Who Ever Thought of These Household Hints?

July 16, 2012
Does everything in life need to be controlled?


A ”Fond Farewell” Article

When I changed Support4Change to a new format, I needed to delete some articles that didn’t fit in the new site but were too good to completely throw away. So I have moved many of them here to the blog, where they will still be available and people can find them by using tags. Enjoy.



Ever wonder who was the first to discover that artichokes taste good when steamed and dipped in butter after you get through all those prickly layers? Well, someone has been working on ideas for problems around the house and I can’t figure out how they managed to come up with them. Here are a few from an e-mail I got recently:

Elmer's glueBudweiser beer conditions the hair and so will Cool Whip. Allow 10 min. — Did someone have beer poured over their head after a baseball victory and thought their hair was silkier the next day? What what about the Cool Whip? Figuring out the origin of that is a real puzzle.

Paint Elmer’s Glue on your face, allow to dry, then peel off and see it remove dead skin and blackheads. — I bet this began with kids who painted glue on themselves and pulled it off. I used to do that when I was young. It feels great. Strange but great. Oh to be young again.

Add a large jar of instant Nestea into your bath water to sooth sunburn. — Maybe this seemed logical because iced tea soothes the body when taken internally, but who’d have it followed that it would work on the outside as well?

Use Preparation H for puffy eyes. — WHAT? Did someone wake up with puffy eyes, reach into the bathroom cabinet, pull out a tube of Preparation H, and apply it thinking it was something else?

Peanut butter will get scratches out of CD’s! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper. — Come now. Really? Who would have thought to try?

To remove wax, take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel. — This I’ve done and it does work, but you have to be careful about getting the iron too hot and about wiping the wax off the iron before using it on clothes.


Use Karo Syrup for grass stains. — Can’t imagine the original of this. And does it really work?

Use Coca Cola for grease stains and also for grease stains on the driveway. Works overnight! Also removes corrosion from batteries! — Perhaps someone spilled a can of Coke, was too busy to mop it up and the next morning the floor was clean. Makes you wonder, though, what it does to your insides when you drink it.



Every time I get an e-mail list of handy, unusual household hints, I wonder how in the world they were discovered — and whether they really do work.

Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive. — But do you want hairspray all over the table or chair or wherever you have to spray them?

Don’t wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak. — What, I’m supposed to wait until it rains?

LimeCandles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning. — Who has the time to do this? And did they really test this? I’m skeptical on this one but not willing to take the time to test it.

Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. — Has anyone told the medical profession about this?

© Copyright 2007, Arlene Harder, MA, MFT

 Photos courtesy of Elmer’s Glue and Wikimedia Commons
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