Fawn’s helpful household hints

1 Mar

To keep flowers fresh…

Did you know that putting a penny in the water of your fresh cut tulips will keep them from wilting?  My neighbour Tammy tried it and it works!

Note: this does not work if you “forget” to add fresh water to the vase and find subsequently that there is none left.

To clean non-stick cookware…

Don’t you hate it when your non-stick cookware starts to get a little old and stuff starts to stick, even though there are no scratches?  Not to worry!  Give your pan a chance to soak for a few minutes and you’ll be able to wipe it right off.

What the soaking won’t do is rinse away the heebie-jeebies you feel whilst wondering what cancer-causing toxic chemicals must have leached into your food as the non-stick coating is clearly wearing off.

To resurrect a worn-out pair of jeans…

I always (eventually) wear holes into the thigh seams of my favourite jeans, rendering them indecent to wear.  Fortunately, it’s not (theoretically) difficult to “bou-tweak” them into a fashionable and fabulous jean skirt.  Finding the time to actually do this, on the other hand, will be impossible until you have moved up to a different size of clothing.

It’s your turn!  What are your helpful household hints?

10 Responses to “Fawn’s helpful household hints”

  1. Tine March 2, 2009 at 2:41 am #

    Instead of a penny, my smart Oma always adds some sugar to the water of some fresh cut flowers …

    Actually, I once was given a whole book of household hints called “Frag Mutti” (http://www.frag-mutti.de/das-buch.php) 🙂 , so I should be able to come up with some more ideas, but the only other thing I can think of right now is that in order to keep your sink & fittings clean & shiny, you should wipe it with lemon !!

    Love, Tine

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  2. Tine March 2, 2009 at 2:50 am #

    Oh yeah, I got one more: If you want to remove stickers sticking somewhere you don’t want them anymore, use your hair drier to blow some hot air on them – & once they’re starting to come off, oil might be helpful, too (learned that a long time ago in sience class – & it works) !!

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  3. maleesha March 2, 2009 at 3:37 am #

    These are hilarious.

    Let’s see…dishwasher smelly? Towels need washing? Dishes stacked up? My helpful hint is: Hire a maid to clean the house while you get yourself on the first flight to the Bahamas. ***DISCLAIMER: I have never been able to try this helpful hint, I just have a feeling it works wonders.

  4. Jamie March 2, 2009 at 5:19 am #

    For non-nonstick cookware that food is sticking to (Think leftover lasagna that has been re-heated in the casserole dish so parts are really baked on) fill it with water to soak and add a used bounce sheet…yes a Used fabric softener sheet.In a couple hours you will be able to pour out the water and everything will pour out with it. Make sure you clean your dish though! Otherwise your next lasagna will taste mountain fresh! This really works!

  5. Jenny March 2, 2009 at 5:20 am #

    put ketchup on copper pots and let sit a while then rub off and they’re polished.
    a dryer sheet left in a dirty casserole dish filled with water over night , rinses clean in the morning, or just stick the casserole dish in the dishwasher and wash it over and over and over again until it finally comes clean
    To clean out a drain, pour baking soda down the drain then follow with vinegar. After its done bubbling run hot water.
    To clean hair out of a drain pour Nair downt the drain and let sit and eventually run hot water.

  6. Gen March 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    Hmm… mine’s got to be: nuking a mug of water for 5 minutes to clean the microwave.

  7. Suzanne March 3, 2009 at 6:33 am #

    tang (or no name orange crystals) in the dishwasher to clean it, then wipe with a damp towel to get all the crud off the inside of the door while it’s still warm and moist.

    to get blueberry stains out of clothing — pour white vinegar on the stain (yes, it’s supposed to turn bright pink) then pour a kettle of boiling water on it from about 2 feet away (watch your hands!). repeat if you need to, but the stain will probably be gone after the first try.

  8. Mike March 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    Da könnte ich auch was beisteuern: Großmutter nimmt für Tulpen Aspirin.
    Kalkreste( Wasserkocher, Töpfe etc. gehen hervorragend mit Essig oder Zitrone zu entfernen.
    Schmutzige WC kann man mit Tabs zum Reinigen der dritten Zähne sehr gut sauber bekommen, ebenso Teekannen, die vom Tee braun geworden sind.
    Fensterscheiben mit heißem Essigwasser waschen und mit Zeitungspapier nachpolieren, funktioniert ebenfalls gut.
    Wachsflecken von Kerzen mit heißem Bügeleisen und Löschpapier entfernen, Küchenkrepp geht auch (zewa wisch und weg!)

  9. Captain Momma March 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    Let’s see, Dawn dish detergent will get chocolate out of clothes! I have tried and it works fantastic. Just rub in until stain is gone and launder as usual.

    Just boiling water through blueberry stains works as well.

    Baking soda on damp cloth to easily remove scuff marks from walls, especially around your boot area where they are always smacking the wall!

    Pour a lot of baking soda on the mattress or wherever, if your kids pees and wait until dry, then vacuum. It takes out the wet and the odour!

    To make a stainless steel sink really shine, wipe with powdered laundry detergent. A past, extremely anal landlady made me do this EVERY single time water was run in the sink. I moved out after one month…

    Rust stains in clothing (ie from wire hanger)?? Rub with a paste of salt and lemon juice and let dry in the sun. Gone!

    Thanks for the great tips!


  10. Jenny March 4, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    I just thought of this one, very helpful to those who have children in diapers. The activated charcoal stuff they sell for aquariums works 100X better than baking soda at soaking up smells in the fridge or diaper pails! I sprinkle some in our diaper pail and it controls the odor.

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