Today I wanted to share three little tips that I have found to be very helpful lately! Tricks of the trade I guess you could call them ;)
First up, how to keep your fresh flowers alive longer!
I am sometimes hesitant to buy real flowers to keep in the house because I know they will soon be dead and I'll have to throw them out. Well, I bought some hydrangeas at Publix the other day and the next morning one bunch of them were completely droopy and sad looking and I was not a happy camper, I had just bought them! I googled and googled ways to keep flowers alive longer and I saw on quite a few sites that Listerine worked really well. I knew we had some in our bathroom so I decided to give it a try. I poured out the water that was already in the vase, filled it with fresh water, cut the bottom of the stems just a little and poured in a cap full of Listerine. When I got up the next morning the flowers were standing upright and looked BEAUTIFUL! It was amazing! So, I have decided that Listerine is a GREAT trick to keep flowers alive! Not the mention, the whole house smelled minty fresh, haha!
And next, how to clean your chalkboards!
We had a little chalkboard that sits on our kitchen counter that I like to change out periodically. Well, I could NOT get the chalk residue off each time I wanted to write something new...and I was getting quite frustrated with it. I asked Josh to google it and see if there were any suggestions on how to clean a chalkboard. He found a few sites that said put a rag under warm water, ring it out then put it in vinegar for about a minute and ring it out again then wipe your board with it. Lo and behold, it worked like a charm! I really was starting to think we were going to have to retire the chalkboard because it was starting to look so janky...but now it looks brand new!
Lastly, do you have a tub or sink that you just can't get stains out of? Mix up 1/2 cup of vinegar (heat it for about a minute), a 1/2 cup of dish washing liquid, and pour some baking powder over the top. Make sure when you put all of this into a cup and/or bowl have it IN the bathtub or sink already because mixing the vinegar and baking soda is going to make it bubble over. Mix it together as well as you can and then take an old cloth and slather it all over your sink or tub. Let it sit for awhile...2 hours is recommended, I left mine for an hour. Then come back and just rinse it out and you won't believe how white, sparkly, and clean your tub/sink is. It works wonders! AND NO SCRUBBING! Happy dance anyone?!
So there you have it, three extremely random and extremely different tips. I hope you can use them!
Happy Hump Day! The weekend is getting near!