Household Tidbitz

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

An easy way to put on a pillow case.

My grandma taught me this litle 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.

Want your flowers to last longer?

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



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 deoderize 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

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


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.

Do you have a student who plays high school sports?

Look at this website  This site allows you to see the season schedule of your child's sport and many times they have a mapquest button to get directions to the sporting venue. This site is helpful for those of us who have to rely on the  information our children are suppose to give us to help them out.

Ways to use coffee filters...who knew! 

and you can buy 1,000 at a time at the dollar stores for almost nothing....

1. Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

2. Protect China. Separate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish.

3. Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

4. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

5. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

(This tidbitz was given by my girlfriend Dense.)


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.
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!
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!
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 ...
ta da! ... static is gone.

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