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Clever Household Tips

Here's a list of great tips for your home. If you have any tips to add, let us know.

Here is a list of great tips for your household.

  • Fix sticky drawers and sliding doors. When drawers or sliding doors won't open smoothly, rub the bar of soap on the edges of the drawers or in the door tracks to make everything glide easily.


  • Baking Soda on a damp sponge easily removes grease from your stove, backsplash, burners etc. If your backsplash tiles have a lot of grease on them, reach for the mildly abrasive baking soda in your cupboard. Mix the baking soda with some water to form a paste that's thick enough to stick to the tiles, or simply use the baking soda on a damp sponge. Rub the mixture over the greasy spots and wait at least 10 minutes.  Go over the tiles with a clean, wet sponge to wash away the paste. You may need to rinse the sponge and repeat several times to remove all of the baking soda paste.


  • Grinding a cup of uncooked rice in your coffee grinder will clean the grinder and sharpen the blades.  Simply pour one cup of uncooked rice into the grinder, and grind for 1 minute, just as you would with coffee beans. Discard the ground rice. Unplug the grinder, and wipe the blades with a damp cloth, and then with a dry cloth. Regular cleaning and sharpening will help the grinder perform its best, and result in flavourful, fresh tasting coffee.


  • Stop Bathroom Mirrors Getting Steamy.  Would you believe that air fresheners are good way of cleaning your mirrors?! Spray the air freshener onto the mirror and wipe it off with a cloth. It does a great job, as well as leaving a lovely refreshing smell!


  • Path Maintenance.  Sprinkle salt or cheap motor oil between gaps in a path to prevent grass and weeds from growing.


  • Broken Glass.  To pick up small fragments of broken glass, press pieces of break into the affected area.


  • Cleaning Your StoveGet rid of the grease on your stove by using baking soda on a damp sponge. It makes removal of the grease super easy from your stove and splash back.


  • Get rid of the weed with what you read! Instead of throwing out the newspapers, wet the newspapers sheets and put layers around your plants and garden beds, covering with soil as you go. The weeds won't be able to get through the wet newspaper layers.


  • Saving Water With Your Aquarium.  If you have an aquarium you can save water.  Each time you change the water in your aquarium (roughly every 2-4 weeks) and water your house plants with it. It’s full of nutrients and makes a great fertiliser. Bury your crustaceans or fish carcasses in your gardens around your plants – it is a great fertiliser too! For more detail on this, click here.


  • Can You Move House Sustainably? Of course you can move more sustainability! Here are 11 great tips on how to do this! Click here for the tips.


  • Four Mould Removal Tips.  We work with both tenants and owners in addressing this issue when it arises, but there are some handy tips to know to avoid it all together! We have compiled a list of 4 hot tips for you to follow so you can make mould in your household a problem of the past. Click here for our list.

  • Oily Carport.  Sprinkle sand on oily spots on concrete floors.  Let it absorb the oil, and sweep up. Also try cat litter.

If you have any other great tips, please email Michelle at michelle@absolutent.com.au


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