I can't live without my vinegar, I use it everywhere, only thing that can get pet hair out of fabric and with 2 dogs you can imagine...best too remove soap rim from shower and tub!
another handy tip~
New Tip... Tips to remember reusable bags
While plastic bags are still available in stores, we strongly advise that you use reusable bags wherever possible. It saves you a neglible amount of money, but it does a lot more for the environment. However, if you're anything like me, you find yourself forgetting your reusable bags at home and then cursing yourself once you're in the supermarket. Thats why I prepared today's green tip with some tips to remember those bags, as well as a little reminder of the effect they have on our sea creatures
The plight of turtles Sea turtles are one of the many sea animals that are affected by plastic bags floating in the sea. The turtles mistake the plastic bags for jellyfish - their main diet - and suffer tragic deaths due to the plastic getting stuck in their digestive system.
What you can do Of course, the answer is simple. Cut out plastic bags! Here are those tips we promised:
1. Keep reusable bags in the car, and keep lots of spares. I find that if I take one batch inside with the groceries, I inevitably forget them there. That's why you should keep enough for two or three shopping trips.
2. Plan your shopping By making a list of everything you need to buy, you not only streamline your shopping experience, but if you write REMEMBER BAGS on the list, you'll be more likely to grab them as you walk out the door.
3. Keep reusable bags by the door Keep your bags on a hook or in a basket right by your front door. Put them straight back there after unpacking groceries
With the onset of winter, many people are tempted to use their tumble dryers instead of hanging washing on the line. But even though the air is colder, it's still possible to go without your trusty electricity eating dryer. I haven't used my tumble dryer once since the beginning of winter, because I keep these washing tips in mind:
1. The earlier the better Winters are still lovely and sunny - get your washing done as early as possible and it will get dry (we promise!). Leave on the line the whole day. Its quite nice to get your washing chore out the way, so you can relax for the rest of the day (just don't forget to bring it in at night!).
2. Vinegar to prevent stiff washing Many people complain that their clothes are stiff and scratchy if allowed to air dry. Combat this the natural way by adding 1/2 to 3/4's of a cup of vinegar just before the rinse cycle. Any vinegar smell will disappear while your clothes are hanging on the line.
Apple skins are wonderful for putting moisture back, I remember my FIL using it to keep his tobacco moist, I always make sure I add loads of apple to my worm compost bin during summer to keep it from drying out.
Great tip about measuring, must remember to mark the cheese like that!
A few more from my side....
Tip 1 - Insect Repellent
Put a few bay leaves (fresh or dried) in a small dish and place in your storage area to keep ants at bay.
Tip 2 - Cutting Boards
Wooden cutting boards need more intense cleaning than just using hot water and soap. Use coarse salt and a lemon half to scrub. Remember to oil butcher's blocks after cleaning. Keep adding the oil until it is no longer absorbed.
Tip 3 - Cast Iron
Clean your cast iron pots and pans with coarse sea salt and a soft sponge or cloth. The naturally abrasive salt absorbs the oil and lifts away those little bits of food and still preserves the pot or pan's seasoning. Rinse and dry.
I saved this thread, and have been racking my brain, but I can't seem to think of any helpful household hints! If I do, I'll be back...
My Mom used to do this - my home ec teacher wouldn't believe me when I told her, but it really works: to keep brown sugar soft, or to get it soft again once it's gotten hard, put a slice of apple or apple skins in the bag; close securely, and give it some time... VOILA!
Here's one from me: how I measure hard-to-measure food (especially peanut butter, but it works for other foods too). Instead of trying to figure out exactly how many teaspoons or tablespoons I'm eating, I use estimates based on the proportions.
For example, I always buy PB in the smallest jars (about 16 oz) - that gives me better portion control than the larger jars. Say there's 28 T per jar (2T X 14 servings). One-fourth of the top half of the jar is 3.5 T, which I'll enter as 3T or 4T. It doesn't matter what the exact amount is, as long as when I finish a container, the servings I've listed in my trackers equal the total.
Since it's just me and DH, I have no problem making sure I'm the only one eating the food; even if you live with others, however, you can mark it or find a way to keep it reserved just for you. I like doing it this way because it takes the pressure off figuring out exact measurements, especially for sticky and/or calorie-dense foods (butter, cream cheese, etc).
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