December 4, 2020
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Sweeping up solutions

By: Irene Hilsendager
December 4, 2020

Did you know when painting steps, paint every other one as you work your way down? When those are dry, go back and paint the rest.

Did you know there is an easy way to store leftover paint in the can? Place a piece of plastic wrap under the paint can’s lid, make certain the lid is on tight and turn the can over. The paint is exposed to less oxygen this way and lasts much longer.

Did you know if you want to avoid cleaning a paint roller wrap it in foil or a plastic bag and place it in the refrigerator? The covering will keep the roller moist and usable for a few days.

Did you know if you lose the tiny cap to your glue or caulk tube, stick a screw in there instead?

Did you know squeaky door hinges can be fixed with a pencil? Just rub the point over the hinge.

Did you know to remove rust from nuts, bolts, screws, nails and hinges or any other objects you might have in your toolbox, just place them in a container and cover with vinegar? Seal the container, shake it and let it stand overnight. Dry the objects to prevent corrosion.

Did you know if you have a hole in your wall and is too stripped to hold a screw, dab some glue on a tiny piece of steel wool and stuff it into the hole? Once the glue dried you can screw in your screw without a problem.

Did you know to fix tiny furniture scratches, use eyeliners in a matching color to fill in the hole?

Did you know when it is time to replace your shower curtain liner, keep the old one and use it for a drop cloth while painting or doing art projects?

Did you know you can use a shower curtain ring to keep a toddler out of your cabinets? Just run the ring through two handles that are close by and latch.

Did you know if your child’s shoelace breaks, use a ribbon as a replacement? It often looks better than the original.

Did you know if a child never wants to eat his vegetables at dinnertime, try putting out a plate of raw veggies right before dinner? The child will be hungry and will more than likely that he will succumb to the healthy snack.

Did you know the best time to sign up your kids for camp is right after camp has ended?

Did you know to clean stuffed animals, just place them in a cloth bag or pillowcase, add baking soda or cornmeal and shake? The dirt will transfer to the powder.

Did you know you can transfer your shampoo, conditioner and body wash into pump bottles? Your products will not only be easier to dispense, but you will make sure not to use too much.