Mildew on Shower Curtain Liners
Forget trying to spray liquid cleaners on a shower curtain liner to get rid of mildew and other gunk. Just take down the liner and put it in a washing machine with ordinary detergent. Add some chlorine bleach when laundering plastic liners and you’ll annihilate the mildew. Some liners have even been known to survive being dried in a dryer, but the best suggestion is to hang them on a line outside to dry.
Congealed Food on Interior Refrigerator and Freezer Surfaces
Because it’s cold in those places, it’s hard to use regular cleaners to remove stuck-on mess. The secret is to carefully scrape it off with a sharp single edge razor blade in a blade holder. Remember that handling unsheathed razor blades, even those with a blunted side, is a recipe for “filet o’ fingers.” Visit the hardware store instead and buy a holder.
Burnt Food in the Center of a Pot, Ruining Chili, Spaghetti Sauce, etc.
Food often sticks and burns in the center of inexpensive pots and pans or at other “hot spots.” Inexpensive heat diffusers–which fit between a burner and a pot–can solve the problem by evenly diffusing the heat. Don’t have one? You can improvise by using a “pan-in-a-pan” technique. If you happen to own a high-quality frying pan, fill that with water and place the cooking pot in the water. A cast iron grill placed beneath the pot will also work well.
Household Cleaning Tools That Don’t Work
Sometimes scrub brushes and scouring pads just don’t cut it. The answer–once again–is the hardware store. Your list of “must-have” tools should include an old toothbrush (for scrubbing in tiny spaces), a small wire brush of the same size, stainless steel pads (the type used for preparing surfaces for paint), a paint scraper, and–as mentioned–single edge razor blades and a blade holder. Armed with this equipment, you’ll be able to really remove baked-on grease.