Tuesday, December 26, 2006
For perfect hard-cooked eggs with no green ring, start the eggs in cold water, bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.
fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishcloth when you wipe, or spray it
on the counters.
Submitted by Carolyn
I also love using hydrogen peroxide to clean cutting boards - it works to kill germs, but isn't as hard on you as bleach is.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
- Moisten a kitchen towel with water, and place on the countertop. Put the bowl on top - the bowl will stick to the moistened towel, leaving both of your hands free to make dressings, sauces, etc.
- Or...create a rope snake with a kitchen towel, and make a donut-shape of it on the kitchen counter. Place the bowl inside the towel and it will hold your bowl in place.
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This will cool your sauces/puddings or custards quickly and easily, so they'll be ready to serve faster!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
**Thanks to Carolyn for sending in this hint!**
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Paint this on the marble and let it sit for five days or so. If the gunk starts to dry during that time, consider slopping some more on -- or wetting it down.At the end of the period, hose and wash it all off. Presto, the marble is as good as new!
Thanks to Carolyn for submitting this household hint!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
This way you're using a natural product, which is actually good for you. But, by using the spray on cookware and on salads, you'll limit the amount of oils you're eating.
1. (Submitted by a reader) Sprinkle baby powder in the litter every time you change it.
2. My favorite tip - I sprinkle baking soda in the kitty litter every time I change the cat litter box. It helps to neutralize odors SO well, and it's natural so it's safe for my pets. :)
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Submitted by Dorina
If you don't want to gouge or damage the skin while trying to get the
ID stickers off, try this: Put a tiny piece of transparent tape on top
of the sticker and it should lift right off.
Submitted by Dorina
She says that when you look at the coffee beans, you should be able to tell that they're not OVERLY oily - the surface should look more matte than glossy.
More coffee tips & recipes all the time at: The Coffee Creations Blog
Friday, October 27, 2006
use empty paper towel rolls to store extention cords inside
Another use I love for paper towel tubes is to use as a cat toy! My cats have always loved these...I'll even attach a piece of yarn to it so I can drag it along and they have great fun attacking the paper towel roll. Just make sure all the paper towel is off the roll, or else you'll have a real mess on your hands!
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Monday, October 23, 2006
Lo and behold, a friend tells me that you shouldn't store potatoes and onions together, because they cause each other to go bad. Now that I store them separately, both the potatoes and onions stay fresher (and usable) longer, and I'm very happy about that.
Thought I'd pass the helpful tip on to all of you readers!
The vinegar is very acidic, and the table salt helps add some grit to the mixture. This is a great mixture to use to scrub the bathtub or shower, or sinks...anywhere you need a scrubby mixture to really clean surfaces. Enjoy!
~Submitted by Cathy~
1 t. per plant. For large plants, 1 t. per foot. You can put it on dry at the base of plant or mix in the water. This is great for the garden too, especially the tomatoes. You will notice a difference in the foliage within a week or two as the plants just love it.
~Submitted by a reader - thanks!~
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
- Stickers, Decals, and Glue: To remove them from furniture, glass, plastic, etc. saturate with vegetable oil and rub off. (This was submitted by a reader)
- Use a small amount of smooth (not chunky) peanut butter. Rub it on the label and let sit for a while. The oiliness will help to remove the sticky residue and the label itself.
- Goo Gone is a product that works to remove residue when nothing else you've tried will work. Here's information on it: Goo Gone® - 8oz.
The ladies in the shop where I work all swear by this stuff!
Submitted by Kathy
Thursday, October 12, 2006
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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
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Tuesday, October 10, 2006
My friend told me this one. She said put bay leaves along your counter top and on floor or any where you see them, and by golly it works. I guess they don't like the smell of them.
Submitted by Joan S.
My daughter had a grease stain on her sweatshirt, and black marks on
her hockey socks which I could not get off with any stain remover, or by
So, I got out the Crest Whitening Expressions, Lemon Ice flavoured
toothpaste, and put it on all of the stains. I rubbed the toothepast on the
garments and let them sit there for 5 minutes.
I put the shirt and socks in the wash with Tide. When the wash was
done there was no grease stain, and nearly all of the black marks were
gone. The marks that were left on the socks were not noticeable.
Submitted by: Catherine
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** Need More Help with the Laundry? **
Linda Cobb shows you how to remove ANY stain:
The Royal Guide to Spot and Stain Removal
Monday, October 09, 2006
Put a little glass with about a quarter inch of apple cider vinegar and a couple of drops of dish soap, stir, and it attracts those pesky little buggers, and then they are gone.
Replace everyday, till the little critters are gone.
