1) Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they
will take a quick dive. Do remember that honey bees are our
2) Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a
knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmm...)
3) 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.
4) For icy doorsteps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put
Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't
5) Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag dipped
in baking soda. Comes off 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 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 lasts me
indefinitely! In fact, have noticed that the scissors get sharpened
8) Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have
way to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of
jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach
into the drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to the
size of the jar and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the
9) 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
10) 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 sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably
11) 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 some. You can also do this with towels and
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!
14) 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.
15) Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring
in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
16) 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.
17) Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and
it will keep for weeks.
18) When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring
out the corn's natural sweetness.
19) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your
forehead. The throbbing will go away.
20) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for
future use in casseroles and sauces.
21). To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the
area and you will experience instant relief.
22) Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said too 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 . We put
toads in our yard and have not seen 1 ant since. You need some shady
moist areas and CANNOT spray pesticides if you have toads.
Also put small piles of cornmeal near where you see ants, they like
to eat it, but can't digest it and they die. Takes a week or two to
work on all the ants.
23) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better
still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
24) 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,
and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly