Sunday, September 21, 2014

Super Helpful Tips from the Trenches

How often have you been reading through your favorite magazine and come across a really great tip or trick… you then thought to yourself, “I’m going to have to remember this one!”… only to forget it ten minutes later. Well, for all you “Tip Junkies” out there, I’ve complied my all-time favorite tips into a list that you can save for when you know “there must be an easier way!”…

Lemon Juice:
Freshen your humidifier. Add about a tablespoon of lemon juice to the water – the acid in the lemon will neutralize any odors and leave a fresh lemony fragrance.

Nonstick Cooking Spray:
Got a squeaky hinge, but you’re out of WD-40? Don’t run to the grocery store, instead simply spray the top of the pin and let the oil run down inside while you open & close the door several times (be sure to use a paper towel to collect any drips!). Voila’, your squeak is a thing of the past!

Clean your artificial flowers. Fill a large ziptop bag with a coup of salt and place your greenery/flowers inside. Seal it up and shake for about half a minute – the salt works like little scrubbers getting rid of dust and dirt, plus the sodium will absorb any stale odors.

Keep your fireplace clean. Next time you have a fire in your fireplace, throw ½ cup of salt onto the logs. When the sodium chloride mixes with the vapors from the fire, it creates a weak acid that dissolves the creosote (the tar-like substance produced by burning logs) and will prevent the soot from settling.

Clean the bottom of your iron. Does your iron have residue that causes it to stick to your clothes when ironing? Simply sprinkle a handful of salt on a piece of wax paper, then run your hot iron over it (no steam please..). The heat will soften the residue while the salt will help scrub off the gunk.

Sprinkle some into your socks to help absorb excess moisture and prevent blisters.

Have an awesome flower you want to show off, but the stem is too short or damaged? Place it inside a straw and you can proudly show it off in a great vase!

Adhesive Tape:
Are you hopeless at flower arranging? After filling your vase, make a grid over your vase top with adhesive (invisible-type) tape. Simply fill the holes with flower stems and you’ll have an awesome arrangement in no time!

Hanging Pictures:
An easy way to find the studs in the wall for hanging pictures is to use your guys’ electric razor! Simply run it over the wall, the tone will change when it passes over a stud.

White Shoes:

To remove tar and grease from white leather shoes, try nail polish remover.

New, white canvas shoes will stay fresh longer if you spray them heavily with starch before wearing for the first time.

White shoe polish will go on more evenly if you rub them with a raw potato or rubbing alcohol before polishing.

White shoe polish won’t smear if you spray with hairspray after the polish is dry.

Squeaky Hinges:

Last week, we talked about how nonstick cooking spray can calm those squeaks, but you can also stop them in their tracks with a few drops of baby oil!

Prevent wax from sticking to the bottom of your votive candle holders by putting a small amount of water in the candle holder before the candle.

Fix a broken lipstick - warm the broken end (the part still in the tube) with a hairdryer for about 20 seconds (until the lipstick just begins to melt) - then gently push the broken top back on. Smooth the sides out and place the whole thing in the freezer for 1/2 hour.

Remove stickers and decals from non-porous surfaces with vegetable oil - rub generously with oil, let sit for 30 - 60 minutes. They should scrape right off

Would you like a little more privacy in a given room? "Frost" the windows! Add 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salt to 1 cup beer. Brush on the window! Let dry When you're ready to remove the frost, simply wash off with ammonia! Be sure to cover any wood or furniture nearby as this drips!

Dab a small amount of toothpaste (paste, not gel) on pimples before bed; this helps dry out the pimples.

1-888-836-7025 is the number to call for missing Scrabble Tiles - they will replace them for free within 7 to 10 days after you call

Bindings of old books may be preserved from mildew by brushing them over with spirits of wine. A few drops of perfumed oil will secure libraries from the effects of mold and damp. The Romans used oil of cedar to preserve valuable manuscripts.

Fido or Fluffy have an accident on your carpet?  First, blot up what you can with paper towels. Then, with warm, soapy water and a clean cloth, blot the area clean; rinse with clean water; blot until dry. Next, combine 1/3 cup white vinegar with 2/3 cup water and dab it on stain; rinse with clean water; blot until dry. Once the area is totally dry (at least 24 hours), sprinkle entire carpet with baking soda or rug deodorizer; vacuum after a few hours.

Use fabric softener sheets to clean your eyeglasses - it also helps keep them from fogging up. 

Forget to add something to an envelope you’ve already sealed?  Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. (The envelope can then be resealed)

Found some crayon marks on your walls?  Try a damp rag, dipped in baking soda and with just a little light scrubbing, it should come right off.

Need to freshen up a room, but don’t have any air freshener?  Spray a spritz or two of perfume on a light bulb (be sure the light bulb is NOT HOT), then turn it on and the heat will dispense the fragrance into the room.

To lighten your natural hair, use 1/4 cup chopped fresh rhubarb to 2 cups boiling water. Cool, strain, and apply as a rinse.

Need a quick and disposable apron for a cleaning project?  Simply cut a head and arm holes in a large plastic trash bag!

Do you have a boxful of photos?  Chances are that some of them have stuck together - to separate them, use a hair dryer on low, slowly melt them apart

Soak gum-coated hair in Coke® and it should wipe out easily

Have any other great tips you'd like to share?  Leave them in a comment below :-)

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