Are you a connoisseur of household hints? Do you hate to throw something away that you might be able to use later? Do you appreciate clean, well-maintained windows? Take the short quiz below to test your knowledge about some common household objects--and the innovative, frugal ways that they can help you take care of your windows. (No need to get the testing jitters: it's a fun, informative quiz--not a boring, graded exam.) Answers are at end of the article. Begin your quiz...Now!
1. You randomly found a pack of several unused marker-board erasers. You should:
- A) Throw them in the garbage.
- B) Give them to your friend who teaches school.
- C) Try to return them somewhere for store credit.
- D) Use them to make your windows the envy of the neighborhood. Wiping freshly cleaned, dried windows with marker-board erasers makes them gleam.
2. While folding laundry, you noticed a spent fabric softener sheet crumpled up with your socks. After removing it from your clothes--and finishing your folding operation--you should take the fabric softener sheet and:
- A) Put it in the trash.
- B) Tape it to a vent or fan in hopes of circulating the smell of dryer-fresh goodness...just like you used to do in college.
- C) Smoke or vaporize them or whatever. (Isn't that a thing now?)
- D) Use them to remove stubborn residue marks left by hard water, sediment build-up, or even ocean-water spray. Simply rub the spots with the fabric softener, wait about 10 minutes, then wipe them again with a damp cloth. This time, they'll stay gone!
3. True or False: A piece of old pantyhose, clear nail polish, and maybe a dab of rubber cement are all it takes to patch up minor tears in a window screen.
4. While cleaning out the medicine cabinet, you found a box of denture cleaning tablets that Granny accidentally left the last time she visited. You should:
- A) Throw them away.
- B) Find out if it's true that a bird will explode if it eats one of them.
- C) Give them back to Granny.
- D) Dissolve several tablets in a bucket of water and make your windows sparkle! (Remember to rinse them with plain water, though. Dry as usual.) After all, Granny has Medicare--she's got plenty more of them.
5. Ever since the semi-recent "single-cup revolution," you don't brew pots of coffee anymore. No one does. You have several boxes of old coffee-pot filters left. What should you do with them?
- A) Hhhmmm...the trash-can?
- B) Save them for that one inevitable day when you have no toilet paper, and you just don't feel like going out to the store to buy some.
- C) Use them for little forehead blotters, maybe? So long as nobody actually saw you doing it...
- D) Dry your windows with them once you've finished washing/rinsing.
These novel tactics have been successfully used for decades, passed down and improved upon from generation to generation. Of course, all window maintenance advice pertains to first-floors only. Call a professional like Clear View Inc for upper-floor windows.
Answers to the questions are all "D"--or "True," in one case.Share