Share Your Household Tips

  1. I just got this in an email and thought I'd share it to get us started on this thread. Please feel free to add your tips and tricks for making those dreaded chores a little easier to get done!




    Good to know---and most of them were new to me

    Bed Sheets:
    After drying my sheets, put both sheets and one pillowcase in
    the other pillow case. Fold neatly in a square Next time you change
    sheets, you just take the one pillow case and all the sheets and
    pillow case are inside. No need to look for matches.
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    Reheat Pizza:
    Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the
    stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust
    crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it
    really works.
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    Easy Deviled Eggs:
    Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they
    are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing
    it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture
    into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
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    Expanding Frosting:
    When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip
    it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You
    get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat
    less sugar/calories per serving.
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    Reheating refrigerated bread:
    To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated,
    place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture
    will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
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    Newspaper Weeds-Away:
    Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil.
    Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go,
    cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some
    gardening plastic, they will not get through wet newspapers.

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    Broken Glass:
    Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken pieces of glass
    the fibers catch ones you can't see!
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    No More Mosquitoes:
    Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes
    away. ********************


    Squirrel Away :
    To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants
    with cayenne pepper The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the
    squirrels won't come near it.
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    Easier thank you's:
    When you throw a bridal/baby shower, buy a pack of thank you
    cards for the guest of honor. During the party, pass out the envelopes
    and have everyone put their address on one. When the bride/new mother
    sends the thank you's, they're all addressed!

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    Purchase new bike:
    If you purchase a new bike for your child, place their picture
    inside the handle bar before placing the grips on. If the bike is
    stolen and later recovered, remove the grip and there is your proof
    who owns the bike.
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    Flexible vacuum:
    To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add
    an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It
    can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
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    Reducing Static Cling:
    Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will
    not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that
    cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and --
    voila -- static is gone.
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    Measuring Cups:
    Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it
    with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next,
    add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it
    comes right out.
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    Foggy Windshield :
    Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in
    the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser!
    Works better than a cloth!
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    Reopening envelope:
    If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include
    something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for
    an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.

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    Conditioner:
    Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot
    cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's
    also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like
    when you tried it in your hair...

    Good-bye Fruit Flies:
    To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it
    1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix
    well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

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    Get Rid of Ants:
    Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it,
    take it "home," & can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a
    week or so, esp. if it rains, but it works & you don't have the worry
    about pets or small children being harmed!
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    Take baby powder to the beach:
    Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When
    you're ready to leave the beach sprinkle yourself and kids with the
    powder and the sand will slide right off your skin
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   GardenDove
    1)Save yourself a dish, and instead of putting leftovers in a tupperware container, leave it in the pan and stick it the refrigerator.


    2) Instead of doing the dishes yourself, make your kids do them.

    3) Have everyone make their own dinner, it saves alot of trouble!

    4) Instead of scrubbing the roasting pan yourself, have your dog do it, then wash the whole thing in hot water afterwards!

    5) Get a few hens so your kitchen scraps don't go to waste!
  4. by   muffie
    if the queen isn't coming for tea, don't worry about the housework!!!!!

    the above ideas are great, thanks
  5. by   Jolie
    [QUOTE=GardenDove;2067802]

    4) Instead of scrubbing the roasting pan yourself, have your dog do it, then wash the whole thing in hot water afterwards!

    Wash the "whole thing"? Does that mean the pan and the dog?
  6. by   clemmm78
    Lots of good tips, but this one gets my blood simmering:

    Easier thank you's:
    When you throw a bridal/baby shower, buy a pack of thank you
    cards for the guest of honor. During the party, pass out the envelopes
    and have everyone put their address on one. When the bride/new mother
    sends the thank you's, they're all addressed!


    I'm sorry, but no matter how busy we are, I think it's just common courtesy and respectful to find the time to write your own envelopes rather than have the guests do it. I think it's tacky.
  7. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from clemmm78
    Lots of good tips, but this one gets my blood simmering:

    Easier thank you's:
    When you throw a bridal/baby shower, buy a pack of thank you
    cards for the guest of honor. During the party, pass out the envelopes
    and have everyone put their address on one. When the bride/new mother
    sends the thank you's, they're all addressed!

