Odd Tips! Entertaining myself at 2:47am

by on August 28, 2010

Odd Tips. I can’t sleep. I might as well do something. What? I know! I will find odd tips and have conversations with them. ..

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.

Raise you hand if you plan to try this tip. Yep, I thought so.

For icy door steps in freezing temperatures, mix warm water and Dawn dish washing liquid. Pour it all over the steps. The steps won’t refreeze and they are not slippery.

Call me a skeptic, call me a worry wart, call me someone who has fallen on her fanny one to many times but I am wondering why the soap won’t make the steps slippery. I am also wondering why it has to be Dawn dishing wash soap, to work.

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.

Good to know there is an alternative to breaking them with hot water.

Crayon marks on walls? Grab damp rag, dipp it in baking soda and scrub.

Come on, we all know WD-40 works 300 times better than baking soda, when it comes to crayon or maker removal.  My mom says baking soda is a great body scrub so use it for a body scrub instead. I don’t think WD-40, 300 uses includes “body scrub.”

Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves.  Now a box of S.O.S pads last me forever! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get ‘sharpened” this way!

I have never even considered buying SOS pads, I was just pretending. I was using my imagination about the scissors too.

Blood stains on clothes?  Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood.

Please privately send, all suggestions as to where I should hide the body.

Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks.

Righty tighty, lefty loosey; sing the ABC when I alphabetize. I’m just not going here.

Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely “light” scent.

Better yet, take a few cotton balls, add a little essential oil and tuck them in to places around your home. Cynthia! I remembered ,there is an oil for this!

Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come.

Unless you like smelling like fabric softener, my cotton ball tip is better but really I suggest washing as needed.

Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

The only way to know if this really works, is to put one candle in the freezer; leave one candle out of the freezer and then hope someone remembers which candle is which..but they won’t and you will still be left in the dark.

Removing  burnt on food from your skillet, is simply  when you add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Just bring the pan to a boil, let sit until cool and wipe clean.

Everyone knows this, it does not deserve even “tip” status. Its Odd that I’m even mentioning it. Oh well.

Spray your Tupperware with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces…no more stains.

Oh for heaven’s sake, if it bothers you if your Tupperware is stained, pitch it. More than likely you can’t find its cover anyway.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting it in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

Do you mind celery that tastes like an aluminum can?  Oh wait, I forgot the good news! The celery will last for weeks.

When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn’s natural sweetness.

This is true. Sugar like butter makes most everything better.

Don’t throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

Yeah right!  Like most of us have left over wine. Please.

Get rid of the itch from mosquito bites by applying  soap to the area for instant relief.

Cole swears this does not work.

Does your toilet need scrubbing, jewelry need polishing, thermos got a case of the smells, vase grody, drain clogged? Take three Alka-Seltzers and polish, shake, or soak. In the case of the clogged drain follow with a shot (1 cup) of white vinegar and call me in the morning.

Oh Dear.  When the Alka-Seltzer commercial sang… Pop. Pop. FIzz. Fizz. Oh what a relief it is…were they really talking about my kitchen drain?

Caution this post was not proofed. So if you are tipped by my over abundance of, semicolon, whimsical capitalization, misspelled words, misplaced comma’s and run on and on sentences. I’m sorry. Really.

Glad you were in my Odd neighborhood. Feel free to hang around with us any time. Odd Loves Company and odd loves you and you and you!! I would love to hear from you in the comment section of this blog, or on Facebook or Twitter!

Useful Bonus tip: Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies in the pan the marshmallow won’t stick to your fingers.


{ 14 comments }

Laura Miller

Alka Seltzer can do all that? I have a few scummy vases to try it on. And I’m not going to think about the Pop Pop Fizz Fizz part 😀

Have a great weekend!

Katybeth Jensen

Laura, let me know if it works….inquiring minds want to know!

Thanks for dropping by Odd!

Beverley

The essential oil tip sounds nice. The window one would confuse the hell out of me….abcdefg…..

Thanks for the funny!

Katybeth Jensen

Yeah, I would spend more time figuring out the logistics of inside vertical, outside horizontal that I would never get the windows washed.

Glad you were in my Odd neighborhood!

Gerri

Tips at 2:30 ln the morning? I am so glad I did not wake up and see these, or I might have considered killing someone, since I now know how to get rid of the blood!

Katybeth Jensen

Its a handy tip, Geri.

Nice seeing you!

Valerie

I care if my tupperware is stained. I just do. I’m going to try this tip, if it works I’m telling you 😀 !

Hope you get to take a nap, today!

Katybeth Jensen

Fine be that way. But its a terrible waste of valuable cooking oil!

May your tupperware never have stains, and my your freezer always be full sauce….(I really should get more sleep :roll:)

Kb

Kathy Jernigan

You do good work at 3 in the morning. One thing I was curious about. Why dont you use paper towel roll instead of toilet paper roll? Will it make a difference? Also, wouldnt it look funny or weird to have these things all around your house? Wouldnt a dab of tape or electrical ties do the same? I do love a good SOS. I like to safe money, but they arent expensive enough for me to cut in half to save the money. Good post.

Jayne

This is not the first time I’ve seen Dawn mentioned in home tips in the last few days. Methinks Dawn are on a marketing drive. Too bad we don’t have Dawn here in the UK as I can see it being used on at least two other tips here.

BTW, no one mentioned that hydrogen peroxide might just bleach, shred and blitz your clothes.

And…denture cleaning tablets are a good alternative to Alka Seltzer – I use them to get rid of tea stains on our mugs and to clean and sterilize vases. I’m all about lazy alternatives. 🙂
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Katybeth Jensen

Dawn is probably offering tip backs! I know you can use H.P on carpet successfully but have never used it on my clothes.

Lazy alternatives are a good thing!

Jayne

What failed to mention…sleep tight tonight.
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writerwoman61

Enjoyed reading these, Katybeth…had forgotten about the one about cleaning burned on food…managed to boil dry the mashed potatoes tonight. Will have to try it!

I thought of another one: Use a raw potato to remove a broken lightbulb from the socket (turn light off first). Push potato firmly into socket, and turn counter-clockwise.

Wendy

Katybeth Jensen

I love the raw potato tip! MMM..and here I thought the burned on food tip was rather lame…what do I know anyway! 8) Glad you found it useful.

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