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Miscellaneous Tips and Pointers

Any sort of general tip that it is hard to put into any other category, including -  Photography - Time Management - and more.

Cleaning Glasses (spectacles). Do not use dish soap, it can damage the coating on the lenses over time. A microfiber cloth designed for cleaning lenses and some condensation from your breath will do the trick. -- Davina Martin

Tuxedo or Dinner Jacket. To hire or buy. I have just bought a dinner Jacket of superior quality and and excellent condition, all for the price of a bottle of wine or the price of the main meal in a restaurant. The secret was to drop in to my local charity shop, Oxfam in this case, where I was shown four or five suits and jackets. All were in near-perfect condition -- Dave E

The Easy Way to Tear Paper:- Ever had to tear a piece of paper in a straight line? It's very simple - fold the paper where you want to tear it, then run your wet tongue along the fold. Leave for a few seconds then tear - it comes apart at the fold very cleanly. How? - paper is largely cellulose and saliva breaks up its molecular structure. -- David Phillips New Zealand

Lost Socks. Save the ring of the gallon container of milk (ask a few friends to give you theirs so you don’t have to wait so long to get several). Pull the socks through. Throw into the washer/dryer. If one breaks replace it with another milk jug ring. You don’t have to worry about rust from a pin or sticking yourself. -- Debby, Bowling Green, Ky

Toilet blocked? Got no plunger?...just use your loo brush and wrap a plastic bag..i.e tesco..sainsburys plastic carier bag over the bristle end and use as a plunger...works every time! -- Paul Otto

Avoid Distorted Spectacle Frames. Always remove your glasses in such a way that the forces are applied equally. Over time they will become twisted if you always remove them by one side - usually the right hand side if you are right-handed.  Check your friend's specs, they will usually have the right hand leg slightly bent out more than the left side -- Davina Martin

Cleaning Glasses (spectacles). Do not use dish soap, it can damage the coating on the lenses over time. A microfiber cloth designed for cleaning lenses and some condensation from your breath will do the trick. -- Davina Martin

1. HOW NOT TO PAINT THE PLANTS
The garden fence needs painting, but your favourite plant(s) are growing
hard up against it - you don't really want a cerulean mottled oleander . .

Solution? - Easy, get a sheet of some sort that will not be punctured by the branches
of the plant. Introduce this between the plant and the fence.

Tighten the sheet carefully around the plant, easing branches into "comfortable" positions. Needs two really, one to roll the ends of the sheet together and one to watch that the plant is not being damaged.

Use clips of some sort to keep the sheet tight and then paint away!

Last bit: if there is not much space between the plant and fence add a
"paint proof" sheet on top, using tape or something to keep it in place -
any old plastic sheet will do. Then there is no worry about trying to be
too careful with the brush.

2. When things get heated they rend to swell up(yeah, we all know some
people like that), when the are cool they tend to shrink .

2.1 Let's say the tool on your vacuum cleaner is jammed on the pipe.

Wrap a cloth well dampened with cold water around whichever bit is "inside", but not touching the "outside" part.

Use a hair dryer to heat up the outer part, all the way round and for a about four inches, 100mm, along from the joint.

Two people are best, the one holding and rotating the job should also keep a constant pulling and twisting force on the pieces.

With any luck they will separate quite easily, especially if the outer part if a plastic tool and the inner a metal pipe.

Don't get too close with the hairdryer, you might damage the plastic.

If there is any scoring on the plastic from grit burnish these out with the handle of a stainless steel spoon or similar, then wipe on a little silicon polish.

2.2 If a drinking glass gets jammed inside another one.

Fill the inner glass with cold water, even with an ice cube in it. Then stand the whole thing in a small bowl of warm water, comfortable enough to put you hand in.

Wear thick rubber or gardening gloves and try, after a minute to so, to separate the two glasses with a twisting and "wiggling" force.

3. Hot face towels.

In some oriental restaurants the give you a sweet smelling hot towels to wipe your face with, very refreshing.

