Household tips Ballpoint Pen Marks Wood or Painted surfaces - use distilled white vinegar. Dab it on with a clean rag, then blot off. repeat as often as needed until the marks come off. Wallpaper - dampen spot with water, then apply a very light coat of hair spray. Let it set a minute, then blot with a dry rag. Removing Water And Chemical Stains From Glass Spray a thin coat of oven cleaner on the glass and leave for about an hour. Wipe off with a damp rag. Warning don't use this process on cut or engraved glass. Deodorizing Your Home. Place a small mesh bag of pot pouri inside your air vents and air conditioner outlets ( do not do this in heating vents). The air circulation will spread the perfume throughout your home. Add a few drops of essential oils into your pot-pouri each month for continued deodorizing. Place solid room deodorizer near your heating outlets in the winter months. Cleaning Lampshades Sprinkle lampshade with bi-carbonate of soda, leave for 5 minutes then using a clean paint brush, brush it over, vacuum to remove the soda from fabric. This also helps to remove the smell of tobacco smoke residue and odours. Soap Holders Place a sponge in your soap holders and leave cakes of soap on the sponge. You then have pre-soaped sponges for use in bath or shower, and you won't have soapy scunge left on your bathroom surfaces. Behind Stoves and Fridge's. After cleaning the walls and surfaces well, spray and buff well with furniture polish. The next time you clean you will only need to wipe down with a damp cloth and grease and grime will come straight off without the hard work. Polish the surfaces again with furniture polish when cleaning starts to become a chore. After the 3<sup>rd</sup> or 4<sup>th</sup> wipe down should be sufficient. Hair spray is another good thing to use instead of furniture polish. Bubble Gum and Chewing Gum In Hair If your child gets bubble or chewing gum in his/her hair use the same method. There is no need to cut it out anymore. Place an ice pack on your child's gum affected hair. After you freeze the gum off simply wash hair normally. Bubble or chewing gum on furniture, carpet, cloths or in the car is simple to remove. Use your Ice pack and chill it well, then scrape it off. Peanut butter can also be used in hair and on some cloths, carpets and furniture. However, the oil in the Peanut butter can stain the furnishings also. Be sure to wash the furnishings if they are removable and washable. If they are not removable then I suggest you use the freeze method. Dusting and Cleaning Not many people like the dusting and cleaning chores around the house. It is always such an endless job. Try these simple tips to help make your dusting a little easier. For ornaments you can place them into a basin of luke warm water with a small amount of dish washing liquid. Dry them with your blow dryer. Place an old sock on your hand and rub over the surfaces, frames, sills, and large ornaments with your socked hand. Dusters just flick the dust into the air only to resettle on your surfaces and knick-knacks as soon as you are done. The sock is not flicking so it eliminates the amount of dusty that will float around. For hard to get to places use long haired red sable artist brushes. For louvers, venetian blinds, window tracks and sliding door tracks. Use your vacuum cleaner and a paint brush. The paint brush will loosen the dust and the vacuum will suck the dust in as you brush it. Pictures can be cleaned with eye glass cleaner or eye glass wipes. Bedding Hardly anyone bothers with cleaning they mattresses and pillows. It is important that you do to eliminate the dust and specks of dry skin and hair that gathers and decays. It has been documented that dusting bedding can cause breathing problems and cause you to sleep and wake up feeling as though you didn't sleep. Vacuum your mattress at least once a month. Pillows can be vacuumed and place out in the sun for 2 - 3 hours in the warmer months. Or you can vacuum and place your pillows in the dryer on a low setting for 30 minutes. Sunlight is better but in winter that is not possible in most countries, so the dryer will help. If at all possible take your mattresses out into the sun at least once a year to air them out. Spray your mattress with antibacterial deodorising spray to refresh your mattress and to help kill any growing bacteria in the mattress. Deodorise your mattress with carpet deodorising powder and vacuum off after 10 minutes for a beautifully perfumed mattress.