Household Tips and Hints

By Anthony McLean

With a month into the season of Spring, I like to check out tips and hints to use around my home. I found these ones to be worth sharing with readers. Each of them are simple and easy to make with ingredients that can be found in your home! Check them out, be innovative and have fun while doing it on your own, or with family or friends … and save money!

Do you have dangling power cords around your home that could be hazardous?

I have a safe and reliable solution to remedy this in one step! Take a paper towel, plastic wrap, wax paper or foil wrap core and push your cord or bar through to keep them covered and protect your children or pets from harm’s way!

Did you know that vodka can be used for things other than a drink?

Flower Preserver – Spray flower stems with a 2:1 ratio mix of vodka and sugar. Repeat every few days.

Laundry Freshener – Fill a small spray bottle with vodka and lightly spray clothes. The vodka smell goes away when the clothes dry completely. The vodka helps to remove any unwanted odours.

Stain Remover – Vodka effectively gets rid of ink, grass and lipstick stains. Dab stain with vodka and rub the stain away. Add the stained garment to the laundry afterwards for a more thorough clean.

Razor Blade Cleanser – Soak razor blades in vodka and dissolve away build-up and buff the razor all in one. This trick will keep your razor blades clean and disinfected whilst extending the lifespan of your razor collection.

Don’t burn your fingers with a short match or lighter! With matches or lighters, light candles or grills with a dry spaghetti noodle. It is a lot safer and simple.

Cleaning floors with peppermint tea!

I never thought one of my favourite hot beverages/ flavoured teas could be used to clean hardwood floors.

Here’s the recipe:
Steep 6 peppermint tea bags into a quart of water.
Add one-quarter cup of white vinegar.
Add 10 drops of tea tree oil as a disinfectant.
Store in a spray bottle, and spritz your mop and clean.
This mixture, because of the vinegar and the essential oils, will keep for a long time, under your sink.

Never blow balloons up again!
All you need is:
Baking Soda
Plastic Bottle
2 Funnels

1. Using a funnel pour vinegar into your bottle. You only need to fill about 1/3 of the bottle.
2. Using another (dry) funnel pour baking soda into your balloon. Fill the balloon about 1/2 way.
3. Cover the top of the bottle with you balloon. Make sure you don’t let the baking soda spill into the bottle prematurely.
4. When ready, lift your balloon and let the baking soda fall into the vinegar.
5. Watch as the mixture fizzes, bubbles and expands your balloon!

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