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Household Hints

   Carmen  Storing those evil plastic grocery bags: I'm even thinking of hoarding them for when they become illegal everywhere. I use them for all sorts of things ---- cleaning the litter box, picking up dog poo, wrapping paint brushes, trays and rollers in them to store in the fridge (for latex paints/freezer for oil based stains ). Then, of course they are useful to line small waste cans.

So - to store them, I use empty Kleenex boxes. You can get about 50 bags in one of those. For storage in the pantry, I use a quart sized wide- mouth canning jar. You can stuff an unbelievable number in those and they tend to be more attractive sitting on a shelf than a Kleenex box. It is handy to have the storage boxes/jars in various areas for convenient use.
April 25 at 13:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I use the empty tissue box idea too,but I also like the qt jar trick.
April 25 at 16:51 EST .

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   Balogreene  In about 1990, my BIL had the brilliant idea of canvas grocery bags, with 4 stored in a canvas holder. We, of course, bought some from him, but the idea of reusable/washable grocery bags just didn't catch on then. Not only do we still have and use the bags, we have the holders. I've hung them from our hall-closet door, and stuff the plastic bags inside them. The canvass grocery bags are in the trunk of my car, for when I grocery shop.
May 14 at 18:39 EST .

   Bettijo  I cooked a couple eggs this morning and noticed the carton said "Best Used by 4/24/15." Since that was yesterday, I searched Internet to see how long I could store eggs. I was going to hard boil them thinking they would keep longer cooked, not so. This is what I found.

How to store eggs?

The USDA recommends storing eggs in a refrigerator at about 40 degrees F, mainly to reduce the chances that any bacteria on the shell will multiply and cause a risk of illness.

Buy refrigerated eggs and store them in the refrigerator as soon as your get home. However, even under refrigeration, eggs slowly lose carbon dioxide, which enlarges the size of the air cell and causes the yolk to flatten and the white to spread.
Storing Fresh Egg - Refrigerated raw shell eggs will keep without significant quality loss for about 4 to 5 weeks beyond the "sell by" date or about 3 weeks after you bring them home.

Fresh egg whites - 2 to 4 days

Fresh egg yolks (unbroken and covered with water ) - 2 to 4 days

Hard-cooked (hard boiled ) eggs - 1 week

Deviled eggs - 2 to 3 days

Leftover egg dishes - 3 to 4 days

Whole eggs (in the shell ) cannot be frozen as the eggs will burst. Store in an airtight freezer container. The recommended length of freezer storage for frozen eggs is 9 to 12 months.

Whole eggs - You can freeze an entire egg by beating it (as if you were making scrambled eggs ) and then storing it in an airtight freezer container.

Egg yolks - Separate eggs. Stir yolks with a fork to break them. Add two teaspoons sugar or one teaspoon salt for each cup of egg yolks. Store in an airtight freezer container.

Egg whites - Strain whites through a sieve. Freeze without stirring. Do not add sugar or salt. Store in an airtight freezer container.
April 25 at 12:15 EST .

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   Carmen  Actually, you don't really know how old the eggs are that you buy in a store. If they peel easily, they are (at least ) 14 days old when you buy them. Fresh eggs don't peel well because there has been no shrinkage of the inside. If you are buying farm-fresh eggs (or gathering them from your own chickens ) just don't wash them --- they will keep for months if refrigerated. Yes, I know all about the regulations to insure freshness of store-bought eggs and I also know there are so many ways to get around that.

I have noticed every year at Easter time, the eggs you boil are very difficult to peel. Yes -- they are selling so many that what you buy tends to be fresh. Personally, when we had chickens they would stop laying in the winter because of the short days. So, we would have eggs for many months until they started laying again in the spring. We are still healthy and alive.
April 25 at 13:48 EST .

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   BirdsNest  And it is interesting hoe carelessly the eggs are handled from the farm to the warehouse to the store. Some stores leave them unrefrigerated for a good long time. Since we have our own chickens and eggs, we worry less about problems. I made egg salad for lunch today-delicious. I saved all the eggs this week to sell at the tracks today, it was chilly and damp, no one bought eggs so now I have plenty of eggs for cooking.
April 25 at 16:54 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  Is it true that chickens only lay one egg a day?
April 25 at 17:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Hens lay one egg per day. Most days I get only 9 eggs from 11 hens, then the other day I got 10, but that is rare. When they were out roaming the yard I figured the 2 hens were hiding their eggs, but it looks like there are a couple of slackers!! Yesterday I discovered what looked like a dead Guinea hen at the base of a tree against the fence, she popped up when I reached down. She must have been sitting on 35 eggs! They are no good of course because all the Guineas fly up into the pine trees for the night.
April 26 at 08:06 EST .

