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Old 08-26-2007, 09:25 AM   #1
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Talking Who has a lil " Helpful Heloise" in them...

This thread is spawned by the Quirk thread.

Who here has a helpful lil tip or trick be it house cleaning, organization, cooking, or whatever that could be useful to another. I adore those little no brainer's or the why didn't I think of that kinds of things.

For instance as I was watching the TV show "Clean house" I noticed when they folded and put tee-shirts and such away they didn't fold and lay them flat, stacking them one atop another so you would have to dig thru the pile. They folded them and stacked them in an upright position in rows. So you could see all the shirts you had when you opened the drawer. I loved it and couldn't believe I never thought of it before!


Here are a couple of mine for you!

1) With sheet sets; I always fold and store co-ordinating sheet sets in their pillow case. It saves room in the linen closet and time in searching through the flat sheet pile, the fitted sheet pile and the pillow cases pile.

2) Electric handmixer's; Whenever I use mine before I put the beaters in the holes I pop em thru an inverted paper plate... Instant Splatter Shield!

3) I know the season's almost over but with Labour Day coming up maybe one of you can use this at your next bar-b-que, picnic, or informal get together. I take a green, red, and a yellow bell pepper cut the tops off in a pretty zig zaggy design, scoop out the seeds and rinse, then refill them ... Red with ketchup, Yellow with mustard, and green will either get relish or diced onions. The tops keep bugs out and they're tossible. No lugging dirty containers back and forth.

4) Dryer sheets are a godsend! They have a gazillion uses!! Here are a few of mine..... Hang them (discreetly) in an open window and let the wind help freshen the scent of any room. They are also a wonderful mosquito repellent. Excellent dusting cloths and when I do use them for there intended purpose.. in the dryer. After the dryer has finished, I will dig out the used sheet and toss it into my washer for the next load. Saves me tons on fabric softner!


Okies your turn! Who has my next "DUH" moment!!
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:45 AM   #2
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I have two favorite cleaning mixtures that are super cheap. One is a bottle consisting of half straight ammonia and half widow cleaner. I use this for almost everything and get shiny, clean results. The other is a squirt bottle with a little bleach and a few drops of dish-washing detergent. This is use for most things in the kitchen from the counters to the coffee pot. Just make sure to rinse really well and don't get it on your clothes.
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Old 08-26-2007, 03:03 PM   #3
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I like to stick a dryer sheet on my brush and when i brush my hair, it makes it not static-y.

If you put chapstick on before bed, it REALLY helps to heal your lips so you wake up the next morning and they feel lovely.

Umm... I dunno, I don't have many tricks. lol.
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The best thing to use to clean windows and mirrors is water with vinegar. Dirt cheap as well as streak free. Oh, use old newspaper to clean them with. They don't leave any lint and do a beautiful job of getting them clean.
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How the heck do you stack tee shirts in an upright position? What is holding them up?
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Thanks, bargoo for the question...
I was wondering the same thing!!
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I guess for the T-shirts to stay 'up' you'd have to have enough to fill the drawer. Then they'd hold each other up. I'm gonna try it...I have gobs of T's.
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4) Dryer sheets are a godsend! They have a gazillion uses!! Here are a few of mine..... Hang them (discreetly) in an open window and let the wind help freshen the scent of any room. They are also a wonderful mosquito repellent. Excellent dusting cloths and when I do use them for there intended purpose.. in the dryer. After the dryer has finished, I will dig out the used sheet and toss it into my washer for the next load. Saves me tons on fabric softner!
When I have to go with out socks or nylons in my shoes, I'll slip a dryer sheet in each shoe to keep them from getting stinky! It works really well.
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How the heck do you stack tee shirts in an upright position? What is holding them up?

Dohp! You just knew that one would be tough to describe!

Giving it another go... It's kind of a cross between rolled and folded. Placing them upright on there sides. The second half of this question; They hold each other up.

Dag nam it that didnt help at all did it. Okies heres a link to a picture that shows the concept. It's not a tee-shirt drawer but obviously this idea works well with most all clothing articles. Just look what they did with the bra's!! Excellent!! Now if I tuck the co-ordinating panty into the inside cup ( Like the sheet idea ) I'll never have to search in seperate piles again.

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Wow that is the most organized drawer I've ever seen!
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Thanks for posting the picture of the drawer! NOW I get it!!
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You can rub a dryer sheet on your cat if he/she has static in their fur. Will take it right away! Hee Hee....makes them smell all fresh too! just dont rub hard enough to get it on their actual skin, just the fur.
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Here is a copy of an email I saved: Kind of long, but look at the bread tie part especially!

1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair

2. Pam cooking spray will dry f inger nail polish

3 Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes

4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair

5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any

6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water

8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!

10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too

11 Bee stings - meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite - Preparation H

13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H
14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)

15. Stinky feet - Jello!

16. Athletes feet - cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub

18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)

19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!

20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper

21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby

23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on

25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar!

26. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film co! ntainer and mix with the food color of your choice!

27 Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak

28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia, soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!

29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste

31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.

33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, soak overnight!

35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!

36. Dirty grout - Listerine
37. Stains on clothes - Colgate

38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola, it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!

40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.

41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox, or 2 Bayer aspirin, or just use 7-up instead of water.

42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you "squeeze" for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie. They are: Monday = Blue, Tuesday = Gr een, Thursday = Red Friday = White and Saturday = Yellow. So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Satu rday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting.. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.
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These are all GREAT tips!
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if you ever get deodorant on your shirt get out a pair of pantyhose and rub on the deodorant....comes right out! i use this one all the time
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