Here’s a new twist on transporting frosted cakes. Don’t just insert toothpicks and cover in plastic, because the sharp ends can puncture the plastic and result in a gooey mess. Instead, attach miniature marshmallows to the toothpicks before covering. Stands of spaghetti can also be used instead of toothpicks.
If your curbside trash can has a crack, the easiest way to repair it is to just slap some duct tape over it on both sides. Duct tape can withstand the rigors of the outdoors, and it’s not like you’re worried about your can looking nice, anyway.
A chair’s caning can loosen and begin to droop. If you let it go long enough, you might even fall through the seat and hurt your bum (not to mention your ego). But, no fear! You can tighten it easily and cheaply. Apply very hot water to the underside, then dry the chair in direct sunlight.
Nothing’s worse than a bad sunburn. The good news is you don’t need an expensive lotion to soothe your poor, burnt skin. Just cut an apple in half, remove the core, and rub over the affected area for 3–4 minutes. Apples will keep your skin from blistering or peeling.
If you’re looking for a cheap and practical toy for kids, thoroughly wash old ketchup, salad dressing, and shampoo bottles and let the kids use them to play in the swimming pool or bathtub. They’re also a good way to wash shampoo out of hair at bathtime.
When pruning your trees this summer, make sure to save some branches for holiday decorations. Once December rolls around, spray paint them red, white, silver, or gold, then place them in planters of flowers that are dead for the winter. Add lights or ornaments for extra flair.
Remove the stains in clay and plastic flowerpots with vinegar. Just fill the kitchen sink with two-thirds water and one-third vinegar, and soak the pots. In an hour, they’ll be good as new! Make sure to wash with soap and water before re-using.
Don’t wait until you are out in the sun to apply a protective lotion to your skin. Sunscreen needs time to work, so smooth it on about 20 minutes before you go outside, and don’t be stingy with it—use liberal amounts and reapply after doing any swimming.
A mechanic friend (who shall remain nameless!) once confessed to us that he does his worst work on Fridays, because he tends to rush the job to get ready for the weekend. If it can wait, take your car in on Monday, when it will get the time it deserves.
It’s time for s’mores, but when you take the marshmallows out of the cupboard, they’re all stuck together! Separate them by adding a bit of cornstarch to the bag, then shaking it vigorously. The cornstarch will absorb the moisture that is keeping them stuck together and break them apart.
When pool liners tear, it can be very costly to repair them. But duct tape can do the job. Simply cover the tear, and keep and eye on it to make sure it doesn’t start to peel off. Believe it or not, a single piece of duct tape can usually last underwater for an entire summer.
Many newspapers and magazines will allow you to suspend your home delivery or subscription. If you’re going on a long vacation, make sure to call them up and stop service for while you’re away. You can also often do this for online movie rental and other services. You won’t miss them while you’re gone, and then you’ll get an extra week or two when your subscription would normally be up.