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Well, I learned a few new things

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM
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Just came across this and wanted to share:

17 Ridiculously Useful Tips to Make Life Easier

1. 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.

2. Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal bag and mash yolks till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing roughly; cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done – easy clean up.

3. 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.

4. Reheating Breads

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.

5. Newspaper Weeds Away

Start putting in your plants; work the nutrients into your soil. Wet newspapers and 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.

6. Picking Up Broken Glass

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

7. No More Mosquitoes

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Unsticky 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.

12. Foggy Windshield?

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

13. Reopening Envelopes

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.

14. Smoother Legs With Conditioner

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s a lot 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…

15. 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!

16. 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 & you don’t have to worry about pets or small children being harmed!

17. Info About Clothes Dryers: May Save Your Life!

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 filter after every load of clothes.) 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 and 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 catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & 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!

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etsmom
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Pretty good. Some of these things I knew, but the dryer thing I didn't.  I used liquid softener anyway, but I will keep this in mind.  The first 5 I didn't know at all.  Very useful.

Bmat
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Very neat suggestions!  I have used the newspaper mulch idea, but I recommend weighing the paper down with rocks, otherwise wind gets under it and it blows away.

Tfor2
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

 awesome tfs

KenzieQsMommy
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 2:28 PM
I need to sticky this somewhere so I can reference it! Great tips!!
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Shlamoof
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I will say though that I have used conditioner to shave my legs, and it seems to clog up my razor :(  So I will stick with shampoo or body wash as a cheap alternative to shaving cream.

itsallabtthem84
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Thanks for sharing! 

I knew some of those and some I didn't.

la_bella_vita
by on Feb. 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

 Neat!

Bmat
by on Feb. 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

The deviled egg idea is good. I am trying to cut back on use of plastic. But using it for deviled eggs this way is very tempting.

Bluetick
by on Feb. 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM
Same here

Quoting itsallabtthem84:

Thanks for sharing! 

I knew some of those and some I didn't.

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Bluetick
by on Feb. 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM
Me too! :)

Quoting Shlamoof:

I will say though that I have used conditioner to shave my legs, and it seems to clog up my razor :(  So I will stick with shampoo or body wash as a cheap alternative to shaving cream.

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