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   Carmen  Only one egg a day????? LOL - how would you like to have a baby a day. Just kidding.
April 26 at 09:28 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  A friend ours has a place out in a rural area of the county; about 10 acres, I think. He's got everything. A couple of horses, a bunch of funny looking goats, his wife has Shetland ponies [three little darling babies born this week]; he raises a couple of steers every year for beef [he keeps us in beef], and chickens galore. I had forgotten how good a "free range" egg is. Once you get a taste of an egg laid by a chicken who has run all over the place, eating everything in its path, including chicken scratch, you'll never ever want another store-bough egg.

As a kid growing up we always had chickens and fresh eggs, and I remembered mom always cracking an egg into a bowl before she put it into whatever she was getting ready to cook/bake. If you got a bad one, you didn't want to ruin the whole dish, so she she looked at them, one by one, individually before she cooked with them.
May 1 at 10:37 EST .

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   Balogreene  FlatCityGirl, I don't eat meat much anymore, but, I do know the difference between IL's corn-fed deer, and other state's free-range deer. The deer in IL often raided the cornfields, the Venison was lovely. In other states I've lived, the deer forage, the Venison is gamey!
May 14 at 18:44 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  This may be posed somewhere below, but I went through several pages and didn't see it. If it's a repeat, I apologize.

I used a paste of Cream of Tartar and Vinegar to clean anything in the kitchen that has been gunked up with grease. Ovens may be self cleaning, but the glass in the doors aren't. I use the paste to clean the glass door after self-cleaning the oven. Grease splattered and burned on the range top or frying pans comes clean as a whistle using it. It works better for me than any cleaning product I've ever purchased, no matter what the manufacturer promises.
April 25 at 11:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I will have to try that, thanks.
April 25 at 16:55 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I use Dawn Heavy-Duty Degreaser.It's an industrial product(not in stores ), but it's incredible and a little goes a very long way. just spray it on, let it sit a few minutes, and everything wipes clean. I grabbed that bottle by mistake not long ago.Sprayed it in the shower. Got a phone call, then came back.Had a little scrubbie and the tiles were like new. Now I use nothing else. Could it be the oils in our products that make soap scum stick? Also Dawn Power Dissolver is back on the industrial market. So glad, I love that stuff. My 2 favorite no-elbow-grease needed cleaners.
May 5 at 10:45 EST .

   Bettijo  Laundry Tip: How to safely make your own bleach gel
¾ cup water
3 Tbsp corn starch
4-7 Tbsp household bleach
Mix water and corn starch together in a small pan. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously until mixture becomes translucent and pudding-like. Let cool. If you need to make it more than a few hours ahead of time, cover the pot with plastic wrap so it won't dry out. Start adding bleach by the Tbsp, until you have the consistency and strength you desire. Gel will thin a little bit after sitting. Use as you would regular bleach gel.

   April 7 at 11:25 EST .

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   Bettijo  Do visit above blog.
April 7 at 11:27 EST .

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Flies hate the smell of basil. To discourage them, place pots of basil at doorways and windowsills and on the kitchen counter. Don't have enough sun for potted basil? Put dried basil in a small muslin pouch, rubbing it occasionally to keep the scent strong.
SPIDERS ARE NOT FOND OF CITRUS. In a spray bottle, mix water and unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Wipe your countertops with the mixture or spray down doorways and windowsills. You can deter spiders in your garden by spreading around lemon, orange, or lime peels.
Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to wipe down countertops and other surfaces—anywhere you've spotted ants. For best results, repeat this several times a day. Doing so destroys the scent trails that ants use to navigate.
Cats love it. Mosquitoes? Not so much. According to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. Grow it in your garden or apply undiluted catnip oil to the skin for up to two hours of protection.
I have found mosquitoes do not like Listerine. I spray a mist around my windows and door jambs with a sprayer and I have no problem with mosquitoes in the house. Gonna sit around on the patio? Perhaps spray a little around the seating area, and even on your sandaled feet and exposed legs. Works for hours and cost effective. It doesn't stain, and you won't itch!
ELIMINATE FRUIT FLIES with a Deadly Recipe
Trap fruit ?ies with this simple approach: Fill a glass three-quarters full with vinegar or cider vinegar, then add six to eight drops of dishwashing liquid, and fill to the top with warm water. Gruesomely effective.
I have had success spraying fruit flies with hair spray. Just spray them where they are swarming. It makes them too heavy to fly. Bettijo.
Cockroaches are renowned for their ability to survive harsh conditions and hazardous environments. They do, however, avoid “spicy” situations. In fact, there’s a condiment that’s as painful for cockroaches as it is for people with ulcers. Even just the scent of this substance is intolerable for cockroaches. Yep. Tabasco sauce. The owner of that taco joint shut down by the health department is slapping his forehead right about now. Every table held the answer to his problem.
April 7 at 10:43 EST .

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   Gram77  I guess this goes here. Each Spring I fight tiny black ants. I've tried everything you folks talked about here and even called in a company. I still continue to need help and I was wondering what you folks thought of this latest suggestion that came from my Cross Stitch Club. One of the members said to spread Peppermint oil at all doors ways and kitchen window sills outside. She claims they won't cross this. Thoughts please.
March 13 at 13:19 EST .

