Friday, July 23, 2010


This is a list I have compiled over the years to make lifes chores easier. It's for women, or men keeping up their end at home... I've listed 12 today and will list the rest another Friday.

1.) Flies or bee's bothering you? Spray them with hair spray and watch them take a quick dive.

2.) Sealed envelope? Put it into the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can even be resealed if your snooping. Hummm!

3.) Use an empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance the cord within belongs to.

4.) For icy doorsteps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They absolutely won't freeze. Then in warmer weather add some water and wash the steps clean.

5.) Crayon marks on walls? Anyone with kids knows what a mess that can be! This works wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in Baking Soda. Crayon comes off with little effort.

6.) Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) Simply use rubbing alcohol on a paper towel.

7.) Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S. 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 figured out how to be more economical. Now a box of S.O.S. pads last me indefinitely. An unexpected plus I noticed is that the scissors get sharpened this way as well.

8.) Opening brand new jars can be a real pain in the drain, well, I found the answer. Instead of banging the jar of jam, pickles etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the drawer and pull out my handy dandy 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 clean cloth and proceed to wipe off all the blood. Works every time, then toss cloth in washer to get it clean too.

10.) Dirty windows, well then use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal on inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean, but don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and streak terribly.

11.) Spray a bit of perfume on a lightbulb in any room to create a lovely scent in each room when the light is turned on. Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. Especially effective on lingerie. You can also do this with towels and linens.

Last for todays tips but not least, 13 more to come another Friday...

12.) Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

I hope these tips will help make your life easier and lot less stressful.


  1. Dawn liquid is a wonder! Whenever D plugs up the toilet (which is often), I pour a bunch of dawn over the mess, add some hot water and let it sit. An hour later, flush and Voila!, the mess will go down easily.

  2. Well shut my mouth, never figured Dawn for that. I use Drano and when it happens again I will try the Dawn. It is certainly less expensive than Drano, safer too and smells good going in. I will have to add it to my list of uses. Thanks Anno!

  3. I wonder if Dawn would work on clogged drains in the tub? I love the candle tip, and the toilet paper role thing. Cool!

  4. Give it a shot J.J. and let us know. I am nursing Sassy today. She got the last of her puppy shots, 3 of them. She behaved wonderfully but is very cranky and sleepy now, won't allow me to put her down. No miracles for this, except to hold her and try to make her feel better. Poor baby!!

  5. Most of these excellent tips, I did not know before, Chatty. Thank you very much. I use Dawn
    regularly and will try the drain unclogging

  6. Great tips loved the frozen envelope. Who knew?

  7. My ex was a rotten cheat Holly, always sneaking things into or out of the house and sometimes desperate times make for desperate measures, thus the envelope trick, and boy does it work...