Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Make-Up Tip

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MAKE MASCARA LAST 3X LONGER!! A typical mascara dries out before half of it is used. When your favorite mascara starts getting dry, add 4-5 drops of saline solution or eyedrops to the bottle. Insert your wand and stir and TA-DA!! Fresh mascara! This can be repeated 2 or 3 times until all you mascara is gone.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Clothes Hanger Tip

Clothes keep slipping off plastic hangers? Use a hot glue gun to apply a zig zag pattern on the arms of your plastic hangers to prevent all your wide-necked shirts from falling off. Works like a charm!
Clothes keep slipping off plastic hangers? Use a hot glue gun to apply a zig zag pattern on the arms of your plastic hangers to prevent all your wide-necked shirts from falling off. Works like a charm!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Laundry Tip

smart idea - note what cannot be dried
smart idea - note what cannot be dried

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Helpful Hints

Sketch pencil
Kirsten Strecker
WD-40 as Crayon Cleanup
To remove crayon marks apply just a small amount to almost any surface (plastic, metal, TV screens, freshly painted walls) and rub away with a clean cloth.
Baking Soda as Container Deodorizer
James Wojcik
Baking Soda as Container Deodorizer
Soak plastic containers in warm water and baking soda overnight to banish smells.
Club Soda as Stainless Steel Polisher
James Wojcik
Club Soda as Stainless Steel Polisher
Shine stainless-steel cookware and fixtures. Buff scuffs with a soda-dampened cloth, then wipe dry.
Coffee Filter as Mirror Cleaner
James Wojcik
Coffee Filter as Mirror Cleaner
Get a streak–free shine by using a coffee filter to buff a mirror or window.
Cotton Swab as Silver Polisher
James Wojcik
Cotton Swab as Silver Polisher
Apply a dab of polsih to the end of a cotton swab to shine those hard to reach crevices in silver flatware and serving dishes.
Denture Tablet as Wineglass Cleaner
James Wojcik
Denture Tablet as Wineglass Cleaner
Do away with red-wine dregs in goblets. Fill the glass with warm water, drop in a tablet, and let it dissolve.
Ketchup as Copper Polisher
James Wojcik
Ketchup as Copper Polisher
Revive the color and shine of copper cookware. Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. After five minutes, rinse with warm water, and towel dry.
Uncooked Spaghetti as Frosting Protector
James Wojcik
Uncooked Spaghetti as Frosting Protector
Preserve a topnotch frosting job. Poke a few stiff pieces in the surface and sides of a dessert before wrapping it for easy transport.
White Bread as Painting Cleaner
James Wojcik
White Bread as Painting Cleaner
To clean an oil painting, softly rub a piece of white bread over it to remove dust or dirt.
Zippered Plastic Bag as Gum Remover
James Wojcik
Zippered Plastic Bag as Gum Remover
Remove stuck-on gum. Rub with a baggie filled with ice cubes until the goo hardens, then shatter it with a blunt object and vacuum it up.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Helpful Hints

