Odd But Effective Household Tips

sandy72300 By sandy72300, 10th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Being born to a simple family and growing up in a rural community, has taught me a lot. In everyday living, you don't always have to be genius to get through. Most of the time, all you need is a simple common sense to solve simple household problems.

I have listed down a few household tips that may be odd sounding but definitely effective in one way or another.

Clean your gold jewelries using very soft bristled old toothbrush (or baby toothbrush) and mild toothpaste.

These clean and shine your jewelries. They will look good as new.
Do not use hard bristled brush and strong toothpaste as these tend to be too abrasive and may scratch your precious jewelry.

Use rubber bands when opening tight lids

Coil rubber band around tight lids of containers you cannot open.
Most of the time we can't open lids of containers (like that of coffee jars or screw caps of soft drinks) not because they are really tight but more so because our hands are slippery and using a cloth doesn't help. So rubber band does the trick in adding extra grip.

Kindle a candle or a lamp when slicing onions to avoid crying

Have you ever wondered why you tend to be teary eyed when chopping onions? It is because they produce compounds that reacts to the water in our eyes and irritating them in the process. Candlelight tends to absorb the mists produced by onions which make our eyes teary

When cleaning glass windows, add a few teaspoon of vinegar then wipe with any paper

The acid in vinegar makes the glass squeaky clean by getting rid of the tough stains and the paper absorbs all the water thus eliminating the cloudy spots of the glass unlike when a cloth is used to wipe it dry.

Remove lints on dark clothes using packaging tape

Stretch the packaging tape for about 3-4 inches then roll it outwards exposing the adhesive part. The end part sticks to the end of the stretch. Insert your 4 fingers inside the hole of the tape then roll the adhesive part over the dark clothes. The fibers stick to the tape leaving the dark clothes free from these eyesores.

Wiping candlestick on zippers

The durability of zippers depends on how careful we use them. So applying something that makes them easier to operate is strongly adviced. And wiping candle in them makes opening and closing zippers slippery thus preventing early damage.

Use ash when cleaning burnt stained metal pots and stainless cookware

Ashes have the properties that can eliminate these tough stains by just wiping them on the stains with your bare hands or with mesh dish cloth.

Putting a matchstick when tenderizing meat

It might be the elemental sulfur that does the trick. Sulfur is not water soluble so it is no different with grains of sand when you have accidentally eaten them. It has been the practice of my old folks since their younger days and it never fails them. Just make sure that the matches you are buying don't have any other toxic chemical in them.

I learned that eating match heads is very popular among soldiers for protection against mosquito bites in battlefields so it is very unlikely that they contain any toxic substance.

Including potatoes on dishes that has erroneously been excessively salty

Potatoes tends to absorb extra salt in the dish if you have mistakenly put excessive salt, soy sauce and other salty spices.

I have decided to share them with all of you not to guaranty their 100% effectiveness and safety based on scientific research and observations but more to impart the practical ways we handled situations we, or the situations themselves have put us in. In other words, these tips are based on our old folks' own experiences and observations through years of application. I hope you will give them a try.


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A frustrated writer. I am full time career woman, MBA, and single mom. Hopefully, what I lack in quantity, quality of my published articles would compensate.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Apr 2012 (#)

I will have to try some of those, especially using ashes on stained cookware, not sure I will be eating matchsticks though. Great home remedies for common problems.

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author avatar vpaulose
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Interesting. Thank you dear Sandy.Requesting your friendship.

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author avatar sandy72300
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Mark for appreciating. =)

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author avatar sandy72300
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Vpaulose. I think we've already been following each other. It's an honor. =)

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author avatar Buzz
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Wow, this is the first time I've heard what a match stick can do. Thanks for these tips, sandy.

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author avatar sandy72300
11th Apr 2012 (#)

thanks to you to Buzz =)

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