20 Handy Tips

Sunday, April 17, 2011
By Mette Owens

My girlfriends and I were recently sharing very handy tips that have been passed down to us – mostly by our grandmothers. I haven’t tried all of them myself yet, so I can’t guarantee how well they work. Here are a few I’d like to share with you:

1) For dry hands: Try washing them with your used (but cold) coffee grinds and rinse off.

2) For dry elbows: Rubbing them with half a lemon will soften them.

3) For dry hair and scalp: Apply a little olive or aloe vera oil overnight. Wash out the next morning.

4) To remove product build-up in hair: Mix half a cup of vinegar (ex. white or apple cider vinegar) with 1 quart warm water. Shampoo as normal and rinse, then apply the vinegar solution and rinse.

Finish with conditioner. The vinegar solution helps clarify the hair. Another method is to shampoo your hair and prior to rinsing, work about 3 tablespoons of baking soda into the suds. Lather and rinse off.

5) To clear pimples: A good tip to get rid of a pimple is to apply a little toothpaste on it overnight.

6) For dry face: Mash a little fresh avocado, apply to face and let sit for a bit before rinsing off.

7) Hole in nylons: Applying a thin layer of clear nail polish to a hole in your nylons will stop them from running.

8) Fingerprints and marks on stainless steel appliances: Wiping the surface of the stainless steel appliances with baby-oil will remove fingerprints and marks.

9) Air freshener: Spray a little of your favourite fragrance onto the light bulbs in a given room (only when the bulb is cold!). When you turn on the light, the heat will give off the scent and freshen up the room.

10) Fruit flies: To get rid of annoying fruit flies, spray them with rubbing alcohol. You will need a small spray-bottle with a fine mist spray head.

11) Removing band-aids: Apply a little baby oil directly onto the band-aid, wait a few moments for the oil to loosen it up. It will peel off easily with no pain.

12) Chewing gum in hair: To remove chewing gum from hair, rub the gum with peanut butter and wash.

13) Boiling potatoes: When boiling potatoes, add a teaspoon of butter to the water to prevent the water from boiling over.

14) Boiling eggs: Adding a little vinegar when boiling eggs will prevent the shells from cracking.

15) Wine corks: If you can’t get the wine cork back into the bottle, try soaking the cork in hot water first to soften it.

16) Peeling garlic: Soaking the cloves in warm water for a few minutes make them easier to peel.

17) Cleaning windows and mirrors: Here are two different home-made solutions you can mix in a spray bottle to clean windows and mirrors: Solution

A) Mix a 1/4 bottle of rubbing alcohol, 4 drops of dish soap and water. Or try Solution:

B), which consists of mixing water and white vinegar. Mix about 1/2 cup vinegar to 2 cups water. Use more vinegar for dirty surfaces. Supposedly these solutions will not streak at all. Also, drying windows with old newspaper removes streaks.

18) Removing lint balls: Occasionally through wear and tear, small lint ball or fluff balls appear on clothing. To remove these, use a rough piece of steel wool and run it lightly over the material.

19) Nasty Stains on counter tops: Spray the area with a mix of bleach and water, let is set for a bit and wipe off (this tip naturally depends on what material and colour your counters are made of).

20) Smelly hands: To remove onion and garlic odour from your hands, simply rub a piece of stainless steel (like a spoon) while washing them. Another trick is to rub your hands with a drop or two of dishwashing liquid and a little salt. To remove the smell of bleach from your hands, rinse them with a little vinegar or lemon juice.

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