My mother in law sent me a list of interesting tid bits so I thought I'd share them... Its an addition to Jenny's helpful list that she started last week.

Helpful Things-Who Knew??
Sealed envelope -
Put in the freezer for a few hours,

then slide a knife under the flap.
The envelope can then be resealed.
Use Empty toilet paper roll
to store appliance cords.
It keeps them neat
and you can write on the roll
what appliance it belongs to.
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.
(wish I had known this for the last 40 years)
Crayon marks on walls?
This worked wonderfully!
A damp rag, dipped in baking soda.
Comes off with little effort,
(elbow grease that is!)
Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops
(like store receipt BLUE)...
Rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
Whenever I purchase a box of SOS Pads,
I immediately take a pair of scissors
and cut each pad into halves.
After years of having to throw away rusted
and unused and smelly pads,
I finally decided that this would be much more economical.
And now a box of SOS pads last me indefinitely!
In fact,
I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!
Blood stains on clothes?
not to worry!
Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide
on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood.
Works every time!
Now, where to put the body?
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.
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.
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.
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer
for at least 3 hours prior to burning.
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!
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.
Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray
before pouring in tomato based sauces
and there won't be any stains.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil
when putting in the refrigerator
and it will keep for weeks.
When boiling corn on the cob,
add a pinch of sugar
to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
Cure for headaches:
Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead.
The throbbing will go away.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine:
Freeze into ice cubes for future use
in casseroles and sauces.
Left over wine?
What's that?
To get rid of itch from mosquito bites,
try applying soap on the area
And you will experience instant relief.
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.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors.
It does a good job and better still,
leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
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.
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.
(But, but, the stains are above the water line.)
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.
Polish jewelry.
Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water
and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
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.)
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.
Do your friends a favor.
Pass this information on to a friend!
I just did.

Makes you wonder about ingesting

Alka Seltzer, doesn't it?
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3 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    Hydrogen Peroxide for blood stains...I finally found something to remove the blood stains off of Scott's pants. No I didn't punch him...he got a bloody nose of New Year's Eve at our friends house.

  2. ShariJoy Says:

    hope it works....let me know!!!

  3. Jenny Says:

    Didn't work!!!