27 Great Tips for Around the House

Some of you may have heard of these before but we couldn’t resist letting our readers know of a few extremely helpful tips that could not only save you money but could even save your life!

  1. Peel a banana from the bottom and you won’t have to pick the little ’stringy things’ off of it.
    That’s how the primates do it.
  2. Banana Ripening: Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
    If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
  3. Cheese: Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
    It will stay fresh much longer and not mold
  4. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating raw.
  5. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
  6. Beef: Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
    It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
  7. Eggs: To really 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.
  8. Mint Brownies: Make brownies as directed.
    Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies.
    Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.
  9. Garlic: 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.
  10. Quick Dessert: Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert.
    Simply chop them up with a food chopper.
    Peel, core and slice a few apples.
    Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples.
    Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
    Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.
  11. 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.
  12. Easy Deviled 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 for an easy clean up.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Newspaper weeds away: Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go over with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
  16. Broken Glass: Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.
  17. No More Mosquitoes: Place a dryer sheet in your pocket.
    It will keep the mosquitoes away.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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 seals easily.
  24. Conditioner: Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs (or your face). 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…
  25. Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it ½’ 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!
  26. 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! (Also try dry Grits, when the ants eat the dry grits, the fluid in their stomachs will cause the grits to expand blowing up the ants and the colony.)
  27. Clothes Dryers: Even though you clean the lint itself from the dryer lint trap, you must also clean the mesh part with hot soapy water and a brush (may use tooth brush also) every 6 months or so. Dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh. 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, this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire and potentially burn your house down with it! By washing it, you can save electricity and help your dryer live longer.

Of course we haven’t tried ALL of these but they are worth a try. I know I have seen that information before about cleaning your dryer vent thoroughly. Takes just a few seconds and they pay off is priceless. Let us know what your experiences are!

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