Gregory Sare Landolt (gregoid) wrote,
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Grandma's Tricks

How many of these did you know about?

A sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a
knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.
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.
For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put
Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They
won't refreeze.
To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the
freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it
upside down. The wax will fall out.
Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag,
dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease
that is!).
Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt
BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair
of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to
throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I
finally decided that this would be much more economical. Now a box
of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the
scissors get sharpened this way! (I wrap my S.O.S pad in wax paper -
keeps it from rusting.)
Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen
peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood.
Works every time! Now, where to put the body? LOL
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.
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 your clothes
will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this
with towels and linen.
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least
3 hours prior to burning.
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 dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works
like a charm!
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 stove top.
Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before
pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it
will keep for weeks.
When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out
the corn's natural sweetness.
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on
your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for
future use in casseroles and sauces.
Left over wine? What's that? :)
To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the
area and you will experience instant relief.
Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross
a chalk line. So, get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or
wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job
and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before
resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over
the splinter, and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most
splinters painlessly and easily.
Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer...

Clean a toilet.
Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and
flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.
Clean a vase.
To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill
with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
Polish jewelry.
Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into
a glass of water and immerse the
jewelry for two minutes.
Clean a thermos bottle.
Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and
let soak for an h our (or longer, if necessary).
Unclog a drain.
Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the
drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes,
and then run the hot water.


Makes you wonder about ingesting Alka Seltzer, doesn't it?
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