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25 Surprising Natural Household Tips to Make Life Easy

Audrey shares time-saving tips using natural solutions for house cleaning, saving time and money.


Save Time And Money

Hold on to your hat, my friends! You're about to find natural solutions for those pesky problems in your home. These handy tips will delight and surprise you from preventing moldy bread to patching holes in the wall.

Best of all, you'll save time and money and be amazed at how easy these 25 natural household solutions are. So, if you're ready, let's begin.

Keep mold at bay when storing bread with the use of paper towels.

Keep mold at bay when storing bread with the use of paper towels.

No More Moldy Bread

1. Keep bread from molding: Place a clean dry paper towel under the bread in its original bag when storing it.

Solutions for Frustrating House and Car Problems

These mind-blowing tips are some of my personal favorites. I think you'll find them helpful too.

2. Got holes in your white walls? Dab a small amount of white, non-gel toothpaste into the hole, and you'll never notice it again.

3. Protect your walls from cracks. My daddy taught me this one. Before you drive a nail into the wall, place a piece of tape over the spot, and you'll avoid cracking the wall.

4. Use peppermint for those pesky pests. I've been using this tip for several years, and it's a keeper. Plant mint in the ground close to your home (it grows rapidly and everywhere). Mice, moles, rats, gophers, and squirrels are just some of the annoying critters that will stay away.

5. What do you do for a weird smell in your car? This is one of my favorite tips. Just take a sheet of fabric softener and place a couple under the seats and in the trunk.

6. Mosquitoes driving you nuts? Fabric softener sheets work wonders. To keep mosquitoes at bay, stick a sheet of Bounce fabric softener in your pocket, sleeve, or shoe, and they will leave you alone.

7. Here's how to ice-proof your windshield. Mix one part water to three parts white vinegar and spray on the windscreen generously. It will keep your windshield ice-free.

Goodbye to Rough Lips

8. You can get rid of dead skin on your lips with this all-natural exfoliating rub made from ingredients in your kitchen.

  • Mix a drop of sesame or olive oil with brown sugar.
  • Rub the delicious mixture gently over the lips to remove flaky skin.
  • Finish by applying a small amount of petroleum jelly to the lips.
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Got Stains? Surprising Tips to Remove Annoying Stains

Use what you have right in your kitchen to remove stains:

9. Gum: Take a piece of ice and rub it on the gum until it hardens. Gently remove the gum with a dull knife and launder.

10. Ketchup or tomato: To remove ketchup or tomato stains, remove the excess with a dull knife, then dab with a damp, warm sponge. Apply a little bit of shaving cream to the stain and let it dry. Then wash as usual.

11. Mustard: Too much mustard? Check the fabric to make sure it's colorfast, then apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Wash immediately.

12. Cooking oil: Wash in regular shampoo for clothing stains resulting from cooking oil. (Avoid built-in conditioner.)

13. Old or unknown stains: Run down to the closest health food store (or go online) and pick up vegetable glycerin. Apply some to the stain, let it sit for about an hour, and then launder.

14. Rust: Wet the spot with lemon juice, then sprinkle with salt. Allow standing in direct sunlight for 30 to 45 minutes. Wash the garment, and the stain is gone.

15. Wine: There are several ways to remove wine stains. Here is one I like. First, blot (don't rub) the stain with a mixture of one part dishwashing liquid and two parts hydrogen peroxide. If that doesn't lift the stain, then apply a paste made from water and cream of tartar and let it sit for a while before washing.

A Few Handy Tips to Make Life Easier

16. Stuck zipper: Fix a stuck zipper by rubbing lip gloss directly on the zipper. Or, if you have a lead pencil handy, rub the zipper with the lead from the pencil. You can also use a bar of soap to keep a zipper sliding nicely. Rub the end of the bar lightly across the zipper.

17. Zipper won't stay closed: To help a zipper stay closed, grab a can of hairspray, zip up the zipper, and spray lightly with the hairspray.

18. Black scuff marks: Oh, those terrible black scuff marks! Good news. They will be gone in no time by using lemon juice or rubbing alcohol on them.

19. Keep towels looking new: Add a cup of salt to the washing machine when they're new. The salt will set the colors so the towels won't fade as quickly.

