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"Scuff marks on my kitchen floor are no longer a problem thanks to your hint." -- V, Murphy, November 2001

"You saved my black dress! Your hint to remove deodorant stains really worked." -- Phaedra Povey, May 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Accordingly nothing in this book is intended as an express or implied warranty of the suitability or fitness of any product, service or design. The reader wishing to use a product, service or design discussed in this book should first consult a specialist or professional to ensure suitability and fitness for the reader’s particular lifestyle and environmental needs.

It’s really the satisfaction, you know…

Your boss’s wife just spilled her glass of Cabernet on your $200 tablecloth. You don’t think of the money. You just enjoy the look on her face…as you remove the stain in five seconds with a little ordinary borax and warm water!

You’ll probably save a hundred times what you paid for this book.

A 99¢ bottle of vinegar could replace the $20 you’d spend on a copper and brass cleaner, a chrome cleaner, a glass cleaner and a toilet cleaner. The savings don’t take too long to add up.

What fascinates us though, is the magic of it all. The look on your friends’ faces as your entire silverware collection turns gleaming in ten seconds, with water softener, foil and salt! You’re a hero…a household hero. But you’re not the only one…

These 250 pages introduce you to the Household Heroes in your home. Ordinary items, with more than a thousand cleaning and space-saving properties, ready to rescue you in your time of need!

Haley’s Cleaning Hints is our second book. Our first, Haley’s Hints, covered topics as diverse as cooking, plumbing, pest control, even car care. However, we noticed, 400,000 copies later, that our cleaning hints were the ones most in demand.

So we know Haley’s Cleaning Hints will become an invaluable reference source for you. But you’ll also have the satisfaction of having more friends now than ever. Once they know you own this book, they’ll be calling you for advice constantly!

Be kind. Share the wisdom. It’s really satisfying!

Graham and Rosemary

A Small Sample Of What Your
Can Do For You!




Cleans: Appliances; Bathtubs; Carpets; China; Counters; Drains; Floors; Grout; Laundry; Marble; Pots and Pans; Stains

Deodorizes: Appliances; Basements; Bathrooms; Books; Carpets; Kitchens; Laundry; Sneakers…and much more…





Cleans: Appliances; Bathtubs; Chrome; Carpets; Clothes; Crystal; Drains; Faucets; Furniture; Garbage Disposers; Humidifiers; Kettles; Laundry; Paintbrushes; Showers; Stains; Toilet Bowls…and much more…





Cleans: Bathtubs; Carpets; Drains; Floors; Laundry; Mildew; Pet Accidents; Stains like…Curry, Fruit, Vomit, Red Wine, Tiles, Toilet Rings, Walls…and much more…





Removes: Coffee and Tea Stains; Ink Stains; Lipstick Stains; Marker on Walls; Scuff Marks on Floors and Items; Static Cling


Preserves: Kid’s Artwork; Panty Hose; Copper and Brass; Cut Flowers…and much more…





Cleans: Carpets; Cast-Iron Pans; Chimney Creosote; Drains; Egg Spills; Grease Stains; Laundry; Perspiration Stains; Soot; Stainless-Steel Sinks; Upholstery Spills; Wicker Furniture; Wine Stains…and much more…





Good For: BBQ Cleaning; Chrome Cleaning; Dryer Static; Flashlight Repair; Mixer Messes; Mirror Repair; Preserving Ice Cream; Silverware Cleaning…and much more…





Removes: Stains like…Blood; Chocolate; Coffee; Ketchup; Kid’s Paints; Pet Accidents; Soot; Spaghetti Sauce; Tea…from Carpets; Plush Toys; Rugs

Defogs: Eyeglasses; Bathroom Mirrors; Windows…and much more…





Cleans: BBQs; Chrome; Clothing; Diamonds; Faucets; Gold; Golf Balls; Ovens; Painted Walls; Shoes; Silver Jewelry; Stains like…Chocolate, Curry, Grass, Mildew, Vases…and much more…





Cleans: Bath Mats; Coffee Cups; Coffeemakers; Enamel Broiling Pans; Laundry; Pots with Burned Food; Painted Walls; Silverware; Thermos; Tile Mold…and much more…





Removes: Stains like…Bacon Splatters; BBQ Sauce; Blood; Chocolate; Cigarette Ash; Coffee; Dirt; Egg; Eyeliner; Glue; Grass; Gravy; Grease; Iodine; Ketchup; Mascara; Mustard; Oil; Rust; Salad Dressing; Salsa; Soy Sauce; Spaghetti Sauce; Tabasco Sauce; Tea; Worcestershire Sauce…and much more…





