All of us have been offered a home remedy by a mother or friend to try when there’s a stain to be removed or an easier way to make our appliances sparkle. Today I am going to share with you some tried and true solutions to common household challenges.

First, sprinkling baking soda on weeds will kill them. The baking soda neutralizes the Ph balance in the soil making it difficult for weed roots to take hold in the ground. Sprinkle baking soda twice a year, in the spring and the fall, to get rid of those pesky weeds.

Did you know that you can mix vinegar and salt to clean the bottom of copper pans? The chemical makeup of these two substances combined with a little old fashioned elbow grease will make those dingy black pans sparkle like new with just one application.

Putting vinegar in your coffee filter while running it through the brew cycle will clean the inside of your coffee pot and the hard to reach water and filtration lines within the coffeemaker.

Did you ever wonder how to remove permanent marker from your wooden furniture or cabinets? Take toothpaste (not the gel type) and apply it to the stained area. Rub in a circular motion until the stain disappears.

Use shaving cream and warm water to remove upholstery stains. Put a small dollop of shaving cream on a warm damp cloth. Rub gently on the stained area and let it stand for 30 minutes. For deeper stains let the shaving cream stand on the upholstery overnight.

Finally, to clean your clothes iron, sprinkle salt over the ironing board. Turn the iron on the highest temperature setting while turning the steam function off. Run the iron over the salt and let it cool. This will remove all the dirt quickly and efficiently.

These are just a few of many effective home remedies that you can do yourself. However, I am sure that my readers have one or two of your their own we could all benefit from learning.