Surprising Tips That Work Well

20. Prevent tears while peeling onions: I can still picture my mother peeling onions with a piece of bread in her mouth, right between her teeth. She claimed it would prevent crying while the onion was being peeled. Try it. It works.

21. Make candles last longer: I'm a candle lover. For any candle, if you place it in the freezer for three hours before burning it, it will last much longer.

22. Prevent pantyhose runs: Speaking of freezing, get this. If you freeze your stockings before wearing them, they won't run. The cold strengthens the fibers. Do this with a new pair.

23. Two-minute facelift: You only need two ingredients from your kitchen to make a simple yet effective face mask.

  • Grab an egg and, using just the yolk and two tablespoons of lemon juice, whip up using a wire whisk.
  • Apply directly to the face. After rubbing it in, leave it on for two minutes.
  • Rinse gently with cool water. You'll feel a tightening that will leave your skin refreshed and glowing.

24. Prevent tomato stains on plastic containers: I'm not too happy when my plastic containers have ugly stains caused by tomato-based sauces. To prevent this, spray the inside of the container with non-stick cooking spray before storing the sauce.

25. Save on dishwashing liquid. Buy the cheapest brand, then add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water while you wash. Those dishes will shine. I also do this with my dishwasher.

Placing candles in the freezer for three hours before burning helps them last longer.

Placing candles in the freezer for three hours before burning helps them last longer.

Using Eco-Friendly, Natural Products

When I was a young homemaker, I would have given anything to have a notebook full of tips on hand to help me with cleaning and household problems, especially if they were natural solutions. When you use natural products for cleaning and other issues, you are doing your part to help keep our planet clean.

For instance, you can use distilled white vinegar to:

  • Remove mildew
  • Cut grease
  • Remove wax build-up
  • Deodorize
  • Remove certain stains
  • Remove mineral deposits from showerheads
  • Clean and polish chrome
  • Remove stickers from glass, plastic, or wood
  • Whiten grout (use an old toothbrush)
  • Remove rust from tools and other items (let item set for 30 minutes)

Final Thoughts

Parents can use these tips as a teachable moment for their children. (Be sure any chemicals you use are safe.) Letting kids help teaches them about responsibility. It can be fun too. Kids can use a tip or two for "share time" in school, demonstrating a quick tip.

What are some of your favorite tips? Feel free to share them in the comment section below. Thanks!

"Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don't do it."

— Author Unknown

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Audrey Hunt


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 21, 2013:

Great idea! Good girl. It's an endless project isn't it? Don't forget natural lemons too - cleans well and leaves a nice fresh scent :)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on February 21, 2013:

Just saw your comment! I need to! I'm trying to put aside a little time every day for cleaning and organizing. I've gotten so far behind. I'd like to eventually make more room by using up all my cleaning supplies and focus on learning how to clean everything with products like vinegar and baking soda! Working on it!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on February 21, 2013:

Hello Victoria, my sweet friend! You know what? I have to come back here and remind myself of some of these tips too :) Thanks for the pin and awesome rating. Now, go do some cleaning!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on February 20, 2013:

I commented on this month ago, but I'm back! It's such a great hub with great ideas. I just need to remember to try some of these, so I'm pinning it this time. Awesome hub!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 18, 2012:

Ah, thank you StephStevio8! So happy to see you here. Happy housecleaning and don't forget the white vinegar:)

Stephanie Marie Severson from Atlanta, GA on October 18, 2012:

Wow! This hub is really cool. It's like having your granny's tips all in one place. Thank you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 29, 2012:

Dear Integrity - How kind of you. You've no idea how happy your comments make me. I hope your day is terrific - like you!

QuadsiaP1 - Thank you for bookmarking this hub. Very nice to see you again. You've been missed. Have a great day!

brenda12lynette - Thanks so much for your generous rating. The bread in the mouth tip really works well. Let me know how it works for you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 28, 2012:

Mari - Hi there! You'll love some of these tips. Let me know how they work for you. Thanks a lot for coming by!

carol7777 - You made my day with your very nice comments. I like using natural products that I have around the house. Good for the environment too. Thanks Carol!

carol stanley from Arizona on August 23, 2012:

Great and useful..We always need a way to solve a problem and you have taken care of many of them..Thanks for a great hub.

