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By Tara Donne
Updated February 03, 2009
Tara Donne

Original Purpose: Banishing the dark.
Aha! Use: Smoothing a wrinkled ribbon, whether it’s to tie around the waist of your gown or to decorate church doors. Holding the ribbon taut, run it over the surface of a clean, warm (but not too hot) lightbulb. (Caution: To avoid singeing the fabric, don't use a bulb that has been on for more than five minutes or so.)
Reward: No need to fire up the iron or haul out the ironing board for this task.