So, the other week my mum sent me an email that was super interesting and appealed to the massive geek in me… cheese on toast in a toaster, getting rid of static… and fruit flies, making your own washing powder, choosing the best peppers/capsicums… and so much more! I’ve added some pics (some of my own) and present it to you for your leisurely enjoyment. I love these kind of handy domestic hints – and some of the blogs behind them are excellent. Check it out…
You can flip a toaster on its side and grill cheese in it – Source.
Most Cling Wrap/Film has lock in taps to hold the roll in place – Source.
The color on the bread tab indicates how fresh the bread is – Source. And those colors are in alphabetical order: b, g, r, w, y. (I think this one applies to USA only – we have these same tabs in Oz but not sure they’re colour coded).
You can divide and store ground meat in a zip loc bag. Just break off how much you need and keep the rest in the freezer for later. So much easier than dividing and individually wrapping each pound or half pound – Source (well durrrr).
If you place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water, it won’t boil over – Source (brilliant! Apparently there’s a certain knack to it).
Marshmallows can cure a sore throat. Perfect for kids who don’t like medicine – Source (sort of…).
Stuffing a dryer sheet in your back pocket will repel mosquitoes – Source (let me know if this works – I am a mozzie magnet!)
You can freeze cupcake batter for later use – Source.
You can paint upholstery – Source.
You can make your own laundry soap – Source.
You can dye plastic buttons – Source.
You can run a paper bag through your printer – Source.
You can print directly onto fabric – Source (again, using your home printer!).
A dry erase marker can be used on most desk tops – Source (yeah, I discovered while doing my art assignments in senior school!).
Cereal canisters make the perfect trashcan for your car – Source (tidy!).
Medicine cabinets are NOT the safest place for medicine – Source.
And some more… I don’t have a source for any of these – so you’re just gonna have to take my word for it…
- Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster (as a massive banana eater, I’m so going to be doing this).
- Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold! (But you can scrape off any mold and still eat the cheese without changes in flavor!
- Peppers (capsicums) with three bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with four bumps on the bottom are firmer and stronger flavored.
- Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
- To 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 (yummo!).
- Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.
- Reheat leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, on med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.
- Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag, seal, mash, add remainder of ingredients, keep mashing, mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw the bag away!
- 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: Plant your plants in the ground; work the nutrients in your soil. Then wet newspapers, 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.
- To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant: 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 narrow openings.
- Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip or slacks to eliminate static cling. It works; you will not have a clingy skirt or dress, or slacks when wearing panty hose; … Ta DA! … Static is gone.
- 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.
- De-fog your windshield: 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!
- Re-opening 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. Voila! It unseals easily. Only for old- fashioned “lick-type “mucilage envelopes!
- Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth (already put this to the test – brilliant – but watch out for slippery slidey shower floors!)
- 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! (Got to see if this works – I hate those bloody flies!)
- 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! (We have had an ant problem of late and the baits from the shop sure aren’t working so I’ll be trying this – let you know if it works).
- Drop a small object on the carpet and can’t find it. Place panty hose/tights/stockings over the end of the vacuum hose and start vacuuming. The panty hose will keep it from getting sucked into the vacuum. (Fabulous for earring backs!).
- Need to cut some corn off the cob. Use your Bundt pan. Place the ear on the opening in the center of the pan, and as you slide the knife down the ear, all the kernels will collect in the main part of the pan.
So… tried any of these? How’d you go? Any other handy hints you want to share? Would love the feedback…