Helpful household tips
Cutting bangs (kids): To keep bangs straight while cutting them, use a piece of clear tape across the forehead and just cut at the top edge of the tape. This really works and keeps 90 percent of the hair out of the eyes of said kid.
Scratch cover up: If your really dark furniture has some deep scratches in it try mixing a little water with some instant coffee (cheap stuff works), apply the thick paste to the scratched places, let it dry and rub off the excess coffee stain with a dry cloth. Polish or wax with your favorite and the marks should be long gone.
Crayon de-marking from floors: My kids usually color on the floor so they have room to spread out and share the colors, but after an afternoon with the colors, I discovered that my 4-year-old had drawn and colored me a picture on the kitchen floor! I couldn’t get the color off of my old vinyl tile and was getting frustrated that nothing was working. My neighbor came over for coffee, discovered me on hands and knees (talking bad things) about kids and colors; laughed, went home and brought back her jar of silver polish. She said she had read someplace that it would work and it wouldn’t hurt to try. It worked! My floor is clean and my son has strict orders not to color on the floor again—that is what paper is used for.
Easy wax remover: A lot of us have and use candles in our homes and while they are wonderful, spilled candle wax can be a chore to remove without damaging the finish on your good furniture. I’ve found that if I use my blow dryer for my hair, aim it directly on the spilled wax, they soften up enough so I can remove them with a rubber spatula and then follow with a clean paper towel to get any remaining residue off.
New to me bedspreads: I have a hint for anyone on a really tight budget that wants to brighten up their children’s bedrooms. Buy used bedspreads at motel yard sales. I found some pale green ones at a sale for just $1.50 each. They were double bed sized and too big, but first I dyed them with a box of deep, dark blue powdered dye I got at the grocery store for $2. Then I cut them down to fit the boys bunk beds by cutting strips off of the long sides. I then took the long strips and sewed them to their old curtains on the sides for a matching look. The boys really like the looks of their ‘new room’ and it cost me less than a $5 bill.
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