Haircut helper: Before you give your son or husband a haircut, dust the back of their neck with cornstarch. Those little short hairs won’t stick to their skin and make them miserable with the poking and itching. – LP, MN
USE ALL THAT YOU BUY
I use a pair of those fuzzy yellow chore gloves when dusting my mini-blinds. They pick up the dust just as well as one of those ‘duster things’ and I can just wash them and put them back in the chore basket instead of tossing them. – SM, IA
I use a very small paintbrush with stiff bristles to clean out around the bobbin and feed dogs on my sewing machine. The brush was part of a set of art brushes and my husband cut the handle off for me so I can hold it more easily. This brush works better than any machine brush I’ve ever had. – LE, IA
WRAP A BASKET
I recently attended my grandson’s wedding and came up with a novel idea for wrapping their gift, which was a handmade quilt with matching shams. I took a laundry basket and put the quilt, shams and some new pillows in the basket and then wrapped the whole things in a new sheet. (The other sheet and the pillowcases were in the bottom of the laundry basket.) The only wrapping material that I bought was a spool of ribbon for $1 to tie the sheet together at the top of the basket. – OJ, TN
When you cook a big pot of spaghetti or other pasta, you can prevent a boil-over mess by putting just a little bit of cooking oil around the top inch or so of the cooking pot. – RB, WI
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As always, if you have tips or ideas to share, send them to me at Pennywise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543 or better yet, email me at [email protected].
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|Make Your Own Non-Abrasive Cleaner…
Here is a favorite recipe of mine for a non-abrasive cleaner for glass topped cook stoves, stainless steel sinks, porcelain sinks or anything else that needs a good cleaning. In fact, I use this stuff on my no-stick baking pans and cooking pots and it works great. I thought maybe some of your readers would enjoy the ‘cheapness.’
4 Tablespoons of baking soda
Dampen the spot(s) you need to scrub and then sprinkle well with the soda. I mix my solution in a little bowl, but some of my friends use a spray bottle. Soak down the soda on the bad spot and let it sit there for a good 10 minutes. I then go to scrubbing with my plastic scrubbie (one of those sponge/scrubber plastic things made for non-stick. Rinse with clear water and dry if needed. This has no chemical smell and that is so important in my house as we have allergies to almost everything. – NJ, WY
(I just purchased a 12-pound bag of baking soda at a box store for $4. I think I’m going to have cleaner for a long, long time. But then, I’ve always used soda and water as a scrub for my bathroom sinks and countertops. It cleans well and costs almost nothing.)