Thursday...want to join the Koffee Klatch??

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Chutz
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   Posted 2/4/2010 1:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you ever use items around your house in a way they weren't intended??? It's one of my favorite things to do since I not only feel clever but I most often save money in the process. The type of things I'm talking about are using a paint brush to clean your keyboard; using plastic tubs in the freezer to separate items so you know what you have and can actually find it; or using rocks in a bucket to anchor your Christmas tree.

The one I found most recently is using Hand Sanitizer for removing stains. Recently one of the grandkids decided to draw some really cool designs on the light tan microfiber sofa while mom was in the bathroom. This one is 3 and has hopes of making it til his 4th birthday but that day was not a good one. So my phone rang and the mom was desperate to get the ink out. I had recently read that hand sanitizer would to the job and many of us keep that one hand...lol She took her bottle and a rag and went at it. She said it took a bit of elbow grease but it all came out. And for me, I found that it takes pitch off of my hands. We use a lot of firewood during the cold season and I often end up with pitch on my hands. Works great! But I found it also takes it out of clothing when I got some pitch on my favorite T-shirt. Give it a try and see how you can put it to use.

So what kind of clever tips can you share on using things for alternate purposes?

Chutz
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   Posted 2/4/2010 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Morning Chutz and HW friends:)

This is a fun and useful post and hope to collect some great new ideas!

I bought 3 'over the door' hanging clear plastic shoe organizers...But I use them for 'stuff'...

One is behind the closet door in bathroom and since they have 24 pouches...I have quick access to hairbrushes, lotion, hairspray, nail stuff..this list goes on and on..

And being clear..I can quickly see what I need..and the best part is it all hangs within easy reach for my neck on the door instead or bending down under a sink cabinet..

The closet door easily shuts when guests come so you can't see them so it doesn't look cluttered.

The other one is in the kitchen for spices..jello packs, etc..

And one behind the closet door in front hall closet..everything from gloves, spf lotion, doggy leash, etc.

Possibilities are endless!!!

The other thing I use is in my top drawer of my armoir, I have 4 ice cube trays that organize all my earrings...since a regular jewelry box they seem to have a party and mingle together through the night!!! This way they are always separated for easy grabbing:)

Happy Thursday everyone..and thanks again for making me feel so welcome at HW!


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   Posted 2/4/2010 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Light the end of a long speghetti and then light a candle that has a wick that is deep into the wax or a candle that is in a tall glass container.

Works great especially when out of the long matches which I never have around anyway

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   Posted 2/4/2010 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
   I have found that Draino works good on cleaning a Satainless Steel sink. Makes it look brand new in seconds!

Chutz
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   Posted 2/4/2010 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
WOW...I've gotten 3 new great ideas now that I'd never heard of before. I thought at my age I'd heard the majority of 'helpful hints' but this is one clever bunch of folks in here.

Chutz
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/4/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you ever use items around your house in a way they weren't intended???
 
   Dear Chutz,
 
      Well sure! Im a penny picher to the bone! Lets see.... things I use....Okay!
 
1. Cut the "foot" part off old socks, slip it on your and and use as a "pledge rag" (wood polish). When done slipp off and toss in washer!
 
2. Cut the pants pockets off old jeans! Fill the different sizes of pockets with different weight amount of pinto beans.(IE small pockets with half cup of beans. - Lg pocket 1cup) Sew up the pocket, decorate with the "number of points"  of 5, 10, 15 for Bean Bag Toss. Use chalk to make Bullseye outside and first one to 50pts wins!
 
2. Old "window scarfs" as table runners.
 
3. Sanatize old "soft brissel" brushes and use a cat brushes smilewinkgrin
 
   I am sure there is more but I am increadibly tired and cannot think of anything else right now :-)
 
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   Posted 2/4/2010 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow!
I'm going to have to think about this but you're right, Chutz, lots of good ideas! Maybe this should be part of the sticky thread! LOL

PaLady

Chutz
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   Posted 2/4/2010 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
You and I think alike, PaLady! I was thinking about gathering up these and other tips, plus I also post the Koffee Klatch on the fibro forum and we can combine them all for a great set of helpful hints.

Chutz
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   Posted 2/4/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
confused I have loved this thread!!! This may be gross so I'll apologize in advance to any of our weak tummied friends. I have two very large cats, Tomas and Grayson, who live inside 24/7 365 but they are yackers & often at that. I used to have to get out the capture, or carpet cleaner and it just never ever looked good after I was done. I now wait for it to dry which can be done quickly by placing a small portable heater close but most times it isn't all that big a deal if you aren't expecting company...After the cat yack dries I use a small puddy knife and the yack flicks of my carpet, or chairs with a couple of firm strokes and then I can vaccum up the pieces and it is really quick easy fix.

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   Posted 2/4/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Did you know that cooking oil removes grease from fabrics?  It works well.
 
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   Posted 2/4/2010 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Coca cola is supposed to remove stains from just about anything (really makes you want to drink the stuff, right?). I've never tried it, but I've heard that it is used to clean up blood on the road after bad auto accidents.

Skeye

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   Posted 2/4/2010 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Linda I would have thought adding more oil would make it greaser...wonder how that works...amazing to me but not enough to want to try it but next time I have a mess to clean up I'll grab the cooking oil..

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   Posted 2/5/2010 2:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok...

an oldie but a goodie. Since I was a child and used to get bitten by little insects a lot, I learned that patting it down with apple cider vinegar on a piece of cotton works as well as most anything from the drug store to calm the itch and the swelling.

And you can substitute applesauce for oil in many recipes and thus cut the calories from fat down significantly. I've used this a lot in brownies and you can't tell the difference.

PaLady

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   Posted 2/5/2010 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Honey works great for healing & protecting wounds. It is naturally anti-bacterial & waterproof, so it helps heal the wound faster while protecting it from infection.

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