I'm sure you guys have seen hundreds of household tips and tricks floating around Pinterest, but it's hard to tell which ones will actually work.
I wanted to share with you guys the ones I have tried and loved!

using Bar Keeper's Friend to remove grey scratch marks on white dishes:
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So I didn't have this problem with my dishes, but my white porcelain sink had it's fair share of scratches from pots/pans/cookie sheets. It also had a lot of staining due to Mr. Barista's grounds and other various foods (who knew cucumber peels stained so much)
You're probably just picturing a disgustingly dirty sink...trust me, I cleaned it but nothing ever got it to actually look clean.
That is until I tried this little trick.
Run (don't walk) to the nearest store to grab some of this magical powder.
It will change your life!

using rubbing alcohol to fix a broken compact:
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I've had a giant bronzing powder that got dropped somehow and it still had a ton left so I felt bad throwing it away. I would make a huge mess each time I used it, so when I came across this little tip I had to try it.It's super messy and I had to use more than "a few drops" of rubbing alcohol to get it to the correct paste-like consistency, but it totally worked! *
 I was skeptical that the rubbing alchohol would dry enough to be unnoticable, but I just left it open overnight which seemed to help dry it out completely. Also, since you're using rubbing alcohol, it kills all of the germs on your fingers that you'd otherwise be introducing into the makeup. I'd still be sure to make sure your hands are pretty clean before starting though!
*  a suggestion I saw after I fixed, mine was to lay a wet paper towel over the top to help you shape it easier and more smoothly would have been really helpful!

getting rid of excess cooking grease:
(I can't find the original source of this tip or for the picture)
Instead of searching for a can to pour your leftover grease into, just grab some foil and line a bowl with it. Pour your grease into it, and once it has hardened just roll it up into a ball and throw it in the garbage.
I think this may be my favorite little trick I've found because it's so darn simple and easy!

diffusing a harsh camera flash with a piece of white paper:
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This guy is a professional photographer and uses a business card with some slits cut into it when he's in a pinch. I've used this when I'm trying to take a picture inside and the light isn't quite right with or without a flash. I don't bother measuring out the correct size or making slits. Any small piece of white paper will do, just hold it about an inch in front of the flash!

using a rubber band to get excess paint off of your paintbrush:
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I tried this one out yesterday when I was painting the trim in the nursery and it worked like a charm. A giant rubber band is needed for a normal sized paint can and be careful not to flick paint everywhere when you are taking the rubber band off!

using marshmallows to keep your brown sugar moist:
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Ok I lied, I like this simple tip just as much as the foil one because once again it's so easy! 
We've had the same marshmallows in our brown sugar container for about 9 months and they have kept it at a perfect moisure level. Our marshmallows were a little dried out when I first put them in there but they totally moistened up and are happy to keep the brown sugar moist in return.
 A true symbiotic relationship!

freezing chopped green onions in a water bottle:
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It always seems like my green onions go bad before I have a chance to use them, or I don't need the whole bunch and the unused portion goes to waste. Not anymore! I just made sure that I had a clean water bottle and I chopped up the onions when they were still super fresh. Now I can pour out as much/little as my recipe calls for and I just grab a new bunch at the store when I'm out. Super simple!
(If you don't have a plant-eating cat, you could try re-growing your green onions in water!)

Have you guys tried any tips or tricks you've found on Pinterest?
Please share!

PS: I got fed up with the annoying/hard to navigate new blogger interface, and went back to the old one.
Does anyone else find the new "improved" one way more difficult to use?


  1. Kae on March 22, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    gaaah I love pintrest for this very reason! imagine all the blogs you'd have to search through just to find some cool tips.

    p.s: working the new blogger is way too much for me to handle.

  2. the southern hostess on March 22, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    So many great tips! I love it!

  3. Kira on March 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I drop my make-up all the time. I hadn't seen the rubbing alcohol trick before, I'm going to try it next time!


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