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PostSubject: Household tips...   Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:28 pm

A sealed envelope - put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmmmmm...)
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Use empty toilet paper rolls to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.
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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!)
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To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The wax will fall out.
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Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).
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Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
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Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S 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 S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!
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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? LOL

- If you don't have hydrogen peroxide - immediately soak your clothes in MILK! Leave it for 5-10 mins, wash in detergent, than rinse. (You must wash it, 'cause if you don't - every cat on the street will follow you Smile and you'll smell bad.)

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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.
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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 linens.
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Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least
3 hours prior to burning.
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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!
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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.
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Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.

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Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
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When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar (no salt) to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
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Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
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Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and s auces. Left over wine? What's that?!
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To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.
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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.
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Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
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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).
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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.
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PostSubject: Re: Household tips...   Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:58 am

Awesome list, cage...thanks! Thumbup

I was with you on that leftover wine thing. Maybe that for people with a whole lot of wine. We buy 'A' bottle, drink it occasionally and when it's gone, we buy 'A'nother bottle.
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PostSubject: Re: Household tips...   Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:30 am

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PostSubject: Re: Household tips...   Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:13 am

Leftover wine? Pleaaaase, the bottle is a serving, you silly rabbit!

Like a chip bag or donut box or....................................hmmm, this MAY be why I am getting fat. Giggle

The H2O2 works great on blood stains. Used it a lot when working for a vet.
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PostSubject: Re: Household tips...   Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:48 am

sez the assassin:

"Used it a lot when working for a vet"

shall we break that down.......

" Used it a lot".........have no PROBLEM at all with the validity of that part

"when working for a vet"...........but that part right there................hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,

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PostSubject: Re: Household tips...   Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:33 pm

Skunks? Apparently the best thing to remove the odor isn't tomato paste, but baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide.

Not sue if this was mentioned, but coffee makes a great and cheap dry erase broad cleaner. Want to do someone in? Actual dry erase cleaner is great for that. Just pour in their drink when they're not looking...
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PostSubject: Re: Household tips...   Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:39 pm

Fv,
Is there something you want to tell us, dear? Razz

When I worked in a lab years ago, I learned that phenolphthalein indicator causes diarrhea when placed in some one's coffee instead of a flask.

I didn't do it. honest!

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PostSubject: Re: Household tips...   Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:48 am

I just read about a nursing student who put eye drops in her roommate's drink. She had seen Owen Wilson do it in "The Wedding Crashers." She's asking for a misdemeanor instead of a felony charge so she can get her license easier. Hmmm, not so sure I'd want to work with her.
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