House­hold so­lu­tions save time and money

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - RESALE HOMES - REENA NER­BAS

TO pro­tect out­door fabrics from fad­ing, there are weather guard sprays avail­able at home and gar­den stores. How­ever, even treated tex­tiles will even­tu­ally fade over­time though mov­ing items to shady ar­eas will ex­tend their life.

Save your­self oo­dles of time by clothes-pin­ning socks to­gether (or use a safety pin) be­fore throw­ing them into the ham­per. The wash­ing ma­chine will no longer eat your socks.

Uti­lize ny­lon net­ting (also known as tulle) as a scour­ing dish “tool.” It scratches noth­ing and is the hand­i­est tool for scrub­bing dishes. Also good for clean­ing cars. Es­pe­cially handy for arthritic hands that can’t stand a heavy cum­ber­some tool. Sub­mit­ted by Wi­nona, Win­nipeg

For peo­ple who don’t com­post out­doors you can com­post right in­side of your home. Save the outer leaves of let­tuce for wa­ter­ing plants. Plop a few into your blender with some wa­ter and whirl away on HIGH. Wa­ter your plants straight on the soil, be­ing sure to miss the leaves. Let­tuce mix­ture that sits on leaves will re­sult in no­tice­able dry bits. Sub­mit­ted by Wi­nona, Win­nipeg

On that note, for peo­ple who wish to wa­ter plants less of­ten lay a (never used. Did I even have to say that?) di­a­per into the plant pot be­fore adding soil. The gel pel­lets in the di­a­per ab­sorb wa­ter and re­lease mois­ture grad­u­ally. The re­sult is that you need to wa­ter less of­ten. Great for out­door hang­ing plants.

Grow toma­toes in large pots. Be­gin by putting down sev­eral sheets of news­pa­per be­fore adding soil. This will slow es­cap­ing wa­ter and hold onto the mois­ture. When emp­ty­ing the soil into the com­post (at the end of the sea­son) you can work the rot­ting paper di­rectly into the com­post. Sub­mit­ted by Wi­nona, Win­nipeg

Get rid of scuff marks on the floor by rub­bing them with a fuzzy ten­nis ball. In­stead of bend­ing down to scrub, cut an X into the ten­nis ball and slide it on to the end of a broom pole. Use the ten­nis ball pole to erase all floor scuff marks.

Shav­ing cream has lots of uses. Next time you want to (I mean next time you have to) clean your bath­room tile, use shav­ing cream. Works like a charm!

Use clean, no longer wear­able panty­hose to dust fur­ni­ture. Smooth olive oil onto the wood sur­face and wipe off with panty­hose.

Des­per­ate for a di­a­per cream sub­sti­tu­tion? Sub­sti­tute store-bought cream with veg­etable short­en­ing; this is a nat­u­ral prod­uct made from soy­bean and cot­ton seed oil.

In a pinch peanut but­ter makes ex­cel­lent shav­ing cream (not for peo­ple with peanut al­ler­gies). Make sure to use smooth, not chunky.

When catch­ing mice use peanut but­ter in­stead of cheese. Mice like peanut but­ter more than cheese, and peanut but­ter can­not be car­ried away.

For mi­nor paper cuts hold a slice of raw potato on the area for 10-15 min­utes. Or rub Chap Stick onto the cut to soothe away the hurt.

Put dried laven­der into a breath­able cloth and store with fabrics to re­pel moths. You can also toss the laven­der pouch into the dryer with your clothes. Fabrics will carry a fresh aroma which mos­qui­toes don’t like (can’t please ev­ery­one).

Ice cream cones are fun to eat but a bit messy, too. Here’s a de­lec­ta­ble so­lu­tion — plug up the bot­tom of an ice cream cone with a bit of peanut but­ter (or a mini marsh­mal­low). When munch­ing through the scoop of dou­ble choco­late fudge, you’ll be pro­tected from leaks and there’s a peanutty sur­prise at the end of the treat.

Spe­cial thanks to Wi­nona from Win­nipeg for her con­tri­bu­tions and ex­cel­lent so­lu­tions!

I en­joy your ques­tions and tips. Keep them com­ing!

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