Flip your wipes

I hate to clean.

But I hate having a messy house even more.

Especially if it’s s-t-i-c-k-y.

The easiest way for me to clean QUICKLY is with Lysol Wipes.
(I only wish they were paying me for this advertising plug! But nope, I’m plugging for free ’cause I love ’em!)

One thing that drives me batty though is that the wipes always seem a little too dry. So here’s the easiest way to solve that delima – and I *always* do this, no matter what.

Store them upside down!

(Just make sure the lid is securely closed)

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It seems so obvious now, doesn’t it? It took me years to figure this out. Dur!

When you always keep them upside down, the Lysol solution drains to the top of the container so when you flip them over to use them, the top ones that you pull out are nice and moist!

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I store all my wipes containers upside down. If you ever come to my house and look through my cabinets, you will find that all my products in jars are stored upside down.

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Call me crazy, but it works. And if you try it, you will never go back!

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It also works great to store diaper wipes packages or any other package with wipes in it. When my kids were babies you would never find a package of diaper wipes sitting upside-up. And if anyone ever comes to my house and flips my stuff around, I immediately flip it upside down again.

This trick isn’t just for wipes though. I keep lots of things upside down. Work WITH gravity, not against it!

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Peanut butter. We eat only all-natural peanut butter in our house. And anyone who eats all-natural peanut butter knows that unless it’s refrigerated (which isn’t necessary until after you open it) the peanut oil pools on the top of the jar.

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But if you store your unopened peanut butter upside down, that oil pools at the bottom of the jar making it MUCH EASIER to stir when you open it!

And last but not least, canned goods!

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Yes, I buy that crap for my kids. And yes, I store it upside down!

When you open a can of ravioli or spaghetti-ohs, all the noodles stick to the bottom of the can and then you have to get a scraper to get them all out – so annoying!

But if you store those cans upside down, when you flip them right-side up to open them, all those noodles are now at the top and the sauce is at the bottom! Brilliant, right?!

So when you dump the can into a bowl, it comes out nice and smooth like dog food or cranberry sauce. No more scraping!

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Next time you’re using wipes, or peanut butter, or canned goods, or diaper wipes, let gravity do all the hard work for you. Flip those suckers upside down!

It’s such an easy solution, and takes no additional time out of your day, but it really makes life so much easier.

It’s the little things in life that make me happy!

🙂

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Comments

  1. You know what I found that gets ANYTHING out of ANYTHING? Baby wipes. It got blood out of my suede chair! I do love the green canister of lysol wipes for the bathroom though. That smell is heavenly.

    Oh and I never thought about the noodles… good idea!

  2. Please tell me more about what motivates you to clean…I’m having such a hard time with it. I’ve tried to follow “FlyLady” but it never seems to last very long. I LOVE an orderly, clean house, but find everything more interesting than cleaning!

  3. I think you are absolutely the smartest person EVER!!!! I hate scraping the Chef Boyardee from the bottom of the can, I am going to flip any I have over right now!!

  4. What great tips! Thanks for sharing! I am rearranging my pantry and so great timing. 😆

  5. 😀 😀 Fabulous tip!! Such an easy solution to an annoying problem!! Especially since I too hate scrapping the can!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  6. Okay, now I’m feeling really stupid for never having thought of that with regard to my Kirkland Peanut Butter…duh. Awesome tips…

  7. I hate scraping the bottom of spaguetti sauce in the jar. Thanks for the tip.

  8. Okay, how have I never tried this!?! I’m glad you shared such an easy little thing — perhaps it will change my whole life?? Everything will be upside down! Haha! And thanks for the tip about the Chef Boyardee — unfortunately it’s a staple for my hubby.

  9. Simple and smart!

  10. Great post! Never thought of this.

  11. O M G – I LOVE lysol wipes and this is the best tip I have heard in a long long long time!!!! Love the lil secrets, keep them coming!!

  12. What!?! You clean?? What’s that about?
    I really wish I cleaned more! I guess I could always give up sleep! Love the idea about storing things upside down, that makes sense when you think about it doesn’t it? Hmmmm…..

  13. LOVE it!! Flipping my jars and such as soon as I leave the computer – you are a genius!! Thanks for sharing your tips! : )

  14. do that with sour cream too.. and chip dips…

  15. Apartment TLC says:

    that is a amazing trick!

  16. This is a GREAT tip, thanks so so much!!!! I would LOVE to be entered in the Vintage Pearl giveaway also!!!! Thanks!

  17. I don’t have the dryness problem with the wipes, but all of the upside storage is a good idea!

  18. I buy that same peanut butter and will now be storing it upside down – great tip!

  19. How did I not think of this? It makes so much sense.

  20. How funny! Great tip.

  21. That is a great set of tips! I see you shop at Costco–me too!

  22. What a great idea!! I like the lysol purple ones that have the scraper side on one end and a regular wipe on the other. It works great for tough stains. Never thought about it for thick soups. I hate trying to get out the bottom of cream soups. Thanks for the ideas. Deb

    PS there was a recall on sphagetti o’s so ya might want to take them out of your cupboard.

  23. I will have to say the obvious here — WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT????? It makes perfect sense…for beefaroni and for the wipes!

  24. Your a genius. Enough said 🙂

  25. That’s such a great idea! If I could get over the thought that they are upside down, it seems like a great time saver. I’m not sure what it is about them being upside down that bothers me, but {sigh} it does.

    Thanks for sharing a great idea!

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  27. Hi Allison!

    I wanted to let you know that this post was one of the most popular at the Boardwalk Bragfest last Wednesday. You can see it here:

    http://wwwbobbypinsboardwalk.blogspot.com/2010/06/featured-attractions-on-bobbypins.html

    Feel free to grab a “featured” button. Thank you so much for your participation and I look forward to seeing you again!

  28. Ha! So simple-I just love it! Thanks for the tip!
    ~Nancy

  29. Don’t forget to flip those cartons of ricota, sour cream and yogurt too. Keeps the air out and they will last longer.

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