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      Handy household hints

      Hope i have the right forum for this.

      This was sent to me in an email and i thought good enough to pass on.......


      The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes
      things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us
      and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was
      (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He
      us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the
      and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material ..
      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
      us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out
      heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in
      dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free ... that nice
      fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of
      box ... well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint
      This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down
      with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very
      (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and
      it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least
      every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least
      as long! How about that!?! Learn something new everyday! I certainly
      know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I'd share!
      Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water
      it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the
      water in
      the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and
      had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it ... the water ran right
      thru the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew
      he was talking about!

      Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
      If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

      Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
      It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

      Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for
      eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for

      Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
      It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
      To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of
      spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then
      beat them up.

      For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes
      mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a
      minty frosting.

      Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste
      of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste
      of garlic.

      Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert.
      Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few
      apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars
      the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla
      cream. Yummm!
      Reheat Pizza

      Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick 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.

      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
      thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just
      throw bag away when done easy clean up.

      Expanding Frosting
      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 and calories per serving.

      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
      the food moist and help it reheat faster.

      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 newspapers.

      Broken Glass
      Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass
      you can't see easily.

      No More Mosquitoes
      Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the
      mosquitoes away.

      Squirrel Away!
      To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with
      cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the
      won't come near it.

      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.

      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
      wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ...
      static is

      Measuring Cups
      Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with
      hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your
      ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right

      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!

      Re opening envelopes
      If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include
      something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an
      or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

      Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than
      shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way
      use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in

      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 dish washing liquid; mix well.
      will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

      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,
      especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about
      or small children being harmed!

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      Highbury, SA
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      Some really interesting tips there thanks! Specially like the apple and snickers bars idea..yummmmm
      Last edited by Diane; 29-01-2010 at 09:54 PM.
      Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****

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      Thanks, I love handy tips I will be writing these down later. I have noticed the dryer sheets are very waxy here and a very strong smell, so I wont be using anymore!

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      The Ant & cornmeal is a new one on me - anything to stop the little b@#$%s:)

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      Glad to hear other people have ant problems too... (well not glad in an 'I'm happy you're sharing my misery way' but glad in a 'we are sharing the pain' way!!).

      I was trying to do some gardening last weekend and ended up doing some weird dance moves in the garden as they kept running up my legs and biting!!

      Will be trying the cornmeal approach...

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      Quote Originally Posted by rachinadelaide View Post
      Glad to hear other people have ant problems too... (well not glad in an 'I'm happy you're sharing my misery way' but glad in a 'we are sharing the pain' way!!).

      I was trying to do some gardening last weekend and ended up doing some weird dance moves in the garden as they kept running up my legs and biting!!

      Will be trying the cornmeal approach...

      So you do the "Dance" as well???

      Ant's are one of the few things that really bug me and I wage constant war on them.

      We get the Inch ants around the place as well.
      Stood on a nest once without realising - looked down to see my jeans covered in those tear inducing monsters.
      Dunno what the neighbours must have thought of me madly dashing around taking my jeans off!!


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