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Useful Tips on Home Related Matters, Part 2

Updated on November 12, 2012

Cooking Tips

After working with raw onions, rinse your hands with COLD water to remove the smell.

Put your knife in the freezer for 30 minutes before you slice cheese. The cheese won’t stick to the knife.

Your pancakes will be extra light if you use soda water instead of milk.

When cooking hard boiled eggs, to keep them from cracking, add salt to your water.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil and it will stay fresh for weeks.

To remove the skin from a tomato, gently lower tomato in boiling water for 1 minute, then place in ice cold water to cool. You may have to change the water if it gets warm. Prick the skin with a knife when tomato is cool and skin peels right off.

Gardening Tips

Place used coffee grounds on the dirt or grass around your roses and watch them thrive. Do it all year long.

Make mini-greenhouses with the bottoms of two empty 2-liter soda bottles instead of throwing them away. Cut the tops off the bottles a couple of inches below where they taper. Put 6” of moist potting soil and a little sand mix in the bottom bottle and plant your seeds. When the plants are large enough to go in your garden, just plant them. The “greenhouse effect” should make the seeds germinate faster.

Cleaning Tips

Got a dirty fringe on an Oriental rug? Gently comb out the fringe, then mix one tablespoon non-sudsing ammonia with eight ounces warm water. With a clean white cloth or sponge, carefully dab the solution onto the fringes. Rinse with a mix of one tablespoon white vinegar and eight ounces warm water.

Tips for the Shop

If removing screws from an item that you are repairing, the best way to keep the screws together for the right parts is a piece of duct tape. Put the screws or bolts head down on the sticky part of the tape, then fold over a section on that piece of tape to write down on it where the screws or other items came from.

Don’t throw away rechargeable batteries to your cordless tools. They can be repaired a lot cheaper than getting replacements. Interstate Battery is one place that can do it for a fraction of the cost of a new battery. There are kits that are sold so you can do your own repairs, too.

Tired of long cords dangling? Use a hair tie to wrap around the cord and it will always stay neat and out of the way. You can do that even when you put the article away and keep it away from other cords.

When hooking up a corded object with an extension cord, wrap the two cords together. It will be harder for them to unplug themselves if you tug too hard.

Miscellaneous Tips

Got too many plastic shopping bags cluttering up the house? They make great stuffers to pack boxes with when you are shipping items to someone, instead of buying packing peanuts.

Use a crochet hook to remove hair, lint, and whatever else gets into Velcro closures to make them like new again. The Velcro will stick and not loosen up any more.

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, it is! I tried it for an experiment and it makes a great little greenhouse.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, such simple ideas to make life easier, and yet a lot of them we just don't use. I do use old bottles for my plants though, great ideas! thanks!


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