There are items in our homes that have other uses other than what the manufacturers originally intended them to be. Here are the unlikely uses for the most common items in our kitchen.
To remove a cork from the inside of a beautiful empty wine bottle, pour some ammonia into the bottle and set in a well-ventilated spot. The cork will disintegrate in a few days.
A slice of bread will often remove makeup smudges from dark clothes
Cats hate the smell of chili sauce! If your cat is climbing and scratching woodwork, just rub the area with chili sauce, buff off thoroughly, and your cat will stay clear! (Use this only for dark woodwork.)
Along with detergent, add a bottle of coke to a load of greasy work clothes. It will help loosen serious grease stains.
Battery-terminal corrosion can be prevented by saturating each terminal with a carbonated drink.
Instead of throwing leftover coke down the kitchen drain, dump it down the toilet bowl and watch what happens. After it has soaked awhile, the toilet bowl should be sparkling clean.
Clean white kid gloves by rubbing plain flour into the leather and brushing the dirt away.
To clean plastic playing cards, drop the deck into a paper bag and add a few tablespoons of flour. Shake briskly, then wipe completely clean.
Grass stains can be removed from clothing by pouring a little Karo syrup on the stain. Rub fabric lightly, toss it into the washing machine, and the grass stain should wash away.
KOOL-AID AND TANG
Clean an electric coffeepot with Kool-Aid. Run it through entire cycle, then rinse and dry it thoroughly.
Clean the inside of your dishwasher by filling the dish-washer cup with Tang (the orange drink) instead of detergent. Wash without dirty dishes and run it through a complete cycle.
If nothing else has worked to remove a grease spot from a solid-colored dress, try this- but only if you feel you have nothing to lose. Work lard through the material, covering every part of the spot evenly. Wash the garment thoroughly in hot suds and rinse well. The spot should have disappeared.
Will remove black scuff marks from luggage.
Stains from ballpoint pens can be removed by sponging the area with milk until stain disappears.
Red-wine stains on linen can be removed by immediately putting the material into a pot containing enough milk to cover the stained area. Bring to a boil and remove from burner. Let stand until the stain has completely disappeared. This method should also work on older wine stains and can be used on the carpet. I learned this from a carpet cleaning company that came to my home and made magic happen!
A simple way to remove cracks in china cups is to simmer the cup in milk for thirty to forty-five minutes, depending on the size of the crack. If the crack is not too wide, the protein in the milk will seal it.
Light scorch stains on linen can sometimes be removed by rubbing the cut side of an onion over the stain. Then soak material in cold water.
Have your tennis balls lost their bounce? If so, place the can of balls with the lid off overnight in a closed oven. The heat from the pilot light will get them back into shape.
Can be used as a good emergency for glue.
A handful of salt in the washday rinse water will help keep clothes from sticking or freezing to the clothesline on damp, cold days.
To banish onion, garlic, and bleach odor from hands, put all five fingers on the handle of a stainless-steel spoon and run cold water over fingers.
To light candles in tall, deep containers, use a lit uncooked piece of spaghetti.
Help banish the odor from a new hair permanent. Apply enough juice to saturate dry, unwashed hair. Cover hair with a plastic bag and wait fifteen minutes. Rinse hair a few times before shampooing thoroughly.
Before cutting tall, damp grass, spray the cutting blade of the lawn mower with vegetable-oil spray and wet grass won’t stick.
If you have a cast-iron skillet without wooden handles that is encrusted with hard, baked-on outside grease, clean it by putting the pan in the fire in your fireplace. Let it get red for an hour or so. When it has cooled off, wash off soot with soapy water, then dry and oil it. It will come out clean as a whistle.
To prevent drinking glasses from cracking when filled with hot liquids (coffee, hot chocolate, etc.), place new glasses in a large pot. Fill the pot with cold water so the water covers the glasses entirely. Slowly bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat off and let the water cool. The glasses will never crack from hot beverages.
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