Sunday, November 1, 2009

Miscellaneous Helpful Hints

I took this information from several magazines so I could put it all in one spot.... here! LOL

1. If your lipstick breaks in half, use your hair dryer to heat the intact base for about 20 seconds and stick the broken off piece back on. Stick it in the freezer for about a half hour and it's good to go!

2. If your china plate has a crack in it, place it in a pan, cover with milk and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes. The milk will fill in the crack. For very fragile or valuable China, see an expert.

3. If you drop your powder compact or eye shadow and it breaks the powder into several hundred pieces, no reason to throw it away. Just add a few drops of rubbing alcohol and smooth the mixture over with a butter knife and let it dry. The powders will be good as new.

4. To mend a vase that has a chip or small crack in it, just grab a crayon of the same color and use your blow dryer to melt the crayon into the crack. Let it cool, scrape off the excess and your vase should be good as new.

5. Got a leak in your garden hose? Chew a piece of gum and then fit it right on the hole. Let it harden overnight and you can use the hose the next day. Gum shapes itself into the hold to fit perfectly and is extremely durable.

6. Sharpen dull scissors by cutting through 3 layers of aluminum foil a few times. The foil removes rust and buildup as well as smoothing any rough edges. For a dull knife, roll up a ball of foil and use the knife to cut through it a few times, it will sharpen the blade.

7. If you drop your cell phone in a puddle, take out the battery and SIM card and leave the phone in a bowl of dry rice for 24 hours, the rice will draw out any excess water. If it was in salt water, rinse first to stop the salt from causing corrosion. Gently dry off the battery and SIM card when you take them out.

8. Bugs can leave sticky spots on your car that damage the finish, so you should remove them asap. Make a watery paste of baking soda and water and mix until the soda dissolves. Wipe it on the tained areas with a soft cloth, rinse, and dry with a clean soft cloth.

9. Damp glasses or hot cups of coffee can leave white rings on tabletops. To get rid of them, mix mayonnaise with a non-gel toothpaste and gently rub the spot. Wipe off, and polish with wax.

10. Brighten your porcelain by soaking the item in a 1/2 table denture cleaner and 1 qt of water.

11. Websites for Crafters:
Scrapbooking (
Knitting (knitpicks.come)
Quilting (
Painters (
Jewelry Making (

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