Cleans: Floors; Furniture and Walls of Marks like Pencil Crayon; Marker; Wax Crayon; Soot; Ink; Scuffs

Shines: Jewelry; Silverware

Removes: Clothing Stains; Small Scratches and Burn Marks from Furniture and Woodwork…and much more…





Club Soda; Cola; Cornstarch; Dental Floss; Denture Tablets; Dishwasher Detergent; Glycerin; Hydrogen Peroxide; Lemon Juice; Lemon Oil; Linseed Oil; Mayonnaise; Milk; Mineral Oil; Petroleum Jelly; Rubber Gloves; Rubbing Alcohol…and many more!



Our local and international television viewers and radio listeners who supplied us with such a variety of hints…


The readers of our first two books, and our newspaper columns, for taking the time to send us their favorite tips…


The companies, organizations and individuals who provided information and advice essential to this book…


Our friend and partner Margie Henderson, who keeps all those loose ends tied together for us…and still keeps smiling…


Donna Dahr and her amazing test kitchen…


Our illustrator David McNiven, again bringing each page to life…


Mary Menary, for her prayers…and her garage…


Our family and friends, for their help and encouragement…


Our three wonderful daughters, Erin, Kerry and Anna, for still recognizing us…


Each other, for the constant love, and support and understanding.


  1. CLEANING 101

“It’s Easy…If You Know How!”

Advanced Planning

Your Cleaning Credo

Tools Of The Trade

  2. KLEVER KITCHEN KLEANUPS“Keeping Your Kitchen Spick, Span And Spotless!”

Appliances…Bigger Than A Bread Box

Appliances…Smaller Than A Bread Box

Pots, Pans And Paraphernalia

The Dirt On Dishware

Getting Your Glassware Gleaming

Counters, Cupboards…And The Kitchen Sink

And Don’t Forget

  3. BATHROOM BEAUTIFUL“Cleaning…Where You Clean Yourself!”

Tub Tricks and Sink Secrets

Shower Shake-Ups

Toilet Treatment

In General

  4. FOILING FURNITURE FOES“How Not To Take Grime Sitting Down!”

Going With The Grain

Cleaning Up(holstery)

Leather Luster

Wicker And Cane Care

Prime-Piece Pampering

UNDERFOOT“Smart Ideas For Carpets And Floors!”

Clever Carpet Cleaning

Wood Floors Made Easy

Vinyl, Linoleum And Tile Tips

The Rest Of The Floors

  6. WALLS AND WINDOWS“Cleaning Up And Cleaning Down!”

Wall And Woodwork Wonders

Windows And Dressings

  7. ROUND ABOUT THE HOUSE“The Rest Of The Nooks And Crannies!”

Things That Aren’t Nailed Down

Things That Are Nailed Down

And Finally

  8. WASH-DAY WISDOM“A Laundry List Of Smart Ideas!”

Laundry Lowdown

Specks, Spots And Spills

  9. REGROUP AND REORGANIZE“Putting Clutter In Its Place, Room By Room!”

The Entrance Hall

The Living Room

The Kitchen

The Bedroom

The Kids’ Room

The Basement

The Rest Of The Rooms

  10. INSIDE INFO ON THE OUTSIDE“Cleaning Up The Great Outdoors!”

Garden Cleanup

Up And Down The Garden Path

Tool Treatments

Pet Control

Outdoor Living And Entertaining

All The Rest

  11. YOU AND YOURS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM“Cleaning And Organizing…Yourself And Your Possessions!”

Getting Personal

Wardrobe Wisdom

The Dressing Table

  12. EASY-FIND INDEX“The Most Important Part, Of The Book! Find The Exact Hint You Want Instantly!”
Easy-Find Index









Stay Alert For Dirt…It would amaze you at how much money is wasted by not keeping items clean. Dirty carpets last maybe half as long, clothes will wear out much quicker, walls end up having to be repainted, even light bulbs can lose up to 75% of their brightness and efficiency if they’re dusty. Keep on top of your cleaning.

Tidy Before Tackling…Before you begin cleaning the items in any room, it’s a good idea to tidy the room itself first. An uncluttered area is a lot easier to clean. Try it, you’ll see.

Cleaning-Recipe Warning…When using homemade cleaner recipes, always read any warnings on the label of the individual ingredients that you are using in the recipe. If possible, transfer those warnings to the label on the recipe container you are filling. Play it safe and keep cleaners out of reach of children.