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Sunday, October 08, 2006
Use after taking a warm bath, to soften the skin and make it easier to remove the hard calluses. Be careful as these are sharp, and you'll only want to remove a bit of skin at a time, rather than take too much off your heels and cause pain.
After removing hard skin from heels, be sure to moisturize with a rich foot cream. Peppermint foot creams are especially soothing and have a nice cooling feel.
First, ensure that you've properly and thoroughly dried the citrus fruit you're going to dry the zest of. (I like using baking soda and water -- make a paste of it and use to really scrub the outside of the fruit.) Wash the baking soda residue away and then remove all of the outer layer of zest from the fruit. Leave the white pith behind - it's bitter and doesn't have essential oils in it like the outer layer of peel does.
Lay the citrus zests out on a parchment lined cookie sheet for a few days - especially great laid out in a sunny window, as the sun will help dry the peelings even faster. When the peelings are totally dried, pour into a jar and keep for your baking. Easy, and delicious!
Saturday, October 07, 2006
In a regular ice cube tray, fill as normal with water. Add a small leaf of mint to each ice cube and/or a tiny section of lemon, lime or orange. These are great served with special drinks! Once the ice cubes freeze, the mint and or citrus will be imbedded inside, adding a special touch.
Tovolo Perfect Cube Yellow Silicone Ice Cube Trays, Set of 2
New Colors! Adult Argyle Knee High Riding Socks
Use either a double boiler OR a pot of barely simmering water over which you've fitted either a Pyrex or a stainless steel mixing bowl. Add your chocolate in the top and gently melt until almost all of the chocolate has melted and then remove the bowl from the heat. The residual heat will help melt the last bits of unmelted chocolate.
The secret to great melted chocolate is to NEVER get any water in the bowl. The water causes the chocolate to seize up, so just make sure to use a large enough bowl on the top and to have the water on at barely a simmer. :) You should get beautifully melted chocolate this way!
Monday, October 02, 2006
More Helpful Tips on Removing Skin Tags
Now, take 1 cup measures of the mashed bananas and put each cup into a separate plastic baggie and freeze. That way, when you need mashed ripe bananas for recipes, it's all done and all you need to do is reach into the freezer!
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
- Just smash the garlic with the flat side of a good chef's knife and you can peel it right off.
- Try one of those new plastic garlic peeling tubes - they make quick work of peeling garlic. And, they generally only cost a few bucks - well worth it if you use a lot of garlic in your cooking. I like the Zak Designs E-Z-Rol Garlic Peeler, Green
- One more for good measure - try popping the unpeeled garlic cloves in a glass of cold water about a half hour before you'll need it. It apparently make it really easy to remove the skins.
Monday, September 25, 2006
- Use either a safety pin or a clothespin to attach the socks together before throwing them in the wash. :) They'll still get nice and clean, but you won't have to go searching for mystery socks anymore!
I mixed baking soda with enough water to make a thin paste. I sponged it on and let it sit a few minutes and then went over it with the sponge and all the bugs came off with very minimal rubbing. Just make sure you rinse well.
~Submitted by Garnetta~
Then I use my pastry blender to break the meat up so you don't end up with big chunks.
I was a consultant for Pampered Chef for a little while and that was 2 things that everyone seemed glad to learn about at my parties.
Thanks to Garnetta for sending in these tips!
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Here are some helpful tips on treating dry, cracking feet and heels:
- Try a pumice stone. After taking a bath, scrub your feet with the pumice stone. Doing this regularly will really help get rid of callouses.
- Purchase a special heavy duty cream for this purpose -- slather it on your feet every night and then wear socks to bed. It will help to penetrate your rough, dry skin during the night.
- Some foot scrubs really help - use in the bath or shower, again on a regular basis for the best results.
- Some people swear by Crisco shortening as a foot moisturizer. I know, it sounds crazy -- but they use the solid shortening as a moisturizer every night and then put socks on, as mentioned in tip 2, above.
- Soak your feet in warm water with a cup of white vinegar in it, and one drop of dishwashing liquid soap. Let each foot soak for 20 minutes or so and then use a pumice stone on it. The soaking in that special solution really helps soften the dry skin so it can be removed.
- Try a brown sugar scrub for your feet - Mix enough brown sugar with olive oil (or other vegetable oil) to create a thick paste and then scrub onto your moistened feet. Rinse off and add moisturizer to finish.
More hints and tips at http://www.kitchencraftsnmore.net
Bath and beauty recipes at http://www.kitchencraftsnmore.net/bath.html
A great two-in-one product!
Just use to dab away excess oil on your face. It works great - - and you won't have too much powder on your face at the end of the day!
