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7/31/14 6:33 A

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When you finish showering, use your hand as a squeegee to get excess water off your body. It makes drying much faster and your towel will also be dry sooner.


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7/29/14 7:23 A

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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.

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7/27/14 9:24 A

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Easy Deviled Egg 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.


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7/24/14 7:47 A

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Broken Glass: Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.


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7/23/14 6:45 A

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To reheat a pizza so that the base is out-of-the-oven crisp, heat your leftover slices in a fry pan on low-medium heat on the stove until warm and wave goodbye to the days of soggy microwave pizza.

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7/22/14 7:51 A

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For better-tasting asparagus, cure the stalks: Peel them, roll in equal parts sugar and salt, and let them sit for 10 minutes, then rinse off and prepare as desired. Shea Gallante


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7/21/14 7:23 A

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Want to know if your oil is hot enough for frying? Here’s a tip: Stick a wooden skewer or spoon in the oil. If bubbles form around the wood, then you are good to go. Aaron McCargo, Jr.


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7/20/14 8:29 A

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When making mashed potatoes, after you drain the potatoes, return them to the hot pan, cover tightly and let steam for 5 minutes. This allows the potatoes to dry out so they'll mash to a beautiful texture and soak up the butter and cream more easily. Wolfgang Puck


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7/19/14 9:28 A

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Whenever you cook pasta, remove some of the pasta-cooking water (about 1/4 or 1/3 cup) just before draining. When you add the sauce of your choice to the pasta, add a little of the cooking liquid. This helps sauce to amalgamate; the starch in the water adds body and a kind of creaminess. An old Italian friend of mine instructed me in this finishing touch early on, and I would never, ever leave it out. It makes all the difference. Nigella Lawson


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7/18/14 9:51 A

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When you grill, pull your steaks out of the refrigerator one hour ahead of time so they can come to room temperature. Geoffrey Zakarian


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7/17/14 7:51 A

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Fresh basil keeps much better and longer at room temperature with the stems in water. Elisabeth Prueitt


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7/12/14 6:54 A

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When baking a cake from a box mix, use unsalted butter instead of oil, milk instead of water, and add a few drops of vanilla. Your cake will taste like it was made from scratch. I have done this for something special.

I use applesauce instead of oil.

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7/9/14 6:46 A

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If you're cooking cauliflower, add a bit of milk to the water with salt to keep the cauliflower bright white. Shock it in cold water to stop the cooking and then serve. Michael White

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7/5/14 5:02 P

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When cooking steaks or meat do not use a fork to turn the meat. Use cooking tongs or a spatula to keep the juices from leaking out.

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6/12/14 8:48 A

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"When filling your car with gas, hold the trigger halfway. You'll get more gas and less air in the tank."



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6/11/14 8:00 A

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Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream & Yogurt: Keep them fresher longer by storing carton in the refrigerator upside down.


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6/10/14 7:37 A

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Use the inside of a banana peel to erase scuffs leather shoes. Then buff them to a shine with a paper towel.


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6/9/14 8:41 A

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To prevent grease and grime from sticking to your stove top, making it easy to clean, rub it down with car wax on occasion. (I think this would especially work well on older stoves)

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6/8/14 7:12 A

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"I am constantly dealing with tangled necklaces…especially when traveling. This one has saved me more than once. Rub a few drops of baby oil into the knots and work them gently free with a straight pin."

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6/7/14 8:30 A

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To easily shred cheese, let sit in freezer for 30 minutes. The firmer cheese is less likely to make a melted mess on your grater. To prevent hard edges from forming on older cheese, lightly oil the outsides OR rub with butter before storing.

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6/6/14 6:18 A

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If your new shoes are to tight put the nozzle of your blow dryer into shoe and turn on low. When shoe gets warm, stuff with paper or socks to stretch it.

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6/5/14 7:43 A

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Don't have any bug spray? Spray flying bugs with Hairspray. It will do them in. A spray of something like Fantastic or 409 will kill them too.

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6/2/14 6:27 A

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When making toasted sandwiches place two pieces of bread in a single toaster slot for a slice that’s crispy and warm on the outside yet soft and chewy in the middle.

