Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I have a new Sparkfriend, Loretta24, who is posting daily household hints in March. These are some of my favorite ones so far, which I may be able to use and might help some of you. Here is Loretta's page: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LO
* Mosquitoes - take a white dinner plate, put a little water on it and a few drops of Lemon Joy. Skeeters are attracted to it, fall into it and die for some reason.
* Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces - no more stains.
*Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator - it will keep for weeks.
* Clean toilets with an alka seltzer. Drop one (or two) in the toilet. Wait 20 minutes, then flush and scrub gently.
* When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness. (never tried this)
* To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh - if it rises to the surface, throw it away. (I do this all the time, but usually not salted water. It still works.)
* Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. (does this seriously work?)
* To get rid of itch from mosquito bite: try applying soap on the area, instant relief. (never tried this)
* 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. (this works to some extent. You should see the amazing chalk lines we have had in the bathroom when ants came in the window the last couple years.)
*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.
* If you run out of anti-static dryer sheets after you take the clothes out of the dryer, run a metal coat hanger down the material, and give it a shake. This will remove the static electricity. (we don't use dryer sheets, so I'll bring a coat hanger down to the laundry to see if this works.)
* To remove onion, garlic or bleach or other odors off one's hands: Hold a stainless steel knife (not a cutting knife, more like a butter knife) under cool running water..the smell will be gone from one's hands in a matter of about 10 seconds..any stainless steel utensil will do, though.
* Wipe your dog off with a dryer sheet after you brush him/her. This helps to remove loose hairs that stay on his/her coat. It also makes your pet smell nice, too. (guess I should get some dryer sheets)
* Keep a spray bottle mix of water and a little laundry softener in it on hand to spritz a cloth to dampen it. Use it to wipe dog hairs off of yourself after brushing your pet. You can also spritz it on your pets rugs (or your furniture) before you sweep them. This really helps get the dog hairs off. (sounds cool, we just don't use laundry softener)