Cleaning Dirty Garage Floor in Winter

 

Your garage floor is filthy with the salt and dirt from melted snow.  

First with a push broom, sweep as much of the salt and dirt out of the garage.

Second, mix up a solution of 1 gallon of very warm water to 1 cup of vinegar with a squirt of dish soap. Pour the solution onto the stains and scrub with a stiff deck brush.

Third, wet vac to remove the residue first and then rinse liberally with water.  If you don’t have a wet vac, use the push broom again to push the loose dirt and water out of garage.  Prevent as little water in garage so it won’t be slippery if re-freezes.

Cleaning Dripped Wax from Candle Holders

The Holiday Season is often a time when several candles are glowing in our homes.  Though the ambiance is special while candles are lit, the aftermath can be difficult to clean up.

Here are a two simple methods for removal of the wax on candle holders; choose the method that’s easiest for you.

  1.  Use the Freezer to get Wax Out
    Put candle holders in freezer for at least 30 minutes

    Once it is frozen, turn the jar upside down. The wax should fall right out. If it doesn’t,  gently tap the jar against the surface of a table or counter. You can also stick a butter knife between the wax and the holder, and pop it out by pushing down on the knife handle.

    There might still be some tiny bits of wax stuck to the jar. If this happens, you can scrape the residue away with a butter knife. You can also remove the wax residue by washing the jar using soap and water, or by wiping it down with some baby oil.

  2. Boiling Water Method to get Wax Out
    Depending on how many candle holders you want to clean, plug up the sink or use a large pot to put the waxy candle holders in.

    Boil water in another pot or microwave.

    Slice the wax up. Stick a sharp knife into the candle jar (or any other holder) and start poking the wax, creating small slices and slits. This will help the wax melt faster. It will also help the water get underneath the wax and separate it from the glass.

    Pour boiling water into the jar. Do not fill the jar all the way, however. Eventually, the wax will begin to melt and start floating to the top of the water.

    Let the water cool, the wax congeal and empty both the water and wax.

  3. There might still be some tiny bits of wax stuck to the jar. If this happens, you can scrape the residue away with a butter knife. You can also remove the wax residue by washing the jar using soap and water, or by wiping it down with some baby oil