By Rosie Moore

1. Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hair spray 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 be then resealed. (hmmmmmm…)

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 (I wish I had known this for the last sixty years).

5. Crayon marks on walls? This works wonderfully! A damp rag dipped in baking soda. Crayon comes off with little effort.

6.  Permanent maker on appliances/counter tops? Try rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

7. When you buy a box of S.O.S pads take a pair of scissors and cut each pad in half. After years of throwing away rusted and unused and smelly pads this is more economical. Also the scissors get sharpened this way.

8. Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc. with a knife until it loosens up simply reach into  the drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to the size of the jar and 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 a 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 the clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

12. Candles will last much 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 leave your artificial flowers looking like new.

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.

I hope these tips help you all.

Thought for the day: A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow. Charlotte Bronte

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