Mari Koeck on August 08, 2012:

Great tips! I can't wait to try some of these out around the house.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 29, 2012:

mrslagibb - Thank you so much for the vote up. And your tip for stained tea is marvelous. You're a jewel for sharing!

Mrs L A Gibb on July 23, 2012:

A very informative and rewarding hub, no-one will ever get stuck again.Voted up.

For all you tea drinkers, when your teapot or your cups become stained with tea, dissolve a Steradent (for dentures) tablet to remove those heavy tea stained teapots and cups.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 20, 2012:

Dim - Hello my friend - So glad you liked these tips. If I don't put them out where I can see them, I forget to use most of them :) Thanks so much!

acaetnna - You are so good for me. Your seet comments always put a smile on my face. Thank you dear one.

rajan jolly - Thank you so much for sharing your tip on chewing gum to keep the tears away when peeling onions. I have'nt heard that one. A very good and useful tip. You are so kind to vote up and across and to share this as well. I appreciate your support!

IntegrityYes on July 20, 2012:

That is an informative hub. I voted up. You rock!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 14, 2012:

Jlava73 - Oh, I'm so very pleased to hear that you like and will use some of these tips. Thank you so much!

QudsiaP1 on July 14, 2012:

I am bookmarking this one. Thanks!


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 12, 2012:

My Scifi Life - Isn't it great to have a few cleaning tips on stand-by for the next time you may need them? I can't tell you how handy they've been for yours truly. It makes my day to hear that you liked my hub enough to share with others. Thanks so much!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 12, 2012:

tammyswallow ~ Success - good for you! You've got me giggling at your pantyhose in the freezer - brrrrr. :)

brenda12lynette from Utah on July 12, 2012:

I am trying the bread trick. I bawl like a baby most of the time I cut onions, but I love onions! I also plan on trying some of the cleaning tips! Voted up and very useful!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 12, 2012:

Very many awesome and unheard of tips. I in fact knew just a couple like the ice one to remove gum or the application of soap to let the zipper move freely.

I'd like to share one which my wife uses to stop "crying" while cutting onions. Chew gum while doing this and you'd be happy to chop them to your heart's content. I'm serious try it.

Glad you shared this. Bookmarking this Audrey and sharing this too. Voted all the way up and across.

acaetnna from Guildford on July 06, 2012:

Awesome - I always believe your tips to be the very best. Awesome - thank you.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on July 03, 2012:

WOW!!!! You are a mine of information here. ALL such incredibly good tips.

I think I need to print this out and pin it to the wall.

Fabulous hub. Thank you.

Jennifer Vasconcelos from Cyberspace and My Own World on July 02, 2012:

I don't know how I missed this but it is simply awesome! I know I will put these solutions to good use.

My SciFi Life from London, UK on June 22, 2012:

Excellent suggestions and ideas here - thanks very much! Will definitely bookmark and come back as I can see them coming in handy in a variety of different areas. Shared for others to enjoy also!

Tammy from North Carolina on June 20, 2012:

Your advice worked! Thanks so much. I was able to save a beloved outfit. Brrr... why am I chattering? I put my pantyhose in the freezer. :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 19, 2012:

Dear Audrey - No more tears! Peel away. A piece of bread in your mouth keeps your eyes from tearing up. It really works. Thanks for dropping by.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 19, 2012:

Prasetio - Hello. It is always a pleasure to see you and to read your comments. We have been sharing hubs and comments for 2 years. I always look forward to your new hubs and often visit your older ones again and again.

I'm glad these tips were helpful as well as natural. Blessings to you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 19, 2012:

ChristyWrites - Hi Christy. Using fabric sofener (Bounce) in the car will give off a nice fresh scent. And you're right about saving money. Also the scent lasts much longer than car fresheners. Thanks for coming by.

@angela brummer - Isn't that pantyhose tip something? Who experiments with something like this? It isn't something I would try. I can't picture myself finding a run in my nylons and then running to the frig and tossing them in the freezer to see if that helps.

@Green Lotus - ...and after using the sesami seed and brown sugar on the zipper, you'd also have something for your sweet tooth on hand :-) And I'm still wondering how someone comes up with these tips. Hugs!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 17, 2012:

Deb Welch - Knowing that you will be using some of these tips brings a smile to my face. Glad you read this and took time to comment!

