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mulk91
04-10-2006, 06:10 PM
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Handy Household Hints

For Refreshing Sleep
Before folding freshly laundered bed linens and placing in your linen closet, sprinkle them with a few drops of lavender oil. This scent will promote relaxation and a deep, restful sleep.


Brushing Sensitive Teeth
To prevent tooth pain while brushing, wet toothbrush under running hot water and then brush teeth gently with your normal brand of toothpaste.


Herbal Air Freshener
When you change your vacuum bag, place fresh sprigs of rosemary or a little dried potpourri in the bag before vacuuming.


Grating Cheese
Before use, run grater or food processor blades under cold water to prevent the shredded cheese from sticking.


Floral Arrangements
To force buds of flowers to open, place the stems in moderately hot water.


Restringing Necklaces
If your beaded necklace breaks, restring it with dental floss, which is very strong.


Mending Curtains
To repair a small hole in your curtains, pinch it together and apply clear nail polish on both sides.


Dripless Candles
Place candles in the freezer for 24 hours before using; they will burn longer and drip less.


Scenting Linens

Instead of throwing them away, place empty perfume bottles in cabinets with folded clothes and linens to give them a nice fragrance.


Getting Children to Eat Veggies
When cooking vegetables, add a few drops of food coloring to the water to create blue peas, purple carrots, red potatoes.


Removing Chewing Gum
To easily remove chewing gum from carpets, linens and your child’s clothes or hair, rub a little bit of gasoline on it.


Transferring Fluids
To transfer oil or other liquids from a gallon container to a small one, cut off the bottom of a plastic water bottle and invert it to create a funnel.


Soft Hands

Rub your hands with a tablespoon of salt for one minute, then add a tablespoon of sugar and rub both for one additional minute to soften hands.


Preserving Stored Items
To avoid items stored in an attic or basement from becoming musty, place a handful of sugar cubes in them, as they will absorb humidity.


Recycle Old Socks
Place adult-sized socks over the pants of crawling infants to protect from dirt that might be picked up from heavily trafficked areas.


Find Missing Jewellery
Cover the vacuum tube attachment with a thin sock and, holding the sock, vacuum the floor and under furniture to pick up the piece of jewelry.


Bandaid Residue
After bandaid use, remove its dark, sticky residue by rubbing a little olive oil to the area, which loosens it.


Dreaded Catsup Stains
Remove catsup stains on clothing and fabric by pre-soaking soiled area in cold water and a detergent paste. Launder the item in cold water.


Strengthen Loose Buttons
Apply clear nail polish to back of button before sewing to garment with thread.


Mixing Cakes

When the cake batter is blended and you're ready to transfer it to baking pan, dip the spoon in milk to prevent the batter from clinging to it.


Ironing Tip
To give a fresh fragrance to ironed clothes, add two drops of lemon juice to the water in the steam iron. Empty after each use.


Summer Refreshment
For summertime outings, reusable plastic containers are perfect for making blocks of ice to add to large picnic beverage containers.


Source: Grandma's Secrets(The Muslim Magazine)
Courtesy: www.everymuslim.com
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mulk91
04-10-2006, 06:10 PM
Natural Household Hints

1) Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive.

2) Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.)

3)
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.

4) For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze.

5) Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort.

6) Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have found a way to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to the size of the jar and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the lid!

7) Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!

8) Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

9)Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on. Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linens.

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

11) To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

12) To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop.

13) Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.

14) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

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

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

17) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

18) To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

19) Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

20) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

21) When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

Author: Uknown
Courtesy: www.everymuslim.com
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Umm Salama
04-11-2006, 12:33 AM
As Salam Alaikum Wr Wb

Another way to open a jar efortly is to siply slid a knife under the lid and push up when you hear the pop soud the jar can be easily opened

And for burned food on the bottem of pots just add water and boil it works just as well I know I do it all the time well when needed

As Salam Alaikum Wr Wb
Umm Salama
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Nawal89
04-11-2006, 02:59 PM
Originally Posted by mulk91
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Handy Household Hints


Getting Children to Eat Veggies
When cooking vegetables, add a few drops of food coloring to the water to create blue peas, purple carrots, red potatoes.


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I do not think that will work at all. It'll just make them stay away from it more. I know i wouldnt go near a purple carrot ;D
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