Household Helpful Tips

Written by Mrs. Party... Gail Leino

Helpful Hints

~ Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hair spray and they will take a quick dive. ~ Sealed envelope - Put inrepparttar freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife underrepparttar 100105 flap. The envelope can then be resealed. ~ Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write onrepparttar 100106 roll what appliance it belongs to. ~ For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all overrepparttar 100107 steps. They won't refreeze. ~ Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes of with little effort (elbow grease that is!). ~ Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel. ~ Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. And now a box of S.O.S. pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed thatrepparttar 100108 scissors get sharpened this way! ~ Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have found a way to make itrepparttar 100109 easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach intorepparttar 100110 drawer and pull outrepparttar 100111 handy nutcracker. It adjusts torepparttar 100112 size ofrepparttar 100113 jar and I simply give it a good twist and off popsrepparttar 100114 lid! ~ Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time! ~ Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side hasrepparttar 100115 streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak. ~ Spray a bit of perfume onrepparttar 100116 light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room whenrepparttar 100117 light is turned on. Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen. ~ Candles will last a lot longer if placed inrepparttar 100118 freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning. ~ To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and addrepparttar 100119 flowers. Shake vigorously asrepparttar 100120 salt will absorb allrepparttar 100121 dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

Closing Up Your Container Garden

Written by Debbie Rodgers

All good things eventually come to an end and so summer is waning, even as autumn gives most of us a fresh start. I'll bet your summer container plantings aren't really benefiting, though, fromrepparttar "back to school-oh I love a clean notebook" boost and aren't dying as gracefully as summer itself is. You're going to have to help them through this!

Saving Summer I understand if you just can't bearrepparttar 100104 thought of waving good-bye to your wave petunias just yet. That's okay - you can bring some of your tropical annuals indoors forrepparttar 100105 winter, to easerepparttar 100106 pain of parting with them.

If you haverepparttar 100107 space, a sunny window and enough moisture, you can save palms, ferns and other tropicals. Likely though, you'll have more success with taking cuttings and helping your plants clone themselves. (It's kind of like Day ofrepparttar 100108 Triffids withoutrepparttar 100109 evil.)

Pick a healthy plant with no nasty bugs or blights. With a sharp knife, cut off non-flowering stems 3-4 inches (8-11 cm) long, and striprepparttar 100110 leaves offrepparttar 100111 lower two-thirds ofrepparttar 100112 stem. Diprepparttar 100113 cut edges in rooting hormone, available at your local nursery, and stick them in dampened sand or peat moss, or a glass of tap water. Placerepparttar 100114 pot, tray or glass in a sunny spot and wait 3-4 weeks. Ifrepparttar 100115 cuttings are in sand or peat, don't forget to water to keep them damp throughout that time.

Whenrepparttar 100116 roots are at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, you can plant them in potting soil in attractive containers and winter them on a sunny windowsill or table. This method works well with annuals such as geraniums (pelargonium), coleus, and some ivies. You can also try propagating impatiens this way.

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