Category: Quirky Tip of the Month

Set ceiling fans for winter

Set fan blades to move clockwise in winter, and run fans slowly. The idea is to lift cool air to the ceiling and push heated air down where you can enjoy it. Some fans have a remote control or remote switch. Otherwise, use a ladder and manually adjust the small toggle switch on the fan body. Now set the thermostat a notch lower and enjoy the warmth.

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How to make Mums last longer

Make sure your mum in a sunny area and keep the soil moist, but do not saturate. Giving your plants too much water will result in rotting stems and mushy, decaying blooms. Deadhead as needed by removing any dead or damaged flowers, leaves, and stems when necessary to keep your mum looking fresh and healthy. If a frost is expected, move the mums to a protected inside area such as a garage, shed or barn in the evening, before the temperature drops. Place the plants back outside when the temperature rises above 50 degrees the next day. Alternatively, you can cover the potted plants with old towels or sheets to protect from the frost, taking care to cover all exposed areas of the plant.

Mix equal parts of white vinegar and olive oil. Rub the surface with a gentle cloth. Make sure the cloth is non abrasive. Rub the water mark and walah. It’s gone. This mixture will remove dirt too. The vinegar cleans and the oil conditions and best of all, it’s non toxic.

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How to clean silverware easily

Line a baking pan with silver foil. Add enough vinegar to a pot that will fill your pan 1-2″ deep. Bring the vinegar almost to a boil then add 1 TB of baking soda. Pour the solution into the pan and add silverware. The solution will cause the tarnish on the silverware to transfer to the foil. Remove clean pieces. Rinse with cool water and pat dry. From the Joy of Clean Cleaning.

How to clean champagne flutes

Before cleaning the glassware, place it on a soft towel by the kitchen sink (to help avoid breakage if dropped). Then, fill the glass with warm water and add in an Alka-Seltzer tablet. Allow the tablet to dissolve. Next, rinse the glass with warm water. Dry with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free shine.

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According to restauranteurs, these ingredients will get nasty red wine stains out of your carpet or upholstery. Remember that it is very important to dab not rub, as rubbing will only spread the stain and possibly damage the material. Be sure to use a generous amount of whichever substance you choose. Plain club soda or a mix of club soda and hydrogen peroxide. Salt or better yet, first dilute the stain with club soda then apply the salt. And the most interesting of all: white wine, then salt. Finally, it’s always a good idea to wash or dry clean the fabric after any of these tactics, if possible.


  • Turn off the monitor. If the screen is dark it will be easier to see the dirty and oily areas.
  • Make a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
  • Gently wipe the screen.


  • Use paper towels as these may scratch or damage the screen.
  • Use products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone or ethyl chloride. These chemicals can cause the screen to turn yellow.
  • Spray liquid directly on the screen as it can run inside the monitor and cause damage

source: howstuffworks

How to get a pen stain out of jeans

Covering the stain with a few spritzes of aerosol hair spray is the tried-and-true method! Get one with a high alcohol content (the first ingredient on the list) and treat the stain while it is still wet by dousing the spot. Let it dry and don’t touch it or else you will embed the stain even more. Within minutes the alcohol will pull the ink to the surface, bubble up and dry. Then you can flake it off with the edge of a knife.

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How to ripen fruit faster

Need fruit to ripen faster before making your signature pies? Simply stick it in a paper bag a couple of days in advance. To speed up the process even further, add a banana to the bag along with your unripe produce. This will speed it up even more, but don’t let it stay too long!!

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Stainless steel appliances seem to be stained with fingerprints constantly. But to give them a good, clean shine, all you need is a microfiber cloth (or just a soft cloth) and some rubbing alcohol! If you really want to get your stainless steel super clean – once a month use a few drops of olive oil to mask scratches, erase water spots and repel smudges. When done with either treatment, buff to shine.

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Use Newspapers to Prevent Weeds

First wet the newspapers, then put layers around the plants overlapping them as you go.  Then all you have to do is cover the soil with mulch and totally forget about weeds. The weeds will get through some gardening plastic but they will not get through wet newspapers. Happy planting!

How to build a roaring fire.

Roaring Fire
from virtualcabin

Arrange a row of the biggest logs on the grate in the hearth leaving an inch or two of space between each one. Stack slightly smaller logs on top, arranging them perpendicular to the first layer. For the next two layers add kindling (twigs & narrow logs) alternating so each row is perpendicular to the one below it with each layer smaller than the one below it so the stack comes to a peak. Add the final layer, tinder, which is small pieces of wood like chips and shavings. The top of the stack should be about halfway up the height of the firebox. The top layer will light easily with a match so you won’t need newspaper. As the fire burns it will ignite the wood below it producing a robust blaze.

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