Household Tip of Week: Those Hard-to-Clean Places

There always seems to be one thing around your house you just haven’t figured out how to clean easily. At our house, that thing used to be the pull cords on our Venetian blinds. They were grimy from years of use by greasy hands, but taking down the blinds always seemed liked too much work. Finally, we found this solution: Get a step ladder or something else that you can rest a jar on top of that is the same height as the top of the blinds (where the pull cord begins). Then fill the jar with cold water and add a tablespoon of bleach, soak the cord for two to three hours, and rinse. Just make sure to pull your blinds up first, so the maximum amount of cord possible is exposed.

What solutions to hard-to-clean places have you discovered? Let us know in the comments section below! And PS, apologies again for the lack of posting lately. We've been so busy!

Who Knew? Household Hero: Aluminum Foil

Bruce laughs at me when I say that aluminum foil is God's gift in a serrated box, but I love all its practical uses around the home! It has so many, in fact, that we dedicated an entire chapter to aluminum foil in our book Who Knew? 3. Visit our new website for 10 of my favorite non-cooking uses for aluminum foil, one of our Who Knew? Household Heroes!

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