These tips are, for the most part, unrelated to each other except to be classified as a helpful hint. They used to be published in local newspapers back when there was a “Women’s Section” complete with recipes and sewing projects. In lieu of such a forum, I offer this information here:
1. To take care of a baked-on mess that tempts you into just throwing the casserole dish in the trash, simply fill it with hot soapy water and a fresh dryer sheet or two and let it sit for a day. All that crud will then be easily scraped or scrubbed off with minimal effort.
2. When you bring fresh bagged salad mixes home from the grocery store, open them and put a fresh paper towel with the greens to absorb moisture. Reseal the bag and then use as normal. The salad greens will last longer before turning brown.
3. Sharpen your food disposal blades with a quick crunch of ice cubes every now and then. Follow with by grinding up a half a lemon to freshen the machine’s innards.
4. Toss empty perfume, cologne and aftershave bottles – as appropriate – into dresser drawers or linen closets. This is one of my favorite ways to “get scent” and not have to pay for it.
5. Unflavored coffee grounds are great for edging mulched flower gardens. They clearly outline the line between garden and lawn, hold water back to be absorbed into the mulch, and can give your plants a bit of fertilization.
6. Don’t you dare spend a bunch of money on anti-dandruff shampoo before you try the temporarily smelly, but effective, home remedy of vinegar. Soak the scalp entirely with vinegar and massage gently. Then wrap your hair in a towel and wait an hour. Wash and condition as usual. You won’t smell like vinegar after you’ve washed your hair. But if you do, why worry about dandruff? No one will get close enough to you to see it.
7. If some thoughtless guest has left a white ring on one of your tables with their cocktail glass, no worries: wait for the ring to dry and then rub gently with mayonnaise until the ring disappears. Then make sure to stock up on some coasters the next time you’re at a yard sale.
8. Heat water to a boil in your microwave before trying to clean it. The steam will soften the dried-on gunk and will wipe away with a little cleaner and some paper towels.
9. Save and use those divorced, single socks. They’re great for dusting and then tossing. Or, if still sturdy without any holes, fill with rice and tie closed securely. Heat for 1-2 minutes in the microwave for your own personal, and form-fitting, heating pad treatment.
10. Get a few more weeks out of those expensive kitchen sponges by running them through the dishwasher on a hot cycle for disinfecting. Do I have to specify that this would be a dishwasher load that would already be planned to run on hot?
Good luck and happy housekeeping!