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    Hope i have the right forum for this.

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

    CLEVER IDEAS WORTH KNOWING

     

    INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS

    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

    something

    and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was

    clean.

    (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He

    told

    us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the

    sink

    and ran hot water over it. 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. It's what is in

    the

    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

    the

    box ... well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint

    screen.

    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

    longtime

    (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and

    wash

    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

    twice

    as long! 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 and tested my screen by running water

    on

    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

    I

    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

    what

    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

    cooking.

     

    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

    wonderful

    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

    over

    the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla

    ice

    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

    mixing

    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

    keep

    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

    squirrels

    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

    when

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

    static is

    gone.

     

    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

    out.

     

    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

    hour

    or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

     

    Conditioner

    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

    to

    use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in

    your

    hair.

     

    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.

    You

    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

    pets

    or small children being harmed!

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    Some really interesting tips there thanks! Specially like the apple and snickers bars idea..yummmmm

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    Guest the4hopes

    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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    Guest Guest75

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

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    Guest rachinadelaide

    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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    Guest Guest75
    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...

     

    :biglaugh:

     

    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.:shocked:

    Dunno what the neighbours must have thought of me madly dashing around taking my jeans off!!:goofy:

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