Easy to do at home, if you have a microwave.

Wet the face towels in scented water and wring them out fairly hard.

Fold them into four at most and put each one in a plastic bag. Do not seal the bag, just fold the open end underneath.

All microwaves and towels vary a bit so experiment first, fifteen seconds "cooking" at a time to get to a temperature JUST too hot to handle. Also some scents do not react well to being heated up.

Do these at the end of the meal and warm all that the towels may be too hot right away.

This is also a good way to soften a beard before shaving. Dave Bailes

Save on Air conditioning. Save on air conditioning. On scorching hot days you can save on air conditioning by closing the fresh air intake vent. This is the vent that leads from the room/closet with your furnace in it to the outside of your house, and often has a closable vent on the outside of your home. This will cause your unit to recool the air that's already in the home rather than pulling in new hot air to cool down. While it will make the air in your home less fresh, it will result in significant energy savings. Thank you, -- Andrew Lake

My own Hints and Tips.   
If you've always like ankle bracelets ( anklets ) but cant find one big enough, then use a gold necklace  wrapped around twice, it looks perfect and if wanted you could always hang a small charm on it as well.

Want to give your partner a fantastic surprise present, then you must buy them a four poster bed. Looking at it, laying in it and waking in it, will certainly be a wow experience and something they will continue to enjoy for many years.

If your cat refuses to go into the pet bed you've bought, stand a mirror behind it. Then they will think its another cat and will make the bed their own territory.

Kitchen table and chairs tired and jaded, and cant afford new. Then paint the chairs and table legs white and stick coloured tiles on the tabletop new padded seat covers to match the tiles completes the cheap new look

If you want to take a picture of yourself looking years younger then lay down and take the picture from above,  all your wrinkles will disappear and the results are quite extraordinary.

When you tire of wearing your long padded jacket don't throw it away. Keep it and use it as a winter dressing gown,  Then when you have to answer the door early in the morning your coat will make you feel somehow safer than being in your skimpy night attire.

Use a large Teflon Wok for all your cooking requirements, you can Fry ,stew, and boil, and it certainly is much easier  than using different pans for different jobs.

If you want an unusual hair style for a party. Scrape your hair back and tie , use lots of hair spray, Place a stencil of your name and sprinkle or spray glitter ,into it .when you remove it the imprint will be left. spray again to set.

If you have (middle ages spread) and find your clothes pull around your tummy, but larger sizes, are too big on the bust try maternity tops, they are often just right and give that little extra just where you need it, you can often get away  with a smaller size, and no one need know either.

Put your electric over-blanket into a continental quilt cover, it will be much easier to handle and remove when not in use and looks prettier too.

When you buy packets of flower seeds simply sprinkle them in the garden I've found they germinate far better than sowing them in individual pots and its exciting watching them come up next year.

After you have washed your dishes and they are on the drainer, carefully pour a kettle of hot water over them, it will make them dry far quicker and rinse off any left over washing up liquid suds or grease.

When its winter, take a flask of tea or coffee to bed with you at night, then the next morning you will have a  hot drink before you venture into the cold of your home.

When visiting your grandchildren take a packet of fairy cake mix instead of sweets, they will have the pleasure of both baking ( with help ) and eating their unusual gift.

If you going somewhere special and want to secure your hair into ringlet tendrils around your face use false eye lash glue, style and stick them to your forehead face and neck.

If you cant sleep because there's a person troubling your thoughts. Place them in an imaginary empty room in your head, and then push them out of the room and lock the imaginary door. You may have to do this several times but it will work.

Don't spend money on several make up pencils use a brown eyebrow one for eyeliner , lip liner and brows.

Add tomatoes ketchup to stews , pastas and soups for a rich added flavour.

