Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Some Miscellaneous Hints and Tips

Foggy Windshield?
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!

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 harmed!

Take baby powder to the beach
Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. When
you're ready to leave the beach sprinkle yourself and kids with the
powder and the sand will slide right off your skin.

Measuring Cups
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.

Broken Glass
Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken glass pieces of glass-
the fibers catch ones you can't see!

Flexible vacuum
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.

Plug pointer
If your bath plug's chain is broken, hook a key ring through the eye
of the plug so that you can pull it out easily.

Colorful Dip Dishes
If you are serving several dips on a platter, use edible containers!
Buy red, green or yellow bell peppers; slice off the tops and scoop out seeds and membranes inside. Then pour dips into them.

Stir 1 tsp of cornstarch into your favorite marinade before adding the meat. Cornstarch helps the marinade cling to the meat, creating a protective layer that slows the rapid rise in internal temperature that causes dryness.

Fill a spray bottle with saltwater solution and use to spritz the windshield at night. The salt coating lowers the freezing point of water, which will prevent snow and condensation from sticking to the glass and crystallizing into ice. Reapply every night, the frequent use of windshield wipers throughout the day will remove the salty layer...

Even after a shake in a colander, washed lettuce still ends up sitting in a pool of water. Ensure a non soggy salad by placing a saucer upside down in a bowl before filling with the greens. Any excess water will run off the leaves and collect underneath the saucer...

Place a few damp tea bags on the sore spots and leave on for 15 min. The tannins in the tea act as a mild astringent, diminishing tenderness and painful swelling...


  1. Great tips!! I have used tea bags for sunburns before and they work well.

  2. Great tips, I never knew that about cornmeal, I just now have ants coming in my kitchen window, can't wait to try this.