Great Tips to Solve Basic Problems Using Common Items and Easy Techniques

22 Jan
  1. Reheat Pizza: Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.
  2. Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
  3. Expanding Frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
  4. Reheating Refrigerated Bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
  5. Newspaper Weeds Away: Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
  6. Broken Glass: Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.
  7. No More Mosquitoes: Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
  8. Squirrel Away: To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.
  9. Flexible Vacuum: To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
  10. Reducing Static Cling: Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and — and ta da — static is gone.
  11. Measuring Cups: Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
  12. Foggy Windshield: Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
  13. Reopening An Envelope: If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily
  14. Conditioner: Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.
  15. Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2″ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
  16. Get Rid of Ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it “home”, can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
  17. Extend the Life of Your Clothes Dryer (And Save Your Life): If you use fabric softner sheets in your clothes dryer, then you need to do more than remove the lint from your lint filter after each load. Every three to six months, you need to wash the lint filter with warm soapy water and a stiff brush (an old toothbrush works fine) because the dryer sheets leave a thin waxy film on the filter’s mesh that you cannot see. To test whether or not the film from the sheets has built up, try running hot water through the filter. If the water doesn’t flow easily through the mesh (i.e., if it puddles or pools), then the filter is clogged with the waxy substance that you can feel on the sheets when you take them fresh out of their box. The danger of a filter clogged in this manner is two-fold: (1) It restricts airflow through the filter causing your heating element to work harder and longer to dry your close which will decrease the life of your heating unit and increase your energy costs; and (2) It can cause the dryer unit to catch fire and potentially burn your house down.

I already knew and use No. 5, 8, 9, 11 and 17, so I learned quite a few new tricks today. I’m always on the lookout for tips like these, especially if they save me money and headaches, and are eco-friendly.

Thx Susan!

2 Responses to “Great Tips to Solve Basic Problems Using Common Items and Easy Techniques”

  1. GT281 January 22, 2008 at 9:53 PM #

    #7 had better work or i’m going to come down
    there and pull your nose hair out…….

    on a lighter note….tag yous it……….

  2. Faerie♥Kat January 22, 2008 at 10:32 PM #

    Me do mes best, yous bet!


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