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Some Everyday Hints

I am sure that you have heard or seen these before, but I feel the need to share them
with you to help out in your everyday living.

– Peel a banana from the bottom and you won’t have to pick the little “stringy
things” off of it. That’s how the primates do it. Take your bananas apart when you
get  home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

– Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much
longer and not mold!

– Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
– Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

– Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease
away from the meat while cooking.

– To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich, add a couple of spoonfuls of sour
cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

– Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the
end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

– Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them
up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking
dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!
Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

– 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

– 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.

– 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.

– Newspaper keeps 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.

– Broken Glass. Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass
you can’t see easily.

– No More Mosquitoes. Place a dryer sheet in your pocket.It will keep the mosquitoes

– 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.

– 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.

– 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 … ta da! … static is gone.

– 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.

– Foggy Windshield? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your
car. When the window s fog, rub with the eraser. Works better than a cloth!

– Reopening 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.

– Conditioner.  Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s 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.

– 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!

– Get Rid of Ants.  Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants They eat it, take
it home, they 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!

– If you use dryer sheets in your dryer, a film can build up on your lint filter
which can greatly shorten the life of the heating element.  More importantly, it can
be a fire danger! Even if you clean your lint filter after every load and it looks
clean. Check your filter by running water through it.  If it pools in the mesh and
trickles out slowly (or not at all), clean it with hot soapy water and an old
toothbrush. Do this every 6 month to extend the life of your dryer, more energy
efficiency, and the safety of your home.

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  1. Jackie Says:

    Thanks for the great tips especially the ones about static and peppers.

    Jackies last blog post..The Nut from Brazil

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Jackie … you are welcome . some have been around for a while now.

  3. Condo Blues Says:

    I use newspaper as weed barrier and my neighbors are amazed at how weed free my flower beds are.
    I’m going to try some of your tips, especially the one with the Snickers bars! Hmmmmm….chocolate. 🙂

    Condo Bluess last blog post..Scare Your Neighbors with Unicorn Garden Décor!

  4. Anita (Prairie Dreams) Says:

    Great tips!

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  5. Linda Says:

    Hi Condo… i have seen newspaper in action as well! Will you tell me how the Snickers works out? Chocolate is good!

    Hi Anita … Thanks!

    Lindas last blog post..Some Everyday Hints

  6. Leigh Says:

    Thanks for the tip for fruit flies. That will definitely come in handy this summer!

  7. Freaky Frugalite » Blog Archive » Terrific Household Tips! Says:

    […] saw this posted at Forced Green- a great blog- and had to pass this on. Some of these I’ve tried, but others I haven’t. […]

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Leigh … Let me know if it works for ya!

    Hi Freaky … thanks for coming by!

    Lindas last blog post..Some Everyday Hints

  9. Leanne Lonergan Says:

    I have been doing the newspaper garden for a long time now. It is great for starting a new garden too.
    Sprinkle some lime and blood and bone under the thick layers of newspaper when starting out then heaps of lucerne hay and compost on top when planting…works a treat and there is no digging!

  10. Linda Says:

    Hey Leanne … Sounds like the voice of experience!
    All you gardeners take note!

  11. Jackie Says:

    What great tips! I will investigate my lint trap. Dryers never seem to last long. Maybe this is part of the problem. Thanks!

  12. Linda Says:

    Hi Jackie … it was news to me as well. it is probably one of the major issues why dryers do not last as long.

    Lindas last blog post..Ultimate Paint

  13. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Linda,

    What fabulous ideas. I’ve never heard of most of these, but they’re all worth a try. I love the idea of the Snickers (my fave candy bar) and apples. I’ll have to give that a try.

    Thanks for sharing! They’re all great “green” ideas.

    Barbara Swaffords last blog post..FEFF – How To Get More Hits On Old Posts

  14. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Let me know how it works out for ya! Have tried most of these and they work!

  15. Brian Says:

    Hi Linda,

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  16. Linda Says:

    Thanks for the add, Brian! It is very much appreciated!

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  17. Tom Says:

    Dryer sheets don’t drive away mosquitoes.

    Great tip about the lint trap though. I’d also add that everyone should figure out how to access the duct that vents the air and clear that out regularly too. There is a significant amount of lint that gets through the trap and can clog your air duct, reducing the efficiency of your dryer and increasing the potential for fire. =)

  18. Linda Says:

    Hi Tom … You are absolutely correct in adding about the venting area. I try and check that out about one every 3 months just to be safe! Thank you for bringing that point out!

    Lindas last blog post..Greensburg, Kansas #4

  19. RecycleCindy Says:

    Came over to visit from Green it Carnival. Great tips! I love the idea about placing a dryer sheet in your pocket to keep the mosquitoes away.
    Thanks for sharing your frugal ideas.


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