Trudy’s household tips for living an easier life
I am reading a great book that has these little snippets of information on living an easier life. Who doesn’t like an easier life, right?
About five years ago this article went into a women’s section of the paper, and I was responsible for the “tips” in the article. So this week I put together all the tips I can think of for maintenance around the house. Maybe one of them might hit the mark with you, and you can share it with your neighbor.
Also, I am going to the National Hardware Show in May. It’s there that I look for unusual and unique items to share with you. So if you have a product or idea of a product that you want me to look for email me now so I can put it on the list! Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s some tips to get you started …
If you see light around a door, apply MD Vflex weatherstrip and reduce dust and your utility bill. You are wasting more energy than you think.
If you live on a street with heavy road noise, install clear window insulation and give yourself a “dead air space” which is the best insulator against noise.
If you are applying new caulk around your tub or shower, use a little liquid soap on your finger to glide the caulk on smoothly and make your installation look professional. To keep mirrors from fogging up in a bathroom, use RainX Anti Fog. It cleans and is streak-free.
Do you need an extra long curtain rod? Use electrical conduit to span the distance. Paint it to match your hardware and no one will know the difference. When you plug an appliance in, is the plug always upside down? Put a dot of nail polish on the top side and plug it in quickly.
If you run out of stainless steel cleaner for your sink, take a tiny bit of vegetable oil on a cloth and wipe it around your sink. Buff it dry. Trim candle wicks to ¼ inch before lighting and the candle will burn without smoking.
Spray outdoor padlocks with Tri Flow to keep them working properly.
Rust can be taken care of with Rust Cure on outdoor surfaces.
On electrical bulbs apply a de-electric grease to the connections and you will never break a bulb again when trying to remove it.
Don’t use a dry Swiffer pad to apply cleaners to floors. These pads have a wax in them and the cleaner will dissolve the wax and will leave a smear across your floors.
If you are painting an interior wall and you have pictures that you want to re-hang in the same spots, place a toothpick in the nail hole so you know exactly where to put back your artwork.
If you are trying out a new color on a wall and you’re not sure if you will like it — paint a sample on an area that you walk past frequently. If in a week you still like it … it’s probably the right choice.
When you get a new paint brush, work your fingers across the brush to remove any loose bristles. That way they don’t get in your paint. If you are painting with oil-based paints, use a natural bristle brush. Remember this by knowing you use conditioner and oils in your own natural hair.
When cleaning a spot from a carpet, always work toward the center of the stain so you don’t spread the stain out further. If the spot keeps coming back, it’s because the stain is on the pad of the carpet, too. When you walk over the area you bring the stain back up to the top. Saturate the stain with cleaner, and then use a plastic putty knife to scrape up the dirt from bottom of the carpet fibers. Blot dry.
If you are having work done around the house, get three bids. Don’t go with the lowest bid! And don’t pay for a job until it’s finished and you are satisfied. If the contractor asks for money up front to pay for materials, YOU PAY for materials and have them delivered. If the contractor bails, you at least have the materials for the job on the site.
Hope you enjoy these tips.
If you cannot find the products mentioned here, call 210-341-1573, go to www.happyhandyman.com or email email@example.com .