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Other Ice Cube Tray Uses

posted by sballou

If you have extra ice cube trays you aren’t using for ice cubes, you can use them for other liquids. Pour leftover stock, coffee or tea into the trays, freeze and store in sealed freezer-safe bags. Here’s how to use […]

Revive Stale Bread

posted by sballou

If you have extra stale bread, crackers or rolls, don’t throw them out. You can revive them. Here’s how. * To perk up a loaf of uncut bread, brush water over the bread. Wrap in aluminum foil and heat in […]

Cooking Dried Beans

posted by sballou

Cooking dried beans takes some time, but is worth the effort. Here are several hints that are useful when cooking them. 1. If your water has high mineral content, it will take longer to cook the dried beans. 2. If […]

Jewelry Chains Knotted?

posted by sballou

When we take off jewelry chains, it’s so easy for them to accidentally get tangled up or knotted. And it can be such a pain to undo or straighten them. Here’s how. * Lay out a piece of waxed paper […]

Wood Furniture Has Tiny Cracks?

posted by sballou

Over time, furniture can develop small cracks or scratches. You can repair these minor flaws without taking to a restorer. Here’s how to cover them up. 1. Use wax sticks, which you can find in hardware stores. 2. They come […]

Tar or Bird Droppings on Your Car?

posted by sballou

These substances can be damaging to your car’s finish. Don’t let them stay on the surface for long periods of time. Instead remove ASAP. Here’s how. 1. Wipe off any of the top debris first. 2. Spray the covered areas […]

Stuffed Animals Need a Cleaning?

posted by sballou

Your young children love these toys and play with them a lot. They do get dirty and need some refreshing. Here’s how. * Put several of the stuffed animals into a large plastic bag. * Pour in a healthy amount […]

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Spider Webs inside Your Home?
If you suddenly notice a lot of spider webs around your home and you don’t like them, be aware that here’s a reason they are there. Spiders like to eat moths and flies and if you have them in your home, spiders will be munching on them. Here’s how to get rid of them: 1. Clean up the inside

posted 8:00:58am Apr. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Ink Stains on a Laptop Computer Screen?
This can and does happen when we are working on our computers. Yes, you can try to remove it and here’s how to do it very carefully: 1. First, lightly dip a cotton swab into a mix of one-party isopropyl alcohol (70 percent strength) with one-part distilled water. 2. Very carefully dab the swab

posted 8:00:02am Apr. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Photo Stuck to the Glass in a Frame?
If you have a treasured picture in this situation, you can try to save and remove it. Follow these steps carefully: 1. First, scan the pictures or take a photo of it through the glass. You will have a copy—just in case. 2. Put the frame and photo or just glass and photo into a plastic freezer

posted 8:00:25am Apr. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Preventing Kitchen Fire Hazards
If you are using a number of kitchen appliances, like slow cookers or electric frying pans, it’s important to check the cords often because they can become fire dangers. Here’s why: 1. When using a slow cooker that’s going to be plugged in all day, be sure the cords are not frayed or damage

posted 8:00:37am Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Orange-Colored Stains
Spaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them: 1. Use a clean, cotton cloth and dampen it with water and moisten with a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of

posted 8:00:31am Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »


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