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Top Tips

Discussion in 'Lifestyle, Health & Diet' started by Sofa, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. Sofa

    Sofa I'm a Staffooooooordian

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    I have a collection of Top Tips from a publication known as TaB. They range from the truly practical to the frankly bizarre. I find some of them so fantastic that I'd like to share them with you.


    To keep soap from becoming soft and soggy when wet, store it on an upturned nailbrush.

    Oven gloves are great for polishing furniture. Spray polish on one side of the glove an use the other side to buff.

    To make sure letters aren't steamed open, glue them down in the usual way, then seal them with a little raw egg white across the flap. (?!)

    When you go on holiday, stick a list of vital names, addresses and phone numbers inside the lid of each of your suitcases. You'll be able to find the information easily in an emergency.

    When your bath towels are past their best, cut them up and turn them into shower mitts.

    Leave a small bowl of salt overnight in a newly painted room. The strong smell of paint will be absorbed into it.

    Use a plastic pasta serving spoon to comb to the fringes of rugs when they get knotted.

    Sew the fabric from broken umbrellas together to make a waterproof cape.

    Add a pinch of salt to the water in your hot water bottle. For some reason it stays warmer much longer!

    If you have a padlock on a garage or shed door, tie a plastic bag over it in the winter months to stop it freezing in icy weather.

    Stick a strip of fluorescent tape around the end of your torch. It will be easier to find if there is a power cut.

    Use an empty duvet cover as a lining inside sleeping bags to save washing the sleeping bag every time someone uses it.

    If you're sending a birthday card to a young child who cannot read yet, stick a photo of yourself inside it. The child whil instantly know who it is from.

    If your children are dressed smartly but want to eat sweets, give them white chocolate. It is not half as messy as brown.

    Just had your wisdom teeth removed? Use a baby's toothbrush to clean your teeth. It is soft and easy to manage during the first few days after the op.

    Store all your guarantees and reciepts in a photo album. You'll be able to lay your hands on them instantly and it keeps your drawers free from annoying slips of paper.

    My husband and I used to fight over the duvet. He was usually too hot, while I was too cold. Now I have stitched two single duvets together - one 4.5 togs and the other 10.5 togs. No more arguments.

    Place a strip of sellotape across the back of posters before using blue tack to stick them to the wall. No more rips or marks on your favourite pictures or prints.

    More soon!
     
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  3. jimbob23

    jimbob23 Official 1000th poster

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    No.
     
  4. Silverfish

    Silverfish Well-Known Forumite

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    That crossed my mind too. It would save on waste, but what a time-consuming way to save about £3...
     
  5. Andreas Rex

    Andreas Rex Banned for smiling

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    :grr: I wish i'd known this when I was 13!
     
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  6. jimbob23

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    Who uses "shower mitts"?
     
  7. jimbob23

    jimbob23 Official 1000th poster

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    Alternatively, why not try growing a backbone?
     
  8. Astro Boy

    Astro Boy Pocket Rocket

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    ;)

    :up: will definately be using this one, tankyou mista sofa.
     
  9. Astro Boy

    Astro Boy Pocket Rocket

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    Hmm, add everyones date of births so when the bags are stolen the thief has all the information they need to hijack the identities of your close family and friends.
     
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    Astro Boy Pocket Rocket

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    sorry, ill stop now.

    the poster thing is so obvious im really kicking myself for not thinking about it back in the day when posters were the wall paper of choice - am with you on that one andreas. theres some good stuff here. perhaps a few concepts are a little dated but theres an attitude of thriftiness that is invaluable and should be, once again, employed in our daily lifes - especially when resources are becoming more and more sparse.
     
  11. cookie_monster

    cookie_monster Well-Known Forumite

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    hmmm, have you seen the state of my oven gloves! :gag:

    although i am seriously thinking this is a very good idea.

    x
     
  12. Anders_Panders

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    you obviously not a fan of top tips then Jimbob
     
  13. Astro Boy

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    I feel a skill point coming on............... aaah! there it is x
     
  14. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Avoid buying expensive private number plates, by changing your name by deed poll to your current vehicle registration.

    Mr C261VBF, Stafford
     
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    Always knock off at least a tenner when telling your boyfriend/husband how much your new shoes/handbag cost
     
  16. Astro Boy

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    Always add on at least 100 quid when telling your girlfriend/wife how much their gift cost
     
  17. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Always subtract £30 when telling them what your night out cost.
     
  18. cookie_monster

    cookie_monster Well-Known Forumite

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    and ladies....never ever ever admit how much your last cut and colour cost! :o


    x
     
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    yeah, my dad nearly has a heart attack when i tell him how much my hair costs compared to his fiver!
     
  20. Astro Boy

    Astro Boy Pocket Rocket

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    buy some shears, do your own hair for free. better still, get a mate to come over and cut it for you. free cut and social networking will make you happy as..........

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  21. Astro Boy

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    free haircut done by a friend sir?

    make it so.........

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    happy?

    yes.
     

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