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      cleaning microwave: fill a microwave safe bowl 3/4 full w/water. Add slice

      of lemon (or Vinegar) to water & then heat it ’til steaming in microwave.

      Remove

      hot water & wipe microwave out w/a damp sponge. Food splatters should wipe

      off

      easily.

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      getting dishes unstuck: when 2 dishes are stuck, 1 nested in the other,

      pour cold water in top dish while dipping bottom dish in warm water. The

      warm

      water will make the bottom dish expand while top dish contracts. Works

      w/glasses & bowls.

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      reduce static on carpets: mix 1 part fabric softener to 5 parts water in a

      clean spray bottle. Put spray bottle on its widest setting & spray carpet

      w/a light

      mist.

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      old shower liners: cut magnets out of corners. use them to make

      decorative fridge magnets or just plain to tack up weekly grocery list.

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      when cooking wild rice: i cook the whole bag. then, i freeze in 2 C

      portions in resealable plastic bags. The rice is ready to add to any recipe

      &

      saves time & energy.

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      inside wax liners of cereal boxes: use in microwave..just slip dish

      in bag & fold or leave end open & no splatters. the plastic or waxed cereal

      box

      liners are a good surface & “cover sheet” for rolling out pie crusts. cut

      down

      both sides & lay out flat. of course the larger boxes of cereal have larger

      liners, which allow for those 10″ pie shells!

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      cereal liner bags i save all cereal liner bags to divide & share homemade

      cookies. i also layer split cereal bags between soft cookies to keep from

      sticking…also make own hamburger patties & layer between split bags to

      store in

      freezer. double layers of bags make it even easier to separate & remove only

      number of patties you need

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      quickening the souring of milk: here are 2 methods for souring milk

      for recipes:

      1. Use whole milk= 1C milk, 1 Tbsp vinegar, stir & let stand 15 mins

      2. Use 1/2 C evap. milk, 1/2 C cold water, 1 Tbsp vinegar, stir & let stand

      5

      to 15 mins.

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      make your own chalkboard: you can make a chalkboard to fit any size of

      frame. just take a thin, smooth board (smooth plywood works well for this),

      cut

      to desired size & paint it w/dark primer. let that dry & spray paint

      w/chalkboard paint, which you can buy at local hardware store.

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      checking fuel level of grill: even if your grill doesn’t have a gas gauge,

      it’s still easy to check how much fuel is left in tank. bring a cup of water

      to a

      boil & pour water over side of the tank. feel metal w/your hand. where the

      water has warmed the tank, it is empty; where the tank remains cool to the

      touch, there is still propane inside. cooksillustrated.com.

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      cleaning dirty burner rings: remove rings from stove. place a paper

      towel that has been dampened w/ammonia on top of ea. ring & put them in a

      plastic bag. tie closed & let it sit outside overnight. the next day, open

      bag

      outside, then wash rings w/mild dish soap.

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      tartar sauce: mix together (light) mayo, sweet or dill pickle relish,

      (instant)

      minced onions & fresh lemon juice.

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      soap as a lubricant: a normal bar of soap can work well as a lubricant when

      applied to metal. use soap on screws before screwing into hardwood. can

      also use soap to speed up a stubborn zipper or a handsaw blade. it also will

      speed up the runners on windows, sliding doors & drawers.

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      penny pincher: i recently came up w/this money-saving idea thats healthy,

      too. i make tuna

      sandwiches by emptying an undrained 6 oz. can of water-packed tuna into a

      bowl, then stir in about 1/4 C quick-cooking oats. I wait about 15 mins. to

      let

      oatmeal soak into water before adding relish & mayo. This helps stretch the

      tuna mixture to make more sandwiches & oats add extra nutrition.

      When I have leftover raw vegetables from salad or veggie platters, cut

      larger

      ones into bite-size pieces & put all in 1 heavy-duty plastic bag in freezer.

      Next

      time I make soup or stew, I have already chopped veggies to add. This saves

      time and money.

      I keep a plastic cereal container handy. When boxes of cereal get low, I

      empty

      whatever is left into the container. The combo of cereals create variety &

      eliminate storing a lot of partially filled boxes. Could also use container

      to

      combine sweetened & unsweetened cereal to help cut down on amount of sugar

      you eat or mix a brand name cereal w/its generic counterpart to stretch

      cereal dollars.

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      makeshift knife sharpener: in a pinch, you can sharpen a knife on bottom

      of a ceramic coffee mug. hold blade at a slight angle & sharpen on unglazed

      ring

      on bottom of mug. it’s not ideal, but it will work.

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      preventing mildew on a shower curtain: when you get out of the

      shower, always close curtain so that it is not bunched up. this allows the

      curtain

      to dry more quickly & helps prevent mildew at bottom. spray a weak bleach

      solution to inside plastic liner during regular bathroom cleaning

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