"Helpful Household Hints"

"Helpful Household Hints "


1) Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

2) Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle -perfect shaped pancakes every time.

3) To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

4) To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

5) Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan-the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.

6) To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

7) 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 - skillet will be much easier to clean.

8) Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces - no more stains.

9) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead - no white mess on the outside of the cake.

10) If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato - it absorbs the excess salt for an instant "fix me up."

11) Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator - it will keep for weeks.

12) Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.

13) Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up.

14) When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.

15) To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh - if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

16) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

17) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

18) If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

19) Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

20) To get rid of itch from mosquito bite: try applying soap on the area, instant relief.

21) 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.

22) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors: It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

23) 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.

24) To remove onion, garlic or bleach or other odors off one's hands: Hold a stainless steel knife (not a cutting knife, more like a butter knife) under cool running water..the smell will be gone from one's hands in a matter of about 10 seconds..any stainless steel utensil will do, though.

25) If you run out of anti-static dryer sheets after you take the clothes out of the dryer, run a metal coat hanger down he material, and give it a shake. This will remove the static electricity.

26) Before painting, scrubbing the oven, or digging in any dirt, scrape some soap from a wet bar of soap under and around your fingernails..this will prevent other things from getting under your nails..this is a hint for people who start out using rubber gloves or garden gloves, and then pull them off half way through the job.

27) A drop of your favorite cologne on a cold light bulb will give off a fragrance to a room when the light is turned on.

28) Put a saucer of vinegar in a room when painting..or after burning something on the stove.or in the oven. This helps to elimate odors -- even cigarette odors.

28) Wipe your dog off with a drier sheet after you brush him/her. This helps to remove loose hairs that stay on his/her coat. It also makes your pet smell nice, too.

29) Keep a spray bottle mix of water and a little laundry softener in it on hand to spritz a cloth to dampen it. Use it to wipe dog hairs off of yourself after brushing your pet. You can also spritz it on your pets rugs (or your furniture -- Grrrrrrr) before you sweep them. This really helps get the dog hairs off.

Removing Corn Silk

A dampened paper towel or terry cloth brushed downward on a cob of corn will remove every strand of corn silk.

Now Look what you can do with Alka-Seltzer:

Alka-Seltzer (R) Wacky Uses

-- Clean a toilet.
Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.

-- 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).

-- Remove burned-on grease from a pot or pan.
Fill the pot or pan with water, drop in six Alka-Seltzer tablets, let soak for one hour, then scrub as usual.

-- 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.

-- Get short-term relief from nicotine withdrawl symptoms.
As long as you're not on a low-sodium diet or have peptic ulcers, drink two Alka-Seltzer tablets dissolved in a glass of water at every meal.

-- Soothe insect bites.
Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water, dip a cloth into the solution, and place the cloth on the bite for twenty minutes.

31) If your VCR has a year setting on it, which most do, you will not be able to use the programmed recording feature after 12/31/99. Don't throw it away. Instead, set it for the year 1972 as the days are the same as the year 2000. The manufacturers won't tell you. They want you to buy a new Y2K VCR.

32) Here is a good thing for the summer, for those people who like to sit and enjoy the outdoors, but don't like those pesky mosquitos.

Put some water in a white dinner plate and add just a couple of drops of Lemon Fresh Joy dishwashing soap. Put it on your patio.

I don't know what attracts them - the lemon smell, the white color, or what - but mosquitos flock to it, drop dead and fall into the water or on the floor within about 10 ft.

Other Uses For Dryer Sheets:

It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them.

It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

Repel mosquitoes:

Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

Eliminate static electricity from your television screen:

Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.

Dissolve soap scum from shower doors:

Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

Freshen the air in your home:

Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

Prevent thread from tangling:

Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

Prevent musty suitcases:

Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

Freshen the air in your car:

Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan:

Put a sheet in a pan,fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The antistatic agent apparently weaken the bond between the food and the pan while the fabric softening agents soften the baked-on food.

Eliminate odors in wastebaskets:

Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

Collect cat hair:

Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

Eliminate static electricity from venetian blinds:

Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering:

A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

Eliminate odors in dirty laundry:

Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

Deodorize shoes or sneakers:

Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight so they will smell better in the AM. DO NOT USE BOUNCE to wipe your private parts.


