Handy Hints for Wednesday ~ 13

During the week I had another Twitter request for help, so I thought I would start today by sharing it with you

How to clean a washing machine and rid it of a fusty smell.   The best way to clean out soap scum and disenfect a washing machine is to pour in 2 cups (450mls) of white distilled vinegar and run the machine through a full cycle without any clothes or detergent.

Who has not washed a jumper and discovered it has shrunk?  All is not lost.  Shrunken woolen jumpers can usually be stretched back to their original size or shape after washing them in a solution of 1 part white vinegr to 2 parts water for 25 minutes.  Let the garment air dry after you’ve finished stretching it.

Toothpaste (non gel) works wonders as an ointment for skin relief.  It works on bee stings, bug bites, minor rashes, burns and cold sores.  Just dab a little on the painful/annoying area for quick relief.

When you reposition furniture, table or chair legs leave indents in carpet.  Set an ice cube in the indent and leave it to melt.  Next day vacuum the area and the indend will have disappeared.

When serving messy finger food like ribs or fried chicken, provide finger bowls.  Float lemon slices in small glass dishes so that guests can rinse their fingers.

15 thoughts on “Handy Hints for Wednesday ~ 13

  1. Primal Sneeze

    I haven’t shrunk a jumper since I put a breathalizer-lock on the washing machine, but what used work was …

    A warm, not hot, wash with a mild shampoo. Stretch on a sheet of aeroboard (insulation robbed from a building site) using knitting needles and leave to dry.

  2. steph


    I had to carefully re-read your handy hint on cleaning a washing machine as at first, I thought I read…

    “run the machine through a full cycle without any clothes on” 😳

  3. Grannymar Post author

    @Primal – You do knitting? Socks or string vests. 😉

    @Steph, – Your reading is as bad as my spelling these days!

  4. Magpie11

    Vinegar again! The vinegar wells will run dry….more financial disaster.

    Primal …my mother used to do something similar but pin it out on the lawn!

  5. Primal Sneeze

    I haven’t knitted in bleams/yonks/years. But I do have a needle or two in my toolbox. They’re handy for a lot of things. The crochet ones are great for drawing cables through walls.

    @Steph – No clothes on and running the washer reminds me: I asked the local clergy was it a sin to have sex on the washing machine. They said it wasn’t. So why I am barred from DID Electric then?

    @Maggie – Didn’t it get dirty and need washing again?

  6. Grannymar Post author

    @Magpie – This vinegar is good stuff. You can even drink it to clean out the pipes! 🙄

    @Primal – Needles in your toolbox, I have been known to carry a hammer and screwdrivers in my sewing box… and at one stage I had a soldering iron!

    Now about the crochet hook…

    If you get a pulled thread in a jumper use the crochet hook to pull the loop of thread gently through to the underside of the garment. 😀

  7. whoopsadaisy

    I must try that vinegar in the washing machine one Grannymar, there is a nasty damp smell emanating from mine!

    And clearing indents in carpet sounds easy peasy too 🙂

  8. Nancy

    My God, my living room is a mess! First you made me cut footprints out of the carpet and now you want me to throw ice cubes all over the place and just stand there and watch them melt.

    You sure you don’t want me to make the ice cubes out of vinegar,Grannymar? That would be a nice touch .

  9. Grannymar Post author

    @whoopsadaisy – Try to leave the washer door open when the machine is not in use to let some air in too.

    @Lottie – It sure does!

    @Nancy -There are enough laughter tears streaming down my face right now to make a tray of ice cubes! 😆

  10. Darlene

    Good tips. Nancy, try to follow directions or you won’t have any carpet left. ;-). I do think that ice cubes all over the carpet would make a nice skating rink when the power goes out.


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