Besides playing tennis, of course! You can use them to get up heel marks off of wood and linoleum floors. Just rub the tennis ball on the marks and you're good to go!
One of the great things about certain hardware stores is that they will do little hacks for you with things that need fixing. My vacuum cleaner wand popped a rivet. That simple problem could have required a pricey repair. But a visit to my hardware store solved the problem. The manager deliberated with me on several possible solutions and we decided on reinstalling a rivet. In the back, they keep a rivet gun and, presto!, the vacuum cleaner was back in action.
Stove tops often get burnt on residue that is really hard to clean. Short of spraying it with some toxic cleaner like Easy Off, it's tempting to just let it sit and become a permanent feature of the stove top. But an easy solution is: steel wool soap pads! Test it on a small area first, of course, but have I found that soap pads can be used for that burn on crud anywhere on the stove top without scratching the finish--and they are effective! (Do not use them on brushed steel though!)
Here is a list of routines that take little time but will leave you with a pretty clean kitchen every day:
Women clean more in their lifetimes than men. Women clean on average 13,000 hours in their lifetimes, men 6500 hours. Old habits live on!
Disneyland has oodles of actors walking around in cartoon costumes. That makes for 285,000 lbs of laundry every day!
How do you mop a large area of wood floor in the most efficient way? A string mop puts down too much water, and a microfiber mop requires that you change your mophead up to a dozen times, which is very time consuming. The solution: take a white towel, rinse it, then wring it out by hand. Then lay the towel flat on the ground and put the flat mop-head of a mop designed for microfiber mops down on it, flopping the extra towel material over the top of the mophead. The towel will give you one strip of it's surface at a time in contact with the floor and, as that strip gets dirty, you can keep moving to a new strip of the towel. You can cover a lot of area with just one towel--even more if it's not too dirty because you can use both sides.
I discovered this little technique several years ago and it has saved me a lot of wasted time. Whenever I bring something into my home like mail or a magazine that seems interesting but that I don't want to read right now, I put it into a "look at later" box. I never do look at that box later but on the last day of the year I go through everything and decide then whether to renew the contract or toss it. Funny thing is at that point I've lost interest so most everything does get tossed!
Martha Stewart does the trick. In a test of three methods performed by a blog called "Apartment Therapy," Martha Stewart's method was the only that got the stain entirely removed. (See https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/red-wine-stain-removal-reviews-36686409?newsletter_slot=1&utm_source=at_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12232019).
It's a bit involved but if you need to get the stain out here's the way to do it: https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/martha-stewart-red-wine-stain-removal-36686633
Think about winter. You're cooped up in your house with all the smells and dust that accumulate never getting a good airing out. So let's focus on some preventative measures for odor and dust:
Odor: Now is a good time to wash out all of your trash and garbage cans, especially in the kitchen.
Dust: Change your furnace filter, for one. And take a Saturday morning to get those out of the way places where dust builds up: behind the fridge (and on top), on top of kitchen countertops, couch cushions and under the couch, and closet floors for example.
That'll give you a good start to a fresher home environment in the coming months.