Waking during the night feeling too hot in bed, reverse your continental quilt thus the cold outside becomes the cool inside next to your skin also turn over your pillow. Diane Hakala 

Uses for Fabric Softener Sheets: Use a fabric softener sheet as a duster, your television etc will not attract the dust as it did before. The non-stick properties can also be used to prevent paint, oil and grease from sticking to your handsdif you wipe them before you start work. -- Davinia Martin

Uses for Windshield Washer Fluid. Use auto windshield washer fluid instead of windex etc. for cleaning glass surfaces. CHEAP! For Jellyfish stings, bee stings and fire ant stings etc. spray the area with a spritz of window washing spray [like windex or the like. One application takes the sting out immediately. Never go to the ocean without one of the dollar store window cleaner wipes. Will work like a charm on any bites, stings, etc. Hold the wipe on the area and gently rub until the wipe is dry. Sting, itch is gone. Use the same window wipes on poison ivy rashes. Works way better and faster than anything else. When the itching starts, blot the area with a wipe. Two days and the rash is GONE! Hope this helps folks! -- Butterflies 21 Jan 2007 -- Caution: Use with care -- Ed

Jellyfish Stings. Vodka too will neutralize stings. Alcohol works on poison Ivy too, I am sure that whisky or any spirit would do the trick. Jan Direr -- Rather suffer than use my best single malt -- Ed

Cards to Patients in Hospital. 1. I came up with this HINT several years ago, and since then, it's worked out well. ............When you send a card to someone who's in the hospital, instead of YOUR return address, use THEIR Home Address as the return address. Invariably, the card is not delivered promptly and the intended recipient goes home, and sometimes, weeks later, the card is returned to you, marked UNDELIVERABLE. All this time, you think your card reached them, and, sadly, they are unaware you sent a card. Once you get your card back, you have to readdress it and put ANOTHER stamp on it and remail it..............When you use THEIR home address as the return address, the card will follow them home if they are released before your card reaches them in the hospital. Susan M. (Susan McGuire)

Tips From Diane.
If you have a computer and printer and want to put a photograph on to canvas then print out your own using artists cotton canvas look paper its far cheaper than having it professionally done for you. And no one will be able to tell the difference

If you hate trying on skirts whilst wearing jeans and boots,simply pull them down to your ankles and put the skirt on over your head that way it saves all the problems of getting hot and bothered in a cramped changing rooms. Want a new look for your kitchen chairs take off the seat and slide a pretty new cushion cover over it you may have to adjust the zip area but it wont be seen under the chair. -- Diane Hakala.

- Problem Solving To help solve a difficult problem, or to cut down on worrying about making a decision, analyze the situation, determine what must be done and carry it out. In writing or on your PC:

Get all the facts.
Describe the problem in detail.
List all the possible solutions.
List the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Detail what you will do.
Follow through.

Kind regards -- Ken McIsaac An excerpt from "32 KEYS: A Collection of Ideas About Life". The online book summarizes basic popular self-help ideas and is free to read online at http://www.32keys.com

Hamster Exercize Wheel. Our hamster died and I was getting rid of some of his things. I started to throw the little exercise wheel away but put some wallet size pictures of the grandkids in it. Works real good for school pictures and you can just twirl it around to see the pictures. Doesn't make that noise in the middle of the night though like the hampster did when he exercised!! Sure miss that! NOT!! -- Becky Jessee, Church Hill, Tennessee.

Removing tobacco and other smoke smell from hands and skin I've recently discovered an amazing new product called Nico-Wipe available at www.nicowipe.com that actually got rid of the smell of smoking from my skin. so much so that my wife couldn't smell it on me afterwards. Amazing. James Schwartz Toronto, Ont. June 20 2007

Tame those whiskers!: Out of moustache wax? A bit of bar soap, softened with water, makes a dandy substitute! -- Scott Jamieson

Zip Top Freezer Bags... I Have difficulty getting them open? Take scissors and snip a fair sized "V" in one side of the top strip (don't cut into the 'sealer') and you will find it easy to gain access without the frustration. Also if you find it difficult to fill small freezer bags you might try putting them inside a measuring cup, folding a small flap down over the edges of the cup. Then it's easy to fill with foodstuffs and prevent the bag collapsing and the resultant spills. Same holds true for larger bags if you find a suitable sized bowl or can to place the bags in.  "Shelly" 10 Oct 2002 

