Let me tell you a secret - I am a shockingly obstinate person. Which to my friends and family, isn't news. For my family they've had to put up with my stubborn streak most of the lives - and my friends, for the time they've known me. One of the things I'm particularly stubborn about is asking for help. It baffles me when people ask for help simplest things when they can easy do it themselves - carry a light piece of furniture, crack open a bottle of anything - and the worse - open a can of soda. I think you should never ask for help unless you absolutely need it. Here's a list of five stuff around the house that will come in handy some time in your lives. So bookmark this page.

GET RID OF STAINS WITHOUT CRYING TO THE DRYCLEANERS Offending Substance: Wine You'll need: 1 teaspoon liquid laundry detergent 1 cup hydrogen peroxide (find it in the first-aid aisle of any drugstore) Do this: 1. Blot the stain with a paper towel. 2. Combine soap and peroxide in a small bowl. Soak a clean sponge in the mixture, squeeze it halfway dry, and then gently blot the stain. 3. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and wring out.

Offending Substance: Sweat You'll need: 6 tablespoons baking soda 1/2 cup water Do this: 1. Combine ingredients to make a baking soda paste. 2. Rub the paste onto the pit stain and let it sit for one to two hours before washing. 3. Launder as usual.


Offending Substance: Lipstick

You'll need: A small amount of mineral oil 1/4 cup ammonia 1/4 cup water (Note: Make sure the mineral oil won't stain your fabric.) Do this: 1. Rub mineral oil into the mark, let it stand for 15 minutes, and then blot with a paper towel. 2. Combine water and ammonia and gently rub with a sponge until you can't see the mark. 3. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and wring out.

Offending Substance: Grease

You'll need: 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch Do this: 1. Gently press the cornstarch into the stain with your fingers. 2. Let it stand for a few hours (overnight, if possible). Then simply brush it off.

SAVE A FUCKED UP MEAL It's no shame to admit you screwed up. But you don't have to admit that to anyone but yourself.

Got this? Dry chicken Do this: Remove the meat from the pan and add a cup of water or low-sodium broth. Bring it to a boil, scraping off pan residue and mix it into the broth. Ladle a tablespoon of the liquid over each serving of meat.

Got this? Too much salt Do this: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil or lemon juice to counteract the salty punch. Fat works best, but lemon juice is a healthier alternative

Got this? Mushy veggies Do this:Make your mistake seem intentional by whipping up a purée in the food processor or blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Got this? Far-too-spicy salsa or sauce Do this:Besides pairing it with a cold beer, adding dairy is your best bet to tame heat and spice. Stir in about 2 tablespoons of low-fat yogurt.

YOUR ZIPPER IS STUCK Instead of trying to figure out which stranger in the changing room won't get creeped out by you asking 'em to unzip your skirt for you, grab a chapstick from your bag.

Dab the chapstick on the zipper teeth on both sides of the jam, on the outside and inside, then gently wiggle the zipper up and down, letting the lube do all the work.


You're at a chi chi foo foo dinner and you're done with your meal. You scan the room for the most legit person whose plate you can copy, but everybody looks just as clueless. Now what? Karen of The Art of Doing Stuff gives some pointers:

  • The knife and fork go either straight up and down in the centre of the plate with the handles resting on the rim, or pointing between 10 and 4 o’clock.  In each case the tines of the fork should be facing up, and the knife edge pointing in.
  • Your napkin should be half heartedly folded to the left of your plate.
  • Do NOT: rest the cutlery on the table, cross the cutlery over each other in an X, put your napkin on your plate, perfectly refold your napkin, put your napkin on your chair, fold your napkin into the shape of a swan or a dead chicken and then leave the restaurant wearing it as a hat.

Yes, Karen is funny. Check out her site here.

RESCUE A RING FROM THE SINK You're absent-mindedly washing your hands after a #1 and while you're listing the reasons why you most definitely need that Rebecca Minkoff purse, your precious ring slips though your wet fingers and into the abyss that is the sink drain. Instead of crying a river, or calling a plumber, get to work.

1. Turn off the water. (The main valve, under the sink--not just the faucet.)

2. Place a bucket under the pipe trap (the U-curve that the pipe under the sink makes before it goes out the back wall).

3. Use a wrench to loosen the large nuts on either side of the trap. Once they're loose, remove them by hand and pull the trap off the pipe, dumping it and its contents into the bucket. Your jewelry, along with a little water and a bit of crud, should be right there.

4. Replace the trap and tighten the nuts, first by hand, then a final quarter revolution with the pliers or a wrench. Do not overtighten.