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Viewer Helpful Home Hints

We'd like to thank everyone who sent in their "Helpful Home Hints".  Amy will be bringing you a few selected hints during the week of February 10.

Below are all the hints we've gotten from you, the viewers.

 

  • This hint is for finding something small that you've lost... like an earring or contact lens... on the carpet, in the furniture or even in the car. Put a pantyhose over the end of your vacuum cleaner hose, and slowly vacuum over the area where you're looking for the object. The hose will suck the item up, but the pantyhose will hold & protect it.

  • Want a tried and true helpful hint to clean glass, mirrors, car windows, crystal chandeliers, etc. without streaking? Use a regular solution of dish washing liquid and water, any brand will do. Clean a reasonable size area at a time because you must wipe it dry. No rinsing, just wash and dry. You won't get streaking, and it stays clean longer than with a commercial glass cleaning product.

  • To keep your coffe maker cleaner, make a "sandwich" of your grounds. Use one filter for grounds like normal... then put another filter on top. This will keep the oil build-up from forming, and make cleaning the underside of your coffeemaker much cleaner... and it does not affect the taste of your coffee.

  • Here's a fast & easy way to clean the dust off your fabric lamp shades... Use one of those tape lint rollers, slowly roll in down the lamp shade to remove all the dust. It cleans it like new & it won't harm the fabric shade.

  • To help slow down the sprouting of a large bag of potatoes, place an apple in the bag. It will hamper the sprouting process.

  • For a severe leg or foot cramp, rub the cramping area with vinegar. The cramping will stop almost immediately... It may come back later, but just rub more vinegar on.

  • Wet your used dryer sheets to clean soap scum off your shower doors.

  • To make a Bundt cake release without sticking to the pan, take the cake directly from the oven and place on a wet towel or cloth. Let it sit on the wet cloth for 10 minutes. Then place a plate on top of the pan, and invert your cake without sticking and tearing apart. (It goes without saying that it helps if the pan is sprayed with nonstick spray first!)

  • When you fold your sheets and pillow cases, store them in one of the pillow cases for that set. You'll never have to hunt for the matching pillow cases, or be attacked by sheets falling off the shelf. Also, stack different sizes in different piles. Every little thing to help out a busy Mom is great!

  • Like to burn candles, but hate when they burn down and you've got to get the stub out of the holder? Spray the holders/votive well with cooking spray... let it dry... insert your candle, and when it burns down it will pop right out... no prying or scraping with a knife!

  • Does your dog have gas? First, take them for a walk to help move the gas out of his system. Then, check your dog food for soy content. High soy content causes gas. If so, also feed your dog plain yogurt, which has "friendly" bacteria to help digestion. Give 1/4 teaspoon to small dogs, one teaspoon for medium dogs, and one tablespoon for large dogs. Also, raise their food dish to help avoid air intake while eating.

  • Butter the rim of the pot before you cook pasta, potatoes or rice, to keep the water from boiling over.

  • Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator, and it will keep for weeks.

  • Line your crisper drawer with paper towels, to absorb extra moisture that causes fruits and vegetables to wilt.

  • To keep potatoes from budding, put an apple in the bag.

  • Tired of cloudy drinking glasses? Soak them in warm vinegar for about an hour. Then use a plastic kitchen scrubbie to clean them.

  • Your child used your wall as a coloring book... now you want to get rid of the crayon! Spray with WD40, then wipe with clean paper towel or cloth. If that doesn't take it all off, scrub with a damp sponge and baking soda . If some of the WD40 remains, use dish soap and a damp sponge to remove.

  • Here's another idea for crayon marks on walls... a damp rag and baking soda... just put a little elbow grease into it!

  • Use your leftover sloap slivers to keep moths away. Put them in a vented plastic bag, and hang with your seasonal clothes.

  • To remove soap scum on glass shower doors, spray Resolve Carpet Cleaner on, let it set for a minute, then wipe off.

  • To remove soap scum off fiberglass or porcelain tubs, use a stain remover like Spray-n-Wash. Just spray on, and wipe off.

  • To help deodorize your tennis shoes, fill an old nylon with kitty litter (about the size of your foot), tie the end, and stuff it into your shoes overnight. You can also add baby powder or baking soda.

  • If you have sticky stuff you need to remove from furniture, dishes, toys, etc, saturate with vegetable oil, or mineral oil, and rub off.

  • Clean the burned spots on the bottom of your iron by rubbing it with aluminum foil.

  • To get chewing gum out of your rug, freeze it with ice cubes then scrape it away.

  • If your copper bottom pots and pans are stained, rub with Worcestershire Sauce, let it set for a minute, then rince.

  • Tired of scraping ice off your car windows every morning? Coat your windows with a mixture of three parts vinegar, to one part water.

  • Full strength vinegar kills unwanted grass.

  • Take the pain and itch out of a bee sting by soaking it in vinegar.

  • If your artificial flower arrangement is dusty, put them in a paper bag with some salt. Shake hard and fast. The salt will help absorb the dust.

  • Store your unused appliance cords in empty toilet paper rolls... you can write the name of the appliance on them, and it fits snuggly.

  • If you have cloudy flower vases, fill it with a little water and drop Alka-Seltzer tablets in.

  • If you're not sure what color paint will look best in a room, but the smallest amount possible and paint one side of a poster board. That makes it easy to move around the room, and gives you a better view than a paint chip!

  • Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before storing tomato sauces. It'll prevent stains.

  • To get stainless steel sparkling, clean with rubbing alcohol.

  • A teaspoon of vinegar makes your rice fluffier... just add it to the boiling water.

  • Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

  • If you use too much salt when cooking, drop in a peeled potato. It will absorb some of the excess salt. Remove the potate before serving.