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6/1/14 9:05 A

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The Secret to Perfect Lemonade

Nothing beats an icy cold summer glass of lemonade. It’s so refreshing untli it gets watered down. Here’s a simple little trick to keep your lemonade from losing it’s lip-smackin’ tang… Lemonade Cubes!

Simply pour your lemonade into an ice cube tray and freeze. Then when you’re ready for your next glass of lemonade, just pop in a few lemonade cubes! They’ll keep your glass chilled, but not watered down as they begin to melt.



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5/30/14 8:16 A

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Ice Cubes - It won't be a pretty sound, tossing ice cubes into the garbage disposal breaks up grease and keeps it clean. Every few weeks, toss in a handful of cubes, turn on the disposal and run cold water. Add some orange, lemon or lime peels to ward off odors.

I miss not having a garbage disposer, especially in the hot weather. I used this tip on mine before I moved.

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5/28/14 7:42 A

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How To Kill Mosquitoes

"I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well.. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don't leave home without it...."

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5/27/14 7:40 A

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Weed-be-gone

1 Gallon Vinegar
2 ups Epsom Salt
1/4 up Dawn Dish Soap (blue origional)

It will kill anything you spray it on. Just mix and spray in the morning, after the dew has evaporated. Walk away. Go back after Supper (Dinner) and the weeds are all gone.

Cheaper than anything you can buy anywhere! Never buy Round-up again.

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5/22/14 6:25 A

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Floss - Use dental floss to remove debris from the cutting disc on your electric can opener.


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5/21/14 7:27 A

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When you’re out of buttermilk, make your own by combining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 cup milk. Stir and let stand for 10 minutes.



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5/18/14 9:13 A

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To help ensure freshly baked cakes don’t stick to the bottom of the cake pan, let the pan cool on a damp towel for a few minutes just after it comes out of the oven. Then loosen the sides and invert onto a platter; your cake should slide out easily.

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5/7/14 10:22 A

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Sour cream and cottage cheese have a short shelf life, usually 7-10 days after being opened. But if you want to store one of them for longer, then all you need to do is invert the container and keep it in the fridge.

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4/30/14 7:39 A

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Laundry that smells clothesline fresh and is so soft... along with your detergent, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda per load.

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4/27/14 7:51 A

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To easily peel potatoes, boil with the skins on them immerse in cold water for 5 seconds. Then twist the potatoes between your hands and the skin will peel right off!

The only time I peel potatoes is when I mash them.

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4/26/14 8:04 A

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Make coffee less bitter - Over-brewed coffee that has taken on a bitter taste can be much improved with a tiny pinch of salt, which will also enhance the flavor.

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4/25/14 8:17 A

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The best way to store fresh celery is to wrap it in aluminum foil and put it in the refrigerator– it will keep for weeks.

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4/24/14 7:54 A

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To soften bananas for banana bread and muffins, pierce unpeeled bananas once or twice and microwave, uncovered, at 100 percent power for 1 minute, turning over at half time. Cool and peel.

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4/23/14 8:21 A

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Grating a large chunk of cheese and using it for binding saves time -- throw all your ingredients into one bowl and mix rather than layering -- ensures consistency throughout the casserole.

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4/6/14 9:52 P

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4/5/14 7:17 A

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Use a colander to separate the last bit of cereal from it's dust.

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4/4/14 6:48 A

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Cut open toilet paper rolls (lengthwise) and use as a cuff to save your wrapping paper and keep it from unrolling.


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4/2/14 12:46 A

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If honey or molasses crystalizes, place jar, without lid, in a pot of hot water about 1/2 hour and crystals will be gone. Can also put jar in microwave about a minute or two.

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4/1/14 7:57 A

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Soak your popcorn kernels in water for 10 minutes before popping, drain the water, then pop as normal. The additional moisture helps the popcorn pop up quicker and fluffier with fewer “old maids.”


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3/30/14 8:28 A

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Vinegar in the coffeepot cleans all the nooks and crannies. Fill the pot with an equal mixture of water and white vinegar. Run the cycle as usual, following with a cycle of only water to rinse. For really stubborn stains, stop it halfway through the cycle and let it soak.


