Around the house* Make your own cleaning solution. Mix 1...


September 18, 1993|By Dolly Merritt

Around the house

* Make your own cleaning solution. Mix 1 part ammonia with 3 parts water in a spray bottle. A quick squirt will keep counter tops and appliances clean.

* Simplify paint cleanup. Line the paint roller tray with a sheet of plastic cut from a trash bag or dry-cleaning bag before filling the tray. When the job is over, discard the liner -- the tray will be clean.

* Store summer clothing in heavy plastic bags if storage space is limited. Place a bar or two of unwrapped soap among the clothes to keep them smelling fresh. Tie the tops of the bags closed to keep moths out. Store out of sight beneath bed or hang in niches and corners of basement or attic.

* A plastic windshield ice scraper is a good tool for prying loose dried-on foods from tables, counter tops and floors.

* A large cooler makes a good storage bin for outside toys and bats, balls and gloves, which will be protected from the weather.

In the garden

* Divide summer-blooming varieties of perennials that have grown too large. Blooms will increase on the new plantings within a few years.

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