Turns out granny kind of knew what she was doing. These old tricks from our grannies need to be preserved! Here are ten that still work!
1. Save burnt pots with salt water.
Granny was a little distracted in her later years. But a charred pot could easily be cleaned by filling it with water and a generous helping of salt. Boil for 20 minutes and the mess will lift away.
2. Thin out old nail polish with nail polish remover.
Granny was economical. She never tossed old dried up nail polish. Instead, to bring new life into thickened nail polish, she just added a few drops of polish remover.
3. Use salt to avoid cracked hard-boiled eggs.
So this is why granny kept so much salt in the larder! She knew how to boil the perfect eggs without so much as a crack. Just add a heaping tablespoon of salt to the boiling water before adding the eggs.
4. When your child is learning how to write, tie a rubber band to their hand.
It sounds like a form of torture but this old trick helps your child learn to hold a pencil properly. First, wrap the rubber band around your child’s wrist. Have them hold the pencil. Now twist the rubber band around the top third of the pencil. It will stay in place as the child writes.
5. Aspirin keeps roses from wilting.
That’s right. Aspiring not only keeps you from wilting under the pain of a headache. Drop half an aspirin in some water in a vase and let it dissolve. Arrange your roses in the vase and enjoy them twice as long. This trick works for other flowers too, like carnations, chrysanthemums, and gladioli.
6. Relieve itchy bites with a potato.
Granny was always ready with an old wive’s tale remedy. One of her favorite summer saves was to rub half a potato on bug bites. Something in the potato keeps swelling to a minimum and soothes inflammation.
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