Miscellaneous Tips (2)
novel way to present toothpicks at a wedding reception or dinner party
is to place them on the table pinned into a standing lemon half, with
the base also cut off so it could stand on a small plate. It looks very
attractive, like a porcupine and it's hygienic too as you only touch the
stick that you take. Then, when you put it in your mouth it has the
refreshing taste of real lemon, and the wood is already conveniently
softened by the juice so it flexes between
your teeth for an easy and pleasant cleaning!
people will have forgotten to switch off the light in their loft and are horrified to note
when returning some weeks (perhaps months) later, that the light has been on all that
time. To avoid this oversight it is a simple matter to have the loft wired so that
its light comes on only when, say the landing or the bathroom light switch is also on.
Thus if you forget to switch off the other connected light, it will only waste electricity
when that other light is used.
Contributed by K. Hall
Thanks to Melinda Noblett for sending us
Scraps of wallpaper make ideal liners for drawers and shelves.
When flat sheets wear out in the middle, slit the sheet lengthwise and
re-join the sides to the middle using a flat seam.
Worn out fitted sheets or flat sheets past redemption, can be made into
When towels wear thin cut out good parts to use as face cloths, dish
cloths, floor cloths etc. Hem edges to prevent fraying.
Thanks to Margaret Reeve for
To remove tar or grease from white leather, try nail polish remover.
When lengthening clothes to remove the crease left by the old hem, try
sponging with white vinegar and press with a warm iron.
Use double sided sticky tape as a quick repair for a loose hem.
To remove "Pilling" or "bobbles" from clothing try
sticky tape or an electric razor - I am not sure whether it will remove your beard after
To disguise the faded mark on denim when lengthening clothes try mixing
a little permanent ink with water until it matches the shade required then carefully paint
on with a small brush. Allow to dry thoroughly. Alternatively, fabric paint
could be used or, at a pinch, felt tip pens.
If a favourite piece of jewellery e.g. ring or watch bracelet, irritates
your skin try painting the inside with clear nail varnish.
To prevent zippers sticking rub them with a lead pencil or with edge of
a bar of soap - you may start foaming when it rains of course!
Use a hair dryer to remove wrinkles and creases from plastic material.
To help light a fire in difficult circumstances use cotton swabs soaked
in petroleum jelly.
Thanks to Stefan Meyers for this one.
To prolong the life of cut flowers add lemonade or
a similar sugary carbonated drink to the water.
Courtesy of Trisha - thanks.
If you are required to write your name and address on sales slips, backs
of cheques etc. use one of those little return address labels or carry a small self inking
Harvey Alexander sent in this one.
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