Clean up With Ease

19. Catch dust with a basketball
I had to drill holes for can lights in the ceiling, so I cut an old basketball in half to collect the dust. A ½-inch hole drilled into the bottom allowed the ball to fit between the drill and the hole saw. Then I held the drill with one hand and the ball tight to the ceiling. No dust fell in my face or on my floors.—Jared Rishel, St. Pete Beach, Fla.

20. Launder greasy hands
After handling greasy pipes or yard equipment, wash up with liquid laundry detergent. It cuts oil better than ordinary bar soap and costs less than specialty hand cleaners. —Matthew Hyman, St. Paul, Minn.

21. Remove paint with oil
I've used canola or corn oil rather than mineral spirits to clean oil-based paint off my skin. It works great, washes off with soap and water, and moisturizes my hands, too! —Geoffrey G. Bell, Duluth, Minn.

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