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HELPFUL HOUSEHOLD HINTS

HOUSEHOLD HINTS FOR EASIER LIVING

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use helpful household hints

Household hints are a great help in getting things done more quickly and efficiently.  The more hints we adopt, the easier our lives become. This provides us with the benefit of extra time that we can spend on doing the things we love.

Mandy’s Favorite Household Hints:
  • ‘GARLICKY’ ODOR ON FINGERS…Garlic cloves and whole head of garlic

After chopping garlic, run your fingers along the DULL length of your knife several times under COLD water. This will instantly remove the pungent odor of garlic from your fingers and knife. This really works!

  • dirty cup saucer and spoonSTAINS IN COFFEE CUPS…

Pour about l/4” of liquid bleach into stained cup and top with plain, warm water, then let stand for a few minutes until stains disappear. Then wash with soap and water and rinse well. Note: Do this in your sink to prevent bleach damage to your counter.

  • blue ink splatterBALLPOINT PEN INK STAINS ON CLOTHING…

This treatment has been around for ages, yet some folks have never heard of it.  Simply spray some HAIRSPRAY onto the affected area, then gently wipe with a slightly damp cloth until the ink disappears…then launder normally. Keep the stain from transferring to the reverse side of the garment by placing a cloth or paper towel behind the stain. Not recommended for leather, satin, silk or other delicate fabrics.

  • scattered American coinsPOCKET CHANGE…

Don’t think of pocket change as a nuisance…instead toss all of your loose change into a jar or container at the end of each day. If you manage to save only 50 cents a day, at the end of the year, you’ll have amassed $182.50!

  • smiling toothRAN OUT OF TOOTHPASTE?…

Simply brush your teeth with plain water, floss, then rinse with baking soda mixed with water to destroy most of the bacteria in your mouth…then rinse your mouth several times with plain water. This will freshen your mouth at the same time.

  • penguin ready for showerMINIMIZE WATER DRIPS AFTER SHOWERING…

While standing in your tub or on your bathmat, first wipe the entire length of your arms before proceeding to dry your hair because the vigorous action of your elbows sends water droplets flying onto walls and floor.  This will cut down on clean-up time.

  • grocery cartBATHROOM AND FACIAL TISSUES, PAPER TOWELS, FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS, SHAMPOOS, DISH AND LAUNDRY DETERGENTS, CLEANING PRODUCTS, LIQUID BLEACHES, ETC….

These products can be bulky and/or heavy, so stock up on them whenever they go on sale, especially before winter weather sets in. They are so much easier to unload from the trunk of a car and carry up the stairs when the weather is nice.

  • laundry room with clothes and ironing board, washing machineLOW-WRINKLE LAUNDRY…

At the end of a dryer cycle (when clothes are still warm), remove one item at a time, place on top of dryer and smooth out all wrinkles with your hand. Repeat with each item, stacking them one on top of the other. When smoothed, bedding, towels, PJ’s, and T-shirts will remain wrinkle-free until you are ready to fold them and put them away. Note: Some articles of clothing may need some ironing, depending on the material.

  • scissors with blue handlesCOUPONS…

Clip savings coupons as soon as you have them in hand, then put them into a see-through plastic baggie in order of expiry date and tuck them into your purse.

  • cartoon woman applying lipstickBEAUTY PRODUCTS…

Write down the brand names and all pertinent information of your favorite beauty products on a plain piece of paper or clip a portion of original box or wrapper and include in your see-through baggie with your coupons… and on shopping day, you will have the information you need at your fingertips.

  • notepad and brown ballpoint penGROCERY LIST…

Keep a running list of groceries you will need to buy on a small notepad and pen that you keep handy and as soon as an item springs to mind, jot it down immediately before you forget it.

  • calendar number 10 circled and hairdresser written in redDATES TO REMEMBER…

Write down all birth dates, anniversaries, medical appointments, and other special occasions in calendar squares under pertinent dates, then check your calendar each morning and guide yourself accordingly.  Note: You can color-code dates of special importance with highlighters.

  • birthday card and envelopeGREETING CARDS…

In January, look over your calendar (JAN.-DEC.) and make note of how many greeting cards you will need to buy, then go out and buy them, plus a few extras for emergencies (Get Well Soon, Congratulations, etc.). This will save you rushing out at the last minute for that all-important card.

  • 4 keys on keychainKEYS…

Drop your keys into the heel portion of a shoe as soon as you come home.  Your keys will be in plain sight and immediately accessible when you need them . When shopping…remember to keep your keys either in your pocket, purse, or the palm of your hand…never place keys on store counter because you risk forgetting them there and will have to return to the store to retrieve them.

  • steaming hot soup in beige pot with ladleSOMETHING IS COOKING ON THE STOVE…

NEVER leave a stove unattended because just a few moments of inattention could result in an overflow of liquids, a burnt pot or pan or, worse yet, a kitchen fire. When you are cooking and your phone or doorbell rings, respond first to your stove to turn it off. You can always resume cooking when there are no further distractions.

  • yellow battery with words long lasting batteryBATTERIES…

Always have an ample supply of batteries on hand in sizes that are appropriate for your radios, smoke detectors, remote controls, flashlights. etc.

  • one grey flashlightLIGHT UP YOUR ROOMS DURING A POWER OUTAGE…

Light up the rooms you are occupying during a power outage with flashlights standing upright with lit portions facing the ceiling. If flashlights wobble, place in tall glasses or vases to keep them from falling over. This is a safer alternative to candles and provides a wider and longer scope of visibility. Remove batteries from flashlights after power has been restored.

  • remote control drawing, black and blue buttonsREMOTE CONTROLS…

Do not wander around the house with your remote controls in hand because you might misplace them due to distractions. You will save time and effort by keeping each pertinent remote control in the room where you always use it.

  • 3 bananas and 6 banana slices FRUIT FLIES

Get rid of pesky fruit flies by cutting up a banana on a plate and wrapping it securely with plastic wrap. Using a fork, pierce the plastic wrap several times to make tiny holes. The fruit flies will gravitate towards the sweet fruit and will be unable to escape. Dispose of trapped flies by setting them free outdoors.