We often place our parking or school decals on car windows but when the time comes to take them off, it can be difficult. Here’s how to get them off:
Apply several coats of household vinegar or a petroleum-based prewash spray over the decal. Let it remain on for several minutes. It should be loosened enough to peel off. Use a scraper to remove any remaining residue.
After you get your new appliance installed properly, there are several other steps you should take:
1. Save the manual and any instructional material that comes with it.
2. Store the warranties or guarantees with the manual so you can access them when you need them.
3. Find reliable appliance repair service if needed.
When you bring cheeses home from the supermarket, it’s important to store them properly, so they last longer and you don’t end up tossing them out! Here’s what you should do:
1. Place cheese in the refrigerator in a sealable plastic bag. If the cheese is sliced keep it in the original wrapper then into a plastic bag.
2. Moisture may cause many types of cheese to become moldy. To prevent that, place a couple of sugar cubes or a paper napkin in a plastic zippered bag, along with the cheese.
When you buy this kind of chocolate, you should wrap it well and store in a cool spot that’s also dry. Here’s what else you should do.
* You do not need to put chocolate in the refrigerator, just keep it away from light, heat or strong odors because they can negatively affect it. Don’t keep it next to the stove.
* Chocolate of this type should last for about a year, but if it’s texture or flavor seems different, time to throw it out.
Even though maple syrup is wonderful drizzled on top of these favorite breakfast eats, sometimes it might be nice to have a change. Here are some suggestions.
* Heat up chunky-style applesauce and mix 1 or 2 teaspoons of cinnamon with it.
* Sprinkle powdered sugar over pancakes.
* Mix maple syrup with a bit of chocolate syrup to drizzle over French toast.
If you need more space for freezing food, you can often find this type of stand-alone freezer on sale. But here’s a key hint to making it work better and last longer.
Do not put the freezer on a porch or in the garage. Extreme cold or summer heat will make the cooling system work much harder trying to compensate for the temperature changes. It won’t work as well. Keep it indoors.
Socks always seem to get so smelly and sometimes washing them won’t get rid of the bad odor. Here’s what you can do to tame it.
Wash socks as you normally do, but then rinse them in a mixture of ¼ to ½ cup of white vinegar that’s mixed with 1 gallon of water. Allow them to soak for a while. Squeeze out the extra water, but don’t rinse again. Then dry.
Because basements often have lots of moisture or are damp, mildew thrives in these conditions. Try to keep the basement as dry as possible to prevent this growth. Here’s what else you can do.
Put activated charcoal in open containers around the basement to absorb moisture. You can find it at pet supply or home-improvement stores. Of course, baking soda works, too.
If after you wash your linens, you continue to fold and iron them the same way, creases can become embedded in the fabric and wear it out. Here’s what to do instead.
When you remove the napkins from the dryer, and they are still warm, simply finger-press them, instead of ironing. They will last longer and you can fold them in different ways.
If you have to peel and mince a lot of garlic cloves for a dish, it can be time-consuming, here’s hint used by chefs that will make it faster.
Place the garlic clove on a cutting board, then put the widest part of a French chef’s knife flat-side on top of the clove. Whack it with the heel of your hand. The garlic clove with be crushed and zoom right out of the peel.