Tips from TidyMom readers


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I’ve been reading ALL of the comment, and many have left some great laundry and household tips – some are quite funny – so I thought I’d share some of the tips that my readers have been leaving

Allyson aka Aveline said…

Burn / Scorch Marks: If the fabric is washable, brush it gently with a soft brush or dry sponge to remove loose carbon particles. Then, wash the fabric with regular detergent and color-safe bleach. This will permanently weaken the fabric even more than the scorch has, but the scorch may no longer be noticeable.

Burnt Stuff on Iron: Rub iron with aluminum foil to remove burnt on starch, etc.

Bleeding of Colors: Your red shirt got mixed in with other clothes and ruined them? First off, DON’T DRY THEM! Wash again with regular detergent and color-safe bleach . If that didn’t work, Rit®, the makers of clothes dye, makes a color remover that works wonders and doesn’t cost much. To prevent bleeding in the first place, wash in cold water; I also use a cup of salt OR a scoop of Oxi Clean® with every load.

Deodorant Stains on the Underarms of Washable Shirts: Sponge on white vinegar (or soak stain in it); wait 30 minutes. Launder shirts in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Using an enzyme detergent or a detergent with bleach alternative check care labels to be sure this is okay). I sometimes put liquid laundry detergent right on the area, leave it for five to ten minutes, then wash. To prevent: Let deodorant dry before dressing. And don’t let stains sit! Apply prewash spray or liquid detergent ASAP, then launder. Every third or fourth washing, use the hottest water safe for the shirts.

Grease Stains: Sprinkle a generous amount of cornstarch or baby powder over the grease stain, allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, then brush the powder off. The powder absorbs the grease and it brushes off with the powder.

Gum On Clothing: Use egg whites to remove gum on clothing. Brush egg white onto gum with a toothbrush. Let sit for 15 minutes and then launder on the items normally.

bsmith said…

-cut your fabric sheets in half to save money (I do this!!)

-save one socks (other sock lost) and stained clothes for rags
LisaGoeke said…

Martha Stewart Tip:

Cure for headaches: take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

My Tip:

Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink! All your pains go away!

Martha Stewart Tip:

If you have a problem opening jars, try using latex dish washing gloves.
They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

My Tip:

Go ask that very cute neighbor if he can open it for you.

Martha Stewart Tip:

Don’t throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

My Tip:

Leftover Wine??????

Martha Stewart Tip:

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of an ice cream cone to prevent ice cream drips.

My Tip:

Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete’s sake!
You are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it anyway!

Martha Stewart Tip:

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

My Tip:

Go to the bakery!
Heck, they’ll even decorate it for you!

Martha Stewart Tip:

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant ‘fix-me-up.’

My Tip:

If you over-salt a dish while you are cooking, that’s too bad.
Please recite with me the real woman’s motto:
‘I made it, you will eat it and I don’t care how bad it tastes!’

TammyLee said…

Here is a tip…..I put my head of lettuce wrapped in a paper towel in a Ziploc bag… lasts forever this way.

Whitney Caroline Designs said…

So the only tip I have is, find a handsome guy, who loves to do laundry, and marry him!

Jeanene said…

Sunlight doesn’t ripen tomatoes, warmth does. Store tomatoes with stems
pointed down and they will stay fresher, longer.

Cookies will spread if your dough is too pliable by allowing butter
to get too soft. If your cookies are spreading too much, try
refrigerating the dough for a couple of hours before baking.

When using all-purpose flour, keep in mind that one pound flour
is the equivalent to 4 cups.

I know there are many more GREAT tips in those comments

Pancakes are lighter and fluffier when you substitute club soda
for milk in the batter.

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