Make flowers last with a penny: Drop a penny into a vase of water and add a pinch of sugar to keep flowers perkier longer. Gotta love perky!
Remove sweater “pills” with a sponge: Gently run the textured side of a new sponge across your knits to de-fuzz.
Protect clothes with a pillow case: When storing coats or special-occasion clothes, cover each item with an old pillow case. Cut a hole in the closed end to slip over a hanger. It won’t hold in mildew-causing moisture like plastic does.
Unstick a zipper with soap: Hold the fabric taut and rub the soap along the front and back sides of the teeth. Then pull and see how smoothly it glides.
Add a key to a key ring with a staple remover: No more broken nails! To add to your key ring, wedge a staple remover’s teeth between the coils, then clamp down to separate them. A new key will slide on easily.
Fasten a bracelet with a jumbo paper clip: For a tough-to-fasten bracelet, just unfold the clip into an S; hook one end through the jump ring (it’s the round ring at one of the edges of the bracelet) and hold the other end. Then bring the clasp around to latch.
Remove a sticker with laundry pre-treater: A laundry pre-treater will loosen labels on washable hard surfaces and adhesive left by price stickers.
Solve stinky hands with a spoon: After slicing onions or mincing garlic, neutralized smelly hands by rubbing fingers on a stainless spoon under running water.
Line a car trunk with a shower curtain: stash an old shower curtain in your car’s trunk to line it when carting potentially messy plants, picnic coolers, or beach gear in the summer.
Collect pet hair with rubber gloves: Put on slightly dampened rubber gloves (who knew they did so much more than prevent dishpan hands?) and run them over upholstery to quickly collect pet hair.