Thursday, December 18, 2008

Don't know how many work, but worth a try

Who knew?

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... )
Use empty toilet paper rolls to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.
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. (Wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)
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.
Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).
Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!)....rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
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!
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
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.
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 linens.
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.
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 charm!
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.
Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar (no salt) to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. Leftover wine? What's that?! ================================================
To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.
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.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
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.
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.
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.
Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
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).
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.
Hope these work and I hope you find some useful.


Nancy said...

These are great tips! I do know the one about wrapping celery in aluminum foil does work! I don't use it up fast enough, and mine lasts a long time wrapped in foil. I have used perfume on light bulbs, too...and that one also is a good one! What we can learn even at our ages, huh? LOL I need to get some Alka-Seltzer to try now!

Just read Melinda's blog about Abe. Sounds encouraging!!! Hope he can get home this weekend. Tell him he is missed! I hope this is the end of his trouble. He's been through a lot lately!

Hope you are holding up well! Get some rest now before he comes home as then you'll become Nurse Patty for a while again. But when you love them, you do what you can do for them. Sounds like he is building up his strength by walking in the hospital. Which hospital is he in? Do you have one there in Brookville? You mentioned somewhere that you went "down" to see him...that's why I ask.

Well, dear Patty, have a good day! I am trying to get that Aunt Jemima apron made today for my daughter's gag gift....I tried yesterday, too, but I was quite busy with work and phone calls for the business. I told me son that I am about to go on strike!! LOL

(((((( HUGS ))))))

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Handy Hints. Thanks for sharing. In place of Alka-Seltzer, I've successfully used Polident for cleaning. It's great for glass coffee carafes.

Tomate Farcie said...

Some interesting stuff in there! I'll have to try making ice-cubes with wine, that does look promising ;)

Hope Mr. Lincoln is recovering.

Wanda said...

Hi Patty ~~ I used a lot of these but #2 in so handy with the cords in the tubes......they are always where you want them and neat.

Will check on Abe at your daughter's blog.

Love and Hugs

Beth65 said...

Love to learn something new, thanks. Interesting all.

Betsy said...

Wow~ I'm going to try some of these!

Renie Burghardt said...

I'll have to try the alka seltzer tips, and the dawn and warm water on icey steps. I know a few of these, but most of them are new to me.

Our ice has finally melted, thank goodness. Hope the forecast is wrong about another ice episode for Tuesday night!

Hope you're doing well and keeping safe if you still have ice.


Rinkly Rimes said...

I love tips, but I always forget them at exactly the wrong time!
Hoping Abe is going well.

Beth65 said...

I just wrapped my new bought celery in tin foil, I can't keep fresh lettuce and salad makings so am delighted to find a way to have a raw vegetable, many thanks for sharing your wisdom. My best to all of you today and always.

Merle said...

Dear Patty ~~ I had some catching up to do. These are great tips and I know some of them work and will try some of the others. Always informative and entertaining, Patty. Bless you. Take great care, Love, Merle.