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   Gerty  I've heard the same thing, Gram. This year, the ants are from the deepest part of hell. They are everywhere! I've given up trying to poison them. Now I just step on them.
March 13 at 18:32 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I have posted before about Fossil Shell Flour, aka Diatomaceous earth, the fresh water type from Perma-Guard, Inc. Don't use the stuff from the box stores, you need food grade to protect your pets.
Any critter with a skeleton is destroyed, I had five types of ants in my front garden, little brown sugar ants, red biters, fire ants worse biters, they leave a welt, black ones and brown house eaters.
I think it was Bettiejo that left a whole list of stuff, things like cornmeal, would have to scroll threw the pages.
I also mentioned this stuff is already in your flour, biscuit boxes, it won't hurt people but sure knocks out the critters.
March 14 at 07:38 EST .

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   StarFire  Four years ago ants were climbing our second floor deck to get to the kitchen. We were running out of things to try when a lady overheard us in the pest control area of a Kentucky Walmart. She said to try Terro liquid. It works!

The active ingredient is borax but it works better than any of the borax based DIY techniques. You put one drop on a tiny square of cardboard. For 24-48 hours you will see more ants. Then they suddenly disappear. If you have pets or little kids, cut a length of PVC pipe and use a straw to put the drop far inside so they can't reach it. We hid ours behind the trash can next to the kitchen door.
March 15 at 22:33 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Starfire-HELLO!! Been missing your posts.
Terro works great, they drink the liquid and go back to the nest to share, poof all gone. It becomes a spectator sport watching the nasty little critters "belly-up-to-the-bar" sort of thing. They flock to the liquid.
Diatomaceous Earth is good as well, only not fast acting. You can use that inside of cabinets or out of the way places, any insect that walks through it is at risk of shedding its skeleton to dust. I use it for spiders.
March 17 at 06:49 EST .

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   Gram77  I've written all suggestions down and am greatful for all suggestions.
March 21 at 09:42 EST .

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   Balogreene  I'm forwarding this to my sister. We battle them every year!
March 21 at 19:02 EST .

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   StarFire  BirdsNest - Thanks for the shout-out. I've been offline a lot lately. Had the great-grandkids for a week at Christmas. Then the nasty cold weather hit and did a number on my arthritic knees. I feel like I spent two months curled up in fetal position with a jar of icy-hot. Now that the weather is warmer and my knees are feeling better, I’ve crawled out of my cave.
March 22 at 00:03 EST .

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   Bettijo  48 ants dislike this
I used a small amount of Sugar and Yeast (baking yeast from grocery store ). The ants take these dry grains of food stuffs into their food chamber. This chamber is often deep within the nest. When they store these two ingredients together, the Yeast becomes active and eats the Sugar. The byproduct of this activity is Co2 gas. Co2 is odorless and it kills the entire nest. Best of all... No Poisons or Chemicals.
April 7 at 10:56 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Birdy and MeiDei were speaking of germs. I bought 2 handheld, fit in your purse, Pocket Purifiers for my Pulse TV flyer. It cleans any hard surfaces using the same germicidal ultraviolet UV-C tech found in hospitals to sterilize surgical instruments.
www.purelyproducts, PO Box 32804, Knoxville, Tn37930
The UV-C light kills household bacteria and germs that cause flu, e-coli-salmonella, MSRA and other super bugs. A
must have for the DH when on the road
February 6 at 11:13 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  'from' my flyer
February 6 at 11:14 EST .

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   Balogreene  That looks good, I usually carry the liquid in my purse.
February 10 at 21:09 EST .

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   MeiDei  Here are some neat ideas using different types of spray paint, "Looking Glass" paint is a new one to me. From Buzzfeed.
February 1 at 20:51 EST .

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   Bettijo  Great food substitute list
January 30 at 09:43 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks, Bettijo.
February 1 at 08:02 EST .

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   Balogreene  Wonderful site
February 8 at 20:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I was scanning through the posts on one of the walls here and someone mentioned catching a cold, thinking it came from the grocery store. It likely did, shopping carts are as nasty as a public restroom floor. I read an article about how a test was done on several from various stores and the germs found on the handles and the front where parents park their wet diapered children are very toxic. First rule of shopping carts, wipe them down anywhere you might touch. Then your hands. Leaving the store, wipe your hands with a new hand wipe towel. Our 2 grocery stores have the sani-hands wipes available. The ones in WalMart leave a sticky residue but that is better than a cold. I have had a cold/respiratory thingy for going on 3 weeks, right now it is not as bad but still cannot smell or taste.
January 26 at 07:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  That was me Bird, I have an impaired immune system so even the wipes don't help much. Never gave a thought to those pull down cart seats & will make that an issue next time I'm out - yes, little baby bottoms can leave a residue!
January 27 at 15:04 EST .

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