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I Never Thought Of That VIII....Helpful Hints...How to Keep Free Flowing Drain

Updated on February 13, 2013

More Good Ones

  1. Are you constantly tightening your eyeglass screws? Most of us who wear glasses for any reason can answer in the affirmative, so here's a really good tip. Apply a little clear nail polish to the threads of the screw if it's already out. If it's just loose, drop a small dollop around the area where the screw meets the hole, and tighten.
  2. Do you find that your pets dish is hard to clean at times. Well, let's try something that might work. Spray the animal's dish with nonstick cooking spray before putting food in the dish, (the spray is safe for pets), making the dish easy to clean.
  3. It always amazes me when I see someone trying every key on their key chain to get into their own home or any regularly frequented place, i.e., work, business etc. My remedy for that is to use those color coded rubber key toppers. Well, I found another one. The suggestion is to paint the tops of the key the same color as the door you're entering. Sounds good to me. I have also used nail polish, but it wears off over time.
  4. I just read a really good one. I buy those new floor sweepers, (Swiffer), etc. Well, the pads can be expensive, if used on a regular basis, and I tend to use them up rather fast. I use them not just for dusting but also for water drops, or other minor stains or spills on the floor, well here's the advice. Buy a roll of heavy duty paper towels (which are the same size as the pads),and use them for those incidental spills or minor stains.
  5. I found a few interesting uses for Listerine other than the usual, as a mouthwash. There's the one about being a treatment for toenail fungus, (soak toes in mouthwash full strength). Also a balm for broken blisters, (dab on blister with cotton). The fact is, Listerine is a powerful antiseptic, and is a remedy for these, and many similar problems.
  6. Want to keep a drain flowing freely? How about a non chemical method. Here's a kitchen remedy that might be of interest. Mix 1/4 cup table salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, pour down the drain, then pour in 1 cup of heated vinegar, and let stand for 15 minutes, there after run hot tap water down the drain for about 30 seconds, for a smooth running drain. This remedy is not meant to unclog a drain, just to keep one free flowing.


So there you have it. Stay tuned, more to come.

© 2010 Alfreta Sailor


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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      You're awesome Jamie. I have more, lol!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      More awesome tips.. I especially appreciate the one about using the paper towels for the swiffer mop as those little buggars are not cheap! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks mwatkins, I just tried #1 and it worked so well that I went around repairing all of my sunglasses. I do hope #5 works for your husband. I'd like to hear about the results.

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      mwatkins 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Wow - Amazing in your insight - Great tips - My hubby will be thrilled with #1, #5 is so true on the toe fungus, as gross as it sounds, for a $5.00 bottle of Listerine you can save over $230.00 a month in Medicine to achieve better and faster results - without damaging your liver like the meds will do! Great hub! You ROCK!!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Veronica, I'm glad you got something from this hub. I'm actually feeling better today, but I say that cautiously, thanks for your concern. See you real soon.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Love the eyeglass screw tip and the Listerine cure for toenail fungus! Rated it up! Hope you get well soon.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Wooded, I am on the mend. I feel a little better. See you soon.

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      Wooded 7 years ago

      I hope you are feeling better! I love the pet bowl tip and will be trying that out very soon. Happy New Year!!!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you both dj and Hello, hello for stopping and reading, hope it helped. See you both later.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      You are fantastic. Thanks for solving some of my problems.

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      dj 7 years ago

      It's always good to know uses for the things we already have in our kitchen.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you all Justom, Jalus, Nellieanna, for weighing in on this my newest hub on random helpful tips. I'm hopefully on the mend from a minor bout with the flu, so that's why it's taken me so long to respond. I must get back to bed now, well in a few minutes.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Some valuable tips here, Freta! I've thought of using Listerine as a more general antiseptic. Why not? The free-flowing drain tip is great too. I can visualize that action down in there, with the strong alkali and acid reacting together. Great! Thanks.

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      Jalus 7 years ago

      These are great tips - Thanks

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Hi Freta, I never thought of 6 out of 6 so for me they're all good tips. (Well except maybe the eyeglass one, I don't really keep nail polish around:D Hope you had a great Christmas and if we don't talk before then have a Happy New Year. Peace!! Tom