Household Tips

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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]The most important item below is the last one, about the clothes dryer! It could save your home from a fire, and maybe your life! DID YOU KNOW?[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Peel a banana from the bottom and you won’t have to pick the little “stringy things” off of it. That’s how the primates do it.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold![/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt [/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Andes[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial] mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. [/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yum[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]1. [I]Reheat Pizza[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]2. [I]Easy Deviled Eggs[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]3. [I]Expanding Frosting[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]4. [I]Reheating refrigerated bread[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]5. [I]Newspaper weeds away[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]6. [I]Broken Glass[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]7. [I]No More Mosquitoes[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]8. [I]Squirrel Away![/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]9. [I]Flexible vacuum[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]10. [I]Reducing Static Cling[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and – ta da! – static is gone.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]11. [I]Measuring Cups[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]12. [I]Foggy Windshield?[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth![/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]13. [I]Reopening envelope[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]14. [I]Conditioner[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair…[/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]15. [I]Goodbye Fruit Flies[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever![/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]16. [I]Get Rid of Ants[/I][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it “home,” can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works & you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed![/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material - I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well,…the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free – that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. [/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial]He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I’d share![/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2][FONT=Arial][I]Note[/I]: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it – the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any pudding at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about![/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

Good stuff! Thanks!!!

Very interesting stuff. Thanks :slight_smile:

Those are great!!

Here is one I just learned from a dishwasher repair man. If your dishwasher is not cleaning the dishes to a squeaky clean, or leaving a film on them put a packet of [COLOR=“DarkOrange”]Orange flavored Tang [COLOR=“Black”]into an empty dishwasher and run it. The next time your dishes will be squeaky clean.

It works similar to ‘Jet Dry’ but better and at a fraction of the cost.[/COLOR][/COLOR]

What great information!! Thanks A Lot!!!:hug:

I love this stuff. Reminds me of Hints from Heloise. Whatever happened to her? :??

Doesn’t she do the articles for Good Housekeeping magazine??

Oh, and the Pizza one works! We’ve tried it many times.

I just thought of another one:

Don’t grease the sides of your cake and muffin pans just the bottoms. Your cakes and muffins will rise much nicer. Ever tried to climb up a greasy pole?

Here’s another…

Rather than throwing away a soap scummy or mildewy shower curtain, throw it in the washing machine with a few towels and some detergent. Wash with hot water.

It will be as good as new!

Thanks these are great. I’m going to clean my dryer filter today and go buy some orange flavored Tang.

Here’s one I always use. If the inside of your microwave needs to be cleaned, take some citrus peels, (leftover after someone eats the fruit), place in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds- 1 minute depending on how dirty it is. Then let it sit without opening the door for 2 minutes so the steam can coat the inside and then everything just wipes clean. I just throw the leftover peels in a baggie in the freeezer until I need them.

Hints from Heloise is still around, she is one of the articles I read every day in the paper. Here is a link to her website

wow, orange tang huh? perhaps i should get some for me (i am the dishwasher most of the time) But usually just use the vinegar into the dishwasher, when we do use it.

keep the tips coming, gang :slight_smile:

What to do with old newspapers,stuff them in your wet shoes or boots keep taking out and stuff new ones in till paper comes out dry.Do this every couple hours or so.I do this when making clogs and they dry in less then a day.And NO the print does not come off on my clogs :roflhard:

Just thought of another one I use,Mix shampoo and water together in bucket to wash bathroom floor to get hairspray build up off of floor.Works like a charm!!!

Brilliant!! We use the spray beside the window. I have to keep the window ledge clean along with the toothbrush holder and stuff. I’ve been using glass cleaner that has ammonia. I’ll mix a spray bottle of water and shampoo and see if it works better.


*Tang, drunk hot helps with Laryngitis

*Shaving cream on the Mirror and allowed to slide down then cleaned off the bottom of the mirror, the mirror wont fog up for Quite a while

I used to use the conditioner one when I shaved my legs

*not really house cleaning, but when teaching toddlers to cook, have them mix up a cake on the open (and supported) dishwasher door
then a few good things happen
1) Mom is less likely to get DOWN there to "help"
2) if they spill, its just a matter of shutting the door and running the cycle
3) the kid can tell someone special they cooked a cake ALL by themselves