No. 367

During the course of each week there are always a number of things that come across my desk with the initials FYI. Of course, this means For Your Information. Many people send me things to keep me better informed, whether indicated or not, and for this I am grateful. In the course of writing my column, I also like to share practical things from time to time that are FYI and I do my best to only share those things I feel would be of interest and will benefit you. Someone sent me something a few days ago about a laundry product called Bounce. As you may know the purpose of this product is to go in the clothes dryer to remove static electricity and to make the clothes smell better. There are also other brand names on the market and some may be cheaper.
What I did not know until I read this FYI, are the many other uses for this product and how practical and beneficial it can be. My wife, Viola does several loads of clothes each day and she had never heard of many of these uses either, and I consider her to be an expert. In fact, she has the equivalent of a Ph.D. in laundry. If you get the feeling that I am sold on her, you are right. There are 17 different uses for Bounce on this sheet and I suspect that you can get a new idea or two here, as well.
Here are the uses listed and you may know of others. No. 1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. No. 2. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that dont get opened too often. No. 3. Repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop outdoors during mosquito season. No. 4. Eliminates static electricity from your television screen. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling. No. 5. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce. No. 6. Freshen the air in your home. Place and individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.
No. 7. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew. No. 8. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing. No. 9. Freshen the air in your car. Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat. No. 10. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, and let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food. No. 11. Eliminate odor from wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce in the bottom of the wastebasket.
No. 12. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract the loose hairs. No. 13. Eliminate static electricity from venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling. No. 14. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or paper sanding. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth. No. 15. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper. No. 16. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight. No. 17. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away. Hmmmm, didnt say anything about helping you shoot a lower score.
Well, there you have it, 17 ways to use the product Bounce around the house, in addition to the intended use of just putting sheets in the dryer with your clothes. I realize that what Ive just shared will not change the world, but it may make life a little easier for some of you. When you think about it, the grocery stores are full of products that have made someone a fortune, and the next great idea could be yours. For the manufacturers of this product, success was just a Bounce away. (Jim Davidson is a motivational speaker and syndicated columnist. You may contact him at 2 Bentley Drive, Conway, AR 72034.)