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Old Holiday Ornaments

I use those decorative cling-ons for the holidays. They really dress up the kitchen. But after several years of use, they seem to lose their "holding power." I've tried everything to revive them, but nothing works.

I'd also like to freshen my other holiday decorations. Some have been in my family for years. Can any of your readers help me out?

Give Them a Bath

The only thing that needs to be done to your cling decorations is to run them under some warm water and wash with a mild detergent and a soft cloth. This will restore their cling.

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The Wonder of Windex

I use the cling-ons for Halloween year after year. I spray the back of the cling-on with Windex and then use a squeegee to smooth out any bubbles as I apply it to the window or mirrors. Then I just wipe with a clean paper towel. They stay fresh all season and my windows get cleaned in the process.

Refresh Old Glass Bulbs

I have a tip for glass ornaments. I had a lot of ugly, old, aqua colored glass bulbs from when I was a kid (in the 60s) that were passed around to both my sisters and then to me. To restore these bulbs, I took the little metal tops off and then gently dunked them in a mixture of bleach and water. I didn't have any exact measurements, so I just filled my kitchen sink with water and poured in about 1/2 to 1 cup of bleach. The paint seemed to instantly come off. I used a slightly bent Q-tip to clean the neck and the inside of the bulb. After doing this, my bulbs looked like new clear glass bulbs. I painted most of them in different colors and then I painted clear, glittery paint glaze over them. On some, I put glue inside the bulbs and swished it around. I then added glitter and painted over the bulb with the clear, sparkle paint glaze. The bulbs that I used to hide in my tree to fill it in are now proudly displayed on the outside branches for all to see.

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Organization at Its Best

I found that sometimes my cling decorations would stick together, and at other times, the coloring would eventually come off on the window as I peeled them off. Now, I store the window clings in one of the old "sticky" type photo albums by seasonal order. They are protected from picking up dust or dirt, they don't fade or stick together, I know where they are when I want them, and they can be re-used year after year.
Robin in El Paso

Make Sure Windows are Clean

I keep my clingy decorations for the windows in good shape by cleaning them with straight vinegar before I put them up. I've also rubbed them on the carpet to get some static built up. Occasionally, when they still won't stick, I warm the window with a hair dryer before putting them on. If that doesn't work, try warming the decoration instead. It seems that the older the window the better they stick. They also won't stick well to a window that hasn't been cleaned recently. The grime from grease, wood heat, burning candles, and smoking makes a slight film on the glass. If none of these help, maybe you could try a thin coat of aerosol hairspray immediately before putting each of them on.

Reviewed December 2017

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