Right after Christmas and January are great times to go to storewide clearance sales, where there will be great discounts. Be sure you know what the original prices are, so you can figure out how much money you will save by going to sales. Here are the different kind of sales and what they offer.
White Sale: Discounts on bed linens, bath mats, towels and mattress pads.
Red Tag: Color tags are placed on special sale items.
Clearance: Stores unload unsold merchandise.
Inventory: Reductions on a wide variety of retail stock.
Many of us use our curling irons, almost daily, so it’s easy for hairspray to accumulate on it. After you unplug the iron and let it cool, here are two ways to remove the sticky spray.
1. Pour several drops of rubbing alcohol onto an old washcloth or terry cloth towel and wipe over the iron surface and then clean with a water-dampened cloth.
2. Make a paste of 3-part of baking soda with 3 parts of water. Rub this mixture over the surface and then wipe with a slightly wet cloth.
After you put the bread in the oven, there’s one other step you can take to make it look even better.
Check the oven just before you think the bread is done, and brush the top of the loaf with white or cider vinegar and then put it back into the oven for the last several minutes. This added touch will give your homemade bread a lustrous sheen.
If you are a tea drinker and try different kinds of tea, there are also other inexpensive things you can use to add a new flavor or a your zing to your usual cup of hot tea.
To add some zip to your tea here are some hints: Add several red-hot candies, lemon drops or peppermint candies. Also put a cinnamon stick or two in for nice flavoring. And a teaspoon of raspberry or strawberry jam can sweeten your hot tea.
Microfiber cloths are the most versatile and effective cleaning tools we have in our homes. But they do get dirty and need to be cleaned. Here’s how.
* Machine wash in soapy warm water, but not with towels or anything that “gives off lint.”
* Never use chlorine bleach or fabric softener because they damage the cloths.
* Dry on low heat or air-dry.
* Do not iron because microfiber melts at high heat.
When you purchase new white sheets and towels, read the care label in the store. Many today say that you cannot use chlorine or even oxygen bleach when cleaning them. This is because the fabrics are now manufactured differently with an optical brightener inside the material.
It’s important to know that if that care label says no bleach, if you spill products containing hydrogen peroxide or beach onto the fabric, it will turn yellow. This could include, toothpaste, mouthwash, fruit drinks that contain citric acid and acne medication.
When you are going to boil water for pasta, and if you are worried about it boiling over, here’s what you can do to prevent that (other that filling it too much!)
Rub just a bit of butter or vegetable oil around the inside top inch or two of the pot before you add the water. Also, this old hint has been passed down from our grandmothers: Put a wooden spoon across the top of the pot. But, still keep an eye on the pot!
With all the daily use and abuse, your children’s backpacks can easily get filthy. To prevent this, have your kids remove gum wrappers, food or dirty tissues as soon as they get home. Over the weekend, have them empty the backpacks completely. Here’s how to give them a good cleaning.
* Turn the backpack upside down and remove all the dirt and debris inside and out.
* Scrub with a dry brush. Wipe the entire area with a sponge dampened with a mild dish detergent. Wipe off with a just a lightly wet sponge and air-dry.
* Don’t soak the entire bag in water because it might harm the protective surface coating.
Candlelight is so beautiful at the dinner table and creates such a lovely ambiance, but that wax just seems to drip, drip and drip. It can be so difficult to remove the wax with out damaging the candlesticks. Here’s how to make this cleaning task much easier.
Gently place the candlesticks (not delicate or antique ones) into the freezer for about an hour or longer. When the wax is hard, you can remove them and then just lift off the wax with a fingernail or old plastic credit card. Wash ceramic, glass or metal candlesticks in hot sudsy water to get rid of any waxy bits that might remain on the candlesticks.
Bought a lot more onions than you have been able to use up before they go bad? Well, don’t throw them out. Instead can make this easy and delicious soup, perfect during winter months.
Take out as many onions as you want for a family meal. Then you can peel, slice, and sauté the onions with a little oil in a large pan for a couple of minutes—until they start to brown. Add a package or two of onion soup mix. Pour in water according to the soup package (maybe a little more) and simmer until nice and hot. You can top off with a toasted piece of bread and grated cheese.