Lamp and lint roller

Lint Roller as Lamp Shade Duster
Run the roller up and down the outside of the lamp shade to get rid of small particles that shouldn't be there. Ah, the satisfaction of knowing that every surface in your living room will pass the white-glove test.
Dirt Devil vacum and masking tape
Masking Tape as Scuff Preventor
Keep baseboards free of skid marks when you vacuum. Cover the edges of the vacuum head with masking tape so they won't leave dark smudges when you inevitably bump into the walls. There will be no more black marks on your cleaning record.
Shaving cream and nail polish
Nail Polish as Rust Preventer
Coat the bottom of a shaving-cream can to fend off rust rings on the ledge of the tub.
Newspaper in a food container
Newspaper as Food-Container Deodorizer
Stuff a balled-up piece of newspaper into a plastic container that has developed a funk, and let it sit overnight. By morning the paper will have absorbed the offending smell.
Coffee grinder full of rice
Rice as Coffee Grinder Cleaner
Mill a handful of grains in your grinder and the fine particles will absorb stale odors and clean out residual grounds and oil. Discard the rice and wipe clean.
Woman using table salt to polish candlesticks
Salt as Polishing Agent
Shine brass and copper with a paste made from a few tablespoons of white vinegar and equal parts salt and flour. Apply with a soft cloth, rinse, and dry.
CD and toothpaste
Toothpaste as CD Cleaner
To restore a damaged CD, apply a dot of non-gel formulat toothpaste to a cotton cloth and rub in a straight line from the center of the CD outward, covering any scratches. Rinse off the toothpaste with water.
Towel rack used as a toiletry organizer
Towel Rod as Cleaning Supply Holder
Assemble a spray-cleaner arsenal by placing a tension rod or installing a rod in the closet or underneath the sink and then hooking the bottles onto it by their triggers.
Mesh vegetable bag, pots, and dish soap
Mesh Vegetable Bag as Dish Scrubber
Repurpose the bag that held your potatoes to remove caked-on food from dishes. Wad the mesh into a ball, add soap and water, and scrub away.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Helpful Hints

Vinegar used to clean coffeemaker

Vinegar as Coffeemaker Cleaner
Clean a coffeemaker or a tea kettle by making a pot using a mixture of water and vinegar. Follow with several cycles of water to rinse.
Vinegar used to remove price sticker
Vinegar as Sticker Remover
Dislodge a stubborn price sticker. Paint with several coats of vinegar, let it sit for five minutes, then wipe away.
Walnut used to revitalize hardwood floors
Walnut as Scratch Filler
Repair hardwood floors by rubbing shelled nuts into shallow scratches. Their natural oils help hide the flaws.
Zippered plastic bag used to remove wax
Zippered Plastic Bag as Wax Remover
To freeze wax so you can remove it from a tablecloth, fill a plastic bag with ice cubes and cover the wax with it for about 20 minutes.
Open box of basking soda
Baking Soda as Pan Scrubber
Sprinkle soda on crusted casseroles and roasting pans and let sit for five minutes. Lightly scrub and rinse.
Baking soda used to clean tub stains
Baking Soda as Tub Scrubber
Rub tub stains away. Create a paste mad up of equal parts baking soda and cream of tartar and a little lemon juice. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.
Baking soda used to scrub walls
Baking Soda as Crayon Eraser
Sprinkle it on a damp sponge to erase crayon, pencil, and ink from painted surfaces.
Olive oil used to coat measuring spoons
Olive Oil as Measuring Spoon Primer
Rub olive oil on measuring cups and spoons coated with sticky stubstances (like honey) to ease cleaning.

Woman cleaning a cutting board with lemon
Lemon as Cutting Board Cleaner
To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. The best part? You'll have a house that smells like a lemon grove rather than chemicals.
Lemonade Kool-Aid and a dishwasher
Lemonade Kool-Aid as Dishwasher Cleaner
Clean lime deposits and iron stains inside the dishwasher by pouring a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid (the only flavor that works) into the detergent cup and running the (empty) dishwasher. The citric acid in the mix wipes out stains; you don't have to
Dishwasher bag
Laundry Bag as Dishwashing Aid
Keep mini Tupperware lids, baby-bottle caps, and other small items from falling through the dishwasher rack. You'll save time by no longer diving for treasure on the floor of the dishwasher.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Helpful Hints

