Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Quick Fixes

Last night, a friend was telling me how she recently scorched her arm on a hot oven. I told her a trick I learned from a friend in Tennessee. In my former gypsy life, I spent some time living with some friends in Tennessee. I love that place and the people who live there.

by Paul courtesy of www.freedigitalphotos.net
Not my cookies. I moved to the Mountains.
These are by Paul at www.freeditgitalphotos.net
One night, after their children had gone to bed, the rest of us stayed up late for a movie night. I offered to whip up a batch of the chocolate chip cookies I am known for as a movie snack. (Or I was known for them until I moved to the mountains and it messed with my ability to make them correctly. Sigh.)

In the process of removing said freshly baked cookies from the pan, I wound up burning my hand on the hot sheet. Miss Lisa grabbed the bottle of vanilla extract, held my hand over the sink, and poured the vanilla right over the burn. I was skeptical. Until it took the sting right out. She said she thought it had something to do with the alcohol in the vanilla. I didn't care so long as it provided relief from the pain of the burn.

Miss Lisa is also the one who put a squirt of liquid dish soap in a cup of apple cider vinegar on the counter to attract and capture fruit flies. We left it out over night, and I can't even remember how many flies we counted the next morning. The jar was a mess of black bugs floating in gold liquid. It has something to do with the vinegar attracting the flies and the dish soap providing just enough weight to the concoction to keep the flies from escaping. Fruit flies haven't been as much of a problem for me up here in the mountains, but it was a must remember remedy for anyone living through a hot Tennessee summer.

Swatting at mosquitoes a few weeks ago, another friend told me that a piece of tape over a bite will help relieve the itch. I haven't had a chance to try it yet. But I'm keeping that bit of knowledge stored away for the future.

Do you have any tried and true remedies for bites, burns or bugs?






6 comments:

  1. Great tips! I am going to try the vanilla next time I burn myself. If you get a really bad sunburn shower or soak in the hottest water you can possibly stand. It stings at first but then for some reason it seems to draw the burn out. I swear it works but of course don't get sunburned first and foremost :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Really? I've never heard of that one. But I agree 100% to avoid the sunburn in the first place :)

      Delete
  2. My favorite is rubbing your hands on stainless steel to get nasty smells off your hands (fish, garlic, onion, etc). I've never had it not work for me, though some people have trouble with it, so I wonder if it has something to do with your individual pH.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Really? I am going to have to try that sometimes. I hate it when the smell of onion or garlic sticks to my hands. I guess they same lemon juice works too, but the stainless steel seems to be a more ready solution.

      Delete
  3. My fav is putting lavender in the garbage disposal and turning it on. Makes the sink smell terrific.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't had a disposal installed in my car yet. But I'll have to keep that in mind for when this gypsy life is over.

      Delete