Daily Tricks & Tips for everyday life:
1. To clean the grease off of the burners on the stove- put them in a
zip lock baggie with about 1/4 cup of ammonia and seal the bag. Then
let it sit overnight (outside is best, in case the bag breaks and you
can avoid the stink!) and the fumes will take off the burned on grease
and you can wipe it away with a sponge in the morning.
2. To get the built up residue off of your shower head, tie a baggy
of vinegar around a shower head. Leave it there over night, and it will
clean everything off with no work!
3. To keep spaghetti sauce
from staining your plastic ware, spray the inside of the storage
container with a little bit of non-stick cooking spray. It will prevent
the red from soaking into the plastic. If they still smell like
sauce after you’ve washed them, place a cut up lemon inside and zap it
in the microwave for a minute.
4. If you frost a cake and
are going to store it in the fridge, wet a piece of newspaper and set
it on a plate. All of the fridge odors will go into the newspaper and
not the cake. A great hint for if you have a fridge full of food for a
5. The sun is a great
bleaching agent. You can place wet fabrics or plastic ware into the sun
and it will bleach the stains out for you.
6. Aspirin can not only
prevent heart attacks but also remove sweat stains, take the green out
of blonde hair in the summer, treat pimples and get rid of dandruff. To
remove sweat stains crush up enough pills to make a paste with water to
cover the stain. Let set and then wash as usual. To remove the green
from the pool from your hair, dissolve 6-8 tabs in water and let soak
onto hair for 10 minutes. For problem acne, make a paste and apply
directly to the pimple. For Dandruff- crush two aspirins and mix it
into your normal amount of shampoo (regular shampoo, not the dandruff
kind!) you use in the shower. Let sit on hair for a few minutes and
rinse away the flakes!
7. Tossing a few pennies in your garden to make your hydrangeas blue.
8. Store your sheets in a pillowcase. Keeps everything together and it makes for easy, compact storage.
9. Once you open the brown sugar, toss a few marshmallows in to keep it soft.
10. To remove stains from nails after wearing a dark polish, scrub nails with a whitening toothpaste and a nail brush.
11. To make your own matte
nail polish, make a little pile of eyeshadow (great idea for the broken
shadows we all have lying around!) and mix in a little clear nail
polish. No more paying $8 a bottle for the matte stuff!
12. When you cut up an apple keep it from turning brown by using a rubber band to hold it together in its original apple shape.
13. A bounce sheet in your back pocket will repel mosquitoes. Place them around your house to repel mice as well.
14. To get the water spots
off of chrome faucets, after cleaning rub them with a piece of waxed
paper- it will keep the water spots and fingerprints from sticking to
the clean metal. You can also use a piece of waxed paper on your swifter
sweeper. Just rip off a piece the size of the sweeper, attach, and wipe
away. The dirt sticks to the paper- so much cheaper than buying the
15. If you get a water
mark on a wooden table, rub the stain with Petroleum Jelly and let sit
for 24 hours. Then wipe off the excess and polish as usual.
16. Cornstarch will
untangle all kinds of knots. Rub some into the knot in shoelaces,
chains, string etc and watch as it comes apart.
17. When painting, wrap a
rubber band around the can over the opening. Then you can dip in the
brush and wipe the excess paint off onto the rubber band, rather than
the edge of the can.
18. You can make your own
ice packs by filling a zip lock baggie with dish soap, then placing into
a second baggie to seal in leaks. The soap wont freeze totally,
allowing you to mold it to your body. Bonus, you can get a few packs out
of a $1 bottle of soap from the dollar store.
19. To make perfectly
shredded chicken, simply toss hot/warm cooked chicken into the mixer
with the cookie paddle attachment. Turn it on speed 5 and in about 30
seconds it will have done all the work for you.
20. When you take down Christmas lights, wrap them around a square of
cardboard for storage. A good use for all of the shirt boxes that get
ripped open Christmas morning. Keeps them untangled and easy to put
21. When hammering in a nail, use a clothes pin to hold the nail in place. No more hammering your fingers!
22. You can make your own magic erasers for cleaning by simply
buying some melamine foam. You can buy 30 of them on Amazon for $15. No
more paying $4.69 for four!
23. Baby powder will remove sand from skin. Perfect for keeping feet clean!
24. Soak old paint brushes in HOT vinegar for 30 minutes and then
wash. The old paint will come out and they will be as good as new.
25. Chalk will remove grease stains from clothes. Simply rub the stain with chalk, then toss in the wash as normal.
26. Add some Velcro to a dish towel to keep it secure on the handle of the oven.
27. When a sweater gets pilly from being in the dryer, run a cheap
disposable razor over the fabric to shave off the fuzz! They used to
make little machines that were basically mens razors for this back in
28. To save cabinet space in the kitchen, hang a tension rod and
use S hooks to hang pots and pans. Then a magazine rack attached to the
door will hold lids in place. Also, tension rods turned vertical will
sort cookie sheets and pans so you don’t have to move a bunch of stuff
to get the pan you want.
29. To clean a cast iron skillet, toss about 1/2 cup coarse salt
into the pan and rub with a soft sponge. The salt removes excess oils
and takes off the bits of food without messing with the seasoning of the
30. Strawberries can be hulled using a regular drinking straw.
31. Iron a little baby powder into the under arms of your white
shirts. It will keep oil from seeping into the threads, thus keeping
32. Bed Skirts can be really costly. Get an extra fitted sheet and
cover the box spring. You can get the plain ones for around $7 from
33. When painting something, use a few push pins in the back of the
object to lift it off of the table. No more sticking to whatever its
34. Tired of having your shoes bang around in the dryer? Check this guy out.
35. Keep the stove top clean by applying a thin layer of car wax,
then wipe it off. It keeps food from sticking. Anything that sticks
easily wipes away with a magic eraser!
36. You know how you never get all of the mascara out of the tube
before it dries out? I saw on Pinterest that you can add 4-5 drops of
saline solution, insert the wand, stir it up and tah-dah! You can do
this 3 or 4 times or until you use up all of the mascara.
37. Cut a slit in your empty toilet paper rolls and slip them over
rolls of wrapping paper to keep everything nice and neat. You can use a
piece of tape to make it smaller for thinner rolls, and it keeps the
paper from getting all messed up!
38. To prevent hair and dirt from sticking to your baseboards,
after cleaning them rub a dryer sheet over the surface. The fabric
softener will help to repel dirt. Just remember to re-apply every so
39. From Lunchinabox.net, when you buy the super packs of ground
meat. Bring home and put into gallon zip lock bags, then use a ruler to
create divisions within the food, forming individual portions. This way
when you freeze the entire bag, you’ll be able to quickly break off just
as much as you want to use, no more.
40. Instead of buying expensive hangers to keep wide necked and
silky tops from falling off- just take out your glue gun and make a
zigzag pattern on the top of the hangers where the clothes would
41. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle on a
little cayenne pepper. It wont hurt the plant and the squirrels wont
come near it.
on May. 16, 2012 at 1:59 AM