Bright ideas 3

Yield: 1 info

Measure Ingredient
Why Didn't I Think of That
published by The Wimmer Companies, Inc
ISBN 1-882232-15-1

: Unclogging your steam iron. Heat the iron, then fill the : water compartment with vinegar. Pour it out and refill with : vinegar. Empty the second time and the loosened clog will : come out.

:

: Clean your thermos bottle with three tablespoons of baking : soda to one quart of water. Sweeten the corks by rubbing : them with moistened baking soda.

:

: Boil a cracked dish or plate for 45 minutes in sweet milk : and the crack will barely be visible.

:

: Prescription bottles or baby food jars are excellent for : organizing a fishing tackle box. And for the fisherman in : the family, trim chunks of plastic foam to fit into the : tackle box. Lures will be kept neat, orderly and in plain : sight, and since the foam floats, the fishing equipment can : be easily retrieved if it accidentally goes overboard.

:

: When stringing Christmas lights on outdoor trees or shrubs, : attach the wires with spring-type clothespins. They're much : easier to fasten and remove. If you like, paint them green : to blend in with the shrubbery.

:

: If the family bathtub is the only place to wash the dog, a : ball of steel wool in the drain opening will catch the hairs : and keep the pipes from clogging.

:

: Keep a clean blackboard eraser in the glove compartment of : your car to use for windshields and windows that fog up.

:

: Improperly bleached synthetic materials can be whitened by : soaking them for several hours in a solution of 2 quarts : water, ⅓ cup of salt and ¾ cup white vinegar. Repeat if : necessary, or follow by a thorough soaking in bluing water.

:

: Lemon juice and table salt will remove iron rust from : fabric. Cut a lemon in half, rub it on the fabric until very : wet, then rub in the salt and put the article in the sun to : dry. Wash as usual. Repeat the process if necessary.

:

: Long fingernails have a way of poking holes in the fingers : of rubber gloves. Push bits of cotton into the fingertips, : then your nails can't cut through the rubber.

:

: The colorful wire twisters that come on loaves of bread make : great hangers for Christmas tree ornaments.

:

: Take advantage of wallpaper sales to buy remnants or whole : rolls for Christmas wrapping.

:

: Old nylon hose cut into strips are excellent for tying : packages and bundles to be stored away. They're super : strong, stretch tight and stay securely tied.

:

: A handful or two of baking soda added to your dog's bath : water help deodorize his fur. It also makes a good dry- : cleaner in winter time. Just rub it into his coat and give : him a good brushing. And if your dog has bad breath, rub his : teeth with baking soda on a damp cloth.

:

: Shake baking soda into boots and shoes to minimize foot : odor.

:

: To keep from slipping on frozen sidewalks, place a large : size bandaid on the sole of each boot across the ball of the : foot. A piece of tape such as used in bathtubs and shower : stalls will also work.

:

: Storing fingernail polish in the refrigerator between uses : keeps it from becoming gummy, makes it easier to apply and : helps it to dry quicker and stay on longer.

:

: Add a cup of liquid bleach to the warm water in your washing : machine when you're washing a plastic shower curtain to : remove all mildew. Remove the curtain at the end of the wash : cycle and hang it to drip dry on the shower rod.

:

: Use a cloth or sponge dampened with rubbing alcohol to : remove soiled spots from white or colored vinyl.

:

: Medicine will be easier to swallow if you first put a pinch : of salt on your tongue. Also, a pinch of salt on the back of : the tongue will often stop hiccups.

:

: An iron skillet won't stick if you heat it, sprinkle : generously with salt, then rub thoroughly with wadded up : newspaper or foil

:

:

Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 12-05-94

Similar recipes