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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Good Ideas!

How many of these did YOU know about?

A sealed envelope
- Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a
knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.
(hmmmmmm...)
Sure, but then I forget where I put the envelope....

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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.

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For icy door steps in freezing temperatures:
Get warm water and put
Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't
refreeze. (Wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)
Washing dishes outside - great idea! I know it doesn't work with sunlight dish soap...hope Dawn works better!!!


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To remove old wax from a glass candle holder
, put it in the freezer for
a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The
wax will fall out.
Okay, now we have 2 things in the freezer that we forgot were there....

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Crayon marks on walls?
This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped
in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!). Or..use a magic eraser??

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

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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. Now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely!
In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get 'sharpened'' this way!

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Blood stains on clothes?
Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works
every time! (Now, where to put the body?) LOL

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer
for at least 3
hours prior to burning.
Well now that's 3 things in the freezer...

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To clean artificial flowers,
pour some salt into a paper bag an d 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 charm!

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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 stove top.

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

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Wrap celery in aluminum foil
when putting in the refrigerator and it will
keep for weeks.
At least it's not in the freeezer!

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

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Cure for headaches:
Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. Maybe that is what the lime in some of the alcoholic beverages is for????

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Don't throw out all that leftover wine:
Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces ... Left over wine? What's that??

Wouldn't you know it... might have to get another freezer...!!!!

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To get rid of itch from mosquito bites,
try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief. or just scratch it and save the trip inside.

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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.

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Use air-freshener to clean mirrors.
It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
seriously???
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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, and
then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

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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 .

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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.

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Polish jewelry.

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

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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).

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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, and then run the hot water.


6 comments:

Sueb said...

My freezer is now full, my drains are clear and being a gardener that body ....no problem! Thanks for the tips Tootsie!

Crafty Gardener said...

Good tips. The celery wrapped in foil really works.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OOOO love the envelope trick...could come in handy ;)
Some great ideas....Good thing I have a large freezer ♥
*hugs*deb

Sigrun said...

Slip a $20 bill into that envelope that you're going to forget in the freezer, when you find it, it will be like Christmas.

meemsnyc said...

Wow, Alka Seltzer does a lot of cleaning. It's scary and intriguing at the same time! haha

Becca's Dirt said...

Well I need a bigger freezer now and lots of alka seltzer. Those are all good tips.