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3/28/14 1:08 P

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When cooking steaks or meat do not use a fork to turn the meat. Use cooking tongs or a spatula to keep the juices from leaking out.


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3/26/14 7:05 A

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A GREATWAY TO SERVE POTATOES - Just mash potatoes plain with butter or you can add yummy ingredients like cooked bacon, cheese, parsley, green onion, garlic, etc. Stuff into a greased muffin tin, run a fork along the top and brush with melted butter or olive oil. Bake at 375 degrees or until tops are crispy and golden. You get the soft potato center with the crunch on the outside


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3/25/14 3:19 P

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The ten-for-$10 promotion is one of the most effective sales rip-offs. When a store does it, volume takes off, even if the promotion raises the price of something. We’ll take an 89-cent can of tuna and mark it “ten for $10,” and instead of buying six cans for 89 cents, people will buy ten for $10. —Jeff Weidauer

One of stores often does this, the BiLo. never but from the ten for ten.

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3/21/14 8:16 A

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Unsalted butter instead of margarine gives cookies a lighter texture.


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3/15/14 1:48 A

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Use a pizza cutter to easily slice through flats of fudge and candy squares. The process is fast and easy and you get nice, neat squares.


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3/14/14 11:02 A

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Put a dab of vanilla extract on light bulbs when the lights are off. Once the lights are turned on, the bulb will heat up the extract and emit a delicious smell.


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3/10/14 9:03 A

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When it comes to laundry, you can skip the overpriced dryer sheets. Instead, take a piece of aluminum foil and crumple it into a ball that's about 2-3 inches in diameter. Then place it in the dryer for a frugal way to eliminate static. The best part is that it can be reused over and over for up to six months.


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3/9/14 9:38 A

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Once or twice a month, water your house plants with weak tea no need for expensive plant food or fertilizer. They will love it.


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3/8/14 7:43 A

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Tried and true tip for making juicy pork chops. Spread a light layer of mayo on the chops and then pile on italian bread crumbs. Bake in the oven and they come out delish everytime!



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3/7/14 7:53 A

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A cotton ball soaked in white vinegar and applied to a fresh bruise will reduce the darkness of the bruise and help it disappear sooner



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3/6/14 7:45 A

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Use muffin tin liners to cover outdoor drinking glasses_keeps flying things out. Push a straw through the middle of the paper liner.


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3/3/14 12:16 A

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Summer time hair tip! After spending days in the pool, strip the chemicals from your hair by adding 1 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda to your regular shampoo! This leaves hair free of pool chemicals and silky and shiny! You can also use this to get rid of product build up! Do this once a week!

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Fertilize azaleas or gardenias. Watering azaleas or gardenias with Classic Coke increases the acidity in the soil, which azaleas love, and boosts plant performance. The sugar in the Coke feeds microorganisms in the soil, increasing the organic matter in the soil.




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3/1/14 8:07 A

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Dry, scaly hands, BE GONE! In your hand, pour 2 tsp. sugar, 1 – 2 tsp. olive oil and two pumps hand soap. Rub toget her into cuticles, and in between fingers until sugar is mostly dissolved. Rinse. Apply a bit of your favorite lotion.

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2/28/14 7:50 A

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Prevent soil from escaping through the holes in the base of flowerpots by lining with large muffin cases or coffee filters.

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2/27/14 5:25 A

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Want a natural spa treatment? Once a week for twenty minutes, sit on a hot bath that contains a handful of Epsom or sea salts, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and a half cup of baking soda. This combo draws out toxins, lowers stress-related hormones, and balances your PH levels.

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2/26/14 7:53 A

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If you think you’ve added enough salt but something is still off, try a small splash of vinegar or lemon (any acid) to brighten the flavor. If the food is dry or sticky, try adding a touch of olive oil. These three things can fix almost any lackluster meal.

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2/25/14 8:25 A

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Immerse coconut in water for ½ an hour to remove its hust.