Cammie from KS writes:
"I use 'Cook Top' brand Cleaning Creme for Smooth
Top Ranges, and on the back of the bottle, it says
that it is manufactured in the USA for Maytag
Customer Service. I am sure that my husband got
it at Sears.
We have made some messes on our stove, and it
takes it right off. If you keep cooking over
the mess, I don't know how well anything would work!"
Marilyn in Florida suggests:
"I know that most people know about the virtues of
baking soda, but I would like to put my two cents in!
I have spent countless hours trying to scrub my
ceramic cook top to get all the burnt on foods off.
I've used the commercial cleaner that came with my
stove, SOS pads and even the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.
I finally poured baking soda on the food, dampened
it with water to make a paste, and let it sit for
15 minutes or so. The burnt food came off in one
wipe! I am now a true believer in the power of baking
soda! I've saved money, time and my elbows."
- Use a brown sugar saver - a small ceramic disk that you initially moisten and keep in your brown sugar container.
- Use a sealed brown sugar container
- A piece of stale bread in the container will help keep the brown sugar from drying out
- A small piece of apple will moisten brown sugar
- Finally - microwaving the amount of brown sugar you need in a microwave-safe dish will also loosen up hard brown sugar and make it malleable enough to use in your favorite baking recipes!
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Friday, September 22, 2006
Again - big thanks to Tammara for this fabulous hint!
Thanks to Tammara for submitting this household hint!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
An easy way to freshen dresser drawers or musty closets is to deposit a few fabric softener sheets - choose a fragrance you like, and voila! In no time your dresser drawers or closets will smell a lot fresher.
* A more natural freshening option would be to take dried herbs, wrap in cheesecloth and tie with twine, and hang that in your closets or place that in your dresser drawers. *
- Try a vinegar/water mix -- it's a non-toxic cleaner that gets windows and surfaces sparkling clean
- Use scrunched up newspapers instead of paper towels so you don't leave lint behind
- Club soda (either fresh or stale) is a remarkable window cleaner!
- Try a micro fiber cloth to clean with -- they also don't leave lint, and help any glass cleaner work far better.
For more easy cleaning tips, visit: The Happy Slob's Housecleaning Blog
P.S. Also stock up on the scented oil of your choice - you need the special Lampe Berger oils (either scented or in Neutral) to fill the Lampe and successfully remove bacteria and odors from your home. This makes an excellent gift!
My two favorite ways of getting EXTRA juice out of lemons (or limes, oranges, grapefruits for that matter) are:
- Roll the citrus fruits on the counter before slicing into them. :) It releases a lot more juice.
- Dunk the lemons or limes into hot tap water and let sit for a few seconds before juicing. Way more juice!
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Love bath stuff?
Rinse all lingering traces of the baking soda away and dry thoroughly. Sparkly clean!
Craving a baked potato, but don't want to wait all the time it takes to bake in the oven? But, you really don't want a microwaved potato?
:) Easy - just compromise! Wash and dry a potato and pierce it all over with a fork. Microwave on high for a couple of minutes (obviously longer if you're making a few) and then pop into a preheated 400 degree oven and let it finish baking.
This way you drastically reduce the baking time, but still get that lovely crunchy baked potato skin that we potato lovers really LOVE!
Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and doorknobs before you start topaint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.
(from my http://www.kitchencraftsnmore.net newsletter from 2001)
Decorative Painting Techniques Book: Over 50 Techniques for Convincing Brushstrokes and Paint Effects
Adding chili powder to birdseed fends off squirrels without botheringthe birds. (Thanks for the tip Molly!)
Here's an easy recipe to make your own peanut butter - it only takes 2 ingredients! You'll also find a helpful peanut butter hint at the end of the recipe. From the http://www.kitchencraftsnmore.net newsletter from 2001.
Ingredients:2 cups salted dry-roasted peanuts1 tablespoon vegetable oilCombine peanuts and oil in a food processor or blender.
Blend until creamy. If making a large amount, you mightneed to work in small batches and stop the machineoccasionally to scrape the peanut butter off the sides.You can make chunky peanut butter by chopping 1/3 of thepeanuts coarsely, and stirring them into the finely blendedpeanut butter.With home-made peanut butter, you'll need to stir itoccasionally, as the oil will drift to the top of the jar. Keeprefrigerated in a tightly covered jar.P.S. A great tip – when you make your own peanut butter, store itupside down in the fridge! (In a well-lidded container, of course.)It'll help keep the oils in the peanut butter and you won'thave tostir it as often. Yummy – you peanut butter lovers will love trying this one!