S.O.S Pads 22-05-15

S.O.S Pads
  • Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way! [Probably works on other brand name pads too?]


Water heater

Water heater

  • Drain a few gallons of water from your water heater each year to remove sediment and improve efficiency!
  • Learning how to clean hot water heater sediment is easy: First turn off the power so you don't risk electrical shock or burn out your element. Then turn off the cold water valve to the tank. Attach a garden hose to the tank drain valve and then drain a few gallons of the hot water in the tank through the hose. Then close the drain valve and open the cold water valve and you're ready to use the tank again.


Use Empty toilet 13-05-15

Use Empty toilet

  • Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.


Fuel 12-05-2015

  • Most vehicles run just fine on regular-grade (87 octane) fuel. Using premium in these cars won't hurt, but it won't improve performance, either. A higher-octane number simply means that the fuel is less prone to pre-ignition problems, so it's often specified for hotter running, high-compression engines. So if your car is designed for 87-octane fuel, don't waste money on premium.


Car care myths

Car care myths
  • Despite what oil companies and quick-lube shops often claim, it's usually not necessary. Stick to the service intervals in your car's owner's manual. Under normal driving conditions, most vehicles are designed to go up to 7,500 miles between oil changes. Changing oil more often doesn't hurt the engine, but it can cost you a lot of extra money. Automakers often recommend 3,000-mile intervals for severe driving conditions, such as constant stop-and-go driving, frequent trailer-towing, mountainous terrain, or dusty conditions.


Carpet Areas Worn? 27-04-2015

Carpet Areas Worn?

  • Purchase waterproof colored markers that match the worn spots. Then color the backing of the carpet that's showing through. It works well on Orientals with dark-color patterns.


Flies or bees bothering you? 24-04-2015

Flies or bees bothering you?

  • Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive. [Gumout and brake cleaning spray also work, but don't use them in the house or near plastic. ]


When You Check into Your Hotel or Motel Room 22-04-2015

When You Check into Your Hotel or Motel Room

  • As soon as you get into your room, wipe down door handles, the TV remote, phone and surfaces with alcohol wipes or an anti-germ gel. Be aware that germs can stay on them for hours.