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Household Tips and Great Ideas


Here is a list of household tips and great ideas.

Sent in by river-rat.

Household tips

1) Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they will take
a quick dive.

2) Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife
under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.

3) Use empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat
and you can write on the roll what
appliance it belongs to.

4) For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn
dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all
over the steps. They won't refreeze.

5) Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in
baking soda. Comes of with little effort (elbow grease that is)!.

6) Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!)
rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

7) Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of
scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away
rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much
more economical. And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact,
I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!

8) Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have found a
way to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam,
pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the
drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to the size of the jar
and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the lid!

9) Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a
cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works ever time! Use
vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside
windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar
will get outside windows really
clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will
probably streak.

10) Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely
light scent in each room when the light is turned on. Place fabric softener
sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for
weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

11) Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least
3 hours prior to burning.

12) To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the
flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and
leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like A

Great Ideas

1. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent
ice cream drips.

2. Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle
and you'll get perfectly shaped
pancakes every time.

3. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the

4. To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water
before hard-boiling.

5. Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in
the pan and the marshmallow won't
stick to your fingers.

6. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature
and roll them under your palm
against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

7. To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or
two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil
on stovetop.

8. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in
tomato based sauces and there won't
be any stains.

9. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the
dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the

10. If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a
peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant "fix me up."

11. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will
keep for weeks.

12. Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a
beautiful glossy finish.

13. Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.

14. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the
corn's natural sweetness.

15. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted
water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it

16. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your
forehead. The throbbing will go away.

17. Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future
use in casseroles and sauces.

18. If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves.
They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

19. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw
potato on the stains and rinse with water.

20. To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and
you will experience instant relief.

21. Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a
chalk line. So get your chalk out and
draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

22. Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still,
leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

23. When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to
tweezers or a needle. Simply put
the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes
most splinters painlessly and easily.

24. Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer. Clean a toilet. Drop in two
Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid
and effervescent action clean vitreous China.

25. Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet,
fill with water and drop in two
Alka Seltzer tablets.

26. Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and
immerse the jewelry for two minutes.

27. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka
Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

28. Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer
tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few
minutes, then run the hot water.



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