When You Store Linens 18-02-2015

When You Store Linens

  • Wash, fold and put away. Do not starch or use fabric softener because dampness in the storage area could react with the starch and create stains or even encourage mildew. Starch and iron later when you need to use them.


Tip: Boost your bar soap's shelf life.


Tip: Boost your bar soap's shelf life.

  • It may sound strange, but simply storing your bar soap unwrapped will give you more suds. The reason? Exposure to air dries out the soap, so it doesn't dissolve as quickly when it comes into contact with water. To get the benefit, unwrap any bars and let them dry out for at least a week



Lunchbox Smelly? 23-01-2015

Lunchbox Smelly?

  • Dampen a paper towel or piece of old bread with vinegar and put it into the lunchbox overnight. In the morning, wash it and dry. Leave the top open to let it air out.


Tips: Clean Dryer Filter 12-01-2015

Clean Dryer Filter

  • Lint builds up, so to remove it, take the filter out and wash with soap and water. Use the upholstery attachment to get rid of any lint from the filter slot. Fabric softener may create a buildup and too much lint can cause fires.


Tips: Get markers flowing again

Tips: Get markers flowing again.

  • If a washable marker has run dry, dip the tip into a cup of water. Hold it there until you see ink start to flow again, then recap it for 15 minutes. The moisture from the water rejuvenates the marker's pigments. Got a dry permanent marker? Repeat the same process using rubbing alcohol!


Melt Chocolate Without A Mess 24-12-2014

Melt Chocolate Without A Mess

  • To avoid cleaning up that gooey mess, place chocolate pieces into a sturdy plastic food bag. Immerse it in a pot of heated water. When melted, cut off a corner of the bag and squeeze the chocolate out. Toss the bag.


Tips: Give a dead battery a jolt.

Tips: Give a dead battery a jolt.

  • Storing your batteries in the fridge can make them last up to 90 percent longer, and popping a dead battery in the freezer overnight can temporarily revive it. Even laptop batteries. Just put them in a sealed bag to protect them from moisture.


If Your Dishwasher isn't Working Properly 09-12-2014

If Your Dishwasher isn't Working Properly

  • Have you cleaned it, in addition to the regular dish cleaning? Dishwashers need a good cleaning too. The cleaner it is, the better it will work. To remove stains, sprinkle instant powdered orange or lemon breakfast drink on them. Let stand for about an hour. Wipe off.