    I'm sorry, but no matter how busy we are, I think it's just common courtesy and respectful to find the time to write your own envelopes rather than have the guests do it. I think it's tacky.

    I agree, unless this is a group of really close family and friends, I wouldn't do it.
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I love this site for tips on cleaning and organizing: http://www.getorganizednow.com/forum/ubbthreads.php

    I use old holey socks for dust rags. Slipping one on my hand (or one on the other as well), actually makes dusting faster, since the sock isn't hard to maneuver around things.

    Me and Matt have two large baskets by the front door that our 'goes to work' crap goes in, that can be poked into the hall closet if company shows up.

    I kept the 120 use laundry dispenser, and refill it with the 64 use detergent.

    I have some nice shirts that i turn inside out, wash them on cold permanent press using the Woolite Dark detergent, and air dry. This is why i have some shirt that are 5 years old and still look brand new.

    I hang my shirts inside out on the hangers. This way, when i put the shirt on, there isn't any 'shoulder dents' from the hangers.

    My hanging clothes are organized by color.

    I have Post-It pads in every room, because it never fails that i though of a grocery list itemat the opposite end of the house where the list was.

    I put a small bowl of water in the microwave, and 'cook' for 5 minutes. This steams any splatters and takes one swipe to wipe off.

    I line all baking pans with foil, so that the pan isn't a pain to clean when i bake something in it.

    I never put the burners on the highest setting. The second or third highest setting is enough to get water to boil for pasta without overexposing the pans to too much heat.

    A apple gets thrown into the potato bin. This keeps the potatoes from sprouting.

    Freezing an onion before chopping makes it easier for the eyes to tolerate.

    An empty soda can box makes a good trash can for the car, since, when it's filled, you can pitch the whole thing.

    Mix up 1/4 cup of olive oil, and 1/4 cup sugar. Scrub your hands at the sink with this mixture, and it works just as well to exfoliate and soften, cheaper than buying that jar of One Minute Miracle.

    A zig-zag part in the hair works better at diguising roots than a straight part.

    Use baking soda for a foot deodorant instead of the spray (smelly) kind.

    Armor All looks nice to clean the interior of the car with, but putting it on the top of the dashboard makes a nasty glare when driving. Use furniture polish spray on that part to get the clean gleam, without the glare.

    White vinegar is great to add to a washer load of bathtowels.

    When taking Fido on a trip, it's easier to measure his food out in Ziploc bags with the right portions, than to take a big container. Then all you have to do for each feeding is just dump the Ziploc bag out in his bowl.

    Some people have first aid kits for their home and car for people, but you should also have one for your pets. www.purina.com has a list of things that should be included.
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Feb 14, '07
  9. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from GardenDove
    1)Save yourself a dish, and instead of putting leftovers in a tupperware container, leave it in the pan and stick it the refrigerator.


    2) Instead of doing the dishes yourself, make your kids do them.

    3) Have everyone make their own dinner, it saves alot of trouble!

    4) Instead of scrubbing the roasting pan yourself, have your dog do it, then wash the whole thing in hot water afterwards!

    5) Get a few hens so your kitchen scraps don't go to waste!
    LOL!!:roll :roll :roll
  10. by   UM Review RN
    I just thought of one I heard from Regis & Kelly's show. Kelly said to use the space bags to pack clothes in for trips. A vacuum cleaner sucks all the air out and makes the clothing bags very compact.

    I thought it sounded great, but for any of you who use this method, I have to ask:

    How to you repack for the trip home?
  11. by   RNfromMN
    Sandpaper works to get stubborn stains out of your toilet...probably the tub, too
  12. by   Antikigirl
    Cat eating your plants? Dust with cayanne pepper lightly...won't see kitty doing that again!

    Slugs gotcha down in the garden, take a magarine container, sink in the ground and fill with cheep beer (expensive if you feel guilty! LOL!)...they will love it and drown!

