Make Perfectly Shaped Pancakes. Fix a Sagging Sofa. Clean with Alka-Seltzer, and other Household Tips
One thing that some people can say is that some aspects of running a household is not their forte, and with that being said they need all the help they can get. For the less skilled of being a household CEO there are some really great shortcuts and tips to make running a household more enjoyable. If you don’t do well running a household a suggestion would be to keep a file of household tips near by, either taped on the pantry door, in a file, or in a notebook. Print out your favorite, if there is such a thing, household tips and tricks. Let's jump right into the fray and look at household tips and tricks that are fun and easy.
- To keep an ice cream cone from dripping - stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of your sugar cone to prevent ice cream from dripping out of the bottom.
- To make perfectly shaped pancakes every time - use a meat baster to "squeeze" pancake batter into your pan or griddle - perfectly shaped pancakes every time.
- Stop your potatoes for budding put an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
- To prevent eggs from cracking as they are being boiled, place a pinch of salt in the water before boiling.
- Stop those Rice Krispies from sticking to your fingers by running your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies into pan and they won't stick to your fingers.
- Easily remove burnt food from a skillet by adding dish soap and water to the pan, bring to a boil, and your skillet will be easy to clean.
- Stop staining your Tupperware by spraying your Tupperware with nonstick spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces - no more stains.
- Keep cakes from having white stuff on the sides. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead - no white mess on the outside of the cake.
- Ever over salted a dish, here's how to remove some of the salt - while the dish is still cooking, drop in a peeled potato - it absorbs the excess salt.
- Want to keep celery for a long time in the refrigerator? Wrap it in aluminum foil.
- Want a glossy pie crust? Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to get a great glossy finish.
- Is your bag of brown sugar hard? Here's how to soften it up - put a slice apple in it
- Make your corn on the cob even sweeter. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
- Here's how to determine if an egg is fresh. Place egg in cool salted water, and if it sinks, it's fresh, but if it rises to the top, throw it out.
- How to re-purpose leftover wine - freeze into ice cubes for later to use in casseroles and sauces. NOTE: if alcohol level of wine is less than 13%, it should freeze ok. If alcohol level is more than that the wine won't freeze completely.
- Are opening jars giving you a problem? Use latex dish washing gloves with non-slip grip.
- Here's how to remove food stains from your fingers - slice a raw potato, rub your fingers, and rinse with water.
Look what Alka-Seltzer can do
- Want a clean toilet? Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.
- To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
- Polish jewelry by dropping two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water, then put in your jewelry for two minutes.
- Clean a thermos by filling it with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour or more.
- Unclog a drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain, then follow up with a cup of white vinegar, wait a few minutes, then run hot water.
Fix Sagging Seats of Sofas and Chairs
Purchase plywood from your local home improvement store to bolster or firm up the seats of a sofa or chair. Remove the sofa or chair pillows first. Then take a tape measure and measure the length and width of your sagging sofa or chair seat. Make sure you knock off a couple of inches so the plywood won't fit so tight to the sides of your sofa or chair. Armed with the measurements, go to the home improvement store, choose your plywood thickness - either ½ or ¾ inch is good for firm support, and get it cut to your measurements. Remove any sofa or chair slipcovers, place heavy-duty plastic on your sofa or chair seat, put down the cut plywood, wrap the plywood with the plastic, replace the slipcovers, and replace the sofa or chair pillows - VOILA! You now have a wonderfully firm sofa or chair.
Save Those Plastic Take-Out Plates
If you eat out a lot and have accumulated plastic take-out plates don’t throw them out – reuse them. If you are also a weekend warrior, a DIY kind of person, and you paint, use those take-out plates for paint trays. You will save a considerable amount of money by not having to buy paint trays.
Put Your Plants on Wheels
If you have plants that are heavy, but you would like to move them from room to room, put them on wheels. This is one of the easiest ways to move your plants around.