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Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick
skillet on top of the stove, set heat to
med-low and heat till warm. This keeps
the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.
I saw this on the cooking channel and
it really works. Mona, Orlando, FL
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 easy clean up.
Janet, Killeen, TX
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/calories per
Kathy, Mesick, MI
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.
Dave, Camden, DE
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 cover with
mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds
will get through some gardening plastic
they will not get through wet
Linda, Monmouth Jct., NJ
Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little
broken glass pieces of
glass- the fibers catch ones you can't
Olive, Santee, CA
No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It
will keep the mosquitoes away.
Diane, Moran, SC
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.
Kathy, Maumelle, AR
If you purchase a new bike for your
child, place their picture inside the
handle bar before placing the grips on.
if the bike is stolen and later
recovered, remove the grip and there
is your proof who owns the bike.
Janet, Carthage, IL
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.
Donna, Anderson, SC
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 -
voila - static is gone.
P.S. Don't leave the safety pin open !!
Pam, Maple Rapids, NH
Before you pour sticky substances into
a measuring cup, fill it with hot water.
Dump out the hot water, but don't dry
the cup. Next, add your ingredient,
such as peanut butter, and watch how
easily it comes right out.
Kim, Goldsboro, NC
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!
Alicia, Tampa, FL
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. Voila!
It unseals easily.
Mary, Lockhart, TX
Use your hair conditioner to shave
your legs. 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
Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a
small glass fill it 1/2"
with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops
of dishwashing liquid, mix well. You will
find those flies drawn to the cup and
Barbara, Birch Run, MI
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, esp. if it rains, but it
works & you don't have the worry
about pets or small children being
Teresa, Mitchell, SD
Take baby powder to the beach
Keep a small bottle of baby powder in
your beach bag. When your ready to
leave the beach sprinkle yourself and
kids with the powder and the sand will
slide right off your skin.
The heating unit went out on my dryer!
The guy that fixes things
went in to the dryer, and pulled out the lint
filter...it was clean. We
always clean the lint from the filter after
every load of clothes.
He told us that he wanted to show us
something. He took the
filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it.
Now, the lint filter is
made of a mesh material I'm sure you
know what your dryer's lint filter
looks like. WELL...the hot water just sat
on top of the mesh! It didn't
go through it at all!
He told us that 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.
This is also what causes dryer units to
catch fire & potentially burn
down your house!
He said the best way to keep your dryer
working for a very long
time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is
to take that filter out
& wash it with hot soapy water & an old
toothbrush (or other brush),
at least every six months. He said that it
will double the life of the
dryer! How about that?! Learn something
new everyday! I certainly
didn't know dryer sheets would do that.
So, I thought I'd share!
Note: I went to my dryer & tested my
screen by running water on
it. The water ran thru a little bit, but mostly
collected all the water
in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm
soapy water & a nylon brush,
it took 30 seconds. Then, when I rinsed it,
the water ran right thru the
screen! There wasn't any puddling at all!
That repair man knew what he
was talking about!
PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO OTHER
PEOPLE IN YOUR ADDRESS
BOOK. NOT ONLY COULD IT SAVE
SOMEONE'S HOME, BUT IT
COULD SAVE SOMEONE'S LIFE.
Did You Know That? Drinking two glasses
of Gatorade can relieve headache pain
almost immediately -- without the
unpleasant side effects caused by
traditional "pain relievers."
Did you know that Colgate toothpaste
makes an excellent salve for burns.
Before you head to the drugstore for a
high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious
chemicals, try chewing on a couple of
curiously strong Altoids peppermints.
They'll clear up your stuffed nose.
Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1
Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of
olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes,
then apply it as a massage oil, for instant
relief for aching muscles.
Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar
with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1
tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar
kills the bacteria.
Cure urinary tract infections with
Alka-Seltzer . Just dissolve two tablets in a
glass of water and drink it at the onset of
the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins
eliminating urinary tract infections almost
instantly -- even though the product was
never advertised for this use. ( Note :
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the
same..and contains aspirin, which can
cause stomach bleeding if you have
Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... Cover
the blemish with a! dab of honey and
place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the
bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and
speeds healing. Works overnight.
Listerine < < /I > > therapy for toenail
fungus ... Get rid of unsightly toenail
fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine
mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic
leaves your toenails looking healthy again.
Easy eyeglass protection ... To prevent
the screws in eyeglasses from loosening,
apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal
Clear nail polish to the threads of the
screws before tightening them.
Coca-Cola cure for rust ... Forget those
expensive rust removers. Just saturate an
abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and
scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid
in the coke is what gets the job done.
Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer
... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or
yellow jackets get in your home and you
can't find the insecticide, try a spray of
Formula 409 . Insects drop to the ground
Smart splinter remover ...just pour a drop
of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let
dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin.
The splinter sticks to the dried glue.
Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ....cover the
boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a
compress. The acids from the tomatoes
soothe the pain and bring the boil to a
Balm for broken blisters ...To disinfect a
broken blister, dab on a few drops of
Listerine ... a powerful antiseptic.
Heinz vinegar to heal bruises ... Soak a
cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to
the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar
reduces the blueness and speeds up the
Kills fleas instantly . Dawn dish washing
liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to
your dog's bath and shampoo the animal
thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin
irritations. Goodbye fleas.
Rainy day cure for dog odor ... Next time
your dog comes in from the rain, simply
wipe down the animal with Bounce or any
dryer sheet, instantly making your dog
smell springtime fresh.
Eliminate ear mites .... All it takes is a few
drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear.
Massage it in, then clean with a cotton
ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil
soothes the cat's skin, smothers the
mites, and accelerates healing.
Quaker Oats for fast pain relief ....It's not
for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of
Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl
and warm in the microwave for 1 minute,
cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your
hands for soothing relief from arthritis