Salt used to clean vegetables

Salt as Salad Wash
Clean dirt from leafy vegetables by washing them in a bath of salt water.
Seam ripper used to clean vacuum cleaner
Seam Ripper as Vacuum Roller Cleaner
Restore a vacuum to maximum power by cutting the lint and hair from its roller brush.
Shoe polish used to restore furniture
Shoe Polish as Furniture Polish
Spruce up wood furniture by filling in scratches with shoe polish in a similar shade.
Sugar to degrease hands
Sugar as Hand Degreaser
Cut grease on hands by rubbing them with a mixture of sugar and water.
Tooth paste used to fix linoleum
Toothpaste as Linoleum Cleaner
Use white toothpaste to buff scuffs out of linoleum tiles.
Transparent tape used to clean keyboard
Tape as Keyboard Cleaner
Remove dust and crumbs from a keyboard and slide a short strip between the letters.
Vanilla used to freshen freezer
Vanilla as Freezer Freshener
Trade frostbite funk for a more pleasing freezer scent and wipe the inside of the icebox with an extract-dampened cotton pad.
Vinegar used to remove odor
Vinegar as Odor Remover
After chopping onions, scrub your hands with salt and a splash of vinegar to eliminate the smell.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Helpful Hints

Lint roller used to clean glitter

Lint Roller as Glitter Pick-Up
Clean up glitter (and tiny pieces of construction paper) after craft time.

Onoin used as deodorizer
Onion as Basement Deodorizer
Clear the air in a dank basement. Cut an onion in half, place it on a plate, and leave it out overnight. Once the initial salad-bar aroma dissipates, you'll have a fresh (non-oniony) atmosphere.
Pant hanger used to dry bath mat
Pant Hanger as Drying Rack
Use a pant hanger to air-dry a bath mat after showering. Simply hang it over the shower curtain rod.
Rice used to clean vase
Rice as Vase Scrubber
Prepare a stained vase for a new batch of blooms. If you can't reach the residue at the bottom, add a tablespoon of rice and a lot of soapy water, shake, and rinse until clean.
Rubber glove used to remove pet hair
Rubber Glove as Pet Hair Remover
Put on a damp rubber dishwashing glove and run your hand over hair-covered upholstery—the hair will cling to the glove, not the sofa. Rinse off the glove in the sink (with the drain catcher in place, of course).
Rubbing alcohol used to lift hair spray residue
Rubbing Alcohol as Hairspray Remover
Lift off hair-spray residue from bathroom walls. Spray a mixture of one part rubbing alcohol, two parts water, and a dash of dishwashing liquid onto vinyl wallpaper or semigloss (not flat) paint. Wipe clean.
Rubbing alcohol used to remove permanent marker
Rubbing Alcohol as Permanent Marker Remover
Remove permanent marker from countertops and walls. Pour a bit of alcohol onto a cotton ball and rub on the stain. (Spot test on a hidden area first.)
Salt used to decorate wreath
Salt as Wreath Duster
Place a wreath of pinecones or faux evergreen in a paper bag with a 1/4 cup of salt. Fold the top of the bag over and gently shake.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Helpful Hints

Citrus peel used to deodorize garbage pail
Citrus Peel as Garbage Disposal Deodorizer Keep your disposal smelling fresh by dropping a few peels down the drain and flipping the switch.

Cornmeal used to absorb grease stains

Cornmeal as Grease Absorber
Add this to the grocery shopping list for new reasons. Cornmeal absorbs grease on light colored fabric or upholstery. Pour enough on to cover the soiled area and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Vacuum to remove the grains.
Denture tablet used to clean vases
Denture Tablet as Vase Cleaner
When residue clings to unreachable spots inside a vase or a decanter, fill the container with warm water and drop in one or two denture-cleaning tablets for every eight ounces of warm water. Let the fizzy solution sit for the time specified on the product's box, then rinse.
Dryer sheet used to remove soap scum
Dryer Sheet as Scum Buster
Remove obstinate soap buildup from glass shower doors by sprinkling a few drops of water onto a used fabric-softener sheet and scrubbing.
Hair dryer used to remove price stickers
Hair Dryer as Sticker Remover
A little hot air quickly loosens price labels—with zero fingernail-chipping frustration.
Lemon used to brighten whites
Lemon as Laundry Brightener
Skip the bleach—add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to brighter up those fading whites.