Friday, June 7, 2013

A Few Random Helpful Household Hints

I'm always trying to find ways to make life easier. I hate wasting anything, and I don't always have tools and products specific to each need, so I'm always looking up alternatives on the Internet.

Here are a few helpful hints I've found:

Tomatoes - If you need to use fresh peeled tomatoes in a recipe, you may have discovered that they're difficult to peel. Boil some water and remove the pot from the stove. Dip the tomatoes in the water and leave them for about 30 seconds. When you remove them from the hot water, they should be every easy to peel. In fact, the peeling will probably come right off in your hand when you touch them.

Animal hair removal - I love animals, but I don't like wearing their fur on the seat of my black pants. Back when we had a dog and 2 long-haired cats, we were always trying to de-fur the furniture. If your lint roller has run out of stickiness, put on a rubber glove and swipe it across the furniture. You should be able to get quite a bit of the hair with that. For more stubborn, hard-to-remove fur, you can wet the glove and take another swipe.

Fabric softener sheets - When you get bugs stuck on your car, it's best to remove them as quickly as possible, but sometimes they're stubborn. Don't use heavy-duty abrasives, or you'll ruin your paint. Instead, dampen a dryer sheet and place it on the bug. Leave it for about 5 minutes and then just wipe it away. You can do the same thing to remove tree sap.

Cat Litter - If you see an oil stain on the pavement after you move your car, sprinkle the spot liberally with cat litter. Leave it for a couple of days before sweeping it up. The litter is absorbent and makes the stain disappear without too much work.

Dryer lint - You can use dryer lint for a variety of things:

  1. Refresh old stuffed animals that have gone flat by splitting one of the seams and filling it with dryer lint. Hand stitch the seam closed.
  2. Wad up the lint and put it in the bottom of flowerpots before adding dirt. The water will drain without taking the soil with it.
  3. Glue it on your kids' posters to make clouds in varying shades of gray. 

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