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Lil's handy household hints

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lilachardy, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. When using the tried and tested technique of pouring a hot drink fom one mug to another to cool it down, get into a rhythym and end up tipping both mugs at the same time to release the still scalding hot choc into your lap. Hours of fun as you try to remove trousers, clean up sticky mess and cry about your own stupidity all at once...
  2. CP2


    If popping out late at night (to the bin, say) it's best to go barefoot, then at least treading on a hedgehog is less painful for the critter, and it also improves your reaction time.
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  3. ouch! Yer daft b*gger!
  4. Be adventurous at your next conference. Try a new type of coffee (latte & espresso are so old hat). Why not push the button labelled jug coffee?.....

    Wonderful thread. Thank you all
  5. When moving into a new house, make sure that the first thing you do to test out the plumbing is have a long, luxurious bubble bath. For extra effect, make sure that you are the only person in the house when you pull out the plug, and the water comes pouring through the badly connected pipes into the living room below. That way nobody will be there to realise before your lovely cream carpet is sodden and stained by the bubble bath.
  6. Cestrian

    Cestrian New commenter

    Keep half-empty yogurt pots well hidden at the bottom of the fridge - when you eventually find them you can use the contents to teach colours to Y7 French
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  7. silkywave

    silkywave Lead commenter

    when making jam make sure you boil it all over the cooker and generally get every surface sticky. then burn yourself trying to get it out the pan before it sets.
  8. When asking your OH to grate cheese, remember to mention this handy motto:
    'Vigourous is best!'

    That way, you can have almost every surface area in the kitchen covered, including the floor, inside your cutlery drawer, inside the kettle (no idea how he managed that) and for the perfect party entertainment, try a little on the hob. Never has a meal been accompanied by such a strong smell of burnt cheese and the little greasy fires have certainly livened things up!!
  9. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Never put margarine in tea.
  10. Noja

    Noja Senior commenter

    When replacing the front room curtains with bamboo blinds, check, before taking the curtain rail off, that the room cannot be seen in all its glory once it is dark outside and you have the clean washing for 5 people all over the floor waiting for your 14 year old daughter to sort it...
  11. While waiting for the bath in your top floor flat to fill, make a pot of coffee, go and put your favourite album on and listen to it in its entirety.

    For the best effect, ensure that the landlord lives in the apartment below you and is away on holiday until the weekend.

    That way, he'll be certain that next time he gets a plumber in, he'll pay for one that actually bothers to connect the overflow on the bath!

    How we laughed...!
  12. silkywave

    silkywave Lead commenter

    likewise Lilly never make tea in the tea caddy. it's just to strong.
  13. Andrew Jeffrey

    Andrew Jeffrey New commenter

    When trying to impress Mrs J with what a new man you are, having got up early followed Delia's Christmas day dinner plan to the letter, be sure to think carefully what 'strain the juices' *actually* means, so that the giblets are not left in the strainer as the lovely gravy you have made all goes down the plughole.

    And under NO circumtances should you do this just before your mother arrives...
  14. CP2


    You would be a fool to spill any herb or spice which remains in a small, easily cleaned pile. Much better to topple a large jar of, say, mustard seeds, near the edge of your worktop. That way you get the most out of your hoover attachments!

    (works with most seeds btw, the more round and 'roll everywhere' the better)
  15. The mustard seed trick works well with pepper corns, too. And extra specially well if your cat, who imagines you have performed this trick just for him, springs delightedly amongst the jumping, pinging, rolling corns; patting them even further with his paws.
  16. CP2


    Why on earth would anyone consider using central heating to heat their home? (that's soooo 70's!). It's 2007 kids, get with it. I prefer to iron a shirt in the morning and leave the iron on all day. Not only does it pump heat out but the friction from my electricity meter spinning round at 5000rpm also adds significantly to the ambient temperature.
  17. CP2


    ...and if the iron ever fell off and set fire to the place it would render radiators redundant, thus minimising the chances of stubbing your toe. A win-win situation there I think!
  18. Always use toilet brush to clean the loo after a 'big job'. That way the brush gets the used loo roll etc stuck to it.
  19. silkywave

    silkywave Lead commenter

    likewise CP2 three seed bread once out the wrapper can disperse seeds over every surface in the kitchen.

    always make sure you cook porridge thoroughly in a small bowl in the microwave. then you can come back to a microwave full off porridge that the o/h has forgotten about.
  20. As there has not been a method invented yet to stop flour from going on the counter when you sift it, cut out the middle man and drop the bag onto your own head straight from the cupboard!
    This may seem like a drastic solution, but when you start to cry from laughter at your own stupidity, you will find that you are producing your own 'face-dough' at the same time - a timesaving tip Anthea would be proud of.

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