    Spiders getting into the house, a bit of borax lined outside of doors does wonders (watch out for pets or curious children!).

    THis one is a little gross, but do you have little ones (or even big ones) that like to pee outside? Have them pee on weeds, it kills them and leaves your nice plants alone (I live in the country and sometimes it is too far for my boy and hubby to walk back to the BR...Uhgggg, but oh well).

    The large laundry soap despencers make excellent emergeny water storage! Wash well for a long time, and fill/store for emegencies! Comes with its own spout too! (for those that have wells, and when the power goes out...boom there goes water too...I have used this several times!).

    That old fondue pot makes a great cooker if your power goes out! It also makes great fondue! LOL!

    Old crayons laying around, melt them and put into decrative soap molds and create fun new crayons!

    Sudden freeze killing your plants outside? Use Christmas lights to keep them warm (safely though...).

    Tired of hand watering your outdoor plants? Dependant on size, you can use a bucket or even 2L soda bottle! Place either butt down with one hole in it...fill them up instead...it saves water and keeps your grown moist (I use a very small hole so it absorbs in slowly and evenly according to osmosis).

    Inside ferns looking shabby...place a nice bowl with rocks in it next to the plant and fill with water...voila, instant humidifier!

    Cleaning windows or mirrors, use newspaper (I really didn't believe in this..but it works!!!!!).

    Coffee pot getting yuck? Take a few ice cubes and swirl in the pot (careful not to break) and it cleans up beautifully!!!!!! (again one I didn't believe in and it works!!!!!!).

    FUN Christmas light idea...take tomato cages, put them large open end down, decorate with lights and it looks like a mini tree! Unravel and use as plant supports later in the season!

    Broken dishes, pots, and ceramics? Use those peices in planter boxes or pots as a filler for your plant soil! Takes up all that extra room you don't need!

    Using alum foil for baking and tired of things sticking? Use wax paper instead!

    Coffee grounds and egg shells makes great compost material for your plants!

    Cut your garbage bill in half or more by separating burnable from non, burn what can be when able! I have a 5 person home and we only have to have our trash picked up every two weeks! Saves us over 80 bucks!

    Like to plant? Keep those egg cartons handy, and when you are ready...take a half shell from an egg..place in container, add soil, seed..water and you have yourself a great place to start your plants for the season! Great kid experiment for science projects too!

    Cutting onions (freezing is good, but can damage the texture)...hold a piece of bread in your mouth while cutting..the bread will be like a magnet for the acid! (it works! Looks silly but do does red eyes!).

    Like hummingbirds! Don't have to get that premade stuff...1 part sugar to 4 parts water and dye if you want! I premake it and put it into a 2L soda container and keep it in the fridge for easy refilling of my feeders!

    Save a fortune on feeding outdoor birds! Most comercial mixes introduce invasive species of plants to your yard, not to mention scattered weeds to a nice garden. Use one type of seed, I use black safflower that all my native birds love...and save big time by buying just that in bulk! Comerical cheep seed was 30 bucks a 40 lb bag...black safflower 12!

    Need a form fitting heatpad for your neck or bendable places? Take a clean long sock and fill with rice and tie the other end...microwave for 2 minutes watching carefully, and if you need more heat do in 30 second increments till desired tem. Fits well and can be reused! If you need to clean it, just untie and save rice..wash sock and do it again! Great for aches and pains or even a chill (put on shoulders and your chill will be gone!).

    Need a little ankle PT for stiff ankles? Take a small plastic pop bottle and fill with rice, beans, and beads (for fun). When you sit down to read or watch tv you roll that with your foot..also massages~! (used at my work by my request for elderly folks to strengthen their ankles and legs, and increase circulation to the feet!).

    Okay I better stop! LOL!
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Wax paper in the oven? It burns.
  14. by   Jolie
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Wax paper in the oven? It burns.
    Not if you grease it. I always line my baking pans with greased waxed paper so that breads and cakes pop out easily.

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