Sunday, March 02, 2008

Household Hints For You

I would love feedback through your comments if any of these actually work or Not?

  • Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

  • Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you'll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time.

  • To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

  • To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard boiling.

  • Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispy\ treats in the pan and the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.

  • To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll
    them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

  • To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top.

  • Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.

  • When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

  • If you accidentally over salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant "fix me up."

  • Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

  • Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.

  • Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.

  • When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.

  • To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

  • Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

  • Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

  • If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

  • Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

  • To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

  • Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

  • Use air freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

  • When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

Now look what you can do with Alka-Seltzer:
  • Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.

  • The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.

  • Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.

  • Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
  • Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
  • Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar - Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

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