Handy uses for common household items

English: Yellow lemons.Hello Friends
Today I am going to talk about different uses for 7 common household items, starting with,
Sea Salt

  • Can keep shells from cracking when boiling eggs. Just add a few pinches of salt to the water
  • Removes sticky residue from an iron, by running the hot iron over plain paper sprinkled with salt
  • Salt removes red-wine stains from clothes. Simply stretch the fabric over a bowl and cover the stain with salt, then carefully pour boiling water over the stain
  • Salt prevents saute made with eggplant or zucchini from getting watery by sprinkling the veggies with salt before cooking them
  • Keep chicken or turkey moist by Rubbing salt in the cavity of the bird before cooking

Baking Soda

  • Can erase crayon, pencil, ink and furniture scuffs from painted surfaces. Just sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge, rub clean and rinse
  • To unclog a drain, pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda, slowly followed by 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar down your kitchen or bathroom drains. Let sit for five min. Then pour boiling water down the drains until all clear
  • Put 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of baking soda, 1/2 a cup of vinegar and 1/4 a cup of water in a saucepan that has been burnt on the bottom, boil the mixture for about five min, until all the burnt stuff has lifted off. Then clean like normal
  • To exfoliate skin, wet your face then apply a soft paste made of three parts baking soda and one part water. Massage gently in a circular motion, avoiding the eye area then rinse clean

Ziploc Bags

  • Can be used to protect precious cargo. If you have no bubble wrap, simply slip a straw into the top of a nearly closed Ziploc bag and inflate. Remove the straw and seal to make a cushion
  • Before winter sets in, gather herbs from the garden, wash, pat dry then freeze the herbs in Ziploc bags
  • Use Ziploc bags to pipe frosting, simply snip off a tiny corner of a Ziploc bag and fill with frosting
  • Store panty hose individually in Ziploc bags with brand, size and colour. Doing this will keep them organized and prevent snags


  • Remove coffee and tea stains from cups by swishing 2 tbsp of vinegar around in the cup, then wash as normal
  • Kill weeds between cracks in paving stones and sidewalks by filling a spray bottle with straight vinegar and spray the weeds multiple times. Be careful not to get any on the surrounding grass as vinegar will kill that too
  • To make wool sweaters fluffier, drop a couple of capfuls of vinegar in the final rinse cycle for an extra-soft feel
  • Remove stubborn price tags or stickers. Brush them with several coats of vinegar, let the liquid soak in for five min, then wipe away the residue

Olive Oil

  • Use olive oil to clean stainless steel. It is a safe and effective shining agent
  • Olive oil provides a closer shave when used in place of shaving cream
  • To help with your pets health and give them a shiny coat add 1/8 to a 1/4 tsp of olive oil to your pets food every day. This also helps to prevent hair balls
  • To moisturize cuticles apply a small amount of olive oil to the nail beds
  • Prevent wax from sticking to a candle holder by rubbing a thin coat on the base of the holder before inserting a candle. The dripped wax should peel away easily


  • To ripen tomatoes, wrap them individually and leave them out at room temperature
  • Deodorize food containers by putting a balled-up piece of newspaper into a lunch box or thermos, seal it, and let sit overnight
  • Dry wet shoes by putting crumpled newspaper in them overnight
  • To keep the refrigerator vegetable drawer dry and free of smells by lining the bottom with newspaper
  • Prepare a garden bed. In autumn mow a patch of lawn the size you want your garden to be. Cover it with four layers of newspaper, then a four-inch layer of shredded leaves or bark mulch. Hose it down and then in the spring time the compost blanket will have smothered the grass-roots, and the bed will be primed for planting


  • To sanitize a chopping block. Run a slice of lemon over the surface to disinfect
  • Eliminate the browning that occurs when food sits out too long. Sprinkle apple or pear slices with lemon juice before serving
  • To fade tea stains on cloth, dilute lemon juice with an equal amount of water. Then using an eyedropper make sure the juice targets the stain. Lastly thoroughly flush with cool water
  • Decorate on the cheap by filling a glass bowl with lemons for a sunny centerpiece. Or display a row of them along a windowsill
  • To brighten laundry whites, add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle of a normal-size load

Cheers Tanya


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