Adventures of Motherhood

I am a harried mother of three kids who move at light speed and a husband who lives in a world of words. If that isn't enough, I teach in an elementary school as I slowly watch my hair turn gray.

Sunday, September 25, 2005


I received this as a bulk email today. Some made me laugh while others baffled me. Not the sender but the one who created this list has far too much time on his/her hands. Who the hell tried all these things?! Better question, what made them think to try them in the first place? Finally what the heck is a chigger bite??

Things you need to know:
1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see dead skin and blackheads come off.
6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar On it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
11. Bee stings - meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite - Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H
14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals) 15. Stinky feet - Jell-O!
16. Athletes foot - cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub
18. Kool Aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff) (See #39)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint; also Kool Aid in Dannon Plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam Will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on 25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar!
26. Body paint - Crisco Mixed with food coloring. Heat the Criscoin the microwave, pour into an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27. Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia, Soak for 20 min. And let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce Towel will cause the baked-on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, Soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate Toothpaste and brush it!
36. Dirty grout - Listerine
37. Stains on clothes - Colgate
38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola, It will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- Sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox, or 2 Bayer aspirin, or just use 7-up instead of water.
2. When you go into buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you "squeeze" for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different colour twist tie. They are: Monday = Blue, Tuesday = green,Thursday = Red Friday = White Saturday = Yellow. So if today was Thursday, you would want a red twist tie; not white which is Friday's (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue - Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors.

You learn something new every day!
Okay, now it's your turn, tell me your different and interesting tips!


At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I coated my goggles with Colgate toothpaste to keep them from fogging, wouldn't that also keep me from seeing? LOL

Michele sent me! :)

At 11:41 AM, Blogger carmilevy said...

Chiggers....ew! Found this explanatory link. Thank goodness they're not local to us. We've got enough bugs in the neighborhood already :)

At 11:42 AM, Blogger The Mistress of the Dark said...

Interesting! I may have to try that Peanut butter thing on a CD.

Here via Michele's

At 11:53 AM, Blogger abrowncow said...

hello via michele (though i do lurk around on my own from time to time)

i am totally going to try some of these! i love getting those emails of "did you know..."

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Okay, I will admit, #4 is true. I had to use it on my kids once. Ugh.

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is that bread twist tie thing true, ya think? i'm gonna check to see if the color ever changes next time i go.

this was interesting. thanks!

here via you-know-who!

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Chiggers suck! They are little flea like bugs that burrow into your skin--usually around your waistline and where the elastic of your panties and socks meet your skin. You have to bathe in Pine-Sol to get rid of them and they itch like crazy!

Here via Michele's!

At 12:41 PM, Blogger rashbre said...

This is one scary post.

Its the sort of things I would do by accident if very drunk sort of, "Hey, I'm sure that toothpaste on toast with a side of jasmine pot-porri will taste just fine before I put my head in the fridge".

An alternative suggestion is to re-arrange all the products and use them for their stated purposes.

I'm still too chiggered to do anything else at the moment.


At 12:50 PM, Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Toothpaste relieves a burned tongue and dries out pimples.

At 4:52 PM, Blogger . said...

Hello, Michele sent me! Hey wait a minute, I'm not using my peanut butter for anything other than making most delicious sandwiches!! Oh yeah and my special noodle sauce recipe!

At 7:42 PM, Blogger Crazy Single Mom said...

That was humorous and informative at the same time :-)

At 8:08 PM, Blogger Geekwif said...

That was a great laugh! Though I'm sure some if not all of them actually work. I can personally attest to the iron on the wax one, but I used a brown paper bag. The wax melts from the heat of the iron and just soaks right up into the paper bag!

I think I'll avoid the Preparation H on puffy eyes. Considering where it's supposed to go, it just seems wrong. :)

At 9:39 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Great list though some are a little strange like wd 40 for arthritis!

At 9:43 PM, Blogger Tawn said...

sad to say, i've tried the prep h under my eyes. i often heard about it and put it to the test after a long night of crying. it worked, but you need extra powder ontop of it to keep your eyeliner on as it is somewhat greasy. :) here via michele's

At 8:40 AM, Blogger Le laquet said...

Burn your finger tips? Use the burnt finger tips to hold your ear lobes until you can get to cold water!

Chewing gum (bleugh!) on clothing? Pop the offending garment into the freezer for a couple of hours and the chewing gum will chip off ... unfortunately I don't think you can do this to a child's head if it gets into their hair :o)

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Panthergirl said...

Working for a consumer products company, my suspicion is that someone is pushing a few "brands" here! I mean, why Colgate or Crest but not Mentadent?

And I don't think I'd put Cool Whip in my hair, simply because of the sugar! Yeeuch!!

Some are interesting, though... thanks for sharing!

At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these kinds of multi-use tips but advise against the WD-40 for arthritis- I don't think those chemicals are safe for your skin, or for being absorbed into your system through the skin.


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