Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:42 PM
My tip of the day-
Dampen a piece of a brown paper sack with vinegar to clean windows.
No steaks, won't leave lint on the glass like paper towels will, and won't blacken your
fingers like newsprint does.
Posted 17 July 2013 - 06:14 PM
Simply pull out a drawer, and put a cutting board across it.
Quick, temporary fix.
Posted 18 July 2013 - 03:41 AM
(Saves water too)
Posted 18 July 2013 - 03:44 PM
with ground in grime that has changed their color. (Or any outdoor plastic; toys, forts, planters, etc.)
Use a non-metal scrub cloth dampened with lemon juice. (Bottled or fresh)
Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the area to be scrubbed ; it won't take much scrubbing.
It will clean up to look like a brand new chair (or whatever piece it is).
Rinsing the mixture onto area plants will not damage them, and the lemon juice may reduce the ant population
in the area.
Posted 18 July 2013 - 03:46 PM
Posted 18 July 2013 - 03:51 PM
Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:21 AM
Saves money and the unit may last longer.
Posted 19 July 2013 - 03:56 PM
Mark an ice cube tray (so it won't be confused with a regular one) and fill it will vinegar.
Once a month or so, toss the cubes into the garbage disposal to sharpen the blades, and eliminate odors.
Posted 20 July 2013 - 06:14 AM
Keeping them healthy-
1- When it's time to water them, wait a day and put several empty egg shells in water and let it sit overnight.
Water the plants with that instead of plain water.
2- If you have leftover beer, pour it into a bucket and let it sit for a day or two. Pour some
on your plants instead of water; the nutrients from the beer will give them a boost.
3- Save the water from fresh cooked veggies, and let cool.
Plants love it; especially water from starchy foods like potatoes. (But not canned veggies-too much salt)
4- Flat club soda works well too.
If you like your larger leaf houseplants to be shiny, gently rub the leaves with the inside of a banana peel.
Or, you can use milk (at room temperature; not cold) The protein in milk; casein, has a mild cleansing effect
on the plant cell walls.
Planting for the first time, or re-potting?
1- Add a layer of packing peanuts to the bottom. It will add drainage without the weight of rocks, and it will keep
the soil in the pot.
2- Add a layer of tea bags across the bottom.
Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:03 PM
Easy way to remove static cling from a slinky skirt grabbing onto your pantyhose-
Rub the positive end of a battery over our skirt and hose.
The battery releases positively charged ions that neutralize the negative ones that cause static cling.
Not necessarily green because of the chemicals in sprays but-
Spritz a small amount of hair spray on your nylons. Cling is gone.
Posted 30 July 2013 - 11:41 AM
Crafters- Tic Tac containers are great for storing beads or pins. Empty egg cartons are also great. If it's
for the kiddies, they can paint the carton or apply stickers.
Jack of all trade types- DIYérs-
baby food jars are great for nails, screws, etc.
Use a small screw to attach lid to the underside of a shelf. Fill it with your items, and screw the jar back onto the lid.
No counter-space is wasted, you can see the items in the jar, and you won't lose what you need.
(Don't have babies; just mix the baby food in with a soup or stew-you'll never know the difference.)
For temporary storage (while you're working on something) and don't want to lose the screws or other small
attach a magnetic strip in a convenient location, and pile the stuff up there. They won't get lost.
If you need smaller but sturdy boxes, keep the box the laundry detergent came in. Leave the handle intact,
and they can be good storage for kids toys, that they can move around (and put everything into when they're
done playing.) Or for sewing items, yarn, etc.
Hanging shoe organizers can be great in the bathroom too, for all the lotions, hair rollers, etc. that seem to pile up.
Just hang on the inside of the door-out of sight.
Got a ton of artwork from your kids but can't display it all at once? Roll it up and store it in paper towel tubes.
Stays unwrinkled, and you can rotate the artwork on the frig.
Have a valuable item that you don't want to be ripped off, or stuck in a bank somewhere?
Once the mayonnaise jar is empty, wash it out, (leave the label intact)- pour in some white paint and swish it around.
Once it dries, add your precious items, and put the jar back in the frig.
More than one daily tip, but what the heck. Enjoy.
Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:11 AM
Microwave them for 10-15 seconds, and the skins will come right off.
Posted 18 September 2013 - 04:29 AM
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