  • To freshen your dogs between baths, sprinkle baking soda on their fur and work it down to their skin. Then make sure to brush thoroughly. It's non-toxic, and helps absorb odors. Just be careful not to use too much, so you don't dry out their skin.

  • To clear bugs off your vehicle's windscreen, use full-strength vinegar or cola (yes, the kind you drink). Just pour onto a cloth, saturate bug area, and wipe off.

  • Use a toothbrush to clean a child's sippy-cup spout... much quicker than trying to cram a rag into those tight spaces!

  • Use a dryer sheet to clean your TV screens and repel dust and static electricity. Same things with your window blinds.

  • Hang a sheet outside your doorway, to keep flies from congregating and buzzing inside every time you open and shut the door.

  • Place a dryer sheet in your coat pocket, to keep you from getting shocked as you get into and out of the car during the winter.

  • To clean baked-on food from a cooking pan, put a dryer sheet in the pan, fill with water, let it sit overnight, and then sponge clean.

  • Save the plastic bags onions come in... wrap them around your sponge, and use as a scrubber for non-stick pans and other non-abrasive scrubbing.

  • Home treatment for stuffy sinuses: Mix 1 tsp baking soda, 2-3 tsp pickling/canning salt (because this does not have additives), 1 quart water. Use a nasal bulb syringe to irrigate the nose. This helps get your nose flowing again.

  • Butter the rim of the pot before you cook pasta, potatoes or rice, to keep the water from boiling over.

  • Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator, and it will keep for weeks.

  • Line your crisper drawer with paper towels, to absorb extra moisture that causes fruits and vegetables to wilt.

  • To keep potatoes from budding, put an apple in the bag.

  • Tired of cloudy drinking glasses? Soak them in warm vinegar for about an hour. Then use a plastic kitchen scrubbie to clean them.

  • Your child used your wall as a coloring book... now you want to get rid of the crayon! Spray with WD40, then wipe with clean paper towel or cloth. If that doesn't take it all off, scrub with a damp sponge and baking soda . If some of the WD40 remains, use dish soap and a damp sponge to remove.

  • Here's another idea for crayon marks on walls... a damp rag and baking soda... just put a little elbow grease into it!

  • Use your leftover sloap slivers to keep moths away. Put them in a vented plastic bag, and hang with your seasonal clothes.

  • To remove soap scum on glass shower doors, spray Resolve Carpet Cleaner on, let it set for a minute, then wipe off.

  • To remove soap scum off fiberglass or porcelain tubs, use a stain remover like Spray-n-Wash. Just spray on, and wipe off.

  • To help deodorize your tennis shoes, fill an old nylon with kitty litter (about the size of your foot), tie the end, and stuff it into your shoes overnight. You can also add baby powder or baking soda.

  • If you have sticky stuff you need to remove from furniture, dishes, toys, etc, saturate with vegetable oil, or mineral oil, and rub off.

  • Clean the burned spots on the bottom of your iron by rubbing it with aluminum foil.

  • To get chewing gum out of your rug, freeze it with ice cubes then scrape it away.

  • If your copper bottom pots and pans are stained, rub with Worcestershire Sauce, let it set for a minute, then rince.

  • Tired of scraping ice off your car windows every morning? Coat your windows with a mixture of three parts vinegar, to one part water.

  • Full strength vinegar kills unwanted grass.

  • Take the pain and itch out of a bee sting by soaking it in vinegar.

  • If your artificial flower arrangement is dusty, put them in a paper bag with some salt. Shake hard and fast. The salt will help absorb the dust.

  • Store your unused appliance cords in empty toilet paper rolls... you can write the name of the appliance on them, and it fits snuggly.

  • If you have cloudy flower vases, fill it with a little water and drop Alka-Seltzer tablets in.

  • If you're not sure what color paint will look best in a room, but the smallest amount possible and paint one side of a poster board. That makes it easy to move around the room, and gives you a better view than a paint chip!

  • Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before storing tomato sauces. It'll prevent stains.

  • To get stainless steel sparkling, clean with rubbing alcohol.

  • A teaspoon of vinegar makes your rice fluffier... just add it to the boiling water.

  • Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

  • If you use too much salt when cooking, drop in a peeled potato. It will absorb some of the excess salt. Remove the potate before serving.

  • To freshen your dogs between baths, sprinkle baking soda on their fur and work it down to their skin. Then make sure to brush thoroughly. It's non-toxic, and helps absorb odors. Just be careful not to use too much, so you don't dry out their skin.

  • To clear bugs off your vehicle's windscreen, use full-strength vinegar or cola (yes, the kind you drink). Just pour onto a cloth, saturate bug area, and wipe off.

  • Use a toothbrush to clean a child's sippy-cup spout... much quicker than trying to cram a rag into those tight spaces!

  • Use a dryer sheet to clean your TV screens and repel dust and static electricity. Same things with your window blinds.

  • Hang a sheet outside your doorway, to keep flies from congregating and buzzing inside every time you open and shut the door.

  • Place a dryer sheet in your coat pocket, to keep you from getting shocked as you get into and out of the car during the winter.

  • To clean baked-on food from a cooking pan, put a dryer sheet in the pan, fill with water, let it sit overnight, and then sponge clean.

  • Save the plastic bags onions come in... wrap them around your sponge, and use as a scrubber for non-stick pans and other non-abrasive scrubbing.

  • Home treatment for stuffy sinuses: Mix 1 tsp baking soda, 2-3 tsp pickling/canning salt (because this does not have additives), 1 quart water. Use a nasal bulb syringe to irrigate the nose. This helps get your nose flowing again.

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