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Tips - Household


Are you just about to throw away that burnt aluminum saucepan? Pour some water in it and add an onion; set it on to boil and you will soon find that all the burnt matter will loosen and come to the top, leaving the saucepan clear and bright again.

Cut open old socks then sew together to make car wash cloths.

Make mittens from old towels and use to dust blinds.
Dust- use an automobile snow brush to get at crumbs and   dust under the fridge and other appliances.

Drips- keep a dripping faucet from driving you crazy by
tying a string around the end of the spout (long enough to
reach the drain.  Until you can fix the faucet, the water will flow down the string silently.


First Aid - Use a tackle box to organize and store all of your medicine and first aid supplies.
Garbage- Freeze vinegar in ice cube trays. Every time you use your garbage disposal, drop a couple of vinegar ice cubes into it while running.  This will help clean the blades and eliminate the odor.


Organizer - Cut a shoe organizer in half and use it for bathroom items to have a clutter-less counter. P
Photo - Before you take something apart to fix it, take a digital photo of it so you'll know how it goes back together.

Paint the steps of your stepladder and sprinkle clean sand
on the paint before it dries, it will give the steps a non-skid surface.

Remove stains in vases by filling with tea leaves and vinegar, shake or swoosh until stain disappears.

Stainless Steel Cleaning - First is the use of a microfiber cloth. She dampens it with water and then wipes down the surface. She immediately wipes it again with a dry microfiber cloth. She says she always wipes with the grain. I did not know that stainless steel has a grain.

Next, she uses rubbing alcohol. This dissolves oil quickly and leaves no streaks.

Last but not least, she turns to Bar Keepers Friend for the stubborn stains and water spots. I use this on my glass top stove. It is a miracle worker.

She also recommends wiping down the surface once a month with a few drops of olive oil. I guess it repels smudges and dirt.

Toothpaste - How to get it all out of the tube.  Run the tube under hot water for a minute or two.  It will soften, enabling you to roll it up tighter to get a few more brushfuls.  Then use scissors to cut one side of the tube open lengthwise so you can rub your brush around inside. U


Water Rings on Wood Furniture:
Rub petroleum into damaged area with your fingers and let stand for a few hours or if possible overnight. In the morning remove excess jelly with a paper towel and buff with a soft cloth.
Super Glue Cap:
Often after it’s first use, the super glue cap ends up stuck fast to the tube and can’t be used again. Put a thick coating of jelly inside the cap threads to keep it from gluing itself shut. This will work on any cap or lid that may stick.
To Shine Shoes:
A thin coating of jelly on shoes, boots and purses will keep them looking great and repel water and road salt. Wipe on a thin layer and wipe off excess with a soft cloth.
Squeaky Doors:
Quiet a squeaky door hinge with a coating of petroleum jelly on the hinge pin. Your door will be quiet and you don’t have to worry about messy drips.

Keep Your Hands Clean:

No matter what the chore, if it is messy rub on Petroleum Jelly before you begin. It will keep paint, stain, car grease, and garden dirt from embedding in your skin. It will soften your hands while protecting your skin. Just wipe off with paper towel or an old rag for clean up.
Hair Coloring:
To keep hair color from staining your skin, apply Petroleum Jelly along hairline and ears before you begin.
Cuts and Sores:
When Petroleum Jelly first hit the market, it’s purpose was for protecting cuts and scrapes by acting as a barrier to keep out moisture and bacteria.
If you have sensitive skin Petroleum Jelly can be used as an all over body moisturizer. It contains no chemicals or perfumes.

Car Battery Posts:
Stop battery post corrosion by applying Petroleum Jelly on the terminals.
Outdoor Lights:
A thin coating of Petroleum Jelly on light bulb threads will prevent them from sticking when they need to be replaced.
Nail Polish:
Rub Petroleum Jelly on the skin around your nails before polishing. If you make a mistake it can be wiped off when your nails are dry and it softens cuticles at the same time.
Paint Cans:
Petroleum Jelly forms an air tight seal when applied around the inside edge of the can.
Frozen Locks:
To keep your locks from freezing, smear Petroleum Jelly on the shaft of the key and insert it into the lock. Work the key and lock 4 or 5 times to lubricate the tumblers. This is also a good remedy for keys and locks that just don’t seem to work smoothly together.
Sticky Drawers:
Apply petroleum Jelly along the runner on a sticky drawer to make it slide more freely.
Rough Feet:
If you are like so many people, your feet are hard, calloused and dry. Apply petroleum Jelly to your feet after bathing or showering. Apply within the first three minutes of bathing before the moisture on your skin evaporates. It will make your feet softer, and act as a moisture barrier to keep your feet from drying out.
Garbage Can Lids:
In the winter rubber garbage can lids can freeze to the can. A thin coat of Petroleum Jelly will keep it from sticking.
Chapped Lips:
Apply as needed.
Makeup Remover:
Use as you would any makeup remover. It removes makeup safely while softening your skin.
Diaper Rash:
Use in place of expensive ointments and creams to prevent rash.
Tight Finger Rings:
Apply to your finger and the ring will slide off.
Grandpa’s Bald Head:
Gives a glistening shine for those special occasions. Just apply and polish.
Nuts and Bolts:
Keep nuts, bolts and screws from rusting by coating with Petroleum before using.

Wax- To remove wax from candlesticks, freeze them for about 20 minutes.  The wax will chip right off.






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