If you think of your appliances as one-trick ponies, you’re selling them short! Many of them have secondary talents that, sadly, go untapped. It’s kind of like only seeing Beyoncé sing while standing still, which prevents you from experiencing her other-worldly dance skills (can you say tragedy?).
If you’re open to a little outside-the-box domestic thinking, it’s easy to unlock your appliances’ hidden potential! Here are five ways you can move beyond their user manuals.1. Make Potpourri in the Coffee GrinderYour coffee grinder can, in fact, grind more than coffee. Create your own potpourri by mincing up pieces of dried flowers, lavender and orange or lemon peels (or cinnamon sticks). You don’t have to stick with these ingredients – we encourage experimenting with other spices and scents to create your own signature potpourri blend.2. Remove Crayon Marks with a Blow DryerShould your toddler (or artistically rebellious teenager) create a crayon mural on the wall, take a deep breath and just reach for the blow dryer. On the hottest setting, the air will be warm enough to melt the crayon. Then, wash the crayon away using a sponge and mild dish soap. Crayola crisis averted!3. Disinfect Sponges in the MicrowaveThis alternate use rivals 90-second popcorn and Pop-Tarts on the awesomeness scale. Along with cooking delicious treats, your microwave is also a master germ-killer. Use it to sterilize and deodorize your sponge by wetting it and microwaving on the highest setting for two minutes to kill bacteria. Carefully remove the sponge and then let it cool before using it again. 4. Cook Salmon in the DishwasherBefore you wrinkle your nose at this idea, remember: the dish water will not touch your food! Be a dinner party magician by preparing a seafood feast in the same device that will clean it up later. Salmon is an especially foolproof option because it’s a “forgiving” fish (i.e. hard to really mess up). Just make sure you wrap the salmon securely in foil and use the dishwasher’s “normal” cycle. The water’s high temperature will poach the fish. Tip: Keep your fish on the top rack for best results. For detailed instructions, visit Wine X Magazine.5. Warm Plates in the Toaster OvenServing a home-cooked meal on a toasty plate is a small touch that can make a big difference at a dinner party. Conventional ovens usually don’t go below 200 degrees (too hot!), but you can rely on Mr. Toaster Oven to achieve this masterful party trick. Place two plates inside the oven for five minutes at 170 degrees for culinary cachet.
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I used to think bleach was the best remedy for surface mold until I learned from a toxicologist and from personal experience that bleach does not actually kill the mold. In addition, it emits harmful vapors!
Kill mold and remove the old wallpaper in the bathroom. Small issues can become big problems if ignored for too long. This bathroom had what I thought to be water damage on the walls. Thankfully, no leaks. The former owner seemed to have started a DIY project and didn't finish it. Mold is unhealthy and the wall is open to water damage. A temporary fix is in order ASAP.
Everyone wants to encourage their son or daughter's budding artistic skills, so of course they give their young children crayons. But somehow those crayons have a way of getting all over the walls. One day my twin daughters got a black and a brown crayon and covered just about every blank part of their bedroom walls (including the wall behind the top bunk) with crayon markings! Plus, they put some crayon marks on the walls in the hallway and stairways too. Needless to say, I was faced with an overwhelming amount of crayon markings to remove from my walls! I threw away all of their crayons and replaced them with washable crayons, and have only bought washable crayons since. Lesson learned. But, with all of the crayon markings all over the walls, I knew I was in for a LONG session of scrubbing walls, so I figured I would take advantage of the mess and do some experimenting. Everyone loves experiments, right? I searched the internet for the best tips on how to remove crayon from walls and tried out several, hoping to find a better, easier method than just the Mr Clean Magic Erasers, which would always eventually drip paint down my arm and onto my clothes and carpeting (not my favorite). So, my mishaps becomes your fortune. Below I share with you 7 Methods of How to Remove Crayon from Walls that work and 4 Methods of How to Remove Crayon from Walls that do not work (or did not work for me).FIRST WHAT DIDN'T WORK!