Wednesday, January 18, 2012

More Clever Ideas


Expanding  Frosting:
When you buy a container of cake  frosting from the store, whip it with your  mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same  amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per  serving.

Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits,  pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them  in a microwave with a cup of water. The  increased moisture will keep the food moist and  help it reheat faster.

Newspaper  weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work  the nutrients in your soil.  Wet newspapers. Put  layers around the plants overlapping as you go.  Cover with mulch, and forget about weeds.  Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspapers.

Broken  Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't  see easily.

No More  Mosquitoes:
Place a dryer sheet in your  pocket.It will keep the mosquitoes  away. (Harold has put this under the back of this cap (when mowing the lawn) for years, & it works—so he says.

Squirrel  Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your  plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne  pepper.  The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant  and the squirrels won't come near it.  (Wonder if this works with rabbits?  Sure gonna give it a try)

Flexible  vacuum
To get something out of a heat  register or under the fridge add an empty paper  towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your  vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow  openings.

Reducing Static  Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of  your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress.  Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing  panty hose.  Place pin in seam of  slacks and ... TA DA! ... Static is gone.

Measuring  Cups
Before you pour sticky substances  into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup.  Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields?  Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car when the windows fog, rub with the eraser!  Works better than a cloth!

Reopening envelopes: 
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

Hair Conditioner
Use your hair  conditioner toshave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving  cream and  leaves your legs really  smooth.  It's also a great way to use up the
conditioner  you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.

Goodbye Fruit  Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take  a small glass, fill it ½” with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well.  You will find those flies drawn to the cup an d gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of  cornmeal where you see ants.  They eat it, take it “home”, can't digest it so it kills them.  It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it  works and you don't have the worry about pets  or small children being harmed!
(This I will definitely try!!!)

The heating unit went out on my  dryer! The gentleman that fixes appliances told me that he wanted to  show me something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter.  It was  clean.  

He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it.  The lint filter is made of a mesh material.  I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like.  Well...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh!  It didn't go through it at all!  The  dryer sheets cause a film over that  mesh & that's what burns out the heating unit.  You can't SEE the  film, but it's there.

It's what is in the dryer r sheets to make your  clothes soft and static free…that nice fragrance too.  You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box...well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen.  This is also what  causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it!  The best way to keep  your dryer working for a very longtime (and to keep your  electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it  with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.

That makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!  How about that!?!  Learn something new every day!  I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that.  So, I thought I'd share!


  1. Hi Marge!

    I love all these ideas, especially the one about putting a safety pin in your hem, and not static . . . don't you just hate it when your slip sticks to you?! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Great tips, Marge! I have to try the newspapers in my annual flower bed! That's interesting about the lint filter- will wash mine! I also have problemsd with rabbits so will try the cayenne pepper. :) (((Hugz)))

  3. This was a great post! I was shocked at some of the hints... and had heard of a few as well. Going to check my dryer out tomorrow!!

    Tänia of Simply God's Girl

  4. Hi Marge;

    I finally posted after a week away from my pc. My life is too quiet to write about. ;-}

    What great helpful hints. I copied and pasted a couple. Darylynn is posting helpful hints also.

    Have a great day ahead my friend. Hugs

  5. Great stuff, Marge! I have to copy some of them down.

  6. Great tips, Marge. Hope you're having a great week. hugs