Spray them with hair spray and they will take a quick dive.
Put it in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap.
The envelope can then be resealed.
Use an empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords.
It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll which appliance it belongs to.
get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it.
Pour it all over the steps.
They won't re-freeze.
This works wonderfully! Use A damp rag dipped in baking soda.
The marks come off with little effort!
Rubbing alcohol on a paper towel will remove it.
Whenever you purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, immediately take a pair
of scissors and cut each pad in half.
After years of having to throw
away rusted, unused, and smelly pads, this is much more economical.
Now a box of S.O.S pads last a long time!
And, the scissors get sharpened this way!
Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself.
Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up,
simply pull out the handy nutcracker.
It adjusts to the size of the jar. Just give it a good twist and off pops the lid!
Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide
on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood.
Works every time!
Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal
for inside windows.
This way you can tell which side has the streaks.
Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean.
(Don't wash windows on a hot, sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.)
Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a
lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on.
Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes
will smell freshly washed for weeks to come.
You can also do
this with towels and linen.
See our BOUNCE page for more hints!
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at
least three hours prior to burning.
Pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers.
Shake vigorously and the salt will absorb all
the dust and dirt and
leave your artificial flowers looking like
new! Works like a charm!
Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to
prevent ice cream drips.
Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot
you'll get perfectly-shaped pancakes every time.
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with
To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the
water before hard-boiling.
Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies
treats in the pan and
the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.
To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room
temperature, nuke them for 15 seconds, then
roll them under your
palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a
drop or two of dish soap and enough water to
cover the bottom of
the pan and bring to a boil on stove top.
See our BOUNCE page for more hints!
Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring
in tomato-based sauces and there won't be any stains.
When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit
of the dry cake mix instead and
there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking,
drop in a peeled potato
and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant "fix me up."
Note: Some people say this does't work!
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator
and it will keep for weeks.
Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to
yield a beautiful glossy finish.
Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.
When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to
help bring out the corn's natural sweetness. (Some people also add a l ittle milk!)
To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of
cool, salted water.
If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the
surface, throw it away.
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on
The throbbing will go away.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes
for future use in casseroles and sauces.
WHAT leftover wine?? ;-)
If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing
gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers.
Just slice and
rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
To get rid of the itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap
on the area and
you will experience instant relief.
Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never
cross a chalk line.
So get your chalk out and draw a line on
the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and
better still - leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before
resorting to tweezers or a needle.
Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off.
Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer. Clean a toilet.
Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush
and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous
Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase
or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
Polish your jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of
water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in
four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer,if
Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka
Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White
Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.
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This page created on July 29, 2001.