Handy Hints for Wednesday ~ 12

Five more handy hints for you today:

Buying Brillo Pads? Take a pair of scissors and cut each pad in half. It is much more economical, the box of Brillo pads will last twice as long!

Spray a little perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent when the light is turned on.

We have all done it at some time – sealed an envelope only to discover we have left something out – Put it in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed once you remember to add the forgotten item.

Spray your storage boxes for the freezer with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won’t be any stains.

Too tired to party? Drop a green tea bag and a pinch of sage leaves into a cup of hot water.  Let them brew for a few minutes, then drink.

15 thoughts on “Handy Hints for Wednesday ~ 12

  1. steph


    How come you know all these useful things and I don’t? 🙁

    Please could you advise on the best way to clean the inside of a stainless steel teapot?

    I think you may have told us already but I probably too busy chatting in the back row, to pay attention 😀

  2. Grannymar


    When you get old like me….! 🙄

    To clean a stainless steel teapot fill it with tap hot water and add one or two denture cleaning tablets and leave over night. (Not sure if you can pop the dentures in at the same time!) 😉 Rinse well and hey presto – new teapot!

  3. Nick

    Put the envelope in the freezer for a few hours? Goodness, I couldn’t possibly wait that long. And by that time, I’d probably have forgotten I wrote a letter.

  4. steph

    Thanks for your advice, Grannymar

    I’m off to buy some Sterident tablets now and will polish up on my anatomy at the same time. All will be explained 😀

  5. Magpie11

    What does the sage do?

    Thanks for the one about the tomato stain avoidance! I wonder if a quick wipe with olive oil would do the same?

    There used to be a biological powder that would remove teas stains from anything…..so at College I never had a stained plastic mug.

    BTW does the XO that wwoman uses refer to Cognac or some thing else?

  6. Grannymar

    @Judy – I have had this tip for years but alas cannot remember who it was that told me. I have loose pages and scraps of paper with handy hints gathered over many, many years. Thankfully now I am able to put them to good use.

    @Nick – You should write a note to yourself as a reminder – but don’t put it in the freezer! 🙄

    @Steph – That sounds intriguing!

    @WWW – If you have any problem with Aspirin , don’t swallow the denture tablets.

    @Magpie – Sage calms the nerves, improves digestion and eases lung congestion and coughs. So when you are feeling calm, a party is go! 😀

    I regularly steep my coffee and tea beakers. I fill them with water and add a few drops of either white vinegar or household bleach. Twenty minutes later they are like new. I wash them in the normal way before use.

    Magpie, I thought you were an old romantic! The ‘X’ and ‘O’ used by Wisewebwoman are a kiss and a hug.
    X = kiss
    O = hug

    @rummuser – I am pleased the hints are helpful.

  7. Nancy

    Spray a little perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent when the light is turned on.


    If you think I am going to use up my precious EVENING IN PARIS perfume to spray a light bulb , you are wrong. Maybe some TABU ,but that’s as far as I will go.

    Perhaps if I got a call from George Clooney…Ah,now that would make a difference…For George I would even spray my last trace of a famous parfum I bought from that street vender in Paris. CHANEL # 2


  8. Magpie11

    Well I did think that might be it…we always had to put a X and and a O with a dot in the middle for a hug on letters to relations…

    Nancy…… just spray (or dab)a a little perfume on a delicate hanky and leave it in warm place…now, I leave you to work out where that could be…but I suppose that when you repair to another room you can take it with you. I have been known to do something fairly similar with my Blenheim Bouquet when the environmental oils run out.

    Before any one asks Blenheim Bouquet is by Penhalligon and was Churchill’s choice of male perfume……they do some wonderful women’s perfumes too!….

    BTW GM…does it work with these modern headache inducing “environmentally friendly” bulbs?


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