   • Buy new containers to put your cleaning recipes in. Residual ingredients in used containers could react badly with whatever brand of recipe ingredient you are mixing in it.

Don’t Go To Your Corner…You’ll be amazed at how many people wash themselves into a corner when cleaning floors. Plan to end up in a doorway. This way you won’t track footmarks onto the damp floor.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045121191X
  • ASIN: B005Q64VB2
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"Haley's Cleaning Hints" is a follow-up to the original "Haley's Hints" which sold over 400,000 copies. The most popular section of the original book was the one on cleaning. As a result the Haleys compiled "Haley's Cleaning Hints".
This book contains thorough instructions for cleaning just about anything you might encounter. From specific stains like fruit juice and ink to specific products like chewing gum, to specific items like garden tools or barbeque grills, it covers just about any cleaning problem. Best of all, most of the procedures involve using ordinary household items like baking soda, ammonia, and vinegar. "Haley's Cleaning Hints" is a highly recommended purchase for anyone seeking a reference book on cleaning anything quickly and easily with common household products.
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119 of 127 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on May 24, 2001
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We received this book as a wedding present a couple of months ago, and it is the best gift we got! There are all kinds of wonderful ideas in here--a whole section on caring for different types of flooring (wood, linoleum, tile), cleaning anything you can imagine, a stain removing bible. . .it has everything. This book is going to become my standard wedding present to new couples. This is second only to a phonecall to mom.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Janis Jaquith on March 10, 2003
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Given the choice between, say, scrubbing my broiler pan and taking a nap, I'll take the nap, every time.
But wait -- I got my hands on a copy of this book last week (I'm a sucker for anything PBS) and I'm a new woman. Not only have I been dipping my own silver stuff in that miraculous tarnish-dissolving bath...
(a basin of hot water plus a hefty tablespoon of Calgon water softener and another tablespoon of salt, plus a sheet of submerged aluminum foil, lining the bottom of the basin -- dip your candlestick, making sure it touches the aluminum foil, and shazaam! it's shiny)
...but now I'm actually BORROWING tarnished silver from other people just so's I can play in the sink and make stuff shine.
I think I have a new hobby. Today's project is to discover the original enamel under all the cooked-on gunk on my broiler pan. (One of my recurring fantasies is to be so rich some day that I can toss out my broiler pan after every use and get a new one. If this works, I'll be needing a new fantasy.)
-- Janis Jaquith, Public-Radio commentator and author of BIRDSEED COOKIES: A FRACTURED MEMOIR
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is perfect for the person who likes to keep old
possessions looking new. There are a plethora of hints including
"how to do the following" :
o clean tile with a toothbrush and toothpaste
o remove white chalk with hosiery
o clean with vinegar
o make copper look new with water and salt followed by an
application of lemon polish
o soak red wine with a paper towel and remove with borax and
o remove tea stains with baking soda
o clean silver with hot water, salt and water softener
o remove wax from the carpet with hairdryer heat and soften wax
until removal on a paper towel
o remove bath stains with hydrogen peroxide and cream of tartar
o remove chocolate stains with water softeners stirred in water
o remove ink with hairspray and soap
These are just a few of the helpful hints described in the book.
The presentation is easy to read. This acquisition is a must
if you seek to preserve household goods in virtual perpetuity.
The work is a solid value for the money spent.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Wazu on July 17, 2002
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The book provides tips on cleaning, using household chemicals. It can save you time and money by not buying extra cleaning chemicals. For example, using hair spray to remove lipstick from my shirt. Or using ammonia to polish brass.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "the_donster" on March 16, 2003
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Do you ever feel just like giving up after scrubbing and scrubbing and the stain won't come up with the "new and improved" expensive cleaning product you just bought? Yeah, well I did many times - until I read this gem of a book. Talk about a lifesaver - not the candy, this book!
I had some apple cranberry juice stains that were blood red on my sheets that the cleaners couldn't do anything with - after reading this book I added a homemade mixture specified by Graham Haley and presto they're as good as new. Not to beat a dead horse, but this book should be on everyone's book shelf for eternal reference - a killer helper!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mom in California on May 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I saw Graham Haley on PBS, I had to get this book, and I am sure glad I did. It has saved us so much money with it's great advice on laundry stains. Clothes that would have been ruined otherwise came out perfectly clean by using the advice in this book. In addition to laundry advice, it has great timesaving advice on things like cleaning tarnished silver without polishing. This book as totally paid for itself with its great advice.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2003
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