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    These are some really cool household tips a friend sent me in email. Some of these I've never heard of before.


    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.

    For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints
    in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

    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 pizza. I saw this on
    the cooking channel and it really works.

    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.

    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 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 for-
    get 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 away.

    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 nar-
    row 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?
    Hate foggy windshields? 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

    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,' 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!

    The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the
    house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the
    dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the fil-
    ter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he
    took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a
    mesh material ... I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well ...
    the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us
    that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit.
    You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your
    clothes soft and static free .... that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel
    waxy when you take them out of the box ... well this stuff builds up on your clothes
    and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your
    house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long
    time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with
    hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.
    He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?!
    Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that.
    So, I thought I'd share!

    Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran
    through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it
    with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when
    I rinsed it .. the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! T
    hat repairman knew what he was talking about!
    Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.

  • #2
    Re: Did you know?

    Those are some really good tips BeatleBette. Thank-you for sharing them!
    You can also wrap your celery stalk in aluminum foil and it will last for 2 weeks or more in the refrigerator!
    Have you made time to listen to the birds today........


    • #3
      Re: Did you know?

      great tips Bette,especially the dryer, lol