When you chop onions, they leave a powerful odor behind on your hands. Here are some easy ways to get rid of that onion stink:
1. Wash hands in cold water then rub with salt and rinse.
2. Pour milk over hands and rub together, then rinse with cold water.
If you haven’t eaten all the bagels on Saturday or Sunday, don’t let them get stale or hard. Instead transform them into a crunchy treat. Here’s how:
1. Cut the bagels into 1/8th-inch slices.
2. Put them on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes on each side.
3. Make them tastier by brushing them with olive oil and sprinkle herbs or salt on top.
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.
If you make lots of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, you may have noticed that peanut butter can be expensive. You can save money by making your own. Here’s how:
1. Chop dry roasted peanut in a blender.
2. When nuts are finely ground, pour in a bit of peanut oil and blend until it’s the consistency you like.
3. Jazz up peanut butter sandwiches with bananas, bacon or potato chips.
If you notice that you have an overabundance of snails and slugs in your garden, don’t buy expensive products to kill them. Instead, here’s a cheap and easier way to dispatch them:
Grab a box of salt or the salt shaker and a flashlight. Head to the garden at night when snails and slugs are out and about. Then, sprinkle lots of salt directly on them. It will take care of the problem.
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.
Some meats are more tender than others, but they are usually more expensive too! If you purchase slightly tough meat, you can still tenderize it. Here’s what to do:
1. Marinate the meat in lemon juice, wine, vinegar or even yogurt, depending on your recipe.
2. Or, buy enzyme-type meat tenderizers which you can find in the spice areas of your supermarket. Read the directions and follow them accordingly.
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.
If you have cooked vegetables, a stew or anything that you want to keep warm on the way to a pot luck party, here’s a Heloise Hint you will love:
Put the hot veggies, stew or dip into one (several, if needed) wide-mouth, half-gallon thermos jugs. They will stay hot and won’t spill all over the car.
If you are having trouble getting the icing smooth around a crumbly cake because it’s lumping up or sticking to the spatula, here’s how to solve this problem:
Place the cake into the freezer and leave it until the cake is firm. Then, when you frost it, you won’t have the sticking or the unevenness of the icing. Also, dip the spatula into hot water between use.