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Hints and Tips

Some hints and tips compiled by the author.

Wise hints and tips for the readers:

  • Lemon juice fast.  If you need only a few drops of lemon juice, prick one end with a fork and squeeze the desired amount.  Return the lemon to the refrigerator and it will be as good as new.
  • Get rid of ants.  You can repel ants by sprinkling chili powder at the places they pass.  You can also sprinkle chalk, talcum powder across their trails.  Or lure them with sugar-soaked sponge, and drown them in a bucket of detergent water.
  • Get rid of cockroaches.  Put grease on the inner neck of a bottle containing a little amount of stale bear or a slice of raw potato.
  • Lettuce keeper. Cut lettuce with a plastic knife to keep it from turning limp and brown.
  • Bright bread.  To give a homemade bread a shiny crust, brush the top with white vinegar a few minutes before removing the bread from the oven.
  • Pantyhose help.  Use a solid glue stick instead of messy nail polish to stop a run or small pull in your pantyhose.
  • Egg shells.  It can be used to clean glass bottles.  Break the shells into two pieces, drop in the bottle with few detergent and water.  Shake then rinse with water.
  • Sticky price tags.  Use plastic or glass jars are always handy to have around.  Removing the  labels always leave a sticky residue.  Soak labels in vegetable oil and the labels will slide right off. 
  • To keep pot from boiling over.  Put a toothpick between the pot and the lid.  Just don't forget to remove the toothpick when checking your food.
  • Potatoes vs. onions.  Don't store potatoes close to onions.  Onions will cause the potatoes to rot faster.
  • Stuck gasses. Here's a quick and easy way to separate two delicate glasses that are stuck together, one inside the other:  Set the bottom glass in a pot of hot water and, at the same time, fill the top glass with cold water.  They will separate within minutes.
  • Ashes to ashes.  To remove nicotine residue from ash-trays, wipe them with paper towel dampened with rubbing alcohol.
  • Tool saver.  Keep moisture from rusting expensive house and garden tools by placing one or two pieces if charcoal in the tool box.
  • Easy painting.  If you have a big paint job that will take a few days to complete, wrap the brush in a piece of aluminum foil to keep it wet at night.  This way you can clean up only once, when the job is done.
  • Cooking odors.  To get ride of unwelcome cooking odors  from the kitchen and the whole house, boil ground cloves in water for about ten minutes. The aroma of cloves will linger.  You can use vinegar as substitute.
  • Hair shampoo. To get to that last bit of shampoo, float the bottle in warm water for a few minutes.  The warmth from the water loosens the shampoo so it flows out easily.
  • Better medicine.  You take a lot of different medications during the course if the day, which can be very confusing.  To make sure you don't take the same pill more than once, you turn each bottle upside down after taking a pill.
  • Lemon aid.  When spicy leftovers stored in plastic containers have a pungent odor behind, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into empty container and let stir for twenty minutes and rinse.  To eliminate the freezer odor, place a few lemon wedges in the freezer.  Replace lemons as needed.


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Comments (3)

Good stuff!

Thank you Jessie for these wonderful tips.

Am glad you like it Sir James and Sir Ron...