The Secret Side of Household Tips: What They Never Told Us!
By mypersonalaccent on August 30, 2013
Photo Credit: istockphot.com[/caption] I love to use vinegar, lemons, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide for all sorts of cleaning and other types of uses. Nine out of ten times they work better than the store bought chemical brand. They cost pennies and do so many different things. So it made me think what else do I have that can be used in other ways. I was really surprised at the unusual tips I found, some of which you may know or use or some you may not. These random items like banana peels (who knew?), chalk, and salt. Over the last few months, I have been researching and talking to people about what unusual tips they use to take care of annoying little problems they use around the house. Let’s explore a little and walk on the secret side of household tips. .
They are not just part of a food group anymore, but I wonder what were people thinking when they decided to use bananas to polish leather? Shine silverware: blend peels with water to a paste . Rub paste on silverware with cloth and then rinse really well. Dry completely before putting it away or it may mold. Attract Birds and Butterflies: Place a ripe banana in your garden during the day with a couple holes poked in the skin. Remove at sunset or other animals may be attracted it it as well. Tenderize your meat: Add a ripe banana peel to your roasting pan. Polish Leather: Strip any leftover, stringy stuff from the peel. Rub the inside of peel on leather furniture. Buff it out. Whitens Teeth: Take piece of inside peel and rub on teeth for 2 minutes and will whiten them.
Photo Credit: DIY Network[/caption] WD-40 Loosen stuck screws - spray on head and let set a minute or two. Remove labels and residue easily - Reader tip Removes crayon from inside a dryer - Reader tip Loosen Zippers Remove gum from carpets Unsticks flower pots Eases snow shoveling [caption id="attachment_1442" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Photo Credit: DIY Home Sweet Home http://diyhshp.blogspot.com[/caption]
Costume jewelry: Brush thin layer of clear polish on costume jewelry and accessories with rhinestones and bling and they won't fall out. It will also stop costume jewelry from turning black with tarnish. Skin irritation: Brush thin layer of nail polish on the back of jean rivet that rubs the skin to prevent irritation. Envelopes: If you have an envelope that will not seal, put a dab of polish on it. Screens: Keeps screen holes no larger than 1/3 inch in dia. from getting larger by brushing a thin layer over hole. Mend a Hanger: Brush a layer over the rough spots on metal and plastic hangers to save your delicate sweaters and blouses.
Old School ToothpasteNote these tips are for the non-gel type of toothpaste.
Bathroom: shine chrome and cleans rings. Place a Nail when Hanging a Picture: Put toothpaste on the frame where the nail needs to be, press it against the wall and voila! Put the nail there! Acrylic accessories (such as desktop organizers): Squeeze toothpaste onto a toothbrush and work it into scratches until they diminish. Wipe residue off with a cloth. Chrome fixtures: To polish faucets and taps in the kitchen or bathroom, smear a dime-size amount of toothpaste onto them, then buff with a soft cloth until they shine. Scuffed linoleum: Reduce marks by scrubbing them with toothpaste and a dry cloth until no toothpaste residue remains. Piano keys: Rub each key carefully with a damp cotton swab and a dollop of toothpaste. Wipe dry and buff with a clean cloth. Tarnished silverware: Put a dab of toothpaste on a soft cloth, rub it onto the tarnish, then rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth. Steam iron: Apply a dab of toothpaste and work it into the plate. Use a clean cloth to remove mineral deposits. Removes Crayon Marks: Dab on mark. Rub gently with cloth and rinse with warm water. Deodorize hands: Just rub on a dab and wash to get rid of onion or garlic smell. Defog Goggles: Coat inside then wipe off and they should be crystal clear. Fills in Holes: Use a dab to fill in nail holes on walls before painting. Remove Scratches: It will take scratches out of painted finishes. Photo Credit: http://www.mothergoosejuice/wordpress.com[/caption]
Remove Splinter: Simply place some Scotch tape over the splinter, and pull upwards to remove. Protect walls: Put piece of tape on wall then nail on top to place picture. Then the wall paint won't chip. Unstick plastic wrap: Lift up with a piece of tape touched to the edge. Snugly fit a candle in holder: Wrap a few layers around bottom of candle. Photo Credit: Hair-Dryer-cn200083425.en_.ec21.com