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Household Hints



   GrannieEagle  Cheap brush saver solution for removing dried up latex paint is soaking them in a quart of Simple Green with a quarter cup of TSP added.
September 5 at 11:31 EST .

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   Bettijo  WW: Is this safe?

Unclog drains without expensive chemicals. Pour a half a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar into a clogged drain. Once it stops foaming rinse down the sink and your drains will be clear. A cheap and environmentally friendly way to unclog a sink!
September 5 at 10:13 EST .

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   MeiDei  Must be safe Bettijo, I've been using this method for years! Sometimes I've had to repeat the process & a few times the plunger came in handy.
September 5 at 22:24 EST .

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   Gerty  For an ounce of prevention: ALWAYS have a wire mesh placed in the drain. Works wonders--saves clogs and money.
September 6 at 12:25 EST .

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   MeiDei  Yes, the wire mesh inserts work well but don't protect the drains from men's shaving leavings, or some soaps & some oily substances that pass through easily. I always put any grease/fats in a container for the trash & wipe down my pans with paper towels before washing but still there can be clogs built up over the years. We were told you should put some baking soda & vinegar in each of your drains 2x a year - when you check the batteries in smoke detectors - just as a preventative. This was advice from our plumber while he was replacing a faucet 30+ years ago.
Yesterday at 10:10 EST .

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   Gerty  Here we go again---putting stuff in zip lock bags, that is.

Snack bags are great. But, I have a hard time keeping the outside of the bag free from what I want to put into the bag. This time it was it was easy to solve. I used chop sticks! I could pick smaller amounts up, pin-point the exact place I wanted it to go and that was it!
September 3 at 19:36 EST .

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   Bettijo  Haven’t tried this myself, but sounds interesting

How to Defrost Meat in Just 5 Minutes
No special equipment necessary!
PUBLISHED: JULY 10, 2014 | BY JENNA BIRCH
How to Defrost Meat in Just 5 Minutes No special equipment necessary!

Let's say you have a frozen chunk of meat you want to defrost before dinner, but (whoops! ) you forgot to transfer it from the freezer to the fridge last night. Who hasn't been there?
Now, you don't have to risk overcooking the meat in your microwave if you want to have dinner before 11 p.m. Instead, just grab two metal pots, and flip one upside down with the meat on top. Then, fill the other with water, and place it on top of the meat. Wait five to 10 minutes (depending on how thick your meat is ), and BOOM—your dinner-to-be is defrosted. Here's a video that details the trick, courtesy of CTi, a Taiwanese cable TV network (the video's in Chinese, but it still provides helpful visuals ): http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/defrost-meat-in-min
utes?cm_sp=Hotlist-_-Nutrition-_-HowtoDefrostMeatinJust5Minu
tes

How does this work? Metal conducts heat, and aluminum in particular is a great conductor of ambient heat—which is actually enough to thaw a steak quickly. The weight from the water also presses the metal on top of the meat, increasing its surface area so it can conduct more heat from the air—all of which results in a faster thaw time.
...And now you'll never have to stress about deciding which meat you want to defrost hours ahead of time ever again.
August 1 at 17:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  There's bound to be a day when this will come in handy. That gorgeous steak in the video - that's $15 per pound now here.
August 1 at 18:10 EST .

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   NotaBene  Thank Bettijo for posting this video. I will try this.
August 3 at 00:13 EST .

  9 people like this.



   NotaBene  Thank Bettijo for posting this video. I will try this.
August 3 at 00:15 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Bettijo--both pots have to have aluminum bases, right?

If this works, it will be the best thing to happen to me in a few weeks! I always forget to defrost in the summer.
August 4 at 17:55 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Aluminum transmits heat very well indeed. For an experiment, put an ice cube on the counter and a another one on an aluminum pan. Watch what happens!
August 4 at 21:50 EST .

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   Balogreene  We have a NuWave oven, you can cook from frozen relatively quickly, and the meat is still tender (I don't know, I don't eat meat, but my mom compliments my sister ). The NuWave is BOGO, for about $100.
August 14 at 18:58 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  A while back, someone posted a query about making laundry detergent. This site has a good instructions for making a quart of liquid detergent that takes a tablespoon per load of laundry. Looks to be very economical, shouldn't have any allergens, and no perfumes. Enjoy!

http://www.budget101.com/myo-household-items/5-minute-no-coo
k-laundry-detergent-recipe-4075.html
July 31 at 16:50 EST .

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   MeiDei  I searched their site for a DIY Automatic Dishwasher Detergent and found an interesting one for pods. Thanks for the link.
August 1 at 18:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Here's a very simple laundry recipe - haven't tried it yet, need to get a replaement gallon jug.

Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent
A close friend of mine has been making laundry soap like this one for years, until just recently she found an easier one to make and passed it on to us.
3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer was shown )
2 Tablespoons Dawn Dish soap (pick the scent you like best )
Put these ingredients in a one gallon jug. Pour 4 cups boiling water into the jug. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved in the liquid. Let liquid cool. Then fill almost to the top with cold water. The bubbles will overflow out of the bottle.
I love this because you can pick an awesome scent with the Dawn dish soap. This dish soap works the best because it gets grease out
August 1 at 19:35 EST .