Scratched watches If your watch has a plastic 'glass' - like Swatches do - and it has become scratched, polish it with Brasso. It might seem to get worse at first but persevere for only a few minutes and it will become completely clear and scratch free. -- Jenny Leman

Sandy Feet Hi. I’ve never seen this hint posted, nor seen anyone using it, but it’s REALLY GOOD. To get beach sand off your feet (or any body part)- sprinkle Baby Powder on the area and the sand just wipes off as if it were dry. Have you heard this before? I’d really like to know. -- Sue Fruchter

Some Useful Tips. White spirit (as is used for cleaning paint brushes) is great for removing grease, especially in the kitchen. Smells a bit but soon goes away. (In the USA use mineral spirits - same thing -- Ed)

Smelly hands after chopping onions? Rub a little lemon juice in hands to get rid of odour. Also, to clean a microwave...several drops of lemon juice in a cup of hot water. Put in microwave & allow to boil in there for a couple of minutes. The steam loosens any dried on food, simply wipe off, the lemon neutralises any odours.

Baby wipes (yes those wet cloths used to clean up babies' bottoms,) are great for cleaning up leather furniture. They remove dirt & grime, but as they are a gentle cleanser, they do no damage to the leather.

Couldn't resist those salad onions but are now going out on the town with smelly breath? Try munching on some fresh parsley. It neutralises nasty niffs!!

Remove candle wax from carpets. Cover with paper kitchen towel & iron over. The heat melts the wax which is then absorbed by the paper.

Good old fashioned soda crystals have many uses and are cheap. Dissolve in boiling water and pour down drains and plugholes. It gets rid of odours and dissolves grease. Also good for wiping down kitchen walls & cupboards.

Try putting 2 cups of soda crystals in washing machine & running empty on the hottest wash. It helps to clear limescale build-up. 1/2 cup added to wash helps remove stains, makes whites whiter & softens the water. Anon 13 Mar 2004

(If the person who sent in theabove tips reads this please let me know who you are for I was clumsy when I copied in the tip and lost the header with your name and address -- Sorry - Ed)

Airwick Scented Oil refills - Empty   Hi - when my Airwick scented oil refills are empty, instead of throwing them away, I put them in my lingerie drawer, handkerchief drawer, closet or linen cupboard. It makes everything smell divine, finishes off the last few drops of oil productively, makes a few less glass containers for the landfill and means I don't have to buy scented closet/drawer fresheners. Meg Gagie  London, Ontario, Canada    2 Jul 2005

Musty Leather Leather Goods To remove mildew from leather goods, wipe them with a cloth moistened with dilute alcohol (one cup denatured or rubbing alcohol to one cup water). If mildew remains, wash with thick suds made from a mild soap or detergent, saddle soap, or a soap containing germicide or fungicide, then wipe with a damp cloth and dry in an airy place. Polish leather shoes and luggage with a good wax dressing. 

Shoes contaminated with fungus growth on the inside often develop unpleasant odors. You can remove this kind of mildew with low-pressure sprays specially intended for freshening shoes; these sprays are available at shoe and department stores. Use these products as directed -- "David T. Lichtor"  

2 in 1 pool cleaning instead of draining those backyard kiddie pools to scrub off the slime from the bottom...try this...dump in some bubble bath and let the kids have a blast...they get clean and u get the slime removed without scrubbing...just drain and hose down. -- Aylie G   Ha Ha -- Ed

nuisance calls (in UK).  I discovered that by going on line to the site below you can stop nuisance calls from companies and cold callers etc. You just have to follow the simple step by step instructions. I got it through a government publication.

http://www.tpsonline.org.uk

Julie Dumayne

Pests and Plants and others  -
Mice, can't stand peppermint essential oil, can be put around entry points to keep away.

Clothes moths, can't stand cedar wood oil, can be splashed around wardrobes to keep them away

Plants, weedy plants thrive on dilute urine...not at all glamourous i know, but it's only nitrogen !

