Helpful household tips......

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by bevy2most, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. bevy2most

    bevy2most New Member

    I hope this helps all of you, my friend sent this to me.....


    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.

    Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave
    them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

    Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh
    much longer and not mold!

    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.

    Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the
    grease away from the meat while cooking.

    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.

    For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in
    double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

    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.

    Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simple
    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

    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

    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

    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!

    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. 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!
    Note: I went to my dryer & tested m y 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!



  2. dononagin

    dononagin New Member

    There are some great ideas here! I've got to check my dryer screen when I get home.. We use tons of those dryer sheets!

    Thanks for sharing!
  3. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    What an amazing list of helpful hints, thanks!!!


  4. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    Excellent post!
    I could keep reading tips like this all day! Please, if anyone has anymore, please add!
    Let's see what have I heard lately-

    The bananas - keep them in the fridge. The outsides will turn brown, but they'll stay fresh longer.

    If you're cutting an onion, stop in the middle and touch stainless steel, it'll keep you from 'crying'. thought that was interesting.
  5. sisland

    sisland New Member

    Very Informative info here!! Thanks!,,,,,,,Sis