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   Gerty  Mr.Wright---don't see anything in here that will harm 'delicate' things. Do you agree?
August 4 at 17:59 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  I wouldn't think so, Gerty, but you might try it on some old delicate item that you don't value just to make sure.
August 4 at 22:02 EST .

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   MeiDei  http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicaprobus/amazing-websites-that-
will-save-you-money-on-everything

An interesting list of sites that include finding the best gas prices in your area, to free swapping of books or DVDs, to neighbor fruit swaps - 32 in all.
July 26 at 20:05 EST .

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   Bettijo  Can somebody advise me on what kind of light bulbs to purchase to get the equivalent of 100 watts?
July 22 at 10:47 EST .

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   Gerty  It depends on the type of bulb you are thinking of buying. However, it has been my experience that the equivalent wattage is stated on the product's packaging.
July 23 at 06:17 EST .

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   Balogreene  We just took down a two-bulb? four foot long fluorescent fixture, and replaced it with a "track"-style, 4-bulb fixture, that uses halogen bulbs. First, may I say, my sister did all the work herself and I am very proud of her. But, we wanted to be able to aim the lights. We have a very small kitchen, but the work areas are scattered. We will be able to light the areas we want lit.
I know halogen gives off heat, it was only recently I heard they use a lot of power too, but, sister chose the fixture. The kitchen has never been so bright, and it is not a harsh LED type of light. I really like that.
Mom uses halogen lights for reading. No longer the pole lights, with up-aiming bowls, she has a pole lamp, with an adjustable arm at the top, and a rectangular thingy, where the bulb is hidden under a plastic cover. Really lights up her chair and Kindle.
July 25 at 00:15 EST .

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   Bettijo  Found this comment on Internet:
"In my workshop I replaced my standard bulbs with all halogen & what a difference it made. I can see much better with this lighting which of course makes working on projects easier. They are hotter bulbs so it may increase the warmth of the area a small amount. I am willing to pay that price."

This, along with Balo's comment above, will lead me back to Home Depot's lighting department.


Read more: http://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-home
owner/the-pros-and-cons-of-halogen-bulbs
/view-all#ixzz38ZmmZCj9

WW: Thanks for the lesson on wattage vs. Lumens. Learn something new every day. Are you a science teacher?
July 26 at 08:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  Betting, thanks for the site.
July 26 at 12:47 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  You caught me, Bettijo. I teach chemistry and physics in a high school.
July 26 at 20:25 EST .

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   Gerty  I need to back-track on some erroneous (partly ) information I gave on this Wall several months ago. Apologies galore!

K-cups was the topic. I stated that it was possible to simply pour the contents of the k-cup in boiling water and get the same result as if you used their machine--adding that the contents of the cup were 'super soluble'.

This statement is erroneous if the contents are coffee grounds!! They do not use a kind of 'instant coffee'.

This statement is true if (like me ) you use teas and flavored cappuccinos sold in k-cup form.
July 21 at 09:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  Now that summer is upon us and heat & humidity play havoc with some of us, I'm reminded of a problem I had while living in HI w/keeping flour minus unwelcomed critters. I wrote to General Mills (or some such co. ) and received from them a report via an M University (MI, MN ? ) which I'll share here. Dry products: flour, rice, pasta, etc. are packaged at the factory & transported to warehouses &/or distribution centers & then sent to store shelves. It only takes one package contaminated to have the little devil move along the shelf from item to item. Good stores rotate package goods with canned or products in jars. What to do if you see a critter? Well, it doesn't mean the purchase is ruined contrary to your feelings. Here's the rule I was given to restore the product:

put item in shallow baking pan spread evenly but not piled higher than lip.
Bake: 20 mins @ 150 degrees - or - 15 mins, @ 200 degrees,
Sift in a sieve, any "Pearls" will be captured & thrown away.
Product safe to use.

I'm sorry I don't remember what the cold process was for raisins, dates, etc.
June 27 at 14:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  Too much on the brain today, forgot to mention store in glass jars or Tupperware after shaking through the sieve.
June 27 at 20:51 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Put fresh flour and meal in the freezer for a few days... It kills any larvae and the eggs.
July 9 at 23:16 EST .

  12 people like this.



   MeiDei  That's a great tip especially in the summer!
July 12 at 08:26 EST .

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   Bettijo  I store unopened flour, etc., in freezer. After opening I transfer to air tight containers. Even though I live in the South, I never have a problem with critters in my dry goods.
July 14 at 08:33 EST .

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   MeiDei  Does anyone know how to clean a silicone baking mat? Have washed mine immediately after using but the stains persist - once used for fish & that just compounded the problem.
May 29 at 10:52 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Someone suggested on a forum about these mats, that baking soda and a sponge might work. If you are going to get rid of them, you might try a bit of bleach on a small area, since silicone is fairly inert chemically. But if you can live with the stain, I wouldn't use the bleach except as a last resort. I suppose you could dilute the bleach with some water... Be careful not to mix the bleach with other cleaners, as some may produce phosgene gas, which will drop you! The same cautions apply in the toilet cleaning world!
May 31 at 19:58 EST .

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