@manusphor - Nice to see you here. Don't forget to keep these tips nearby. They never seem to be around when you need them. :-)

@ktrapp - I love it! You have my attention. Here's a reminder about the fabric softener. It seems that the "bounce" brand works the best to keep mosquitoes at bay. I'm on top of the world with your comments!

@Martie Coester - How's everything in South Africa? May I come and play someday? You're always a breath of fresh air. Thanks for the pin and more!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 17, 2012:

KDDubarry03 - Thanks for finding the baking soda helpful. And another thanks for reading this and leaving me a comment.

@drbj - You are "true blue" for coming by and commenting. And I remember testing the piece of bread in the mouth tip when I was still pretty young. Sure enough, it worked then and it works now. So start peeling those onions my dear friend!

@MelChi - You so welcome. I hope you use some of these tips. Thanks.

@Molometer - I've got another tip for you for tenderizing meat. Papaya seeds! Just cut the papaya in half, scoop out the seeds and rub them on the meat. Let set in the refrigerator for 2-4 hrs with seeds on the meat. I learned this from the natives in Hawaii.

@iamaudraleigh - Hi Audra. I love hearing that you found my hub so useful and clever. Maybe I'll share more in a future hub. Thanks so much for the vote up and sharing!

@Sylvia's Thoughts - How are you dear lady? Glad you could find a new tip or two here. I think I'll drop by and see what's new on your hub block.

@WD Curry111 - Oh, I want to thank you for this tip. " If the wall isn't white, and you have to paint over it, a soggy Wheatie (the cereal) will work well and can fill a bigger hole permantly. Let it dry, and you will have to chisel it out. That's such a good tip.

And as far as going to Florida in the winter- be on the lookout for an old black Mercedes with a little old lady behind the wheel :-)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 17, 2012:

Victoria Lynn - A sheet or two of bounce faric softener inside the car smells so fresh and nice. I also use them inside my shoes to keep the closet smelling good as well as the shoes. Don'tcha just love new tips?

@kelleyward - Oh those pesty mosquitoes! Be sure to purchase the "bounce" brand. For some reason, it works much better than knock-offs. You're so sweet to pin this hub and to vote up. Thanks !

@Hyphenbird - When I found an easier way to open those terrible plastic packaging items I just had to share. Glad you could use this one.

Mohan Kumar from UK on June 17, 2012:

Wonderfully practical tips, vocal coach, you are a star. There is so much useful info for a household filled with three kids and their foibles! I thank you!

Audrey Howitt from California on June 16, 2012:

I have to try the bread thing! I am so tired of crying when I chop onions!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 13, 2012:

Very informative hub, my friend. I am glad to follow all your tips here. Voted up and shared. Take care :-)


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 11, 2012:

Sandyspider - Ha ha - so am I. This works well, I put one in my shoe and one in my pocket or wherever. Thanks Sandy!

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on June 11, 2012:

Wonderful tips. I will have to try the fabric sheet one. I am a mosquito magnet.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 08, 2012:

thoughtforce - Hi there my friend. Thanks for pinning my hub. I appreciate that. I'm so glad you liked these tips. I use the fabric softener in my shoe and in my pocket all summer long...and absolutely no mosquitoes.

Isn't it grand?

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on June 08, 2012:

VC this on is bookmarked. Now where were you when I couldn't unzip my jacket last month?!

I'm off to slather on some sesame oil and brown sugar :) Cheers!

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 07, 2012:

Great tips I had no idea about the pany hose in the freezer! Who would have thunk it?

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 07, 2012:

I like that you include tips of other hubbers here too. I am going to try the fabric softener in the car idea, it will save buying air fresheners! Well done and so useful too.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 06, 2012:

Mommiegee _ Nice to hear that you like my hub and found it useful. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks.

@TheRightWord - I'm asking myself the same question. What did I do before the Internet? :-) No wonder I was so dumb.

Couldn't find any answers anywhere. Thanks so much!

@Ttoombs08 - I'm giggling as I read your comments. And very glad you like my hub. Thanks for directing your bachelor brother here. Thanks so much!

@Crystna1985 - New tips are always helpful aren't they? My mother used so many - we were pretty poor and didn't always have money for store products. Thankyou.

