10 Random Tips To Make Your Life Easier

Don’t you wish that there was a book or manual you could buy that would tell you exactly what you needed to do for just about anything?  Me too…. but if there was, it would be the size of Lake Erie and not all practical as a coffee table book.

Over the years I have come upon or discovered tips that make my life easier.  Most come from happy accidents or the “what happens if I do this…?” scenario or passed down from older relatives who have gone down the wrong path to discover new ideas.   There may not be many of them, but they will certainly make your life easier  knowing how to tackle these particular problems.

Things copy1.     Windex removes tree sap…from fingers, cars, Christmas ornaments, etc. and doesn’t damage paint finish, but don’t tell the Windex people this or they will charge more for it.  This was a happy accident after cleaning the front windshield of my car last summer and discovering that it removed the sap with little effort.

2.    Use a dry paint brush to clean your computer keyboard…it gets into all the nooks and crannies of the keys and brushes out dirt, dust and toast crumbs.  Just hold the keyboard upside down and brush away.  Hubby just did this the other day with amazing results.

3.    Balsamic Vinegar and a couple drops of dish soap attracts and kills fruit flies.  Anyone living near a fruit orchard most likely knows this little tidbit.  Fill a shot glass half full of balsamic vinegar and place 2-3 drops of liquid dish soap into it.  Stir to mix in and leave out on the counter or window sill.  Fruit flies are attracted to the Balsamic as it smells like fermenting grapes, but the dish soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar and the fruit flies can not land on top. They fall in and drown.  I have lost count in the summer on the ones I dump down the drain.  See an earlier post here.

4.    Squeaky knitting needles…for those that knit, especially when the weather or room you are in is really warm, sometimes your yarn will *squeak* and be really tight on the needles.  Simply slide the needles through your hair a few times and continue on… Voila! no more squeaky yarn.

5.    Grow Marigolds around the perimeter of your garden to ward off insect pests and rabbits.  Both of which do not like the smell of them.

6.    Place mothballs in areas of known mice traffic…mice do not like the smell of mothballs.  We keep mothballs in our boat during winter storage and have never had mice in it since after having 3 life jackets shredded one winter.  Note ~  If you are over run with mice, use a mousetrap baited with a dab of peanut butter, gets them every time.

7.    Non-bleach laundry whitener ~ Say goodbye to toxic ammonia bleach by combining 8 cups water, 1 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup lemon juice; mix well (I store mine in an empty 2 liter pop bottle). Use a 1/2 cup per load.  More laundry/cleaning tips can be found here.

8.    Last minute lint roller ~ Wrap masking tape sticky side out around your hand and pat down on the areas of your clothes to remove fluff n’ stuff.

9.    Wrap paint rollers and brushes with plastic wrap and place in the freezer while waiting for paint to dry before applying another coat.  The paint will not dry out and ruin the roller or brush.  Just remove from the freezer and thaw for about 30 minutes before applying the next coat of paint.

10.    Coffee filters make great liners for plant pots ~ Place a coffee filter in the bottom of a plant pot  before filling with dirt.  The filter will keep dirt from falling out the drain hole in the bottom.

Feel free to add any of your own tips in the comment section as someone, somewhere, will undoubtedly be thankful for it.

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2 thoughts on “10 Random Tips To Make Your Life Easier

  1. Here are a few more tips

    Pre-Wash Spray recipe

    1/2 cup household ammonia
    1/4 cup baking soda
    1/2 cup white vinegar
    1/2 gallon water

    After mixing this solution, put part of it in a smaller spray bottle to keep handy by the washing machine when doing laundry. Spray liberally onto clothes where needed.

    Pre-Treated Dust Cloth recipe

    1 tablespoon mild soap powder (Ivory Snow)
    1 tablespoon ammonia
    2 tablespoons boiled linseed oil
    1 quart warm water

    Soak a large piece of flannel in this solution for several minutes. Wring out and hang to dry. Store in a covered glass or plastic container. Once washed, treat again.

    Pre-Soak (for delicate fabrics) recipe

    2 tablespoons cream of tartar
    1 gallon hot water

    Dissolve cream of tartar in hot water. Let the mixture cool. Soak delicate fabrics, synthetics, baby clothes, and clean diapers to remove minor stains and restore whiteness.

    Powdered Laundry Detergent recipe

    2 bars Fels Naptha soap, grated (or enough
    bars to make 28 ounces)
    8 cups washing soda
    4 cups borax
    4 cups powdered all-color bleach (optional)
    20 drops (or more) essential oil (optional)

    Mix all ingredients together and store in a lidded container. This will last a LONG time!

    For light loads, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled loads, use 2 tablespoons.

    Porcelain Sink Stain Remover recipe

    1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent
    1/2 cup liquid chlorine bleach
    1/2 cup white vinegar

    Close drain and run several inches of warm water into sink. Add above ingredients. Let stand in sink overnight. Rinse out sink with hot water.

    Plastic Cleaner recipe

    2 tablespoons white vinegar or lemon juice
    3 cups water

    Mix and store in a spray container. Spray on and wipe dry.

    Bathtub Cleaner (for badly stained tub) recipe

    Cream of tartar

    Make a paste of peroxide and cream of tartar. Scrub vigorously with a small brush. Rinse thoroughly. If the stains persist, spread the mixture over the stains and apply a drop or two of household ammonia. Allow to set for two hours before scrubbing.

    Bathroom Tile Mold Preventative recipe

    1 part water
    1 part bleach

    Put into a spray bottle. Spray the tile and bathtub area evenly and wipe off with a damp sponge.

    Aromatic Carpet Freshner recipe

    2 cups baking soda
    1/2 cup cornstarch
    4 to 5 bay leaves
    1 tablespoon cloves

    Mix all ingredients together and keep in a closed container. Sprinkle on carpet and let sit for a couple of hours. Vacuum carpet in usual manner.

    • Thanks Lydia! Those are some great ones, I have been using the laundry detergent recipe you mentioned for the past year and notice no difference between that and commercial products. Saves mucho dinero to boot 🙂

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