My Top 10 Smart Solutions 

 Originally Written: November 5, 2013

By  Hanna Trafford



I am always on the lookout for better ways or money saving ways to do things. And then I share them with everyone. Hope you enjoy these and please feel free to send me yours!

1. Fix candle drips


Taper candles add a festive touch to your table, but the waxy drips that they can leave on your tablecloth are something you can do without. To prevent them, fill a basin with about a gallon of warm water and 1 cup of salt – stir it to combine. Then submerge your candles in the solution for 24 hours before putting them into their holders. The salt water will create a hard, but transparent outer shell on candle’s surface that melts more slowly than the candle itself, so the waxy drips will become trapped inside. One dip in the solution will last for the candles’ lifetime.

2. Get your blender squeaky clean:


To make cleaning your blender easy and quick, fill its container halfway with warm water, add a few drops of dishwashing liquid and run it on low for 30 seconds. The blending action will do all the dirty work, so the only thing you will need to do is pour out the dirty liquid, rinse and dry your blender container.

3. Defog your windshield real fast:


Most mornings you don’t have time to wait for your defroster to kick in. Instead, keep a clean blackboard eraser in your glove compartment. The extra absorbent felt will quickly remove the vision-imparing condensation. Simply wipe he windshield and any fogged up windows and you are on your way!

4. Wash your cat without using water:

baby wipes

If you have a cat who will struggle and scratch when you try to give it a bath , try this: Wipe her down with an all-natural disposable baby wipes. The moist towelettes will help remove dirt, oil, loose hair and odors from the surface of her coat. Plus – the wipes contain proteins and conditioners that will keep your cat’s hair healthy, warding off excess shedding.

5. Fix for doggy diarrhea:

puppy diarhea

Oh yes – there is something very good for this problem! Try feeding your furry friend scrambled eggs instead of his regular food until he feels better. Eggs are easy to digest and deliver a boost of satiating protein. The twice daily dose vetenarians recommend: one large egg (prepare ti without milk or butter) for a 10 lb. dog, 2 eggs for a 20 lb. dog and 3 eggs for a dog that is 50 lbs. or heavier.

6. Help stop leash biting:

Puppy Chewing Leash

Puppies will often bite and tug on their leashes. Sometimes it is because they are feeling playfull – but you do want them to stop doing it, especially when it’s freezing outside. To tame this habit, combine 2 cups of lemon juice and 1 cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle, shake well and spray on the leash and all other other items your dog likes to chew. The bitter lemon taste will deter him form chomping.

7. Fast and easy way to iron delicates:


You are about to get dressed when you notice that your silk top is wrinkled. Since you know that the iron’s steam setting might be too hot for the delicate fabric, try this: Wrap am ice cube in a soft cloth and run it all over the garment – then use your iron on warm setting. The slight dampness and warmth will create steam and wrinkles will smooth out in seconds.

8. Best way to store your sewing needles:

needles in bar of soap

Instead of using a pincushion, stick pins and needles into a wrapped bar of soap and store it in your sewing box. The soap’s fatty acids will lubricate the tips, so the needles will easily glide through fabric.

9. Unseal and envelope without ripping it:

unseal envelope

You just sealed an envelope and forgot to add something – your solution: stick the sealed envelope into your freezer for 2 hours, then gently slide letter opened or butter knife under the envelope’s flap to open, The cold temperature will cause the envelope’s glue to become brittle and crack, so you can open it without a problem. To reseal, simply tape shut, then send your letter on its way!

10. How to remove stubborn cork:

remove cork

When you are trying to open a bottle of wine but the cork just won’t budge,m try this: Run the neck of the bottle under hot water for 30 seconds at an angle so the cork stays dry. The heat will cause the glass to expend slightly – just enough to loosen the cork. All you will have to do is give the cork one final pull, pour and enjoy!



Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

Your Signature

related posts:

All About New Year’s Resolutions and Why I Don’t Make Any

Auld Lang Syne Lyrics

Best New Year Quotes

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Get in touch