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Jan in CA
01-16-2006, 12:48 PM
Got this in my email this morning and thought I'd share. Use them at you r own risk. FI I wouldn't spray perfume on a light bulb...perfume is flammable! Most are okay though. You can add other ideas if you have them, too.

Helpful Things
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Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a
knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmmmmm...)
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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 dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't
refreeze. (wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)
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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!).
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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. And 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?
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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 & 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.
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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!
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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 stovetop.
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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.
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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.
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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?! :)
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To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area
and you will experience instant relief.
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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.
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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,
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
Seltz! er 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, then run the hot water.

dustinac
01-16-2006, 12:56 PM
ohh thanks I could have used that ant tip last summer lol and the splinter tip before Christmas lol will keep those in mind.. alka seltzer hmm I need to get some of that.. :thumbsup:

Also for the marker and crayons on walls if you use one of those Mr.Clean eraser pads no elbow grease ROTFLOL although that is handy if you don't have one on hand... I only allow washables in my door if mom sends them coloring books with crazyons if its not washable they don't get it. :rofling:

Jenelle
01-16-2006, 01:12 PM
I'll have to use that ant tip. Another one that works is cyanne(sp?) pepper.. sprinkle it where the ants are coming in and they won't anymore(I did this when I had huge ants coming in my room... it works too).

Hehe those tips are great. I'll have to use some of them(like the alka seltzer into the toilet for an hour). Or even share them with my mom :)

Mad About Wool
01-16-2006, 01:13 PM
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.

So now, will some enterprising person be designing a knitted toilet paper tube cozy to hide the toilet paper tube that is hiding the cords? :roflhard:

(Okay, it is a good idea for keeping the cords - I just have a warped sense of humor! Because, actually, I knit a cover for a paper fast food drink cup once - I use it to contain all my loose bits of yarn or fiber to throw away.)

brendajos
01-16-2006, 01:13 PM
i have used the perfume one before. no fires....only flammable until the alcohol evaporates usually anyway. (and for that matter the paper that is likely surrounding the lightbulb is flammable too! :rofling: ) doesn't really work that well anyway.

tab
01-16-2006, 03:37 PM
Hey, I recognize those! They've been taken from this site (http://www.geocities.com/imchristiedammit/), which has other helpful tips too.

mailgirl
01-16-2006, 06:45 PM
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.

So now, will some enterprising person be designing a knitted toilet paper tube cozy to hide the toilet paper tube that is hiding the cords? :roflhard:

(Okay, it is a good idea for keeping the cords - I just have a warped sense of humor! Because, actually, I knit a cover for a paper fast food drink cup once - I use it to contain all my loose bits of yarn or fiber to throw away.) :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Bunnyblossom
01-16-2006, 10:10 PM
As a candlemaker, I would never ever recommend storing your candles in the freezer. But to keep pillars and tapers smelling their best when stored for a long period of time, wrap in saran wrap before storing. :thumbsup: