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Old 04-04-2007, 09:36 PM   #51
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This thread is great! There's so much in here that I can see myself using. Seran wrap in the freezer? I definitely have to try that one. I'm constantly baking cookies and wrapping them up to give to people.

One of my favorites is to clean tea- or coffee-stained mugs with baking soda. Just put a small amount on a sponge, wet the sponge slightly, and gently scrub the discolored surface. It'll look brand new once you're done. If the stain is especially dark, it sometimes helps to soak it in a mixture of hot water and baking soda for a while before you start scrubbing.

Here's a question: Do any of you know how to get adhesive off of stoneware? My boyfriend got some new bowls for the apartment and the stickers on them are impossible to remove. . . I got one corner up and was so horrified by the amount of adhesive left on the surface that I stopped immediately. Any help you can offer would be great!
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:51 PM   #52
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I keep a bottle of Goo Gone in the junk drawer for sticker adhesives.
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Old 04-06-2007, 10:33 AM   #53
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Originally Posted by CherryRed
Here's a question: Do any of you know how to get adhesive off of stoneware? My boyfriend got some new bowls for the apartment and the stickers on them are impossible to remove. . . I got one corner up and was so horrified by the amount of adhesive left on the surface that I stopped immediately. Any help you can offer would be great!

Try a hot blowdryer I use is to loosen the glue on labels.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:34 PM   #54
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Katie, thanks for the safety pin tip. I will try it, who knew something so simple would fix the static problem.

My tip is about cleaning hard water from showers. Two easy tips:

- Spray CLR liberally on the door (I buy the concentrated stuff in grey bottles and then pour it into a spray bottle and spray it full strenght). Wipe with a soft towel and viola, all hard water stains disappear and the door is clean and new and sparkling.

I use the same trick on my stainless sinks. I wash and clean them first and then spray CLR and then wipe them down with a paper towel and it's almost brand new.

Another trick to clean showers and tubs is to take a magic eraser and dip it in vinegar and then just clean the tub with it. Sparkly and Clean in minutes and hardly any elbow grease.

To keep your stainless steel appliances shiny, mirrors sparkling and counters smudge free (especially granite ones) just use two peices of microfibre cloths. One should be wet and one should be dry. Use the wet one first to wipe down whatever surface you are cleaning. Use the dry one to buff it up. You don't need to invest in glass cleaners any more. It is smudge free and cheap.
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:37 AM   #55
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I have heard the toothpaste is great for bites!
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Old 04-23-2007, 04:06 PM   #56
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Just an addition to the "make your deviled egg filling in a ziplock bag" tip.

If you are signed up to bring the deviled eggs to the potluck, they will look neater if you carry the filling to the potluck in the plastic bag. When you get there, nip a corner off the bag and use it like a pastry bag to fill the eggs.

No more slidey eggs all mushed together on one corner of the plate.
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:09 PM   #57
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bread

When making bread do the basic fermentation (first rising) in the fridge overnight. Flavour and quality are much better.
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Old 10-21-2007, 10:45 AM   #58
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Household tips

I have seen a couple of these before, but, the email had some new ones too, so, I'm sharing all in case there are some that you guys havent seen.

1. Reheat Pizza
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.

2.
EASY DEVILED EGGS
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.

3.
EXPANDING FROSTING
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.

4.
REHEATING REFRIGERATED BREAD
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.

5.
NEWSPAPER WEEDS AWAY
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..

6.
Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass
you 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 with
cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the
squirrels won't come near it.

9.
Flexible vacuum
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.

10.
REDUCING STATIC CLING
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.

11.
MEASURING CUPS
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.

12.
Foggy Windshield?
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!

13.
REOPENING ENVELOPE
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

14.
CONDITIONER
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot 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...

15.
GOODBYE FRUIT FLIES
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!

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 about
pets or small children being harmed!

17.
INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS
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 and potentially burn your house down with it! He
said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time
(and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and
wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at
least every six months. 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!

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Old 03-27-2008, 02:54 PM   #59
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Don't want to use Pam or any commercial spray for releasing cake from pan?
I use a homemade mix. In a bowl , mix together one part vegetable oil, one part vegetable shortening and one part All purpose flour, whip it all together, store in container, use as needed. In hot weather, it should be stored in refrigerator. Before using it from the fridge, the mix should be room tempurature for easy spreading. Brush generously on pan, using a pastry brush . If you are making a chocolate cake, you can make a smaller mix with cocoa powder instead of flour.
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:36 PM   #60
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Energine is great for getting black scuff marks off your floors......it's normally used as a solvent spot remover and is found in the home products area of a grocery store.....if you're making muffins and you don't have enough batter to fill all the cups be sure to add water to the empty cups or you'll warp your pan---the muffins also heat more evenly, I use carpet freshener in my cat boxes as well as baking soda to keep them fresh smelling (my cats don't mind the smell), I also buy the huge sturdy garbage bags and insert my cat litter box into it and then conform the bag to the configuration of the box, this is followed by taping the excess to the box. When I'm ready to dispose of the litter I simply slip the bag off and tie up and throw away. I use the clumpable litter for multipe cats------we are owned by 4 but use one box and they are happy with their loo. I have lots more....will share later
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