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Helpful Household Hints

1. Are flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive.

2. 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 in. 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 dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze.

5. Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag dipped in baking soda. Comes of with little effort (elbow grease that is)!

6. Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE)! Rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

7. Whenever you purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. Now a box of S.O.S pads last indefinitely! And scissors get sharpened this way!

8. Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!

9. 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 streak.

10. 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.

11. 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.

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

13. 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!


1. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

2. Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you'll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time.

3. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

4. To prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

5. Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan and the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.

6. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

7. 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.

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

9. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

10. If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant "fix me up."

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

12. Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.

13. Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.

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

15. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

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

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

18. If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

19. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

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

21. 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.

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

23. 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.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.

4. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

5. 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.

6. Do your friends a favor. Pass this timely (and some not-so-timely) information on to a friend or two?

Do you spend a fortune on designer duds,
only to have them looking worn & weathered after only a few wears?
The bad news is most of us can't afford to send every outfit to the dry cleaners.
The good news is that with my helpful hints, your clothes will look as good as new a lot longer. The key to keeping you wardrobe in tip-You have to do more than just read the label. By following my time-proven techniques,
your clothes will better fend off wear and tear. Its as simple as:

1. Always close the closet door.
Some fabrics fade or streak when exposed to light.
2. Don't wash unless absolutely necessary. Each time you do, you lessen the fabric's life span.
Always hand wash when you can & use a mild dishwashing detergent.
3. Don't store clothing in plastic. Like you and me, fabrics need to breathe.
4. Whiten whites by adding 1/2-cup baking soda to your detergent.
5. Always hang clothing properly. Zip up zippers, button all buttons, etc. If you won't be wearing the item soon, stuff arms with tissue paper,
and use old shoulder pads to structure your hangers.

Submitted By: SwtTaz272U

If you need to spray paint something of a small to medium size, place in brown paper bag. Will keep the paint from going all over.

To fit a candle in a tight holder, hold the bottom end of the candle under
hot running water, softening the candle enough to place it in the holder.

For a nonabrasive cleanser, use Baking Soda on fine China, porcelain appliances, the inside of the refrigerator, stainless steel, cast iron and aluminum. Use in powdered form or mix with water to make a paste.
Works well on everything from countertops to rolling pins to gold-trimmed dishes, and removes offensive odors.

To keep a pot from boiling over, place a toothpick between the cover and the pot. This will give the steam an outlet, also works with a casserole dish in the oven.

Stop bathroom mirror fog, apply 1 tsp. shaving cream to the mirror and rub in until all streaks are gone, use more for a large mirror.

Use heavyweight, dull aluminum pans for best baking.
Dark pans cook too quickly, shiny surfaces reflect heat, and neither gives you the even baking results you want.

Mix a Tbs. of baby oil with a tsp. of sugar and rub into hands for at least one minute then wash hands as usual. Your hands will be silky and smooth.

When gathering kindling for the fireplace, carry it in brown grocery bag. Place bag and all in the fireplace and light the bag. This prevents that inevitable trail of wood dirt and debris that always follow the person carrying wood into the house, and it's a tidy way to start a fire.

Clean the bathroom after a steamy bath or shower. The walls, fixtures, etc., will be much easier to clean because the steam will have loosened the dirt.

Rubbing alcohol cleans caulking around bathtubs, shines chrome and glass. Liquid chlorine bleach (1/4 cup to one gallon) will also clean caulk.

Make a pointed tool by cutting an old whisk broom at a 45 degree angle to clean corners.

If you have a small bathroom or a tile entrance and don't have time to use a scrub bucket, an all purpose spray cleaner and a damp sponge works great for quick clean up.

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(1/12/02 12:07:38 pm)
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Flhunter good tips and what the heck I even have a small book in the BR "Hints from Heloise."

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(1/12/02 1:45:09 pm)
| Edit | Del Re: Helpful Household Hints
John, that's some great stuff. I would love to know where you get some of these great helpful hints.
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