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Helpful Hints 3


Helpful Hints 3
Posted by: Pepper Sat, 19 Feb 2005, at 9:33 a.m.

1. Before using a new broom, dip it into hot salt water to toughen the bristles and make it last longer. Add new life to a fiber broom by soaking it for 30 minutes in a solution of 2 quarts warm water to 4 tablespoons ammonia. Rinse the broom in clear water and hang it up to dry.

2. When making apple pies, if you put a layer of apples in the crust, then the sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice or whatever you use, then apples on top of the sugar again, your pies will not run over in the oven.

3. Store all of your cleaning supplies - vacuum cleaner attachments, mops, dust cloths and paper towels - in a small, two wheeled shopping cart. Roll the cart around with you while you clean, then roll it back into the closet when you are finished.

4. For potluck dinners and picnics where casseroles must stay warm for several hours, wrap it in newspaper immediately after baking.

5. Place the egg in a pan of water. If fresh, it will lie on its side. If a few days old, it will tilt upwards. If stale, it will stand on end. If very old, it will float.

6. To make pan washing easier, fill pan with hot water right after using. Exception: Use cold water for cereal, egg and milk dishes.

7. To remove stickiness caused from cellophane tape, rub with pure orange or lemon extract. Also works on chewing gum.

8. Rinse pan in cold water before scalding milk to prevent sticking.

9. For the highest volume, let egg whites stand at room temperature for a while before beating. They will also whip up faster.

10. Remove wrappers from bars of soap and allow to dry before using. Soap will last longer.

11. To use odd ends of candles, melt them down over a low heat and add spices or a few whole cloves. Pour into attractive molds with wick, and use for air fresheners in bathrooms and other places.

12. To remove burned-on starch from your iron, sprinkle salt on a sheet of waxed paper and slide iron back and forth several times. Then polish iron with silver polish until roughness or stain is removed.

13. Fried or baked chicken is especially delicious when it has first been marinated in the refrigerator overnight in buttermilk, sour milk or sour cream.

14. To keep honey from clinging to inside of measuring cup, first coat inside of cup with oil.

15. You can get more juice from a dried-up lemon if you heat it for 5 minutes in boiling water before you squeeze it.

16. When making cracker crumbs, put the crackers in a clear bag and use the rolling pin to crush them. This doesn't make a mess on the counter or the rolling pin and the crumbs can be easily poured from the bag into a measuring cup. Then shake the bag out and save it to be used again.

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