General Household Tips


Apply spray starch to doors and to painted walls along hallways and stairways where fingerprints accumulate. The coating will resist marks better.

Before you wear a new garment, put a little clear nail polish on the front and back of each button. Buttons will stay on longer when their threads are sealed.

For longer lasting pantyhose, try freezing them before you wear them. Just wet, wring out and toss in a plastic bag to freeze. Thaw and hang to dry.

Freezers run more efficiently when they're three-quarters or more full. When provisions drop, fill milk cartons or jugs with water and put them in the freezer to take up empty space.

New white canvas shoes will stay that way if you spray them heavily with starch.

Place a piece of white chalk in your silver chest or jewel box to absorb moisture and help prevent tarnishing of silverware and jewelry.

Refrigerate candles for several hours before lighting; it will cause fewer drips.

Rub Alum powder on jari work of a saree to regain its shine back.

Simmer a small amount of cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves in water on the stove to give off a pleasant fragrance in your home. 

Those beds of pansies will bloom more prolifically if you take a few moments to pinch out early buds. This encourages plants to bush out and, in the end, produce more flowers.

To remove a hem crease, sponge the material with white vinegar and press with a warm iron.

Use cooking or salad oil for lubricating non-essential mechanical things like hinges, tools etc. A light coat of oil will keep tools from rusting and you don't need to buy expensive and toxic chemicals like WD-40 etc.

Wash your child's toys after an illness to prevent reinfection or infection of another child.

White shoe polish will apply more evenly if you rub the shoes with a raw potato or rubbing alcohol before polishing.

White shoe polish won't smear if you spray the shoe with hair spray after it is dry. Vinegar and water will remove salt stains from shoes and boots.

Zippers won't stick if you rub them with the edge of a bar of soap.

A party at home need a little extra counter space, just place a large cutting board over top of the sink.  Instant extra counter space.

A quick and easy way to stick a tile back on the wall is to mix 1tb.sp flour and 1tb.sp salt to a thick paste with cold water, then secure it back to the wall. It sets hard and saves buying a whole packet of tile fixative.

Add a few drops of vanilla extract (essence) to the paint when stirring or mixing. This will remove the unpleasant smell but won't affect your color.

Carpet indentations - Place an ice cube in each indentation. Let it melt, then wait for 12 hours before it blots up the moisture; after that gently pull up the carpet fibers using a kitchen fork.

Don't plug too many appliances into the same outlet.

Have a  calendar in a central location to write all important dates, appointments, meetings & special Occasions.

If glasses are stuck together, keep them in the fridge and they will separate easily the next day.

If silver Jewelry gets black apply tooth paste and rub it very well.

Keep a few pens and a pad handy at all times hanging next to your telephone.

Placing mirrors in a room will give you extra light.

Pour leftover coffee in the soil of your plants. It acts as a good fertilizer.

Rub a little Vaseline around the neck of your nail polish as soon as you purchase it. This will prevent the top from sticking, making it easier to open.

Save the water after boiling eggs and cool it, then use it as a tonic for your houseplants.

To prevent sticking of ice trays in the freezer, place a sheet of foil or wax paper under them.

To remove Wax from candleholder,  Apply a tiny amount of petroleum jelly before putting candles in to ensure easy removal.

Want to give stemmed flowers more length for an arrangement, just slide them into soda straws before putting them into an vase.