Sunday, August 07, 2005

Smart tips for savvy homeowners

My real estate agent is always sending us stuff in the mail( even though it has been a year since this house was purchased ) she is the coolest ...
The latest thing she sent was some helpful household tips .Some of them I have done myself and are very helpful so I thought I would share :)

* Have you ever tried baby wipes on carpet stains ?They work so well ,you'll be wondering why no one told you sooner !

*Keep candles in the fridge for several hours before use to slow down dripping and make them burn longer ( A friend of mine taught me this years ago ,but we put them in the freezer instead .)

*The best way to attack cooked -on spatters in your microwave :Heat a half-cup of water for two minutes on high . The steam will soften the food and the mess will wipe right out .

*To eliminate cooking odors ( fish,fried bacon,garlis ,etc.)heat white vinegar in an uncovered pot on the stove .( don't boil .)Remove after 30 minutes . The light vinegar smell dissipates quickly ,taking odors with it .

*When run through your coffee grinder ,a handful of dried rice will sharpen the blades .

*After your next party ,share flat,leftover beer with your garden.Plants love the yeast .

*Place unusable remnants of soap in a ventilated plastic beg and pack it away with seasonal clothes.This will keep the moths away ,and your clothes will smell much better when you take them out of storage .

*Ants hate anything spicy.Sprinkle ground pepper,cayenne,even cinnamon ,in their path,and you'll stop them in their tracks .

*Your chimney will stay clean if you throw a handful of salt on the fire .

*To clean tarnished silverware:Line a large cake pan with aluminum foil .Fill with 8 cups of warm water (150degrees)mixed with 1/4 cup of baking soda .Lay silverware in pan,and watch the stains disappear.

*Fill nail holes with paste made from cornstarch and water .Works just as well as a putty. ( I have used toothpaste it works well also )

*Leather needs to breathe ,so never hang coats or jackets in plastic .Instead,make a dust cover from a pillowcase by cutting a hole in the top for a hanger .

*When a wooden door or gate sticks ,bring out the hair dryer.By blowing hot air directly on the wood where it's sticking ,you'll remove the moisture and the swelling will go down.

*Squeaky doors?For a dripless solution,use petroleum jelly on the hinges instead of oil .

Simmer a sliced apple and a couple of cinnamon sticks in water on your stove .
Your whole house will smell like apple pie ...MMMMMMMMM


  1. Anonymous2:46 PM

    excellent tips, i'm going to cut and paste this and keep it on file

  2. What great tips! I never would have thought of any of those things.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. roaches don't like borax. You can put that down in a line under cabinets and they won't cross it.

  4. Very handy list. I might have file that somewhere.

  5. Great list of tips, especially the candles and baby wipes.

    oh and... thanks for swingin in during the Thon... it was a blast!

  6. Back again for more comment joy from Michele's.

  7. Anonymous8:31 PM

    I'm going to try that ant remedy and Michele sent me.

  8. Since my sister had kids, I have learned the multi-purpose baby wipe theory. The rest were new, and worth saving!

  9. thanks for the tips!


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