Helpful Household Hints
little jewel has been traveling the Internet, so nobody knows whom to
credit. Surely it is Heloise, if not Martha Stewart. At any rate, it's
such useful information, I wanted to save it for reference in the form of
1. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone
to prevent ice cream drips.
2. Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto
the hot griddle and you'll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time.
3. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with
4. To prevent hard-boiled egg shells from cracking, add a pinch
of salt to the water before boiling.
5. Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies®
treats in the pan and the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.
6. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room
temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter
7. To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add
a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and
bring to a boil on stovetop.
8. Spray your Tupperware® with nonstick cooking spray before
pouring in tomato-based sauces and there won't be any stains.
9. When a cake mix recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use
a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on
the outside of the cake.
10. If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still
cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an
11. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator
and it will keep for weeks.
12. Brush some beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to
yield a beautiful glossy finish.
13. Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.
14. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help
bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
15. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of
cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the
surface, throw it away.
16. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it
on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
17. Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice
cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
18. If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex
dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars
19. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice
and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
20. To get rid of itching from mosquito bites, try applying soap
on the area for instant relief.
21. Ants, ants, ants everywhere, but it is said that they will
never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the
floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
22. Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and
better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
23. When you get a splinter, reach for the Scotch® tape before
resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the tape over the splinter,
then pull it off. Scotch® tape removes most
24. Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer®:
a. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer® tablets, wait 20
minutes, brush, and flush. The
citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.
b. Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass
vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer® tablets.
c. Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer® tablets into a glass
of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
d. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in
four Alka Seltzer® tablets, and let soak for at least an hour.
e. Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka
Seltzer® tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz® White
Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.
25. Do your friends a favor, pass this on.