Friday, August 03, 2007

Great Household Tips



1. Reheat Pizza Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove , setheat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. Nosoggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it reallyworks.

2. Easy Deviled Eggs Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal , mash till they are allbroken up. Add remainder of ingredients , reseal , keep mashing it upmixing thoroughly , cut the tip of the baggy , squeeze mixture into egg.Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

3. Expanding Frosting When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store , whip it withyour mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get tofrost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugarand calories per serving.

4. Reheating refrigerated bread To warm biscuits , pancakes , or muffins that were refrigerated , placethem in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture willkeep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

5. Newspaper weeds away Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wetnewspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover withmulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

6. Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glassyou can't see easily.

7. No More Mosquitoes Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

8. Squirrel Away! To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants withcayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and thesquirrels won't come near it.

9. Flexible vacuum To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add anempty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can bebent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

10. Reducing Static Cling Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have aclingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling whenwearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and -- ta da! -- staticis gone.

11. Measuring Cups Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hotwater. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add youringredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes rightout.

12. Foggy Windshield? Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in theglove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Worksbetter than a cloth!

13. Reopening envelope If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to includesomething inside , just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for anhour or two. Viola! It unseals easily

14. Conditioner Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper thanshaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great wayto use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried itin your hair...

15. Goodbye Fruit Flies To get rid of pesky fruit flies , take a small glass fill it 1/2" withApple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid , mix well. Youwill find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

16. Get Rid of Ants 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 aboutpets or small children being harmed!

The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes thingsaround the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something andhe 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.) Hetold us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over tothe sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a meshmaterial - 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 throughit at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that meshthat's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film , butit's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes softand static free - that nice fragrance t oo, you know how they can feelwaxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up onyour clothes and on your lint screen This is also what causes dryerunits to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! Hesaid the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& tokeep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it withhot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every sixmonths. 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 knowdryer sheets would do that. So , I thought I'd share! Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. Thewater ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in themesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I hadit done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran ri ght Thruthe screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew whathe was talking about!


This was sent to me in an email and is not my own personal testimonial. However, the bit about the dryer screen, I have also heard from a close friend that she was told by her own in-home repair man! Small world, eh?!

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