Cats, some like to drink camomile tea ( cold!) it's good for shock 

Over ripe avocado's make a great face and hair pack

Dental floss makes a great washing line / strong thread when travelling

Soap the hinges of squeaky doors

Baking soda is a great cat litter/ fridge deodoriser

Scan travel insurance details and passport into your own email account, useful if original gets lost or stolen

Hope that these are useful. --  steve x  steve clarke

Thermometer Fix  I recently got an older Pepsi thermometer that had it's mercury like substance separated in several places. I removed the bulb and tube from it's housing and then placed it in a glass with warm tap water.

In the same glass I placed the probe of my digital thermometer so I could watch the temperature. I then placed some water in a pot on my stove and brought it to a boil. In small amounts I placed some of the water from the pot into the glass. I raised the temperature slowly and watched the mercury substance raise as did the digital reading.

I continued until the lowest solid area of the mercury substance in the main column reached the end of the tube and the digital thermometer read 143 degrees. The end of my tube had what appeared to be a small reservoir that appeared a little larger than the column itself. I highly suggest adding the hot water slowly, raising the temperature only a degree or two at the time, being very mindful of where the mercury substance is, and to stop adding hot water once the lowest solid area of the mercury substance in the main column reaches the top. -- "NodeWrangler  -- Sounds as if protective glasses, gloves and other precautions should be taken. Please note that mercury is an extremely poisonous substance and great care should be taken while handling it. -- Ed.

Tip of the Day Today in Nerja, Spain where I live I saw what I thought was a really safe way of controlling 4/5 year old school children en route to their concert hall. The 40 schoolchildren were lined up in Indian File and a long chord extending from the first child to the last was handed down the column. They were then all told to grasp the chord with their right hand and trundled off down the walkway to their concert thus avoiding any single one wandering off and a better control for the teacher.  "Debbie Annan"

A Cure. When out fishing, if you get finned by a cat fish, pour any soda over it and it will stop the stinging and cleanse it at the same time......I know I tried it ;o) -- Gwen  

Sage advice.  Never invest in anything that eats  omeomy   

Tips on Stuff. To remove the stickers on items purchased, such as a picture frame or a box with the sticky price tag right on it, use a hair dryer directly on the tag to soften the glue, and immediately peel off. -- I've learned a lot of neat things while on this planet for 68 years. Try them, what do you have to lose? --(Irene M. Ward)

Selling your home, you will come across tips suggesting that you can sell your home more easily if you put some vanilla pods in the oven or essence on a light bulb. No amount of air freshener or deodorizer will disguise a serious H. O. (home odor) problem, tackle the root of the problem, i.e. banish the smelly dog from the living area or replace the old carpet. -- Terri Realtor 77

Fibromyalgia.  I cured a horrible case of fibromyalgia by going on an anti-allergy diet. I was desperate from the endless and increasing pain and inability to do simple things like make the bed or even get out of it some mornings, pick up a pillow or go up and down the stairs. I couldn't close my hands

No starch, no dairy, no red meat, no coffee, no nightshades. The difference is miraculous. I can easily go up an down stairs, get down on the floor and up again, put my shoes and socks on easily, touch my fingers behind my back. No backaches, no ankle pain, sole of the feet pain, no stiff frozen hands, no searing pain in the hips or deltoid muscles, no knees giving out on me. And even better, I am not hungry, but have plenty to eat and lost 40 pounds. No matter what or how much I ate before, I was always hungry. 

I started getting better after about 1-2 weeks and know the weight was not a factor. I felt good after losing only a pound. I was aiming to be pain free, not lose weight. I no longer need to take elevators or pull myself up the steps one at a time. Nothing I gave up is more enticing than being able to move again and I will never go back to an eat-everything diet. And I use no drugs or pharmaceuticals with their horrible side effects. 

