This week on GloTIME we have been talking a lot about the stars of stage and screen and the Oscars and the Grammies. Now it is time to get back down to earth and take a tip from our Grannies.

They say the best remedies are the ones handed down from our ancestors, and remembering hours of happy times in my own Grandma’s kitchen, I would like to share some of her special tips along with other great vintage solutions.

Ten top tips:

  • When cleaning steel cutlery, add a little bicarbonate soda to take off those extra stubborn stains.
  • Red Wine stains can be removed by pouring salt over the area and leaving for several hours.
  • Candle wax spilled on clothes or furniture can be easily eradicated by ironing over the offending area with thick brown wrapping paper – the wax will be absorbed into the paper.  For excessive damage, repeat the procedure until all the wax is removed.
  • A dab of toothpaste is recommended for stubborn stains on clothes and crayon marks on the walls.
  • Ballpoint ink marks can be removed by rubbing them with a dab of clear alcohol.
  • Clean laminates with baking soda and water paste on stains for 10 to 15 minutes and wipe up with a wet cloth
  • Pots and pans that are stained can be cleaned with white vinegar, soak them for thirty minutes or more and then rinse in hot soapy water.
  • Add a few drops of olive oil into hard water which will make the soap lather easier and keep the skin from getting rough.
  • Ketchup is amazing when cleaning copper pots and pans – they come up a treat.
  • Peanut butter is a great remedy for removing labels and stains from glassware and porcelain dolls or ornaments.
  • We would like to hear from you with any special ‘hand me down’ tips that we can share on GloTIME.  After all, we can all do with a little help from our Grans.  Ooops I can feel a song coming on

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