Household Hints and Tips:-
Carpet Dents. Scraps of carpet cut in to
circles can be used to stop chairs and sofas from making dents. -- Veronica
Top Freezer Bags... Have difficulty getting them open? Take
scissors and snip a fair sized "V" in one side of the top strip (don't
cut into the 'sealer') and you will find it easy to gain access without
the frustration. Also if you find it difficult to fill small freezer
bags you might try putting them inside a measuring cup, folding a small
flap down over the edges of the cup. Then it's easy to fill with
foodstuffs and prevent the bag collapsing and the resultant spills.
Same holds true for larger bags if you find a suitable sized bowl or
can to place the bags in. "shelly"
Scented Oil refills - Empty Hi - when my
Airwick scented oil refills are empty, instead of throwing them away, I
put them in my lingerie drawer, handkerchief drawer, closet or linen
cupboard. It makes everything smell divine, finishes off the last few
drops of oil productively, makes a few less glass containers for the
landfill and means I don't have to buy scented closet/drawer
fresheners. Meg Gagie London, Ontario,
Your Pans - When stacking your pans you can prevent
damage to the surface coating by inserting a paper towel or large paper
plates between them. It will also prevent any remaining dampness from
rusting cast-iron pans. "A good pan is hard to find" -- Anon
Subject: Repairing Burned Carpet
I have on occasion had to repair this problem. First cut away any brown
area that has melted, then in a spot close to the wall clip some of the
fabric. You then glue this on top of the burn spot. If done correctly
with some patience this will work effectively to cover the burn with
little to notice. -- Anon
Sponges: Regular cellulose kitchen sponges tend to get
smelly, and the odor transfers onto your hands when you use the sponge.
We have found that a spray of Febreeze (or any fabric odor remover, I
would imagine) keeps that nasty odor away. -- ESD1
I am Ashwaty Nair From India. Recently I visited your site and I simply
loved it. It is an extremely helpful and useful one. Here are a few
handy hints from my side. Hope you'll accept them:
back the fluffiness in bed pillows, put them in the clothes dryer. The
warm air does wonders in just a few minutes.
If an electric plug fits too tight and is difficult to pull out, rub
its prongs with a soft lead pencil.
To clean a candle stand especially a glass one, place it in the deep
freezer for one hour. The wax will chip off more easily .
Sprinkle a little boric acid on bathroom tiles before washing for
economical as well as sparkling results.
While shifting residence, pack crockery while it is still wet. This
way, the chances of breakage will be less.
To remove obstinate ball point ink stains, rub the affected area with a
cotton bud soaked in eue - de - cologne.
To eliminate beer stains from woollen outfits, scrub the affected area
with a mixture of lukewarm water and salt. (be careful with salt as it
can fix some stains -- Ed)
and bye for now !!!!! -- Ashwaty
Ashwaty -- Ed
mineral oil over your shower doors and tile surface. That delays the
mineral build-up in future use. -- Cameo
'hammering water pipes'. This is caused by a pressure build up of water
in the pipes. The simplest solution is to turn down your water pressure
at the stop-cock -- Alan Brighton
cups and mugs are caused by the metal cutlery abrading the glazing
coating the service. Try an old fashioned remedy from an old fashioned
man - toothpaste! (Betcha it works!) -- Alan -
whitening toothpaste usually contains alumina which is an abrasive. I
suppose that if it safe on the teeth it has to be O.K. on cups etc -- Ed
vinegar through my dishwasher once a month and this prevents hard
deposits from getting a head start. -- Good Luck, Patti -
Glass: Use bread to pick up fragments of broken glass --
finger rings? Use washing up liquid as a lubricant to
remove stuck rings, I have seen it used to release a dog stuck in a
rocky crevasse, alternatively use cooking or olive oil etc. -- Darryl
floorboards can be eased by using French chalk or talcum
powder – Jean
carpets can be restored by hand painting using fabric
dyes -- Tony Doran.
range of fabric dye pens is available from Dylon in the UK)
Instrument cases: Damp Rid is wonderful for removing
must. Damp Rid is designed to be used in the container it comes in, but
this may be too big for the instrument case--you may have to improvise.
Once you've shut the Damp Rid in the case, you should probably leave it
there undisturbed for several weeks. If you open the case to take a
peek to see how it's working, you will allow the case to fill back up
with humid air & the Damp Rid will have to pull all of that new
moisture out of the air. Be careful not to bump the case--as the Damp
Rid absorbs moisture out of the air, it dissolves, leaving an orange
liquid in the container -- Jeanne
Don’t mix cut daffodils in with other cut flowers as the daffodils
produce a toxin that kills off the other flowers. – Anon.
Plants: If you have an aquarium, save the water each time you change it
and water your house plants with it. You'll be amazed at the results.
-- Andy P Smith (Wolfie)-- Nuneaton -- England "
be useful in protecting the ends of unused fluorescent tubes – Dave
oil or other cooking oil to clean hands dirtied by engine oil -- Jean
A teaspoon in the glass will prevent it cracking when boiling water is
poured -- Wendy Quinn, Hong Kong
Rub a candle
on the runners of a sticky desk drawer, it’s amazing how much of a
difference it will make -- Darryl Edwards.