Cleaning with shampoo

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by Linda Cobb, Queen of Clean / Special to azfamily.com

azfamily.com

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 12:14 PM

PHOENIX -- Shampoo makes a great cleaner because it is designed to cut oil and dirt. When you are buying shampoo to clean with, buy the most inexpensive that you can. I bought some large bottles of VO5 Shampoo for only 87 cents each!

Clean your car: Shampoo‘s grease-cutting formula works on the car finish too and it’s safe! Use about ¼ cup of shampoo to a bucket of warm water and wash the car with a sponge. If there are hard to remove grease and tar spots use undiluted shampoo on them. Rinse the car and then buff dry as usual. Great for bikes, motorcycles and boats too.

Remove sticky substances from pet fur: If your dog or cat rolled in tar, gum or who knows what, rub a tiny amount of shampoo on the spot and then use an old wide-tooth comb or your fingers to work it to the end of the fur. Rinse with a wet cloth.

Resize the sweater you shrunk: Use baby shampoo and warm water. Fill a basin with warm water, add a couple of squirts of baby shampoo and swish with your hand. Lay the sweater right on top of the water and allow it to sink on its own. Soak for 15 minutes. Gently take the sweater out without wringing it and put it in a container, then fill the basin again with clean water. Lay the sweater on top and let it sink again on it’s own. Take the sweater our, place it on a towel and roll the towel to remove most of the moisture. Lay the sweater on a dry towel on a flat surface and gently rehape it. Check the sweater as it is drying to continue reshaping as needed.

Loosening nuts and bolts: If you can’t find your usual lubricating oil try putting a drop of shampoo. Let is soak in and then try again.

Remove eye make up: No-tears baby shampoo is an inexpensive eye makeup remover. Put a drop on a cotton pad to gently remove the makeup. Rinse and you’re done!

Remove bandages painlessly: Rub a little shampoo on and around the bandage to let it seep through the air holes. It will easily come off.

Substitue for shaving cream: With it’s softening agents, shampoo makes a fantastic shave cream. So much less drying than soap.

Wash delicates: Shampoo is great for washing delicates. It will suds up easily using just a few drops. Squeeze it through the garment and then rinse.


For more information on the Queen of Clean Linda Cobb, to find products used and recommended by the Queen and FREE printouts go to queenofclean.com. Find the Queen’s books at national book stores and on Amazon and queenofclean.com.

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