No matter where you live there is always something to do, something that can go wrong and something that needs to be fixed, cleaned or stored at one time or another. It is a constant circuit of motions. Starting with one item and before you know it you are onto something in another room that wasn’t on the list for the day. With all that goes on in our busy schedules having some extra tips to save time is a blessing in disguise. There are so many things that can be done, used or repurposed it would never fit on one page. So we’re going to provide a short explanation of each tip because they are self-explanatory and cover as many as we can. (Well, maybe!) Sometime down the road another listing will be set forth to entertain you while saving you time, money and energy.
Candles can be expensive depending where they are purchased. They all state having a particular burn length but never seem to last that long. Place the candles in the freezer for 3-4 hours before lighting them and the burn times will be longer than what is suggested on the label.
Wax from candles can sometimes drip on your favorite linen table cloth. Never try to wipe it off while the wax is wet. It will only seep further into the fabrics fibers. Let the wax cool and fold the cloth with the wax facing up and place it in the freezer for 2 hours. Once the cloth is removed the wax will just peel right off, saving that favorite family heirloom. Same goes for candles burned in glass jars that usually hold votives. Place the candle holder in the freezer for 2 hours and once removed either use your fingers or a butter knife/spatula to push the wax to the side. The whole piece will pop out at once.
Every now and then a paper can give you a deep enough cut to draw blood. A drop of that can fall on your clothes while running to the medicine cabinet for a Band-aid. To remove the stains just pour some hydrogen peroxide over the stained area and wipe the blood away.
Those nicely painted walls look great. The toddlers think so too. What a fantastic canvas for drawing on. Yikes! Just thinking about the elbow grease needed to remove the crayon will also remove some paint and leave a visible mark. A damp, soft cloth with a light sprinkle of baking soda will remove the marks and leave the walls intact.
When magic marker marks wind up on your counter tops or appliances because you turned your back to shut off a pot or grab the towel out of the dryer you know they didn’t get there by magic. So become your own Houdini and perform a magic trick of your own, and no magic words are needed either. Just dip a paper towel in rubbing alcohol and wipe those marks away forever.
Since we just spoke of magic why don’t we do just one more trick? Ever seal an envelope before placing the check inside because someone interrupted your train of thought? It can happen. Instead of tearing the envelope open, placing the check inside and gluing or taping the envelope shut again try a simpler method. Of course replacing the envelope is the easy way out. But what if you already stamped it and put the return address label on? Suppose it is one of those window envelopes where the opening is not in the same place as the ones in your drawer? Just toss the envelope in the freezer for 2 hours. Take it out and slide a butter knife under the flap. The envelope will pop open and can be resealed once again.
Now if you need to restock the emergency kit with candles, ran out of envelopes, or the kids need crayons and markers shop at Wal-mart in Winona. They always have these items in stock on their shelves. On the other hand their pharmacy department also has rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide available to use for cuts and bruises as well as some newly found cleaning solutions we just learned about.
Happier days are on the way!
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