Useful Tips

  Deep Thoughts  





Usefull Tips


1) Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive. 

2) Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmmmmm...) 

3) Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to. 

4) For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. (wish I had known this for the last several years!) 

5) Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes of with little effort (elbow grease that is!). 

6) Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel. 

7) Whenever I purchase a box of SOS Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way! 

8) Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have found a way to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to the size of the jar and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the lid! 

9) Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time! 

10) Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak. 

11) Spray a bit of perfume on the lightbulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on. Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen. 

12) Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning. 

13) To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm! 

14) To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop. 

15) Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains. 

16) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake. 

17) Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks. 

18) When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness. 

19) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

20) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. 

21). To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief. 

22) Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself. 

23) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

24) When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

25) Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer.


Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.  


Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets. 


Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.  


Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).  


Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

26) To clean SILVER (not silver jewelry with stones) - dilute water softener powder and salt mix in a large container, line the button with a sheet of aluminum foil and let the silver pieces sit for a minute. Remove rinse and dry. (from Hayley's Hints)

27) Hints on Cleaning an Apartment - (PDF) -  CleaningApartment.pdf

28) Carpet Care / Cleaning -

Deep Thoughts


Happiness....  We convince  ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby,  then another.
Then we're frustrated that the kids aren't old  enough and we'll be more content when they are.
After that,  we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with.
We'll  certainly be happy when they're out of that stage.
We tell ourselves  that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together,
when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.
The truth is, there's no better time to  be happy than right now.
If not now, when?...
Your life will always be filled with challenges.
It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.


A favorite quote from Alfred D. Souza. He said,
"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin-real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through
first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a  debt to be paid.
Then life would begin.
At last it dawned on me that  these obstacles were my life.
This perspective has helped me to see  that there is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way.
So,  treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you  shared it with someone special,
special enough to spend your time with. And remember that time waits for no one.
So, stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds,
until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids,  until your kids leave the house,
until you start work until you  retire, until you get married,
until you get divorced, until Friday  night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, 
until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter,
until you're off welfare, until  the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a  drink,
until you've sobered up, until you die, until you're born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.


Happiness is a journey, not a destination.


Thought  for the day:-


An Angel to watch over you. Some people come into our lives and quickly go...
Some people become friends and stay a while...
leaving beautiful footprints on our hearts and we are never quite the same because we have made good friend!!!


Yesterday is  history
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present!


This is special:-
Live and savor every moment, this is not a dress rehearsal!