DIY: Handy Hints

I like handy hints--things that make your life easier and involve new uses for ordinary things. I've heard/read these over the years and they really work! I'm sharing a few below, but there's plenty more where these came from!

  • Coffee filters are so useful! You can cover food in microwave, clean windows/mirrors, and hold up drops for Popsicles with these.
  • Make a reusable gel pack for your cooler by filling a Ziploc bag with 3/4 dish detergent and sealing it shut. Pop in the freezer and use anytime. Great as an eye pack, too!
  • Use an aluminum ball in place of dryer sheet (2-3 inches thick).
  • Dry your nails in cold water to speed up time.
  • Vaseline can work wonders for dry skin. I've put it on my feet at night with socks.
  • Crush 2 aspirins and make a paste with a little water for zits. Leave in 15 min. and then wash off.
  • Speaking of zits, I use Visine on them.
  • Use a Post-it note to clean in between a keyboard.
  • Clear nail polish on bottom of a can in shower can prevent rust.
  • Use your flat iron to iron between buttons (this reminds me of LC on The Hills!).
  • Try a contact case for pills (not child-proof) when traveling.
  • Dryer sheets are a lifesaver when trying to get the nasty smoke smell from your hair.
  • Conditioner can be used in a pinch instead of shaving lotion.
  • Deodorant stain? Use pantyhose, Spanx or baby wipes to remove.
  • Grease stain? Rub chalk on it (It works sooo well, but who has chalk?) or use artificial sweetner on the spot. I've used this tip especially when dining out and traveling.
Hope you enjoyed the hints! What are your fave handy hints?


  1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, and for becoming a follower of my blog! You have such a cute little piece of the web here ... I'll definitely be back. :)

  2. that post it note tip is really handy. :D

  3. Clear nail polish prevent rust! I love that so much! Thank you so much for this post...I love it!
    Can you tell how happy I am about those tips?
    Muah my lovely!

  4. You have such an adorable blog! Those are all great tips, especially the flat iron for ironing between buttons. I never would have thought of that!

  5. hehe i love DIYs! thanks for sharing!
    my fave so far is baking soda to wash away grime on toilet bowls, sinks etc; extra virgin olive oil as make-up remover (smells good too!); and vaseline with blush as a nice pink coloured lip gloss!

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog--let me know if you try that cake recipe.

    Thanks for the great DIY tips--I've never heard of the one for deodorant stains, but am happy to learn about it!


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