Share your random but handy hints...

Antoinette - posted on 09/19/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hi all,

Just a general interest post for random handy hints for any kind of situation that you think other mums might not have heard of (because you hadn't until someone gave you the idea).

For example # Using baby powder to get sand off when you're not easily near a clean water source to wash (or you don't want to dunk your baby in the ocean lol).

Any ideas for any situation .. cooking, cleaning, playing, recycling, learning, discipline, routine .. anything!

Ready, Set and GO!

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Amanda - posted on 09/20/2011

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Cant get baby poop out of your fav outfit of your babies? Dish washer on top self will do the trick.



Baby wipes are a womans bestfriend. Great for dusting, great for not so fresh days. Also great for cleaning door knobs, and light switchs.



Newspaper, soap and water will get your windows clearner then any window chemical cleaner.



Toothpaste (must be paste not gel) will remove zits, when left on them over night.



Need to dry something really fast in the dryer? Add a dry towel to your items, and it will help your dryer do its job faster.



Magic easers are great for getting cooked on stains off pots, and baking sheets.

Firebird - posted on 09/19/2011

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To clean your microwave, heat a cup of vinegar in it. The fumes loosen any crap stuck in it and a cloth dipped in the hot vinegar will reduce scrubbing effort as well.



Vinegar will also kill weeds. It kills grass and any other plant too though, so you gotta be careful.



Washing clothes inside out will also preserve the colour.



Eye makeup remover will get gum out of hair as well as off the bottom of a hot frying pan. Took me forever and a bit of desperation to figure that one out!



Haha Kate, I used baby wipes to clean my stove top for years! Still haven't found anything better!

Kate CP - posted on 09/19/2011

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Use denture cleaner to clean REALLY stuck on food from pans and dishes and get the grime out of vases.

This is a great one for when you have a baby who manages to wet through his diaper and nails the sheet in the middle of the night: put on a fitted sheet then a lap pad (or a plastic trash bag if you prefer) then put another sheet on top. Then do it again and again until you've put all your crib sheets on the mattress. Now if the baby leaks through her diaper in the middle of the night you don't have to remake the crib at 2am. Just whip the sheet and lap pad off, toss in the dirty clothes, and deal with it in the morning. :)

Also, baby wipes are MANNA FROM GOD! :P

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Here's a good tip. Wash your jeans (or any bottoms with pockets....cargo pants, etc) inside out. They'll dry faster and save you a little money on your electric bill :D

Here's another one. Vinegar is a miracle solution. It has a wide range of cleaning solutions but you know what I use it for the most? Laundry. Got stinky clothes or a load that sat in the washer too long? Add a cup of vinegar to the wash and it will get rid of almost any smell....pee, the musty smell, stinky shoe smell (I wash my son's shoes frequently...he's potty training lol).

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Firebird - posted on 09/19/2011

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I always have a 4L jug of vinegar in my house! lol I use it for almost everything.

Antoinette - posted on 09/19/2011

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Actually I remember my mum telling me to wash new jeans (or things that I tie-dyed when I was younger) with salt to 'fix' the colour and I know she uses vinegar to kill mould in the bathroom so vinegar really is sounding like a miracle must have!

Firebird - posted on 09/19/2011

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Not sure if this one's true but I heard it many years ago. Wash your new jeans (black, dark blue or brightly coloured) inside out with vinegar but no detergent and the dye won't run.

Antoinette - posted on 09/19/2011

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All in ones um I think you might call them rompers? They dome up under the nappy/between the legs? But she made his dome up the back where he couldn't get them.

Antoinette - posted on 09/19/2011

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Yup I read the rules :) Lol yup poop is gross! My nephew is autistic and used to use poop to reenact Thomas the Tank engine disaster scenes, my sister had to make him childproof bodysuits (all in ones) so he couldn't get into his pants. Thankfully he is toilet trained now (he turns 6 this month)! Thanks for the lead to the positive behaviour community :)

Katherine - posted on 09/19/2011

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Ok just wondering only because you need permission if it was.


My daughter used to smear her poop everywhere (2) and we had do duct tape her diaper lol. It was awful though!

Antoinette - posted on 09/19/2011

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No not researching just interested :) I was changing my son the other day and realised he had put handfuls of sand into his nappy and I wondered how I was going to get it off but then realised that he had so much powder on from the last change that the sand wasn't sticking and just brushed off! So I just wondered if anyone else had encountered "A ha!" moments like this :)

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