Friday, September 5, 2008

Good for something

Here are some random facts that you may find useful, just because. I wanted to come up with 10, but as many random facts as I know, apparently only 7 of them are useful.

Use peanut butter to get gum out of hair instead of cutting it out. It's messy, but it will work.

Clear nail polish will stop a run in nylons. (Well, it doesn't have to be clear, but you might look funny running around with colored spots.)

Cornstarch can be used in place of baby powder. It's actually the main ingredient in some baby powders.

You can tell if an egg is bad by putting it in a pan of cold water. If it sinks it's still good, if it floats, it has gone bad.

If your brown sugar goes hard, just stick a piece of bread in with it. The sugar absorbs the moisture from the bread and softens back up.

The sun will bleach stains. Just wash the stain in cold water and instead of putting it in the dryer, hang it in the sun and let it dry.

Fabric softener makes fabrics less absorbent. Skip it when drying your towels and they'll work better.

There you have it, 7 random and useful facts. Do you have any for me?


  1. Random and useful? No. Random and useLESS, of course! Wait, here's sort of a useful one: I take mileage checks every time I fill up with gas in order to see the kind of fuel economy the car gets. I found that the Focus actually gets statistically significantly better fuel economy with Premium than Regular. The difference in MPG was such that if Premium is 11 cents (or less) more expensive than Regular, in the long run it's actually cheaper to fill up with the more expensive Premium because I'll get more miles per dollar. Plus is almost always a waste, it can only be 3 cents more expensive than Regular (to be more economic), which it never is. Of course, lately, Premium is more like 30 cents more per gallon than Regular, but at least that's food for thought for you, if you get in the miles-per-dollar experimenting mood. And yeah, not really a "fast fact" there. Sorry 'bout that!

  2. Thanks for the useful tip on the towels! I did NOT know that. What happens if you accidentally wash them with dryer sheets? (almost the entire box of dryer sheets fell in the washer, which I did not discover until unloading it).

    Not exactly a fast fact, either, but to see how to fold fitted sheets, look here: I finally have flat sheets!

  3. The egg fact is always one I say, "just put it in cold water and we'll see if it's bad." And then I don't remember if it should sink or float. Grr. :) I can't think of any of my own right now but if I do I'll let ya know ASAP!

  4. Yup I quit using fabric softener on my mission because it makes you feel hotter. Someonen told me, I tried it, it worked and I save money now never using it.


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