Taking good care of your CDs and DVDs will make them last longer and play better. Here are steps to take to ensure good listening or watching:
1. If the surfaces look grimy or they are skipping, get a microfiber cloth to clean the surface.
NOTE: Wipe over the disc in a straight line from the center to the edge of the disc. Never use a circular motion because it could create micro-scratches, which will damage the data on the disc.
2. If the disc still looks dirty, dampen a soft cloth with a mild soap and water mixture and wipe again. Dust the inside of the player often.
3. To really preserve your discs, hold discs by the center hole or outer edge. Do not touch the surface and store discs upright in cases
It’s so easy to get scuffmarks when you wear patent leather shoes or carry patent leather purses. Here are hints to remove these unsightly marks:
1. Use a terry towel/microfiber cloth or an art gum or pencil eraser and then rub off the scuffmarks.
2. If this doesn’t work, then use a cotton swab and dip it into rubbing alcohol and rub over the mark. Wipe off with a clean cloth.
3. To keep patent leather clean, dampen a cloth with mild soap and water, and then wipe over the marks. Buff with a soft cloth to shine.
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 of your home really well to get rid of all other pests. Vacuum up webs and remove all egg cases and place in the trash. Dust corners and behind furniture and anywhere else you have seen webs. Spiders won’t come in your home, if there’s nothing to eat.
2. Around the outside of your house, remove wood or debris where spiders might like to hang out. Also wipe away all the webs too.
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 onto the stain (do not let any drip into computer keys.
3. Wipe the area with a soft or microfiber cloth.
4. If the stain has not been removed, look for commercial screen cleaning products.
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 bag (but don’t close it totally shut, so moisture can evaporate) and put it into the freezer for a day or so. You should be able to slowly lift the picture from the glass.
NOTE: DO NOT try this with antique, valuable, one-of-a kind pictures. Instead contact a professional photo restorer.
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 damaged. Wipe them clean after use.
2. Also, it’s best to plug them directly into the wall socket. Do not put into extension cords because the temperature might vary and that could change the cooking effectiveness.
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 white vinegar.
2. Turn the garment inside out and place on a towel and blot the stain (do not rub because that could spread it) until it’s gone.
3. Rinse in clear water.
NOTE: Use this ONLY on synthetic fibers or cottons, but NOT on silk.
Vinegar is an amazing household product that can be used in so many ways around the home. For more vinegar hint, click here.
Popcorn is such a wonderful snack for the family. Ever think about how it pops? The dried corn pop opens when heated because the moisture inside the hull vaporizes, causing pressure. When it reaches 400 degrees, the hull bursts open 35 times its size. Here’s how to make it fluffier and better:
1. Store popcorn in an airtight container and put into the refrigerator or freezer.
2. The more moisture in the popcorn, the bigger it will cook up.
3. When cooking popcorn, keep the lid ajar a bit so the steam escapes. Then the popcorn won’t be soggy.
As most of us know, one of a cook’s best friends in the kitchen is a quality, sharp knife. In fact, you really can do most everything—cutting, dicing and chopping—with just three knives. Here’s the cutting edge info on the three:
1. A long chef’s knife will be the best for slicing and chopping.
2. A paring knife with a 2 to 4-inch blade will be best for peeling vegetables and fruits.
3. A serrated knife does a great job to slice breads.
4. When you buy these knives, look for a quality knife made of high-carbon, stainless steel. The blade should extend into the length of the handle. Keep them sharpened, so they function well.
When baking soda is on sale, buy extra boxes to keep in your kitchen. You can use it to contain small grease or oil cooking fires. Here’s how-to use it most effectively in an emergency:
1. If you see small flames, try to turn off the stove.
2. Then move back away from it and toss a handful of baking soda onto the BASE of the flames. Add more, if needed.
3. If possible, put a large metal lid on top of the frying pan to help eliminate the fire.
4. Do NOT throw baking soda into a deep-fat fryer because it could splash the grease and spread it.
5. If the fire grows larger, get out of the kitchen and call 9-1-1.
Baking soda is a versatile and environmentally friendly household staple.
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