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2/24/14 7:51 A

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Use ketchup to remove the tarnish from copper pans. Slather the pan with ketchup and leave for 30 minutes for the acid to break down the tarnish, then rinse clean and buff with a soft cloth.


I have one copper bottom pan. I am going to try this. I don't eat ketchup, but have many packets from eating out. I save them for when the kids are here.


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Hang a bundle of chalk in the closet to keep everything fresh and dry. The chalk absorbs excess moisture – a thrifty alternative to an electric dehumidifier!



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Use chalk to remove grease stains from clothes. Simply rub white chalk on the affected area and wash as normal. The chalk will absorb the grease and be washed away in the cycle.

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To keep the chillies fresh for a longer time, remove the stems before storing.


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If your recipe says preheat your oven to 400 degrees, you should preheat to 425 degrees and decrease to 400 when you put your dish in. You lose heat when you open the oven door.

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Romaine lettuce is loaded with vitamins. Compared to iceberg, it has 3 times as much Vitamin C and six times as much Vitamin A.

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If your soups and sauces are too thin or watery, try adding a few instant potato flakes as a thickener.

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To Salt or Not to Salt: Meat should be salted before it is cooked. Contrary to popular belief, salting meat right before cooking does not dry it out or cause it to lose juices. Pre-salting brings out the taste of the meat and rounds out the savory flavors associated with properly browned meat.



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"If you don't have any frosting, or not time to make some, place a large marshmallow on each cupcake five minutes before they finish baking. It will melt and make a yummy toasted marshmallow topping."



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When using dried beans and peas, keep in mind that 1 cup of dried beans or peas makes 2 1/2 cups cooked.




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Spray wd40 on a cloth and wipe over leather shoes or leather boots , then buff with a soft clean cloth to shine and make them waterproof.

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Use a seam ripper to remove strings caught around the vacuum cleaner brushes and roller.



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Mushrooms should be wiped off with a damp cloth and not washed under the faucet since they are like sponges and will absorb the water.


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Who needs Windex when you’ve got this easy recipe for Homemade Glass Cleaner? It is quick to make and so thrifty!!

What You’ll Need:

1 cup Water
1/4 cup White Vinegar
2 to 3 drops Dawn Dish Soap
Empty Spray Bottle

Combine water, white vinegar, and dawn dish soap in an empty spray bottle, and… that’s it! You’ve just made Homemade Glass Cleaner!

I have to admit, I am now completely hooked on homemade glass cleaner! It leaves the windows streak-free, and cleans those smudgy fingerprints from my little guys who are magnetically attracted to dirt, sand, etc It works so well ~ I love it!! {I also really love the price!} The Frugal Girls



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USE COCA COLA to alean rust in a bathtub. Saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca-Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the Coke removes rust.


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If you forget to take your eggs out of the refrigerator, you can warm them up very quickly by placing them in a bowl full of warm water. Just 5 or 10 minutes in a bowl full of warm water – hot water may cause the egg shells to crack – will take the chill off of your eggs.

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To clean oil based paint off of your hands, use vegetable oil. Then wash hands with warm soapy water.


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When cracking an egg into a bowl does a piece of the broken shell sometimes drop into the egg. The easiest way to get it out is to use the egg shell half as a scooper.



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How to soften butter quickly for a recipe:
Using a grater, grate the butter into the bowl and then add to your recipe.

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Love the foaming suds… but not the price?

Homemade Cleaners are a simple way to save BIG, so one day I decided to make Homemade Foaming Soap! I’ve been doing this trick for years now… and you can too!

What You’ll Need:

Liquid Hand Soap {Softsoap, Dial, antibacterial or other} *Don’t use the thick & creamy soaps. The clear-based soaps foam best!*

1 Empty Foaming Hand Soap Bottle {Bath & Body Works, Dial, etc.}

What You’ll Do:

Fill the Empty Foaming Soap Bottle with approx. 1 inch of your liquid hand soap
Slowly fill the rest of the bottle with tap water.
Put lid back on, and gently tip upside down & side to side to mix.
Don’t shake {it will get too sudsy}

from: The Frugal Girl

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Boil orange peels and cloves to get rid of unpleasant smells in the kitchen.

