Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tip o' the mornin' to ya: Part deux

So here's that post I wanted to write a couple days ago...
uses for common household products"
I love anytime I hear about a new use for something I already own! And I love the idea of working with whatcha got!
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Right?

Here's a list of things I think are handy to know.
(And, yes, they have been tried and tested by yours truly.)



Prevent hair coloring from dying your skin: Rub ChapStick along your hairline before coloring your hair.

Lubricate a zipper: Rub ChapStick along the teeth of the zipper to make it zip smoothly.

Perfect eyebrows: A little ChapStick smoothed over eyebrows will keep the hairs in place.
Baby Powder:

Clean wet sand off skin: Any mom who's child likes to frequent the sand box needs to know this. Apply baby powder to those little sandy legs, and the sand falls right off.

Untangle a chain necklace: Dusting the chain with Baby Powder will make it easier to untangle.

De-squeaking your wood floors: Just dust a little Baby Powder over the squeaky board and sweep so that it brushes down into the crack. Takes the squeak right out.

Coffee Filters:

Clean windows and mirrors: Just use a filter instead of a paper towel. They are lint-free so they'll leave your windows sparkling.

Protect a cast-iron skillet: Place a Coffee Filter in the skillet when you store it to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

Aluminum Foil:

Clean tarnished silverware: Line a metal cake pan with Reynolds Wrap, add 2 Tablespoons of baking soda, and add about a quart of VERY hot, but NOT boiling water. Put your silverware into the pan, making sure each piece touches the foil. The hydrogen produced by heating baking soda combines with the sulfur in the tarnish, removing the stains. Neat.

Clean starch off an iron or hairspray residue off a straightening iron: Simply run the heated iron over a piece of foil.


Hopefully some of these tricks might help you out at some point. (But if they go horribly wrong, um... You don't know me.)

And if you have some tricks of your own you'd like to share, leave me a comment. I'd love to steal them!

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