Monday, 13 August 2012 15:59

House Hold "Tips and Tricks"

Useful Tips and Tricks For Every House Hold

cutaway house

  • To silence your squeaky hardwood floors sprinkle some baby powder on the squeaky area and sweep it into the cracks. Then wipe the floor. The baby powder between the boards will act as a lubricant and will stop the annoying noise.
  • Have friends on their way over and you forgot to put drinks in the fridge. Place your drinks in a large pot and cover with ice. Sprinkle 2 cups of salt on top of the ice and then fill the rest of the pot with water. Your drinks will be ice cold within 2 to 3 minutes.
  • If you have already sealed an envelope and realized you forgot to put something in it, place the envelope in the freezer for a couple hours. It will pop right open so you don't have to get another envelope.
  • After cooking fish put a little vinegar in a pot and let it boil. The nasty fish smell will disappear almost instantly leaving your kitchen smelling clean again.
  • To peel a kiwi cut off the top and bottom, slip a spoon between the skin and the flesh. Twist the spoon around the entire kiwi (keeping it between the skin and flesh the whole time). Then just pop the skin off.
  • When you are done using the roll of tape, fold the last quarter inch down and stick it back onto itself. This will create a little tab that can easily be found so you don't have to waste time searching for the end of the tape.
  • Accidentally close a tab on your browser? No problem! Hit ctrl-shift-T and the page will pop up again.
  • When packing liquids (shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, etc...) for your next trip, take the lid off, place a piece of plastic wrap over the opening and screw the lid back on. The plastic wrap will keep the liquid from spilling even if the lid pops open.
  • Before cooking a burger patty, press a hole in the middle of the patty. The hole will disappear as the burger cooks. This will minimize shrinking and you won't have to worry about them not being done in the center.
  • Rubbing some butter over the cut edge of a block of cheese will seal it and stop it from molding.
  • When masking tape and painters tape sit in the garage or other hot areas for too long, they tend to dry out and break apart when you try to peel them. Place them in the microwave for a few seconds. (keep a close eye on them, you don't want to start a fire.) This should loosen them up and they will peel a lot easier.
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