I try to avoid all food additives, dyes, hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, etc. too as a precaution. I feel like I have my life back again. Maybe it will work for someone else too. --  Shirley Maul

Hello  If you rub pencil lead on your flute before attaching the pieces, the separate pieces will be easier to glide on. -- SoccerGirl2117

Chewing Gum on washable items (including children's hair)   Peanut butter rubbed into the gum will usually remove it from any washable item. If gum still remains after wiping off the peanut butter, just add more and work it in. Repeat until only an oily smear remains, which can be removed by soap or degreaser. If you don't have peanut butter you can also use mayonnaise or cooking oil. -- A Bryan

Gum in Hair To get gum out of hair without having to cut it, apply peanut butter to the gummed area and work into the gum. Then wash with shampoo. -- Corrie

Recipe Holder A handy recipe holder can be made by standing a fork in a glass. When the fork is turned upside down the recipe fits into the fork prongs. -- Dorothy A SCOTT

Hiccups. Put your hands above your head for a few minutes to cure hiccups (something to do with stretching the diaphragm). -- Wendy Quin

A microwave can be used to dry things.  Use an old microwave oven to dry trainers.  Use a medium defrost setting and put a small glass of water in with it to prevent damage to the microwave when the trainers dry out.  Do not put pets in microwave ovens  <o;) -- Davie

To relieve cramp in the leg, stand in an empty bath with bare feet. My friend has suffered from cramp all his life and he says it works every time – Ian Richards, City Broadcast Installations, UK

Try turning down the lights an hour or two before bed-time; that way you will get a better sleep. When my friend suggested it to me I was very sceptical.  Believe me it works -- Ian McKenzie Sydney   Australia  

Toothache!?: if you have severe toothache use clove oil on a piece of cotton wool or try swilling your mouth out with peppermint oil!  -- Janie Hatzer

Apply a small amount of talcum powder before shaving – wet or dry – Ian Richards, City Broadcast Installations  England

Use a piece of foam that is used as packing material or to make sponge hair rollers to wipe lint from clothing and furniture. Anon 

When job hunting always present yourself as a desirable commodity.   Remember that you are offering your very valuable self and your skills, certainly not asking or begging for work -- Stewart Carnegie, Palo Alto 1998

A piece of orange peel in rolling tobacco keeps the tobacco moist and adds flavor  -- Nigel Hartley, UK, Jun 98.

For a handy cleaning cloth for your glasses cut a piece of material from an old shirt or blouse. Pinking shears leave an edge that will not fray. Do not use tissue paper as it will eventually scratch the surface -- xcaliber

Essex Girls: If you have annoying marks on your white stiletto heels try to remove them with nail polish remover, if this doesn’t work use "Tippex" or spray paint.-- Sharon and Tracy,  London

Nail Polish Remover. If you don't have any nail polish remover you can use clear nail polish to remove your colored nail polish. Paint one finger at a time and quickly wipe off clear coat after you apply it. About two times per nail should take all of your polish off, this is much better than chipping it off piece by piece. -- Andrea Lundy

When going barefoot talcum powder keeps the feet from sticking to your shoes and aids comfort.- - Vanessa Echols Southampton England

Superglue lasts much longer if you keep it in the fridge.- - Vanessa Echols Southampton England

Be kind to Spiders: Save a poor little spider in the bath by buying a spider ladder. If you do not have one then a towel hung over the side will provide an escape. Spiders keep down the insect population within your home and this can dramatically reduce the damage done to books, soft furnishings and valuables. – Davie Jun 98. (Note: Take care.  Some countries have poisonous spiders, they need to be treated with caution -- Editor)

Spider Ladder Dear hints and tips, I see on one of your pages - miscellaneous tips and pointers that you mention Spider -Ladders and that they can be bought. Would you know where I might be able to purchase one. -- Any help would be much appreciated.  -- Anna Mulrooney

To keep drains unblocked, always pour coffee dregs down the drain, it acts as a kind of sandpaper in your drains. -- Wendy Quinn

Exam tip: To keep blood sugars up during exams take some sweets to eat when your energy starts to flag, even better, is to take dried fruit such as currents or sultanas, as the fruit sugars last longer and don’t give you the sudden energy rush. -- Simon Dunsby 1997.

