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dxlifer 02-15-2002 11:07 AM

wow...i am overwhelmed....i'll have to go back and read these over a few times to absorb it all.
and i thought i had already collected a lot of shortcuts and easy fixes..i tip my hat to you!

but can you come up with an answer for this one? i live in cotton for a variety of reasons but since i'm a chronic slob all my tops, though clean, have dark stains that i can't get rid of. i assume their grease or something....i can't really say how i do it. i refuse to keep buying new tops as these are serviceable albeit not the most presentable. and i don't have the inclination to change clothes everytime i run to the store or the library. do you know a way to restore cotton jersey to it's unblemished state?

thanks so much for all the tips...i'll be checking in from now on.


otheila 02-15-2002 02:21 PM

You could try rubbing the stains with a bar of hand soap like ivory it might take a few times but that usually works. If you can access a janitors market look for a product called ' hot purple' follow the directions on the jug for dilution ratio for clothes, this stuff gets rid of everything. Do not use it full strength on anything it will eat it doesn't matter what it'll eat it, alway dilute it first then add to wash.
Good luck

Kat 02-15-2002 03:13 PM

Vinegar for Cat Litter?
I like the idea of putting vineger to absorb odor.
I wonder if that would work if I put some around cat litter boxes.
I'll have to try that...but will have to make sure the cats don't spill the vinegar! Thanks for posting great tips, Otheila...and Shawn, too!


Shawn 03-26-2002 03:21 AM

I was trying to figure out how to do something the other day and for the life of me could not do it.

Well, I totally forgot that I posted all this stuff here and low and behold, I found the answer. (I think alzheimer (sp?) is setting in :eek: LOL, Only kidding)

So I just wanted to remind you all to take a look and see what helpful tips and hints may help you


PrairieRose 03-26-2002 06:36 AM

For getting out tough stains in cotton tee shirts try M30 laundry pretreater from Dollar General. It's the best stuff that I've ever used and will always take a grease stain out. The only problem is that sometimes it will take it out too good and leave a white circle on an otherwise dingy t-shirt! It's CHEAP too!!! :-D

kimmyo 04-14-2002 12:54 PM

Household Hints
I have not tried these but a friend sent this to me and I thought I would share it with all of you! Let me know if any of them really work!

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.

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 doorsteps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze.

5) Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag dipped in baking soda. Comes off 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 SOS pads lasts 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 sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

11) Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb 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 freshl 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 them and you will experience instant relief.

22) Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said too 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, and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

Mom2twoboyz 04-17-2002 07:00 PM

Hairspray also works on large spiders trapping you in the bathroom. :eek:

Haleys grandmom 02-18-2007 10:43 AM

Do you have problems with the waste paper basket liners falling down ? There is a simple solution , just get a trusty bungy strat that will fit tight around the basket, and no more slipping into the basket.

janet 02-19-2007 09:03 AM

WE all enjoy simple tips..please share any that you have.

Here are a couple of mine:

1.Take off shoes everytime you enter the house. You will track less dirt and dust in your home.(80%) This is really good for us living UP NORTH! Now what can I do with doggie feet? lol

2. Space saver for your closet..I have done this in my closet!
Install a second rod below your existing one.

3. Use Olive Oil
I use olive oil to: shave, remove eye makeup, shine stainless steel, unstick zippers
dust wooden furniture and silence squeaky doors! --I have also used warm olive oil when I had an ear ache...and use it to clean my doggies ears.

4. Coffee Filters
I use them to keep soil from draining out of my flowerpots.
I also cut my filters to fit our pod coffee much cheaper, and then I can use our regular coffee.

5. Toothbrush Holders
I have alot of these, since the new toothbrushes will not fit in I use them to hold
flowers, and even if it is not a closed one to hold water..drop it down into a large vase to
hold your flowers apart.

PS. I posted this in "my blog" here but not sure if anyone reads the I am sharing it again. hee hee

Hugs, Janet:blooming:

Pippe 02-20-2007 10:01 PM

These are great ideas!

Here are a few of mine:

Splinter removal - put a drop of white glue on it & let dry & you can pull it out.

Paper cut - put a drop of glue on it to close & protect.

When traveling & having to wash out undies or stockings - use shampoo for detergent.

A little dishwashing detergent will take out many hard stains on cotton (it can also bleach it, so use as last resort or on whites.) Rinse well & launder.

A spoonful of honey in a cup of hot lemonade will sooth a sore throat.

Put a new drier sheet in your luggage when storing to keep it fresh.

To make a copy of a classified ad - stick a piece of tape to cover ad & gently peel off.
It separates the paper & doesn't make holes. Good for ads for yard sales. Stick onto a index card.

Use a juice pop for a cold pack on a child's split lip.

Baking soda paste takes away itchiness of insect bites.

Meat tenderizer paste takes away swelling and pain from bee/wasp stings. (They did that to me in the ER!)

My newest favorite: When using the dry facial wash cloths, cut in half which is usually enough.

Thanks ladies!

Pippe :lep:

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