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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I don't think we've done this for awhile. If you know of any handy dandy helpful hints, please post them here. I'll start.

When drying a comforter, throw a few clean tennis balls in the dryer with it to help keep the filling from bunching up.
post #2 of 27
If anyone uses those foaming facial cloths to wash their face (like Oil of Olay) they make great "wipe the bathroom counter and faucet really quick" thingys
post #3 of 27
Oooh!! I love this!! I have a few helpful hints, but I'll give one now.

To clean up baked-on crud inside your microwave, place a bowl of vinegar in it and heat for 30--60 seconds. Everything will wipe off easily.
post #4 of 27
If you have a garbage disposal, and it has a funky smell, throw some orange peels down there, or some lemon peels too - run the disposal as you put them in there, and your sink will smell delightful!

Using dryer sheets (non used) and put them in your dresser drawers, closets, ect - and they will make your clothes and dressers smell wonderful!

I actually put some dryer sheets under/around Harley's litter box, where he can't get to them obviously, and it always smells good in the area of his litter box!
post #5 of 27
Used dryer sheets will work as a wipe to remove fur from sofas and bedding!!
post #6 of 27
Run a dryer sheet over your hair when you get static...smells good, too!! I use them in my drawers as a sachet.
post #7 of 27
Not sure if this qualifies as a helpful hint or not...

Tired of getting all of the credit card offers in the mail? You can opt out

Calling 1-888-5-OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688) to have your name removed from direct marketing lists. You can also opt out online at OptOutPreScreen.com, which is the official consumer credit reporting industry opt-out website.

(disclaimer) I have used the phone number to opt out, not sure about the website, I'd check it out for yourself - you have to give them your SS #

*** for garbage disposals... also putting ice cubes down there occasionally sharpens the blades.
post #8 of 27
Nature's Miracle does more than get cat pee out of the sofa. It also gets coffee stains out of your clothes!
post #9 of 27
Uh, well I stumbled on this hint after I scorched Heidi's oyster stew! Take Borax and Baking soda, mix together and sprinkle into about a 1/2 inch of water on bottom of pot, let it sit for a while then scour off. I had been trying for days and almost threw out my pot when I read that tip. Made it much easier!
post #10 of 27
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.
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For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water
and put Dawn
dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't
refreeze
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Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag,
dipped in
baking soda. Comes off with little effort
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Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt
BLUE)rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
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Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for
at least 3
hours prior to burning.
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Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before
pouring in
tomato
based sauces and there won't be any stains
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Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it
on your
forehead.
The throbbing will go away.
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To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on
the area
And
you will experience instant relief.
post #11 of 27
Inexpensive powdered carpet deodorizer works wonders in the litter box (I buy vanilla-scented at the 99-cent store)

Wipe your TV screen and computer monitor with used dryer sheets - takes off the dust and helps keep it from re-depositing so quickly.
post #12 of 27
Here's one, Anbesol does NOT help lessen the pain of plucking eyebrows! Ouch!
post #13 of 27
Hemerrhoid (sp?) cream ie Preparation-H is not only good for healing tattoos, but will also help to get rid of spots!

Handy hints from my tattooist!
post #14 of 27
Speaking of Prepartation H............ If you are cutting/chopping hot peppers without gloves on and washing your hnads will not get rid of the pepper oil so if your hands burn-spread Prep H on the burning spots!!
post #15 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by GailC
Speaking of Prepartation H............ If you are cutting/chopping hot peppers without gloves on and washing your hnads will not get rid of the pepper oil so if your hands burn-spread Prep H on the burning spots!!
Gosh, who needs a medical cabinet full of stuff when you can just keep Prep H in?!

Also, Prep H works really well for itchy rashes and prickly heat!
post #16 of 27
I have heard that prep H helps with under eyes circles too. I havent tried it though!
post #17 of 27
Umm, a lime on your forehead makes your headache go away?? That's a new one! Where did you learn that??
post #18 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
I have heard that prep H helps with under eyes circles too. I havent tried it though!
Yeah, I had forgotten about that one! Plus, it does work too!
post #19 of 27
If you are cutting chiles (jalepenos etc) and you get a squirt in the eye, have someone rub your eye with hair (yours or theirs).

Learned that from my Thai cooking instructor.
post #20 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arlyn
If you are cutting chiles (jalepenos etc) and you get a squirt in the eye, have someone rub your eye with hair (yours or theirs).

Learned that from my Thai cooking instructor.
That is a really weird hint. I would never let someone rub my eye with their hair! LOL
post #21 of 27
Thread Starter 
Wow - we have a lot of handy TCSers! I need to start saving my TP rolls to store electrical cords. We are getting ready to take apart our entertainment center (its huge) for painting and new carpet. Thanks for the tip!
post #22 of 27
I also use TP/Paper towel rolls to wrap small, odd shaped gifts in.
post #23 of 27
Any tips for how to get White Out off of a counter? I just spilled some on my keyboard and desk at work, and I can't think of anything that will get it off!
post #24 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sanctie
Umm, a lime on your forehead makes your headache go away?? That's a new one! Where did you learn that??
My cousin told me about it, I haven't tried it yet though.
post #25 of 27
Prepration H I heard it gets rid of wrinkles Not !!!! All it does when you go to bed with it on your face is wake up with cat hair really stuck on it
Now to save a few steps put extra trash bags in your trash can then you can replace it without having to go get one.

Zest bath soap is an excellent bath tub cleaner Or shampoo if you don't have any bathroom cleaner, and it will also take makeup off your washcloth after you clean your face.

Put a little lemon oil on a rag and wipe the sides of your shower (just a tad) and the water won't case aot of grime buildup.

The best thing for stains on your carpet is Spot shot works wonders

A pumice stone will get rid of those rings in your tolet.

Well I could go on and on, because I used to own a Cleaning service...
post #26 of 27
Some of these might be duplicates, but i got this email from a friend of mine about all the things that dryer sheets (in this case Bounce) are good for!

And all this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer!

It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them.

It also repels mice.. spread them around foundation areas, or in trailers or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

Repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

Eliminates static electricity from your television (or computer) screen. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling,
wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.

Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

Freshen the air in your home. Place an individual sheet of Bounce in adrawer or hang in the closet.

Put A Bounce sheet in your vacuum cleaner.

Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew

Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing..

Freshen the air in your car. Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean.
The anti- static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food.

Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.
post #27 of 27
Hmmm...most of the ones I know have been used.
But my contribution:

Doing nails and accidentally went over the cutical? Take a Qtip dip it in nail polish remover and do a quick touch up!

Also Eggshells help sharpen garbage disposal blades in addition to th ice cubes.

Don't like using baby oil to remove eye makeup (I get stys if I do), then use a facial moisturizer instead. It helps keep your eyes moist & young looking and removes the eye makeup with out rubbing or stretching your eyes.
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