Did you know? Home tips from the Costco expert By Deb Belcourt Costco sundries buyer Deb Belcourt
ILLUS TRATIONS: MEDIA BAKERY
HOW DO YOU CLEAN a ______? What about stains on _______? To fill in those
blanks, you could search a household almanac or call mom for advice. Or you
could do what we have and turn to Costco buyer Deb Belcourt, who for the
last 15 years has negotiated with manufacturers of laundry, cleaning and
paper products on members’ behalf. Not only is Deb an experienced buyer,
she is an ace when it comes to unusual and handy ways to use these products
around the house. Here Deb shares some of her favorite household hints.
Hate to scrub burned-on food from pans?
Next time don’t scrub.
Fill the pan with water
and a couple of drops
of fabric softener, and
let it soak for an hour or
so until the food wipes easily away.
Many Swiffer-style mops can be
adapted to use household wipes for
a quick floor cleanup.
Bad odors that you are
not sure how to get rid of?
Stuff fabric softener sheets
in gym bags, shoes,
suitcases. To repel
bees when you
have a party, lay
Just drop it in
front or top
When the laundry cycle is
cap will be
clean and ready
to be put back
on the bottle.
Is the measuring cup on your liquid
laundry detergent a sticky mess?
Clean plastic outdoor lawn furniture
with a mixture of water and automatic
dishwashing detergent (used in dishwashers). Apply, let set a few minutes
and then rinse off. Note: Some auto dish
detergents contain bleach, so use with
caution; do not to get on your clothes.
After painting, prevent stiff paintbrushes
by rinsing them in a container full of water and
a couple of drops of liquid fabric softener. Wipe
the bristles dry and store as usual and
they will be soft for your next use.
Grease stains on your clothes?
Apply a grease-cutting hand
dishwashing soap on the grease
spots before dropping the item
in the washing machine.
Need to remove wallpaper? Mix 1 capful of fabric softener into 1 quart of water. Using a sponge, wipe the solu- tion onto the wallpaper. Let it soak for 20 to 30 minutes, then easily scrape the paper from the wall. C
Do you have difficult to remove baked-on food in a casserole dish? Fill your dish
with very hot water and add your auto dish
detergent (used in your dishwasher) and let
soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Voila, it’s clean!
The Costco Connection
Members can ;nd all these household
products and more in their local Costco.
For more household tips, see Costco’s
Household Almanacs online at costco.com.
Click on “Costco Connection Magazine”
at the bottom of the page.
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