Become a domestic goddess in 10 easy steps
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By Andie Huber
Marjorie Bligh—Down Under's version of Martha Stewart—has been doling out ingenious advice on everything from getting a baby to smile for the camera to preventing mice from infesting your home since she published her first book in 1965. Now a new book, Housewife Superstar!, follows Bligh's path to domestic stardom, while sharing some of her best bits of wisdom. Here, our ten favorite tips from the now 96-year-old domestic diva.
Lost & Found2 of 11
Ever lose the back of an earring on the floor? Take the hose attachment of the vacuum cleaner and slide it into a pantyhose leg. Sweep the area—the vacuum will pull up the back of the earring, but the stocking will prevent it from going into the bag.
Treating Nemo3 of 11
Does your goldfish look a little sluggish? To cure a goldfish of constipation, feed it Epsom salts. One to two teaspoons per five gallons should do the trick.
Clean Wheels4 of 11
Need to roll the baby stroller into the house but hate the thought of dirty wheels on your floors and carpet? Take four plastic shower caps (like the find you get gratis at hotels) and wrap them over the wheels before you come inside.
Baby Smiles5 of 11
Trying to photograph a baby smiling is a mixture of stress and good timing—to entertain the little one, place a little bit of low-tack tape, like scotch tape, on the palm of his hands. He'll be entertained while trying to remove it.
Balloon Bonanza6 of 11
Prepping for a birthday party? Save your breath by wrapping the open end of the balloon over the hose attachment of a vacuum cleaner and set it on reverse.
What a Drip7 of 11
Prevent sticky buildup and drips on your bottles: Wrap a pipe cleaner around the neck of teriyaki sauce, ketchup, honey and even medicine bottles to catch the drips and keep the bottle clean.
You've Got Mail8 of 11
If you use cotton string to secure a package or present, wet it before tying it. It's easier to tie when wet plus it will shrink when it dries, making it more secure.
Table Tennis9 of 11
Nothing ends a game of Ping-Pong faster than a crushed ball. To remedy—place it in boiling water for a few minutes and the dents should pop out. Let it cool completely before resuming your game.
Pesky Guests10 of 11
Prevent mice from entering your home by plugging up holes in the walls, cabinets and around pipes with steel wool (the non-soap kind)—they can't chew through it.
Sticky Situation11 of 11
To find the end of sticky tape, hold it over a steaming kettle and wait for it to peel up.
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