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Helpful hints

By theProduct on October 2, 2014

Helpful hints for around the home

monkey-eating-bananaSometimes in life we get so busy with stuff that we forget that there are simple things that can make our life a little easier without breaking the budget – it may also just save you a few dollars along the way 🙂

Some of these helpful hints for around the home are just interesting to know and I bet, if you are like me, you will be checking out to see if they are true.

Anyway, enjoy

Try peeling your banana from the bottom – you won’t have to pick the little ‘stringy things’ off of it. That’s how the primates do it. It works! I’ve tested this myself

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.  If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster. Again true!

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.  It will stay fresh much longer and not mold! I don’t eat cheese, so I can’t comment on if this is true.

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. I’ve heard this before, we might have to check this one out together to see if it is true 🙂


Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.  It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking. Works!

To really make scrambled eggs or omelettes rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up. This is really quite yummy!

For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt chocolate mint patties in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting. Oh yummo, might have to try this one.

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. Good advice.

Reheat Pizza: Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick pan on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.

devilled_eggsEasy Devilled 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. How cool is this. I’ve tried it the old fashioned way and therefore, I don’t make them all that often as it’s a pain.

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:  When planting put layers of wet newspaper around the plants – make sure you overlap and don’t allow any gaps. Once happy with your newspaper, cover with mulch and water as normal. Theory is, weeds will not get through wet newspapers, as they do with some gardening plastic.

Broken Glass: Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily. Very good idea, can’t tell you how many times I’ve cut myself on the clean-up.

Flexible vacuum: To get something from under the fridge or difficult to access place, 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.cat_vacuum

Reducing Static Cling: Ok I have to admit, I need to check this one out – can’t see how it would work – but anyway: Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip/stockings and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. When wearing slacks with stockings / hoes put the safety pin on the seam of your slacks.

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 windows 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 easily.

Conditioner:  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.

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!

clothes-dryerDryer Care: If you use dryer sheets in your clothes dryer (the sheets of fabric used to help make clothes soft) ensure that every 6 months you clean the filter with hot soapy water and scrub with a toothbrush. These dryer sheets leave an invisible film on the filter of your dryer. The film will increase the risk of fire or your dryer burning out. Keeping the dryer filter clean of this film, along with obviously cleaning your filter after each use will almost double the life of your dryer.

So there you have it – helpful hints for around your home that may very well change your life forever! OK not really, but there are definitely some interesting bits of information that if nothing else, are worth checking out when you have some spare time.

Have an empowered week 🙂


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