Old Wives Tales That Are Totally TrueTaking a page out of mom’s handbook for housekeeping, some old wives’ tales continue circulating because they really do work! While peanut butter takes out chewing gum and WD40 takes off stickers and other adhesive, now some of the best little cleaning secrets have similarly been pried loose from the ladies and gents who use them and shared by the Huffington Post. What’s your favorite fix or tip that gets you by in a pinch? Check out these six and share your best below!

  • Use Newspapers To Clean Windows: “It’s true. The fibers that make up newspaper are much denser than paper towels. This allows them to absorb liquids and they won’t fall apart as easily, says our blogger Chris Barnes.”
  • Microwave Sponges To Keep Them Clean: “Putting your dirty scrubbers in a dish of water and a little lemon juice and zapping them at a high temperature will kill bacteria, making them less likely to spread germs as you’re wiping up.” A cycle in the dishwasher is great as well.
  • Unclog Your Drain With Alka Seltzer: “If your clog’s not too severe, this is a trick for the books. Drop four tablets and a bit of vinegar and flush with boiling water.”
  • Remove Carpet Dents With An Ice Cube: “This sounds super weird, but there is truth to it! Leave it in the stubborn hole for a while, then fluff it with a fork to get the fibers looking good as new.”
  • Fill A Hole In The Wall With Soap: “Yes, if you’re fixing a tiny nick or nail hole in a white wall with a similar color bar of soap, this will work. Rub the bar in a circular motion over the hole until it’s filled in.”
  • Use Walnuts To Remove Furniture Scratches: “This is one of our favorites. Remove the nut from its shell and rub it over marks in the wood. The oils from the nut will penetrate the surface, fixing the blemishes.”  Casandra Armour

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