13 Great Tricks To Make Old Things Look New

Josephine Thompson

Journalist

We all have favorite cuttlery, knick knacks, clothes and gadgets that we don't want to let go. They're great! They're easy to use and they have served us for the longest time! Why would we want to change them? The new stuff is lame!

Oh why oh why did I not buy additional ones when I had the chance, could have been wonderful replacements. This is something that affects most of us - unless you're horribly rich and not one of us. Then you won't understand what this article is about.

However, for the rest of us, there are some tips and tricks we can use to renew our things that have not been broken half and/or set on fire. Here are some simple hobrew remedies for what ails your favorite stuff. Act carefully, though!

1

Plates

source Use porcelain polish to clean any scratches on plates!

2

Copper pots

source To get your pots back to their sparkling old selves, sprinkle the surface with salt, then pour some vinegar over it, and rub with a hard sponge.

3

Baking trays

source A paste made of hydrogen peroxide and ordinary soda should be spread on the baking tray and left for 30 minutes. Rinse it off and all the burnt fat will come off!

4

Cutting board

source A sponge soaked in a mixture of lemon juice and salt will clean the boards right up!

5

Carpets

source Mix two parts of water and one part of vinegar together in a spray bottle. Spray on the stain and cover it with a damp cloth. Then turn an iron to steam mode and place it over the cloth for 30 seconds. That should take care of it!

6

Cast-iron pans

source Found some oven friendly disinfectant. Spread a thick layer of it on over the pan. Put it in a garbage bag and tie it up tightly so that it doesn't dry out. Leave it in the bag for 1-2 days. Rinse off the disinfectant, then apply a new layer of it again, then tie it all up in a bag a day. Wash off the dirt with hot water. Now, prepare a one-on-one mixture of warm water and vinegar, soak the pan in it for an hour, then use a scouring pad to scrub the surface. Wait for the pan to dry. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 250°C. Then, place the pan in it for an hour. Carefully take out the hot pan and even more carefully apply a layer of olive oil all over it. After the hot metal absorbs the required amount of oil, wipe off the residue with a clean, dry cloth. Then put the pan in the oven again, but upside down. After 15 minutes, take it out, wipe it with a cloth and put it back in the oven again for an extra 15 minutes. Repeat this two more times.

7

White sneakers

source One teaspoon of dishwasher cleaning liquid, three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, and two tablespoons of baking soda are what you need to clean your white sneakers.

8

Tiles

source Use 1:1 mixture of water and bleach to clean the gaps. Air the room well while you do it!

9

Furniture with microfibre upholstery

source Dampen the stain with a sponge soaked in alcohol. Let it all dry out. Thoroughly clean the area with a brush.

10

Toothbrushes

source If for some reason you want to fix the brushes on a brush, put it in a cut of hot water and give it a few swirls.

11

Leather bags

source Use wet wipes to remove the stains.

12

Leather furniture

source Wipe the scratches on leather furniture with olive oil or baby oil. Let it dry for an hour. If the scratch is still visible, do it all over again.

13

Terry towels

source Rinse them with salt water after washing to retain fluffyness. Drying them in a well aired room or outside also helps.

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