Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.
2. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.
3. Soak fish in salt water before removing scales; the scales will come off
4. Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for easier pouring.
5. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.
6. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink;
bad ones float.
7. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked
egg will stay in its shell this way.
8. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.
9. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them
10. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won't stick.
11. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will
12. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.
13. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.
14. Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of
their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break
it open easily.
15. Boil clothespins in salt water before using them and they will last
16. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar,
thickened with flour.
17. Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a
18. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt
soak up the stain.
19. Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the
20. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double
boiler will make the food cook faster.
21. Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.
22. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and
starch, with just enough water to make a stiff putty.
23. Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.
24. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a
sore throat gargle.
25. Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.
26. Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.
27. Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.
28. A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage.
29. Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for awhile.
30. A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea.
31. Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.
32. Soak your clothesline in salt water to prevent your clothes from
freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent
the clothes from freezing.
33. Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent
34. Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.
35. Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.
36. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them
next day to remove burned-on stains.
37. Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.
38. Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.
39. Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.
40. Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash.
41. Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added.
42. Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.
43. Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.
44. Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove
45. Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.
46. Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.
47. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.
48. Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odor.
49. A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee.
50. Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.
51. Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.
52. Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.
53. Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon.
54. A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.
55. To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts
56. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.
57. Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don't want grass
58. Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a brighter look.
59. Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of
60. If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of
the spilled juice. The mess won't smell and will bake into a dry, light
crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled.
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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. (hmmmmmm...)
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
(wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)
5) Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp
rag, dipped in
baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that
6) Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store
rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
7) Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S. Pads, I immediately
take a pair of
scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having
to throw away
rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that
this would be much
more economical. And now a box of S.O.S. pads last me
indefinitely! In fact, I
have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!
8) 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!
9) 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
10) Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and
inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the
vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash
windows on a sunny
day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.
11) 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
sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell
freshly washed for
weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.
12) Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer
for at least 3
hours prior to burning.
13) 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
14) 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
15) Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before
tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains. (Key
16) 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
17) Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the
refrigerator and it will
keep for weeks.
18) When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to
help bring out the
corn's natural sweetness.
19) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub
it on your
forehead. The throbbing will go away.
20) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice
cubes for future
use in casseroles and sauces.
21). To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying
soap on the area
and you will experience instant relief.
22) 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.
23) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job
and better still,
leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
24) 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
25) Now look what you can do with Alka-Seltzer. Clean a
toilet. Drop in two
Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.
The citric acid
and effervescent action clean vitreous China.
a) Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass
vase or cruet,
fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
b) Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass
of water and
immerse the jewelry for two minutes. Clean a thermos bottle.
Fill the bottle
with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak
for an hour (or
longer, if necessary).
c) Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three
down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar.
Wait a few minutes,
then run the hot water.
26) Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a
sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
26) Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking
spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces; there won't be any more
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