Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thirsday Thirteen #16

Thirteen Household Hints

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

2. A 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 dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't

5. 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.

6. Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped
in baking soda. Comes off with little elbow grease.

7. Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

8. 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

9. 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!

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

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

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

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

and a few more...

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.

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

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

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

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 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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Adelle said...

I sure could have used number six when my kids were little. Great list.
Happy T13!

B Boys Mom said...

Thanks for all the help on everything. I'm going to use a bunch of these. Happy TT

DigiscrapMom said...

Wonderful tips!!! I have printed these out for future reference :)

Happy Thursday!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for stopping by my TT. Funny enough, the cream soda and root beer flvors are the only ones my students DON'T like.

I like your tip about envelopes. I'll definitely be using that one.

SandyCarlson said...

I'm going to try these! Especially the candle tip. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I am SO using the suggestion for a splinter sometime!

Toni said...

Thanks for the tips.

Sassy Mama Bear said...

Some definitely good tips in there. Thanks for sharing them and thanks for stopping by the Cafe.

Ivanhoe said...

These are pretty good! I have to try them out while spring cleaning this weekend. Happy TT!

Nissa said...

Wow! Those were so great tips! I'm going to have to bookmark this post, Neen!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

oh the mosquito one is one that we can use up here all the time!

Julie said...

I am loving the one about not washing windows on a sunny day...since I live in Tucson and we have 350+ days of sun a year, I guess I will just have to live with dirty windows! What a shame.

Actually I have two big slobbery dogs so windows are never clean for long anyway...

Great list!

Laura said...

Great bunch of tips!! Thanks for coming by my blog today!

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

Allow me to add two of me own...

Water mark on stained wood? Gently run the inside of a walnut shell on it... you'll be surprised!

Want to paint latex paint over oil based paint without timely and expensive primer? Try wallpaper primer... it's latex, smells better, is usually cheaper, and does the job nicely! (Remember though... Latex paint is NEVER recommended for bathrooms or where high-humidity gathers!)

Wendy/tye said...

Nice tips Neen.
I have one to add to boiling a pan with burnt on stuff.
If the pan you are trying to clean has a non stick coating, boil it the same way with a couple drops of detergent, and scrape with a wooden spoon so you don't scratch your non stick ware. :)

Wendy/tye said...

P.S. Use the wooden spoon tip on enamelware as well.

Anonymous said...

You have left over wine? Obviously you're just not trying hard enough (or your teenagers haven't driven you to drink yet). LOL