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I Never Thought Of That....Helpful Hints...How to Get Rid of Offensive Odor

Updated on January 27, 2012


Have you ever said, concerning some simple occurrence, or situation, "I never thought of that?" Well it's in that spirit that I write this hub. As you read you'll see a few of the tidbits, maybe some everyday helpful little tips and hints, or just downright, "I never thought of that," situation, that I've either used, heard, read or researched and found to be interesting, and enlightening.

I realize as you read these, "never thought of" tidbits, some of you might think, "does she think we're stupid." To that I say no. Just think of the billions of things that the average person has learned during their lifetime, some as simple as learning to walk, talk, turn on and off lights, or more complicated things such as learning to build a house, operate a computer, and navigate the Internet. When we view these "never thought of" items in that light it's not unimaginable that a few of these seemingly simple things would have slipped through the cracks of your lifetime education.

Before I begin I must put in a, well maybe you could call it a disclaimer, some of these seem so ridiculously simple that you might scoff at them, but trust me I've actually had experience with someone that "never thought of" some of these.

So if you've never thought of some of these, or maybe you have and were too hesitant to implement them, well now is the time to do just that, put them into practice in your day to day living.

I Never Thought Of That

Of course, as some of you that read my hub, I Love To Clean, knew that I had to include some of my cleaning tidbits that maybe you've never thought of. These are all random, in no particular order.

1. Well, while cleaning out some old clothes that my children left behind I ran across numerous old cotton gym socks, when about to toss them I had what I called a brainstorm. Actually I think that I read this somewhere, anyway I put one on my hand and began to dust everything in sight. My hand can reach places that most of those new fangled gadgets can't reach, and just think how cheap that is. So now, instead of tossing those old worn out cotton gym socks, why not use them to not only clean, but also to save money. So have you ever thought of that?

2. Don't throw away those old toothbrushes, they are useful for so many things. For instance I use them to clean the jets in my jacuzzi tub. I spray the jets with a cleaning solution then use the brush to lightly brush them , on that note I also use a small baby bottle brush to clean the jets.

3. This is a good one. Have you ever bought something and it seemed at the time to be a good deal? Well, that was what happened to me. I bought cucumbers at 7 for 99 cents, they're normally .99 each. Just as I thought, it was too good to be true, after peeling and biting into it, oh my goodness, it was so bitter that I couldn't eat it. Not wanting to lose even that 99 cents I decided to try to salvage it, and I peeled deeper, and voile the bitterness was gone. I peeled it until I saw no more green from the peel, so now I am able to eat all of the formerly bitter cucumbers. Actually that was a while back and I've had the experience more than once, and I do the same every time, and it works.

4. Okay here's one that most of you might say, "she thinks we're stupid." Did you know that the shoulder strap on your automobile seatbelt is adjustable? It can be raised or lowered according to your height. The reason this one came up is because I was riding with a friend the other day and I don't know why the conversation came up, however I mentioned to her that she could adjust her seatbelt, and she confirmed that she never knew that.

5. Now this is one that I read somewhere. When you park your car, always turn your wheels towards the curb, (unless you're on a hill, then the opposite is true), that prevents thieves from towing your car away. In this day and age we can't be too cautious, so whether you think you need this tip or not, it doesn't hurt to implement it.

6. Here is another of those "duh" tips. The reason this one came up is because, I have a friend that uses fresh garlic daily for immune system boosting. Anyway as we all know when you use fresh garlic daily it is exuded through your pores, and to some the pungent odor is offensive. One day we were riding along and the conversation came up, and I mentioned that when I use fresh garlic on a regular basis I eat parsley, or drink parsley tea, and that cuts down on the offensive odor. She was very appreciative, as she had never thought of that.

7. This is another of those that I read. This concerns opening a sealed envelope without damaging the glue. The advice is, slip the envelope inside of a plastic bag and leave it for a few hours. The envelope is easily opened with a knife run under the flap, leaving the glue in good shape. This is helpful in the event you forgot to include something in the envelope and not wanting to use another one. I never thought of that.

More To Come

This is getting kind of long, and I have quite a few more, so I will continue this in a series of hubs. Stay tuned for more to come. By the way, feel free to leave your own, "I never thought of that."

© 2010 Alfreta Sailor


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    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      That's great mastershops, my job here is done. Please take a look at some of the other hubs in the series.

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      7 years ago from Branson, Missouri

      I will use your gym socks idea! I hardly ever dust, and putting an old sock over your hand like a glove seems like a really easy way to do this chore! Thanks for the tip.

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      You're right Veronica, the simple ones are the best. Thanks for stopping, please come again.

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I really like that envelope idea. It's so funny, but it is often the most simple things that solve or everyday problems. Thanks!

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      I don't think it sounds awful, I like the Idea, however at this time I have tile and wood floors, but who knows. Thanks Lisa for leavings us this tip. Please come back.

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      8 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Good tips. Gym socks are great for dusting. Now I have a really good tip although I'm a little embarrassed to say it but it works. No wax floors are great but some old houses still have the floors that need a coat of wax. Everything I used to coat the wax on the floor did a horrible, smeary job. The best thing I've used and it worked great was the cotton maxi pads. You have to get on your hands and knees but I clean my floors like that anyway. The wax went on smooth with no streaks. Sounds awful but hey, it worked.

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks lorlie6 for stopping, see you soon.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      LOVE these tips, freta-I'll be saving old gym socks from now on!

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Micky Dee for stopping. See you again.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      fastfreta- I never thought of that!

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Hello there, Hello, hello, good to see you. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for the tips and as you said, 'I never thought of that' haha ha.

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      WOW, franciaonline, "I never thought of that." I will use that the next time I have a wedding to attend. Thanks again franciaonline. See you again soon.

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hi fastfreta,

      You're right, there are things in our day-to-day lives that we just ignore but are just as important. Thanks for sharing these things. Ha ha ha, I never thought of sharing your "I never thought of that topic" now it dawns on me that things like these stuff are valuable too. Take this I-never-thought-of-that gift:

      We know that when we think of wedding gifts we always think in terms of the stereotyped ones like a chinaware, special bed sheets, special house decor, etc. A friend of mine suggested that we buy all the kitchen items that are never given as wedding gifts, like: a set of knives, mop, pot holder, kitchen towel, brush, wash soap, pot stand and all those ordinary things we never think of giving. The newlyweds just enjoyed the gifts. Someone said: I never thought of that!

    • fastfreta profile imageAUTHOR

      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      I like that one too Pam.

      Tom you're so right, as an old Southern saying goes, "the things we don't know could make a whole new world.

      See what did I say alekhouse, you're probably one of those that said, "she probable thinks we're crazy.

      Thank you all for stopping and taking time to leave a comment. See you all real soon.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Fun hub, but honestly, Freta, the only one I have never thought of is #7. Guess I just think too much.

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      8 years ago from 41042

      I can't make up my mind if this is useful or funny. Maybe both, I gotta' say I didn't know about the seat belt (and that's funny and useful). This is a great idea for hubs because no matter how much we think we know there's always something to be learned. Peace!! Tom

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Freta, You have listed some good tips and I think using the gym socks if my favorite.


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