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Shaving your legs with hair conditioner (cheap) instead of soap makes them soft and smooth. Just apply, shave, and rinse.

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To chop fresh herbs easily, strip the leaves into a glass tumbler. Using your kitchen scissors, snip down into the herbs. Presto-chango . . . chopped herbs, in one place and not all over the counter.



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1/22/14 12:59 A

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Make Your Own Laundry Stain Stick

If you’re like me, you get a lot of unfortunate stains on your clothes! When that happens at home I immediately change my shirt and throw the stained shirt in the hamper. But when I don’t have time to wash it right away, I worry about the stain getting harder to get out as it sits there. So I decided to come up with something I could quickly rub on the stain before I threw it in the hamper. Something along the lines of the Resolve Stain Stick.

After a few failed attempts (too crumbly, not enough stain-fighting power) I have come up with what I think is a winner!

I used it on a soy sauce stain on my son t-shirt….it worked great!

Here is the “recipe”:

DIY Laundry Stain Stick
1 bar Fels Naptha laundry soap (finely grated)
1/3 cup washing soda*
1/3 cup borax*
2 Tbs vinegar
4-6 Tbs water
2 Tbs Dawn dish liquid

*If you can’t find or don’t have one of these on hand, just double-up on the other.

Add all the ingredients except the Dawn dish liquid to a saucepan and heat together over LOW until combined and mostly melted. I say “mostly melted” because no longer how long I cooked it, the soap never completely melted. That’s why it’s important to grate the soap as finely as you can.

When the mixture starts to thicken, remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes before adding the Dawn. You are going to want to work quickly because it will start to harden pretty fast.

Spoon the mixture into a plastic baggie, clip off one corner, and pipe into your empty deodorant container.

Fill about 1/2 way, then tap the container on the countertop to help it to settle, then continue to fill and tap until it is completely filled and there are no air pockets. Allow to cool completely before using.

How to use:- you have a stain that you don’t have time to wash immediately, grab your stain stick and gently rub it on the stain. I find it helpful to get my fingers wet and rub it across the top of the stain stick before I rub it on the stain. It glides more smoothly that way

Now throw the stained item into the hamper and forget it. Well, at least until it’s time to do the wash.

Before I threw it in the washing machine I got it a little wet (just held it under the water filling the machine) and rubbed it together for a few seconds, just to get it even deeper into the stain. Then I washed as usual.

BTW…this recipe will make more than one “stick” so save your deodorant containers.

The next time you have a stain situation you’ll have an option to help stop the stain in its’ tracks without having to drop everything and do a load of wash.

from: One Good Thing by Jillee

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1/20/14 8:51 A

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NEVER ENDING DRYER SHEETS~~

What you need:
1 Container with an airtight lid
4 sponges cut in half (if it is largers, cut in quarters)
1 cup of your favorite fabric softener
2 cups water

What to do:
Mix the water and fabric softener into a plastic container. Add the cut sponges so they can soak in the mixture. When ready to use, squeeze the excess liquid from 1 sponge and place into the dryer with your wet clothes. Run the dryer cycle as normal. Once complete place the now dry sponge back into the container of liquid for use next time. Clothes smell good, are soft and have no static just like the expensive non-reusable dryer sheets.

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1/19/14 7:46 A

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This isn't a tip, but interesting...

"Manufactured baby carrots are a result of taking all the broken and "ugly" big carrots they can't put in the package, grinding them all up, processing them into the "baby" carrots and giving them a bath in chlorine to give them a bright happy orange color."

from: rawforbeauty.com


i've always preferred the ones that need peeled and cut. To me, they have a better taste.

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1/18/14 6:37 A

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Drop a penny into vase water and add a pinch of sugar to keep cut flowers perkier longer. Who says you can't get anything for a cent these days?


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1/17/14 10:36 A

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Baking soda isn’t as effective a deodorizer for the fridge as that baking soda company would like you to believe. Activated charcoal is much better at absorbing fridge and freezer odors.


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1/16/14 8:51 A

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Freeze green onions in a plastic bottle. Make sure the green onions are completely dry before storing or they'll get freezer burn.


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