Aluminum foil is indispensable in the kitchen. But there are several things you should know about using it in cooking. Here are some helpful hints:
1. If you are baking foods in foil, it does NOT make a difference which side, shiny or dull is on the out side.
2. Try not to let foods like onions, lemons or tomatoes come into direct contact with foil because these foods natural acids can create a chemical reaction that could eat through the foil.
3. Heavily salted foods also may cause little “rust” spot.
When we are done using clear nail polish on our nails, it can be utilized for other purposes around the house, particularly in repairing items. Try these:
1. Apply clear nail polish to the inside of costume jewelry, so it won’t tarnish where it touches your skin.
2. Swipe a bit of clear polish on to halt runs in panty hose.
3. Repair a small hole in a window or door screen by covering with several layers of clear polish.
If you see ants marching across the counters, they have found a happy spot. They love to munch on food that’s been left out. Here’s what to do to prevent them from returning.
1. Clean all the work surfaces and counters. Remove all crumbs and food tidbits.
2. DO NOT leave food out overnight. Instead, store in the refrigerator or in containers with sealed lids.
3. Wash the floors often to be sure there’s no delicious debris for ants to dine on.
4. Vinegar deters ants, so wipe down safe surfaces with some white/apple cider vinegar, especially at night when done with dinner.
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Roaches can easily get into your home. Here’s a non-toxic approach to help get rid of them. Create this tasty, but deadly, treat for them:
Mix equal amounts of boric acid powder with one of the following: flour, cornmeal or sugar. Sprinkle this over infested areas. Roaches will walk through this, and then eat it when they clean their feelers and legs. The boric acid powder will render them dead over time. Don’t let pets or small children come in contact with this mixture. Do use caution.
When doing routine household cleaning, don’t forget to check out how dirty the landlines or cell phones are. They need to be cleaned. Here’s how:
1. To get rid of smudges, makeup or dirt, spritz an all-purpose on a paper towel and wipe over the dirtiest areas. Do not spray cleaners directly onto the phone.
2. For a fast clean, use prepackaged wet towelettes to clean.
3. Don’t forget the cord!
These curtains can get dusty from hanging in a busy room with lots of traffic. Here’s an easy hint to clean them:
1. Wash them according to the care label.
2. Then, dissolve a cup of Epsom salt in hot water.
3. Dip the sheers in the solutions.
4. Hang in the shower to dry. Then you won’t have to iron them.
If you’ve bought avocados at the supermarket and they haven’t softened enough to eat, here’s what you can do to hasten the process:
1. Place the avocados into a brown paper bag and add a banana or an apple in with the avocado and close the bag.
2. Let sit for a day or so and check to see if they’ve softened.
3. When you cut the avocado, squeeze some lemon juice on it to prevent the meat from turning brown.
When you get to the last several inches of product in spray cleaners, it is often hard to use up all of it. Here’s what to do get all the spray out:
Add several marbles to the bottle. This will raise the level back up, so that the spray pump will work and you can use up all the liquid.
If you have stinky smells around your home, you don’t have to buy expensive odor removers. Instead, you can create your own very cheaply. Here’s how:
1. Pour household vinegar into several wide-mouth, big glass jars.
2. Next, add several cloves or cinnamon.
3. Then, microwave for just a minute or two.
4. Finally, place the jars in the rooms that need some refreshing.
Always buy toothbrushes in bulk. They come in handy for things other than cleaning your teeth! Here are a few unconventional ways you can you toothbrushes around the house:
1. To remove bits of food stuck in the tines of a fork.
2. To clean the handles of pots and pans.
3. To eliminate dirt and grit on the handles or the rubber around the stove or oven.