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If you have undercooked your boiled egg...
If you find that you have undercooked your boiled egg when you take the top off, simply replace the top and cook the egg on HIGH (100%) in the microwave for a few seconds.
Storing opened cheese
Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and won't go mouldy.
Use a cotton ball or cotton bud to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.
To get perfectly spotless windows and mirrors, without chemicals, use a solution of water and regular vinegar. (About 1/2 cup vinegar to 2 cups water), spray and wipe. This solution will not streak at all. It is the best and cheapest way to clean glass. You can increase the amount of vinegar for very dirty glass.
If you are troubled by silverfish, try placing some whole cloves in the closets and drawers.
Natural Garden Spray
If you don't like using harmful chemicals to spray vegetables and roses, you could to deter the powdery mildew and black spot, by spraying with a solution of one part milk to nine parts water.
Scum on shower glass
This is not scum but"glass cancer", or damage caused by soap. Clean with white vinegar, then rub with three drops of almon oil.
Non waste tomato paste
To prevent mould forming on top of your tomato paste, pour a thin film of oil over the surface of the paste to stop the air reaching the surface.
Alternatively, freeze paste in level-tablespoon portions in ice-cube trays.
When the paste is frozen, transfer to a bag and seal tightly.
Getting rid of fruit flies around the house
This is without harmful chemicals. You will need a spray bottle with an adjustable spray head. Fill the bottle with rubbing alcohol and adjust spray head so that it sprays a fine mist. When you spray fruit flies, the rubbing alcohol will not kill them but it will knock them out so that they fall onto the floor where you simply sweep them up.
Doesn't work as good as insecticide, but then again, you won't be poisoning your family and yourself either!