Unusually long body hair growing in the wrong place should not be trimmed with scissors.  Instead they should be plucked, regular plucking can reduce regrowth considerably.  Seek medical advice on hairs growing out of moles -- Martin Quimby, Southampton England

In a really cold environment use mittens rather than gloves.   Frozen fingers can be identified and remedial measures taken before frostbite sets in -- Jimmie Stewart   Dunfermline  Scotland

If you notice your shoes are not their usual shiny selves, but you are in a hurry to leave the house, give them a quick wipe over with furniture polish to bring up an instant shine -- Veronica Echols, Southampton, England

Toothbrushes can be cleaned, sterilised and generally freshened up by immersing in hydrogen peroxide -- Martin Hinchcliffe

If a copper pipe joint is leaking, wrap PTFE (Teflon) tape around the male thread, then tighten the connector, and the leak should stop -- Robin Gill  Heston  England

If possible, always get someone to help you. It is surprising how another person can often spot obvious mistakes that you cannot see -- Robin Gill  Heston  England

Brazil Nuts: They are much easier to shell if you soak them in boiling water for a few minutes before cracking -- comi

After working on your car you can clean your hands with a mixture of dishwashing liquid and sugar -- Simon Spicer Wolverton UK

Keeping the kids entertained. If you have young children at home that love to color, then check out the free coloring book at -- Rene’ Leer

Misted Visor: further to the raw potato on the visor idea, some bikers may prefer to spit on their visors. this does the same thing - stops condensation from accumulating (at least on the inside) --(Sonny Gill)

Re-using batteries. When flash batteries for camera run down, there is still enuff life left in them to run a remote for TV for long time -- jeff jackson

Photography

Digital Photography. If your digital camera has a black and white mode set it for 400 ASA or higher, mount the camera on a tripod, hold an 87 Wratten filter in front of the lens during exposure and get a black and white infrared look. -- Ron Breeze,

Red Eye. This is caused by the flash reflecting from the back of the eye. To stop this either use a faster film and no flash, or if you have to use a flash bounce or angle the the light from the ceiling or wall. -- Y Chan, Sydney 

Family Photos. It is usually best to take photos of people in the shade, because you won't get such harsh shadows, and people squinting. Shade is more flattering to skin tones.

Shoot several pictures, because you rarely get it right on the first try. Have plenty film handy. -- S Edmunds.

Film: If you keep photographic film at home it is best stored in the fridge as it extends its shelf life. Freezing film can extend shelf life by up to a year. -- Sheila Anderton.

Tip Plus a Question
Glad to have found your site. ** I would like to know a good remedy to remove tobacco and tea stains  from teeth. I think you are a good place to inquire about this.

Treatment for a brown recluse spider bite: Colloidal Silver, a mineral  from the health food store. Take 1-2 drops mixed in 1/3 c. water  internally 3 x daily for 3 days and rub the colloidal silver directly  on the bite at least 3 x daily for 7 days. The silver literally stops  the progression of the venom and in many cases I've seen no hideous  scar left on the person. I live in a southern state where brown  recluse bites are widespread and even doctors don't know what to do  other than a cortisone shot (which doesn't stop the venom). Colloidal  silver works miraculously. -- Lisa Burks

Things That Work

 1) Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive.

2) Sealed envelope? Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmmmmm...)

3) Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

4) For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. Wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)

5) Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).

6) Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

7) Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!

8) Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have found a way to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the drawer and pull out the handy nut cracker. It adjusts to the size of the jar and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the lid!

9) Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!

10) Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

11) Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on. Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

12) Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

13) To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

14) To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop.

15) Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.

16) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

17) Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

18) When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.

19) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

20) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

21). To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

22) Ants, ants, ants everywhere . Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

23) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

24) When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

25) Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer: *Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.

26) Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.

27) Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewellery for two minutes.

28) Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

29) Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

 Thought you might find this useful. -- Trish

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