Tips/Tricks

  1.  For cleaning smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, just rub them on a stainless steel spoon. The steel is supposed to absorb the odor.
  2. To clean cast iron cookwear, don’t use detergents. Just scrub them with salt and a clean, dry paper towel.
  3. Before you chop chili peppers, rub a little vegetable oil into your hands and your skin won’t absorb the spicy chili oil.
  4. To keep potatoes from budding in the bag, put an apple in with them.
  5. After boiling pasta or potatoes, cool the water and use it to water your house plants. The water contains nutrients that your plants will love.
  6. The substance in onions that causes your eyes to water is located in the root cluster of the onion. Cut this part out in a cone shape, with the largest part of the cone around the exterior root section.
  7. To clean an electric kettle with calcium buildup on the heating element, boil a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, then empty.
  8. When defrosting meat from the freezer, pour some vinegar over it. Not only does it tenderize the meat; it will also bring down the freezing temperature of the meat and cause it to thaw quicker.
  9. When you burn yourself in the kitchen, just spread mustard on the affected area. Leave it for a while and it will ease the pain and prevent blistering.
  10. If your salt is clumping up, put a few grains of rice in with it to absorb excess moisture.
  11. To clean fruit stains off of your fingers, rub them with a fresh, peeled potato. White vinegar can also do the trick.
  12. If your milk always goes bad before you can finish it, try adding a pinch of salt to the carton when you first open it. It will stay fresh days longer.
  13. To keep cookies fresh, savvy grannies like to put some crumpled-up tissue paper in the bottom of the cookie jar.
  14. Taking the top layer off of a onion can also reduce the amount of eye-watering misery.
  15. Baking soda is an extremely effective cleaner, though. Use it with vinegar to deodorize drains and clean stovetops and sinks.
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