Thursday, February 22, 2007

Household Tips

My aunt sent me this via email this morning. I had seen it before, but had forgotten some of them. Some of these I have tried and they actually worked, others I haven't tried yet but seem like good ideas. I really should have tried the ones about baby powder at the beach and killing ants while we were in Okinawa. And the one about expanding frosting-Has anybody ever tried that? I never seem to have a enough.

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick 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

Broken Glass
Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken glass pieces of
Glass-the fibers catch ones you can't see!

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!

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

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 d one easy clean up.

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/calories per serving.

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.

Newspaper weed s 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.

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. Voila! It unseals easily.

If you purchase a new bike for your child, place their picture inside
The handle bar before placing the grips on.
If the bike is stolen and later recovered,
remove the grip and there is your proof of who owns the bike.

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

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 - voila - static
Is gone.

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

Take baby powder to the beach
Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When you're ready
To leave the beach sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder and
The sand will slide right off your skin.

Easier Thank You's
When you throw a bridal/baby shower, buy a pack of thank you cards
For the guest of honor. During the party, pass out the envelopes and have
Everyone put their address on one. When the bride/new mom sends the
Thank you's, they're all addressed!

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...

Good-bye 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!

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!

2 Thoughts from friends:

Anonymous said...

Ok so the thing about cake frosting really does work
so does the dry sheet with mosquitos... I need to try the thing for ants though... I am just imatient though! I can't wait a week or 2! :)
Love, me

Heather said...

Wow...these are really good...I might have to print these off and file them!

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