

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