Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Nifty Household Hints

Here are some dandy ideas for all kinds of household needs. Enjoy! Thank you, J, for sharing these simple but wonderful ideas with us!!!

Stick a straw through the center, from top to bottom, in a strawberry to hull it.

Rub a walnut that has been removed from its shell over scratches and dings in your furniture. The nut fills in the scrapes and other imperfections.

Want to stop a cut apple from turning brown? After you slice it, put a rubberband around it to hold the slices together.

Need more room in your linen closet? Then fold up your sheets and one pillowcase neatly. Place them into your other pillowcase and put into your closet. This also keeps the linens all together so that you can find them easily when you need them. Awesome!

Want higher volume from your iPhone & iPod? Put it into a bowl. The concave shape amplifies the music.

Store your plastic grocery, etc bags in an empty wet wipes container. Set it up so that the bags will come out through the hole at the top whenever you need it. This keeps them from falling all over the floor, etc. Much neater looking, too!!

Gonna be playing in the sand? Sprinkle baby powder on your skin ahead of time. The sand won't stick to you then.

Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

Storing gift wrap paper rolls getting you down? In a cabinet or closet, string a piece of wire from one side to the other. Stand your rolls behind the wire and in front of the wall. The wire will keep them in place so that they are not falling here or there.

Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose. Suction will pick them up but the stocking will keep them from going into the vaccuum bag.

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.

Adhere magnetic strips to the inside of your medicine cabinet to store bobby pins, tweezers and clippers.

Use cheap shower caps to keep dirty shoes from rubbing on your clean clothes. Many hotels furnish their rooms with these caps.

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Use magnets to hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.

Bread sack tags make the perfect cord labels. Write what the cords are from right onto your tag. This will really help out in such things as the cords behind your tvs, computers, etc.

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones. Pour the batter into the cone and stand them in a muffin pan or on cookie sheets. Your kids will love them!

Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.

Turn your muffin pan upside down, wrap cookie-dough over the top and sides of each muffin holder. After they are baked, you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. I recommend spraying each one with PAM first.

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief.

Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering. Just hang however much of the guttering that you need on the side of a building or fence. Stack each gutter above the next but leave plenty of room between each piece of guttering for the plants to grow. Place the necessary amount of potting soil in each gutter. Now, you are ready to plant your seeds, bulbs or seedlings. Water when necessary. No longer will you have to get on your hands and knees to weed your garden!

Store your Christmas decorations in egg cartons. This will keep them safe and from getting stuck to one another.


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