The best way to remove stuck-on (melted) wax from any surface is to place a towel over the wax, then iron over the towel--the wax should peel right off onto the towel and once cooled, you can remove!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
I have been getting the question "what is the best way to clean my rings, especially diamond ones?" a lot lately, and the answer is TOOTHPASTE--but it must be the paste and not the gel. Use a clean, SOFT toothbrush (this will NOT scratch your ring) to lightly scrub. I just bought kids brushes from the Dollar Store. Once the piece is completely covered, take a soft cloth or towel to polish.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Defining the best contour for a new or expanded planting bed doesn't have to be a frustrating process of trial and error that leaves spade scars in the lawn. A rubber garden hose is an ideal tool for laying out the lazy curves of a flower garden. Shape and reshape the hose along the ground until you're satisfied with the design!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
To conserve soil when planting up large containers, consider how much soil your plants really need, then fill the bottom of the container with lighter-weight materials. An upended plastic nursery pot does a fine job of taking up space; fill in alongside it with Styrofoam peanuts.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
NEVER initially squeeze or use tweezers on a splinter as you can do more damage than good.
1. Instead, add water to about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to make a thick paste.
2. Spread the baking soda paste onto a bandage, then apply the bandage to the affected area and leave for 24 hours.
3. At this time, the splinter may be sticking out of the skin. If it's visible, pick it off with tweezers, and rinse the skin gently. If the splinter is sticking out but not visible, this may wash it away without further complications.
4. Repeat the method with new paste and another bandage every 24 hours until the splinter is gone.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Every metal has different properties and requires special care. Stainless steel is prone to stains from heat and hard water. To remove them, apply white vinegar with a soft cloth and rub. Always dry thoroughly after washing to prevent a film from forming. Never soak stainless steel cookware; this will result in pitted surfaces.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Nuts are expensive and I usually take awhile to finish a package. I don’t want them to go to waste by going rancid.
So, to keep nuts fresher a little longer, I put my nuts in the freezer. The great thing about freezing nuts, is they don’t freeze like liquids do. Just take the bags out of the freezer and the nuts are ready to go. No defrosting needed!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Kids always seem to love sidewalk chalk, don't they? Well now you can go a step ABOVE and make them a batch of sidewalk PAINT--how cool!!
1 part cornstarch (1 c.)
1 part water (1 c.)
To keep it organized, pour each colour into a different cup in a muffin tray--that way your little ones are less likely to spill it as they paint! :)
Monday, May 6, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
This chore should be a breeze if you first drill several half-inch holes in the bottom of the can. The drainage holes will allow you to hose down the insides of the barrel without having to dump out the dirty water; this will also prevent rainwater from collecting and allow for proper ventilation. Rinse with a hose, scrub interiors with water and dish soap, rinse, and dry in the sun.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
To get every last drop from an overly firm lemon or lime, zap it in the microwave for 10 seconds. The heat will soften the fruit, releasing its liquid. Slice it in two. Using one hand, squeeze half (cut side against your palm) over a bowl. The seeds will collect in your hand as the juice flows into the dish
Thursday, May 2, 2013
You probably dont realize how much build-up is on your shower head and faucets! To clean, pour vinegar into a ziploc bag and dip shower head in, then wrap with an elastic band--let sit overnite!!!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Boil spices such as cloves, cinnamon or nutmeg in water or use plain white vinegar. Continue boiling for 20 or 30 minutes, or until the cooking smell is completely gone. I personally like to use the white vinegar--it initially has a smell, but subsides and is the most effective in removing other odors.
One of the most persistent odors in a kitchen is fish. Fish smells can be eliminated in a number of different ways. Again, leave a small bowl of white vinegar by your stove while you're cooking and it will help to absorb the odor particles in the air that saturate open surfaces which can cause smells to linger. You can also boil a small pot of lemon water while cooking.