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Old 07-12-2004, 11:51 AM
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other uses

There are many uses for Bounce fabric softener sheets, but I don't remember where I read that. One use was to repel mosquitos.
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Fabric softener sheets are also good for:

Put one under the seats in the car to freshen the air

Put one in your drawer to freshen the clothes

Use a USED fabric softener sheet to dust your computer & TV screens. Free static-free dustcloth!


And in other news....

I reuse those plastic "barrels" that pretzels come in, for kids' Matchbox cars, Tinker Toys and other small toys. They are easy for kids to help fill and carry when they're done playing.
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Item of the Week: Kitchen Timer

Besides timing your cooking/baking, what other uses have you found for your kitchen timer?
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How about using it for homework. Tell the kids to clean up for 15 mins. Or for reading, read for 15 mins(my dd loves using it for reading). And of course homework, work for 15 mins at a time.

I also use mine to keep time when I dye my hair.

And another one of my favorite uses for the kitchen timer. I have a hard time predicting how long so many mins are. So if I need to leave to go somewhere in X amount of mins, so I don't lose track of time, I set the timer for X amount of mins. Than I don't have to say shoot I lost track of time!

Can't wait to hear about others uses of the kitchen timer!
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The classic phrase in my house is "When the timer goes bing...."

--we leave for wherever it is we're going
--the other kid gets a turn to play the game
--we'll clean up for 5 quick minutes (set the timer for that, too!)
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The following tips were posted in another thread by ronsan:

In my quest for cheap containers, I have found some excellent items that didn't cost a thing, such as:

1. The bottom half of the Velveeta cheese box. These make great drawer dividers and also I completely covered one with white household glue and expired coupons. I just put the unsorted coupons I come across in there until I have time to file them correctly. Because the coupons decorating the box are so distinctive and recognizable, not even my youngest grandchild has a problem finding the "coupon box" for me.

2. Crisco stick shortening plastic rectangles: These I use in my dresser drawer for dividers for watches, pins, etc., that I don't want in my jewelry box. I cut size appropriate pieces of felt to fit the bottom of each, hot glued them down, and then taped five together across the bottoms with wide see-thru tape. Works like a charm!

3. Empty single serving yogurt containers: These I cut down to 1-1/2" tall and use for craft or sewing needs when I have a lot of small bits to work with but don't want the pieces all over my work surface.

4. Discarded three-ring notebooks: These I use for just about all paper and pamphlet needs, such as organizing all the instruction manuals for household appliances, or the same for all tools and appliances for outside work. If a pamphlet is too big to 3-hole punch, then I put it into a plastic sleeve (sealed bottom so it won't fall out) that already has the 3-hole punch in it and add it to the proper notebook. The three notebooks I have are quite large but each has a designated purpose and it makes finding the proper manual really easy.

I also use the same system for recipes in my kitchen so I could cut down on the number of cookbooks I had on my counter. I probably don't use over a half dozen recipes from each individual cookbook but by slitting the page of the recipe I want to keep (and then selling the cookbook or giving it to someone else) and putting the recipe in the appropriate section of the 3-ring notebook, I have saved myself incredible amounts of room on the counter where the cookbook rack is.

5. Black plastic microwave dinner containers: These round bowls make the perfect "saucer" for terra cotta pots, and are also sturdy enough to go through the dishwasher when needed. I like to propagate plants and always have starts in various stages of growth around the house. No need to purchase expensive saucers.

6. Empty cardboard toilet tissue rolls and paper towel rolls: I never have enough of these! I use them for neatly storing extension cords, electrical cords for appliances I don't use very often, plastic grocery sacks; lint collectors for starting fires in the fireplace in the winter; and using on rolls of gift paper so the cut edges remain neat. (Slit the cardboard from top to botton and depending upon the size of the roll, gently slide around the paper, making sure the cut edge of the paper is encased inside the cardboard tubing. This hint has saved me lots of paper and money over the years.)

7. Empty shoe boxs: I prefer to keep my shoes in clear plastic boxs so I can tell at a glance which pair is where. I retain the better empty shoe boxs for decorating with scrap pieces of wallpaperor beautiful wrapping paper, separately decorating the lid and the bottom part. Most of the wallpaper I find at garage sales and flea markets at rock bottom prices. These decorated boxs are great organizational tools for storing just about anything, but also can be used for gift boxs, etc.

8. Return address labels on incoming mail: I always check the return address labels to make sure friends and family members are still at the same address. This is especially true for college-aged students and those just beginning their careers when moves seem to happen all the time. When I find one, I cut out the new address label and afix it with tape in the address book I keep. Quicker and handier than having to rewrite it by hand, and it helps prevent miscopying information.

9. Suitcases: Whether I find good solid clean suitcases/garment bags at garage sales or am utilizing my own unused ones, I never miss the opportunity to use suitcases/garment bags for storage of bigger and heavier blankets, breadspreads, seasonal decorative pillows, seldom used clothing (such as hunting gear). Garment bags are especially good in that you can hang and contain quite a few items in one yet they take up little space in a closet. Hard stackable suitcase are great for storing seasonal pillows and afghans. I post a listing of the contents on each secured with a piece of wide see-through tape and it is easy to find out what the contents are as well as remove when replacing items or needing to use the garment bag for traveling.

10. Finally, I wouldn't be able to organize nearly as well if I didn't have a label maker and a tape gun. Neither of these two items are inexpensive but are worth their weight in gold. The label maker instantly identifies what is in the container for anyone and the tape gun is just plain handy ~probably one of the best organizational gadgets ever for me. No matter whether I am taping boxs shut, labeling a container, afixing large address labels, reusing and securing tightly manilla envelopes for mailing, getting a second using out of my vacuum bags, repairing the grommet in a shower curtain that got ripped or any other of a zillion uses, I just wouldn't be without one now.


Thanks for some great tips!
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Can't wait to hear about others uses of the kitchen timer!
I babysat for a mom that incorporated the use of the kitchen stove-timer when toilet training her children. When the timer sounded, off to the bathroom with the potty learner.
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This is a totally awesome thread!

Straight ammonia for stings. A quick dab is all that is needed.
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