environmental friendly household

Handy household hints

Around the House - Green Clean

To clean copper

Make a paste with a little cider vinegar and 3 tablespoons of Cream of Tartar, use a soft cloth to rub on and polish off
 

To clean pewter

Make a paste with a little cider vinegar and 3 tablespoons of Cream of Tartar, use a soft cloth to rub on and polish off
 

To clean windows 1

Dampen a soft cloth with 2 tablespoons cider vinegar diluted with a litre of warm water, rub all over glass and polish dry.
 

To clean windows 2

Dampen newspaper, scrumple up and use to rub over windows until they are clean and dry.
 

To clean tiles

Mix 1 tablespoon washing-up liquid with 3 tablespoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon cider vinegar, use a soft cloth to rub on and polish off
 

Bathroom - Green Clean

To clean enamels baths

Mix 1 tablespoon washing-up liquid with 3 tablespoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon cider vinegar, use a soft cloth to rub on and polish off
 

Drains - Green Clean

To Freshen Drains

Spoon down 3 tablespoons baking powder followed by half a pint of hot cider vinegar. After half an hour rinse with hot water.
 

Garden - Green Gardening

To catch wireworms

Bury thick cut wedges of cut potato in the affected area - mark where they are, leave overnight, dig up and dispose of
 

Stain Removal - Green Clean

To remove wax stains from fabric

Lay fabric on a sheet of brown paper on a flat, heatproof surface, put the marked fabric on the paper, cover with another sheet of brown paper, run a medium hot iron on top. Keep the iron moving until the mark has gone.
 

To remove grease marks from carpet

Lay a sheet of brown paper on the mark, run a medium hot iron over the paper. Keep the iron moving until the mark has gone.
 

Kitchen - Green Clean

To clean chrome taps

Mix 1 teaspoon cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons sea salt, use a soft cloth to rub on and polish off
 

To freshen counter tops

Wipe with a cloth dipped in a little cider vinegar
 

To clean the inside of the fridge

Wipe with a soft cloth dipped in 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar and 3 tablespoons of warm water,
 

To remove stains from cups and mugs

Mix 2 tablespoons cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons baking soda, rub with a soft cloth, rinse well, for stubborn stains leave the past on for ten minutes
 

To remove smells from chopping boards

Sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a kitchen brush, rinse well
 

To clean the inside of a glass oven door

Make a paste of baking soda and a little water, spread over the inside of the cold oven door, leave for quarter of an hour, rinse off.
 

Kitchen - Deep Clean

To clean oven shelves

Soak in a deep sink or bath with hot water and a dishwasher tablet, leave overnight if possible.
 

Clothes - Make do and mend

Make shirt collar stiffeners

Cut strips of the right size from the sides of a well washed plastic milk bottle
 

Give old shirts a new life 1

Cut off the sleeves and collar, cover cut edges with ribbon or tape and use as a kids painting overall
 

Give old shirts a new life 2

Use fabric to make a patchwork cushion cover
 

New life for old wool jumpers

By unravelling them - cut into the hem and pull the wool gently, make a tight ball to stretch the wool back into shape, knit something new with it.
 

Recycle - Newspapers

Growing seeds

Wrap round small flowers pots, fold over the bottom and press firmly, fill with seed compost and use to grow bean seeds, plant pot and bean into earth when big enough
 

Cleaning windows

Dampen, scrumple up and use to clean windows and mirrors
 

Lighting fires

Cut or tear into 20cm wide strips twist lengthwise, use as firelighters
 

Wrapping paper

Use as wrapping paper for boxed presents.
 

Recycle - Plastic bottles

Cloches for plants

Cut the top off clear bottles, use the bottom part as mini cloches for plants
 

Make a funnel

Cut a third of the way down a plastic bottle and use the top half as a funnel
 

Making plant labels

Cut the top and bottom off a plastic bottle, cut the rest into narrow strips and use as plant labels
 

Recycle - Tights

Make tree ties

Cut off legs and use as tree ties
 

Storing onions

Fill legs with onions and hang up in garage for winter storage
 

Super Savers - Freshen Bread

Restore bread

Soften an unsliced loaf that's too hard to slice by sprinkling with water and putting in a warm oven for a few minutes.