Wednesday, August 4, 2010


During this whole shoe breaking in process (Yes, I'm obsessed, I will not let these shoes beat me!) I read online that you can use a little rubbing alcohol to stretch out your shoes. Amazingly enough, it totally works! (The shoes were in wearable shape on Sunday but I got greedy and tried to make them even better by getting them wet then wearing them around the house- it totally backfired and the shoes shrank. So don't do that. But the rubbing alcohol totally worked and I am currently comfortably wearing the shoes at work.)

My success with the rubbing alcohol reminded me of a couple other unlikely sounding quick fixes I've learned about on the internet. Both involve dish soap (I'm actually surprised that the internet didn't tell me to put it on my shoes as well!).
You can use dish soap to avoid having to use a plunger on your toilet- just squirt in a liberal amount of soap then let it works its magic on your clog for 15-30 minutes before flushing. I've used this more than once thanks to my ancient plumbing and it totally works.
I've also used dish soap (and two pins) to untangle a severely knotted necklace.
Thanks, Internet!

Do you have any nifty tips or tricks that you've learned from the internet?


  1. Yep! One part dish soap and hydrogen peroxide mixture removes blood and red wine stains. Even old ones!

    The Mary Janes are cute, btw.

  2. Once I read a make-your-house-smell-good tip: rub a little vanilla extract on the bulbs of your lamps around the house. Then when you turn on the lamps, the extract heats up and makes your house smell good. I never tried it, so I don't know if it works. The theory seems sound, though.

  3. Ooh! That's a good tip!
    Thanks, I've been looking forever for a pair of black flats that I can wear on work occasions when I'll be on my feet (because my cheapo flats from target are cute, but have zero support), but also to travel in that will go with both pants and dresses (since my brown hiking shoes are comfy, but not especially stylish, and I'd rather wear black). These will be perfect as soon as I finish breaking them in- haha!

  4. Lauri, that does work- my mom used to use that trick. Just be sure not to put cold vanilla on a hot light bulb (like if it's been on for a while and you just turn it off and drip the vanilla on it) b/c I believe there is a shatter risk if you do it that way.

  5. Furniture polish on a DVD can prevent it from skipping! Rub in an outward motion, not with the grain.

  6. I'm sure Charlie is glad that you know that tip, Katy! :)