@tammyswallow - Hello you wonderful woman! I just knew I'd find you here. Your support and loyalty is spoiling me. When I wrote these tips and learned about the shaving cream I ran into my son's bathroom, took his, and immediately got to work on a tomato stain from 2 days ago. It worked! Thanks Tammy!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 06, 2012:

Lord - I'm just thrilled to find that you needed the vinegar tip to prevent ice on the windshield. I used it last winter and was amazed. You are so kind to come by and give me support. Thank you!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 06, 2012:

Awesome tips. Thank you, vocalcoach.

Voted up, pinned and bookmarked :)

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on June 04, 2012:

Stop the presses - this is absolutely invaluable information. As soon as I have the chance, and I mean SOON, I am going to plant some mint to annoy some little critters that come around. And if the fabric softener sheet in my pocket or shoe keeps mosquitoes away I will be forever indebted to you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 04, 2012:

Dee - How good it is to see you again. I like your story about how you outsmarted those rats. Good job! I hope you'll think of yours truly whenever you use that list of terrific problem solving tips! Thanks Dee for the vote up and more.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 04, 2012:

Marcy - Wonderful to see you here my friend. Be sure to let me know how the plastic ware turns out after you use the non-stick cooking spray.

Hope your day brings you joy. Thanks so much!

manuspohr from Massachussets on June 04, 2012:

This Hub is very nice! voted up useful. Thank you for shared. :)

Deb Welch on June 04, 2012:

Liked this Hub. Awesome Baking Soda. So many helpful ideas - Thank you. I will use them. Voted Up.

WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on June 04, 2012:

Who thought household tips could be so entertaining? I really like the one about patching holes. If the wall isn't white, and you have to paint over it, a soggy Wheatie (the cereal) will work well and can fill a bigger hole permantly. Let it dry, and you will have to chisel it out. It is amazing what you can learn when you go off to college.

To prevent ice on your windshield? Come for a long visit to Florida.

Sylvia Van Peebles from Southern California on June 03, 2012:

Hi VC! Thanks for all the wonderful tips! Some I knew already, some I had forgotten, and some are brand new!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 03, 2012:

tillsontitan - Love your opening comments beginning with the WOW! A hint about the peppermint. It grows like a weed - branches out everywhere. But the moles hate it.

I'm impressed to find that your son knew about the fabric softener. He must take after his mom. :-)

Gee, golly, shucks I sure want to thank you for the generous ratings and reasons for them. I like knowing why a person rates and you're the first one in 2 years to add that in a comment.

Very impressive. And now, you're getting a visit from me!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 03, 2012:

Just Ask Susan -

Hey Susan. I have had such good protection from using "bounce" fabric softner - one in my shoe and another in a pocket. Make sure it's the bounce brand. I've not heard of any other brand working but bounce.

And the hairspray on the zipper is amazing. Thanks for stopping by and you're welcome!

iamaudraleigh on June 03, 2012:

Clever, clever, clever!!! So many fix-it ideas here! toothpaste, mint to keep the rodants away, and hairspray to keep zippers closed...brilliant! Voted this up and shared!

Micheal from United Kingdom on June 03, 2012:

Great tips for solving problems around the house.

It makes me smile when I learn something new like this. Sometimes the obvious only becomes so when someone points it out. Never knew about the meat tenderizer aspects of baking soda.

Thanks Tammy for sharing this hub by vocalcoach.

Voted up and all the buttons.

Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on June 02, 2012:

These tips are fantastic - thanks so much for sharing!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 02, 2012:

Sharon's Slant - I tried everything to remove tomato based stains from my plastic ware and nothing worked. Then I found this solution and boy was I a happy camper.

Thanks for sharing and voting. Most of all, thanks for being here.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 02, 2012:

These are super practical tips, Audrey, thank you. And some of your suggestions are so weird I know they must work. Especially the one from your mother about holding bread between one's teeth while peeling onions. Absolutely news to me.

KDuBarry03 on June 02, 2012:

I am definitely gonna start those tips on baking powder. Well done! Thank you for sharing!


Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 02, 2012:

Cool ideas. Some I knew and many I didn't. That can opener idea for those awful packages is worth a mint!

kelleyward on June 02, 2012:

Wow this is a fantastic hub! I'm bookmarking this one. I especially needed the tip for Mosquitoes right now in Oklahoma! Voted up, Pinned, Take care, Kelley

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 02, 2012:

This is great! I do the toothpaste in the wall thing. I'm going to have to try the dryer sheets in the car. Think they would work in the house, too, to get rid of that "cat smell"? Have to save this hub for future reference. Awesome!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 02, 2012:

Pamela99 - Hello my friend! Like I said in my hub, I can still see my mama standing over the kitchen sink, peeling an onion with a piece of bread in her mouth. That was over 50 yrs ago! She must have learned that from my grandma. How on earth did they figure out a solution like this a 100 years ago?

Thanks so much Pamela!

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on June 02, 2012:

This is such a great hub and I enjoyed reading it! I will pin this since it is to good to be forgotten. Who knew about toothpaste on the wall, fabric softener in the shoe and bread in the mouth? A fantastic list of useful tips, loved it!


Tammy from North Carolina on June 02, 2012:

Excellent tips! I have been looking for something that will remove tomato stains forever. I didn't imagine shaving cream would do the trick. I am going to get a can. Great hub!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 02, 2012:

teaches 12345 - Thanks for being my first reader. I'm so glad you found these tips useful and are keeping them close at hand. Have a great day!

Crystna1985 on June 01, 2012:

This Hub is very helpful! voted up useful. Thank you for posting:)

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on June 01, 2012:

These are wonderful. Everyone starting out on their own could use these. I can't tell you how many times my 20 something son has called and asked me how to do something! Next time, I'll point him and my 40ish bachelor brother to this site. Voting up and more! :)

TheRightWord from Sunny California on June 01, 2012:

Great tips! What did we do before the internet?

Mommiegee from Alabama on June 01, 2012:

Great Tips! Thanks so much for this hub!

Joseph De Cross from New York on June 01, 2012:

I'm with Tillsontitan,

Great tips and easy to follow. I was smiling like a boy with some common sense tips the one for the car was so needed. White vinegar is cheap and so useful. Thanks for sharing!


Dee aka Nonna on June 01, 2012:

These are sooooooooo good. Some I've heard of and even use...other are wonderful news.... the peppermint and pest is one I learn not long ago. I live "in the country"....we keep the "pest spraying" man with a job. But recently I found evidence of mice in my garage and heard that they will get in your car.....horrified is not even close to what I felt. Rat poison or traps did not seem to help. I got one of those electronic sonic things....helped a little and then a little research I found about the peppermint. I found some strong peppermint oil...put a dab on cotton in several place in garage and my car and in the house (cause I was afraid they would try to get in somehow).... problem solved. They are gone. I check everyday for droppping....tell-tale sign...nothing. It does work.

I am trying the hairspray on a zipper.

Voted up, useful, awesome. And, I'm printing it out and hanging in my laundry room for easy reference.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on June 01, 2012:

So clever - and these are such basic things we should know! I'm with Sharyn - the spray in a plastic container is a real discovery! I'm so tired of having them stained (forever!). Great hub!!!

Mary Craig from New York on June 01, 2012:

Where's that WoW button? There are so many tips here I'll have to read and print this to keep it handy. I must admit my favorite is about Peppermint and moles (I wrote about moles just recently). I'm gonna get me some of that!

I know the fabric softener for mosquitoes works because I just used them at my son's house (he told me about them).

This is a great and useful hub. Voted up, useful, funny (because of the short comic interlude) and interesting cause we are all interested in quick remedies.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 01, 2012:

I love reading hubs that are so useful. Hairspray on the zipper .. who would've thought. When I go shopping tonight I'm going to grab an extra box of fabric softener sheets .. mosquitoes love me.

Thanks for all these great tips!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on June 01, 2012:

These are GREAT tips Audrey. Here are my two favorites: your momma's bread in the mouth; and spraying a plastic container with cooking spray to avoid stains. High votes and sharing too!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 01, 2012:

This is a terrific hub, so full of practical ways to fix problems that we have from time to time. I knew a few of these, but I certainly learned some great new tips. I had never heard of the bread in the mouth for peeling onions. Definitely voted up!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 01, 2012:

teaches12345 - You're my first reader! Glad you're keeping these tips handy. Your comments are so important to me - especially on a brand new hub. So thanks and I appreciate the vote up!

Dianna Mendez on May 31, 2012:

I am keeping this hub handy. I am in need of the quick fix for the zipper. Great post and one that many will find useful. Voted way up!

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