Cure Mange:
While spraying a dog with WD-40 gets rid of parasitic mites, according to USA Today, the WD-40 Company, feeling that the potential misuse of the product is too great, refuses to condone using WD-40 to cure mange on animals.

Prevent squirrels from climbing into a birdhouse:
Spray WD-40 on the metal pole or wires.

Remove a ring stuck on a finger:
Several medical journals claim that WD-40 is the perfect cure for a toe stuck in the bathtub faucet, a finger stuck in soda bottle, or a ring stuck on a finger.

Remove chewing gum, crayon, tar, and Silly Putty from most surfaces:
Spray on WD-40, wait, and wipe.

Clean decorative snow from windows:
Spray windows with WD- 40 before spraying with artificial snow so the decorative spray will wipe off easier.

Prevent dead insects from sticking to your car:
Spray WD-40 on the hood and grill so you can wipe bugs off easily without damaging the finish.

Make hangers glide over a clothes rod:
Spray WD-40 on the clothes rod so hangers can be pushed back and forth easily.

Clean clogged spray paint can nozzles:
Remove the nozzles from the spray paint can and the WD-40 can, place the nozzle from the spray paint can on the WD-40 can, give it a couple of quick squirts, and replace both nozzles.

Remove oil spots from driveways:
Spray with WD-40, wait, then blot. The mineral spirits and other petroleum distillates in WD 40 work as a curing agent.

Thread electrical wire through conduits:
Spray WD-40 on the electrical wire to help it glide through winding conduits.

Prevent grass clippings from clogging up a lawn mower:
Spray WD-40 on the underside of lawn mower housing and blade before cutting the grass.

Clean sap from gardening equipment:
Spray with WD-40, wait, and wipe clean.

Prevent mud and clay buildup on bicycles:
Spray the bicycle with a thin coat of WD-40.

Remove baked-on food from a cookie pan:
Spray WD-40 on cookie pan and wipe clean. Then wash with soap and water.

Remove dirt and grime from barbecue grills:
Remove the grill from the barbecue, spray with WD-40, wait, and wipe clean. Then wash with soap and water.

Remove chewing gum from the bottom of a shoe or sneaker:
Spray on WD-40, wait, and pull the gum free.

Keep dogs, maggots, and flies out of trash cans:
Coat the trash cans with a thin layer of WD-40.

Take squeaks out of new shoes:
Spray WD-40 into the leather and shine.

Remove grease stains from linen:
Spray WD-40 directly to the stain, rub it in, let is soak for a few minutes, then wash through a regular cycle.

Take squeaks out of a box spring mattress:
Remove the fabric covering the bottom of the box spring mattress (by simply removing the staples), and spray the springs with WD-40. Staple the fabric covering back in place with a staple gun.

Polish wood furniture:
Spray WD-40 on a cloth and wipe.

Clean crayon from a blackboard:
Spray WD-40 on the crayon marks, let soak for 10 minutes, then blot clean with a cloth.

Free a tongue stuck to frozen metal in winter:
Spray WD-40 on the metal around the tongue

My Favorite Home Ideas & Remedies:

Joey Green's Page
(Wacky Uses For Well Known Products)

Home Tips Galore
(Check this one out first - your topic of solution might just be here)

Tell Me How To:
(Tells you how to do just about everything)

Hints and Tips
(hundreds of hints and tips in this page)

Some Helpful Remedies For Chronic Problems

50 Helpful Hints Using Vinegar

"Howtuz" - Sixty Uses For Vinegar
(Very little duplication of above)

"Howtuz" - Sixty Uses for Salt

"Howtuz" - Sixty Uses For Baking Soda
* - At the bottom of each of Howtuz's pages is a pulldown menu for all kinds of things.

Recipe Gold Mine
(Household Recipes - to replace most common
over the counter commercial products)

(an F-Key Saver with many household ideas)

Formulas to remember
(more ingredients to combine for personal and household uses)

Summer Tips: Mosquitoes
(This is a neat idea)

151 Natural, Home Remedies.
(For Everyday Injuries and Ailments)

Better Homes and Gardens
(How To Encyclopedia)

Barefoot Lass' Hints & Tips

Lady-J's Helpful Hints
(A Well Organized Page)

Signs Found In Kitchens
(Just to add some Humor)


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