5 Household Items for Cleaning Furniture

Rubber Gloves

This household item isn't as surprising in its usefulness as olive oil or socks, because rubber gloves are something you already associate with cleaning. But we're not suggesting you use them in the conventional manner to keep your hands clean and dry; we're suggesting you strap them on to attack all the furniture Rover has been sitting on.

Rubber gloves are a "handy" way of removing pet hair from upholstered sofas and chairs, bedspreads, and other soft furnishings. You can wear cotton glove liners if rubber tends to irritate your skin. It's simple: dampen their outer surface and wipe the fabric. Rewet the outside of the gloves as necessary to maintain their "attractiveness." You'll be happily surprised at their almost magnetic ability to pull the hairs off your furniture.

Adapted from "101 Old-Time Country Household Hints," © 2008 Publications International, Ltd.