What does the inside of your dishwasher look/smell like?...An easy way to clean it without a lot of scrubbing is to pour 3 cups of white distilled vinegar in a bowl...Place the bowl upright on the bottom rack of the dishwasher...Do not place any other dishes in the machine...Run it through the wash and rinse cycles and shut it off before the drying cycle begins...The vinegar, through the normal action of the dishwasher, will be… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 31, 2010 at 9:00am —
To keep your freezer running efficiently, keep it fully stocked...If you're trying to use up the food you have first, load the empty spaces with milk cartons/plastic bottles filled with water...When you remove the frozen water containers, thaw and use the water for your garden.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 30, 2010 at 9:00am —
Don't throw out that overripe banana!...Just mash it and freeze to use in smoothies, muffins, pancakes or breads...And bury the banana skin around your rose bushes for added nutrients or toss in your compost bin!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 29, 2010 at 9:00am —
Ok, so you dropped an uncooked egg on the floor and what a mess trying to wipe it up!...Cover the spill with table salt...It will draw the egg together and make clean up easier...Cooking oil spill on the floor?...Sprinkle with flour to help absorb the oil...Sweep up the flour and wipe up the residue.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 28, 2010 at 9:00am —
We all know about recycling the cardboard tubes (cores) from the toilet paper or paper towels for storing/organizing household extension cords (Hint: Mark the length of the cord on the tube for future use)...But how about a few other uses...Use the paper towel core to stuff those plastic grocery bags in and store them near the small wastebaskets around the house...Or tape several paper towel tubes together and stuff in your boots to keep them upright/help hold their… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 27, 2010 at 9:00am —
Do you have a rectangle or square-shaped plastic laundry basket with broken webbing or handle that's ready for the trash?...Don't get rid of it just yet!...Check around your hall, bedroom, linen closets to see if it will fit inside on the floor...In the hall closet it will organize your shoes/boots. Just pull out the basket of shoes instead of rummaging in the bottom of a dark closet...In your bedroom closet, same thing to organize shoes/boots or store extra pillows/blankets… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 26, 2010 at 9:00am —
A plastic shower curtain can easily be replaced and the cost is minimial...But cleaned up (just wipe with full strength vinegar on a sponge or toss in the laundry with a towel or two), it might be handy to have around...Spread it out in your trunk to protect it from stains/dirt...Fold up in your trunk and use it if you break down/have to change a tire to spread on the ground to protect clothing...Use it as a ground cloth under a tent when camping (prevents dampness from seeping… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 25, 2010 at 9:00am —
Another use for mismatched/worn socks...Cut off the feet of knee-high, cotton socks and put the "cuffs" (the long, stretchy part) on your forearms to protect your skin when gardening/weeding around prickly plants or trimming shrubs/hedges/rosebushes, etc...Kid's socks will slip over the ends of hand tools to absorb perspiration and prevent blisters.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 24, 2010 at 9:00am —
When your pet comes in from the outside, use a lint roller to remove any debris (weeds, grass, pollen) it picked up as well as fleas...Less allergens coming into your home, means cleaner air/surfaces for everyone!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 23, 2010 at 9:00am —
Keeping things dry (like matches or paper money) when you're camping or boating can be a challenge...Using a plastic jar (peanut butter jar) will keep these items dry and it's lightweight, too...The plastic jar also provides protection for crushable items (dry cereal, marshmallows) better than a zippered plastic bag.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 22, 2010 at 9:00am —
Is your kitchen junk drawer overrun with "twist ties"?...Well, you don't need THAT many, just a small handful will do...Instead of "twist ties" why not try "binder clips" for closing your food packages (like chips, cookies, bread, frozen vegetables, etc)..."Binder clips" are available at any office supply store...They are less expensvie than those individual "chip clips" and come in a variety of sizes in a tub for less than $5.00...BTW, they are also GREAT for keeping tubes of… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 21, 2010 at 9:00am —
The bottle of rubbing alcohol in your medicine cabinet can do more than disinfect and sanitize...Use it to wipe away sticky hairspray residue from the bathroom mirror...Make a "shapeable" ice pack. Use a zippered freezer bag and mix 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water. Freeze. It will be slushy not solid (to mold around body parts)...Before you pull a tick, dab the critter with rubbing alcohol to make it loosen its grip. Pull it straight out then dab again to disinfect the… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 20, 2010 at 9:00am —
Did you ever receive a gift in a little "gift bag" that was too cute to reuse and you wanted to keep it?...Or when you went to that exclusive boutique and they placed your purchase in a darling little "designer shopping bag" that you couldn't throw out?...Guess what?...Use the bag as a centerpiece on your diningroom table or on your coffee table!...Place a vase with water in the bag, add fresh-cut flowers and you're done!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 19, 2010 at 9:00am —
It's summer and it's H-O-T!!!...We're all sweating and that makes for a lot of extra "smelly" laundry...Adding 1/2 cup of vinegar with your wash cycle will get rid of perspiration odors and boost your detergent...Adding 1/4 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle will dissolve detergent residue, prevent yellowing, act as a fabric softener and reduce static cling...You can even use vinegar to help remove soap scum and… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 18, 2010 at 9:00am —
Want to save money on your electric bill?...Other than following the family around to turn off the lights behind them, a simple way is to start using CFL's (compact fluorescent lights)...As your current light bulbs burn out, replace them with CFL's and watch your electric bill go down...We even use CFL's in our porch lights...They last about 5-8 times longer and use about 1/10th the electricity compared to the incandescents...Give them a try!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 17, 2010 at 9:00am —
If you need a tablecloth for the picnic table that won't flap in a breeze, try using a colorful fitted twin sheet...The elastic corners should fit the table nicely...When you're through, just toss in the laundry.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 16, 2010 at 9:00am —
Didn't finish that pot of coffee/tea this morning?...Just pour into ice cube trays and freeze for use in ICED coffee/tea...Won't water down your drink like regular ice cubes.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 15, 2010 at 9:00am —
In case you didn't know, styrofoam packing peanuts are not recyclable BUT they are reusable...We accumulate them in a clean tall kitchen garbage bag and when it's full just drop it off at our local "UPS Store" or "Mailboxes, Etc"...Any "pack and ship" store should accept them as long as they are CLEAN...You'll help the environment by saving styrofoam packing peanuts for reuse!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 14, 2010 at 9:00am —
Aluminum pie pans that are part of the "ready-made" pie crusts or pot pies can also be purchased separately...But did you know there are some other ideas that make them handy and inexpensive to have around...For the holidays (or any occasion), fill with homemade cookies/candies, wrap in plastic wrap and give as a gift...Poke a hole in the rim, thread with string or fishing line and hang a few over the garden to keep the birds away (string in pairs to make noise!).… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 13, 2010 at 9:00am —
It's that time of year for purchasing FRESH and LOCALLY grown fruits and vegetables (herbs, too)...When you can, please patronize your local farm markets...They have a variety of summer's best produce...If you have recipes that use fruits/vegetables that are in season for a short time of year (and reasonably priced, like now), prepare the recipe(s) with fresh ingredients and freeze for later use...You'll save time and money!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on July 12, 2010 at 9:00am —