Around the House

Need help getting rid of those white deodorant marks on your clothes?

Get rid of those marks by rubbing torn nylons over the area in a circular direction.  The texture of the nylons helps lift off the deodorant marks. Self magazine, September 2010 issue 

Want your flowers to last longer?

Add a few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar to the water in the vase. Source: 

Need an extra hand putting on that bracelet?

Place a piece of scotch tape to hold one end of the bracelet in place.  This allows you to connect the bracelet easier. Submitted by Joan B., Huntington Woods, Mi 

Zipper stuck and won't zip up?

 Rub some soap on the bottom part of the zipper that goes into the glide.  This should allow an easier insertion into the zipper so that the teeth line up and allows easier sliding of the zipper glide. Given to me by Renea T., West Bloomfield, MI

Have a foggy windshield?

 Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Another way to use hair conditioner

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair. 

Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed! 

An easy way to put on a pillow case.

My grandma taught me this little trick.  Turn your pillow case inside out.  Place your hands inside the pillow case placing your index fingers into the points of the case. Now grab your pillow with your index finger and thumb (while still in the case)and shake the case down off your arms.  This action is turning the pillow case right side out while sliding over the pillow.  Now grab the edges of the pillow case and finish "shaking" down the pillow into the case. 

The many uses of newspaper!

 1. When storing sweaters and blankets, wrap them in a few sheets of newspaper and tape the corners.  It will help to keep both moths and dirt away.

2. Use it to deodorize luggage and containers by stuffing them with crumpled newspaper and sealing them closed for four days.

3. You can dry wet shoes by placing them on their sides and stuffing them with balled up newspaper and allowing it to absorb the moisture.

Source: The Detroit Free Press

How do I keep my all my cord attachments straight?

 Simply label them.  Take a label machine or just some tape and write what the cord goes to and whose it is.  Gather them all into a zip-lock bag.  Next time you need one of the cords, you won't have to guess if it is the one you are looking for.

Fighting with your plastic wrap?

Place your plastic wrap in the freezer.  This helps eliminate the static cling but still allows the wrap to stick to your bowls and dishes. 

How to Reopen an envelope

If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily. 

Goodbye to Fruit Flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 with Apple Cider Vinegar
and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup
and gone forever!


Reducing Static Cling

 Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... tahda! ... static is gone.