To save energy when cooking on your stovetop (gas or electric), use reflector drip pans under your burners...The heat will be reflected back to the bottom of the pot/pan where it belongs...Also, the reflectors are reusable and will help keep the area under the burners clean.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 31, 2011 at 9:00am —
When you're browning meat or pan frying on your stovetop, you don't want a greasy mess on the burners that you're not using...Cover the unused burners with inverted aluminum pie pans/baking sheet...The pie pans/baking sheet are easier to clean than the entire stovetop.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 30, 2011 at 9:00am —
To prevent sticky rims on bottles/jars (like honey or syrup), simply place a piece of plastic food wrap on the rim before you screw the lid back on...Or wipe a light coating of vegetable/olive oil on the cleaned rim then screw the top back on...Makes the bottle/jar easier to open the next time.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 29, 2011 at 9:00am —
Some of the older countertops (like formica) cannot handle the heat from hot pots and pans...To solve this problem and to prevent damage to your counterops, simply use an inverted baking sheet (a cookie sheet with the sides) as a trivet...This will also work for your dining room table or wherever you have the food set up for a buffet.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 28, 2011 at 9:00am —
To prevent your mixing bowl from "walking" around the counter as you're using the hand mixer, place a damp dish towel in a circle then set your mixing bowl on top of the dish towel...Now one hand can use the mixer while the other hand add ingredients or scrapes the side of the bowl.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 27, 2011 at 9:00am —
When you're using your hand mixer, it's easy to make a mess...To solve that problem, simply place a piece of waxed paper/parchment paper over your mixing bowl with a extra couple of inches around the bowl...Make two holes in the center of the paper and feed the mixer/beaters through the holes...Continue mixing with no more mess!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 26, 2011 at 9:00am —
To keep your bathroom fixtures temporarily spotless, after you clean the fixtures, rub them with a sheet of waxed paper...This process should deflect the water droplets/prevent water marks and work until the next cleaning.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 25, 2011 at 9:00am —
If the white grout between the tiles of your bathroom shower/bathtub enclosure has become stained or discolored, use an old toothbrush dipped in white vinegar to scrub away the dinginess and to prevent mold and mildew.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 24, 2011 at 9:00am —
Do you still have a metal trash can that you can no longer use because your garbage service requires a plastic trash can?...Here's how you can reuse it...First thing is to clean it out really well...You can reuse the metal trash can for storing garden supplies like large bags of mulch/peat moss/fertilizer/potting soil or store the kids toys like their basketball/football/soccer ball or store items that you don't… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 23, 2011 at 9:00am —
We all know that the paper towel/toilet paper cores (cardboard tubes) are great for organizing your extension/electrical cords...However, they aren't "heavy duty" enough for power tool cords...A "heavy duty" alternative is to use the potate chip tubes (you know which brand I mean) or the powdered drink mix tubes with the drink mix in those little pre-measured tubs...Simply cut off the bottom and remove the plastic… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 22, 2011 at 9:00am —
When cleaning out the garage (or attic) did you find outdated luggage or old suitcases with broken
handles?...Use the larger pieces of luggage in the garage for storing organic fertilizers and the smaller, overnight bags for storing birdseed...By placing the fertilizer/birdseed inside the luggage, it keeps out pesky… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 21, 2011 at 9:00am —
You've emptied the garage, gone through everything to keep/sell/donate, now it's time to put back what you're saving in an orderly manner...Keep as much of the smaller stuff off of the floor as possible...Hang items from walls, rafters, a pegboard (old trellis with "S" hooks) or reuse an old dresser/desk (don't forget to label the drawers)...Those "give away" reusable shopping bags hung from a hook/nail… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 20, 2011 at 9:00am —
Do you have room in your garage to park your vehicle(s) or do use your garage for storage?...If it's disorganized and a catchall for everything from extra household furniture, sports equipment, lawn and garden tools, snow shovels, kids toys, etc, it's time to take control...Open the garage door (yes, the neighbors will see the mess!) and use the driveway/lawn to group like items together...If you find… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 19, 2011 at 9:00am —
When you're cleaning/organizing your home, do you find items that you no longer need that can be donated?...If you do, set up a "temporary" home for these items (a box/plastic bin will do) until you can get to the thrift store/Goodwill to donate them...Keep the "temporary" home as close to your entry door as possible, as a reminder.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 18, 2011 at 9:00am —
In the US, it's customary to wear green on St. Patrick's Day...In Ireland, the color is considered "unlucky" but Irish folklore states that green is the favorite color of the "Good People" (fairies)...Almost one quarter of the population of the state of Massachusetts are descendants of Irish immigrants...Colonial New York City hosted the first St. Patrick's Day parade in 1762...Over the years, Irish immigrants… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 17, 2011 at 9:00am —
We are coming up to that time of the year to rotate your seasonal clothing...Now as for the clothing you have not worn this season, it's time to donate them...If you didn't wear it this season, chances are you won't wear it next year...It's time to let it go.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 16, 2011 at 9:00am —
To help rid your home of clutter, get into the habit of never leaving a room empty-handed...If an item belongs in another room/on another floor in your home and you're going there, take it with you...Get all the family members into the habit and you'll have fewer "piles of stuff" to deal with.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 15, 2011 at 9:00am —
When you're making lunches (yours/the kids) or for snacks on the run, instead of using a zippered snack/sandwich bag, purchase reusable sandwich/snack size lidded plastic containers...You know which ones I mean, made by the same company that makes the zippered food bags...The plastic reusable food containers come in a variety of sizes including smaller snack sizes so you are… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 14, 2011 at 9:00am —
What we call Daylight Saving Time is known in Britain and Europe as "Summer Time"...The US adopted Daylight Saving Time around 1918 during WW I to save energy for the war effort...Britain, Europe, Russia and a few other countries adopted DST a few years prior to WW I...During WW II, the government required the states to follow Daylight Saving Time, again, for the war effort...In 1966, Congress… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 13, 2011 at 9:00am —
To maximize the shelf space in your kitchen cabinets, purchase metal shelves (or plastic coated metal shelves) that can help you double the space...This works for dishes, glasses, cups, mugs, spices, etc...Don't forget to measure before you purchase!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on March 12, 2011 at 9:00am —