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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Did You Know? .... tips

Breadmaking Update:  My good friend, Frank, gave me a whole bunch of different flours and yeast for my new endeavour.  Right now there is a multigrain bread in the making.  The white bread came out really good so I have high expectations for this loaf.

Now, on to the tips.  You know what amazes me?  The fact that I have reached the age of 66 and have never been told, or realized on my own, so many useful things for use around the house.  Perhaps it is because I only wanted quick fixes when I was a working mom - no time for mixing things together - just give me something off the shelf that sprays and does the job.  I have seen the light!
Did you know that you can unblock your drains without pouring harmful pollutants into the water system by pouring down 1 c of salt and 1/2 c of baking soda mixed together, followed by a kettle of boiling water?  Can also use baking soda and white vinegar and boiling water.  This tip is from

Did you know that if you add baking soda to the water when hard boiling eggs  the shell will come right off? This tip came from

Did you know that every couple of months you should sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and a tablespoon of your favorite fabric softener over your mattress, let it sit for an hour, and then vacuum it up?  Gets rid of dust mites and freshens up the mattress. Keep that same mixture in a small mason jar with holes poked in the top in your linen or clothes closet to keep it smelling fresh! This tip is from

Do you know how to stabilize whipped cream frosting so that it doesn't fall apart? This is how.  I just add 1 tablespoon instant pudding per 1 cup heavy cream and whip. It will hold forever.  This tip is from

So, readers, go forth and use these tips in good spirit and health knowing that you have saved time, energy, ecology and money.  (a little too dramatic, huh?)

Meanwhile .... keep it simple and make it real.




  1. You can clean any glass with white vinegar. I fill an old spray bottle and use a soft cloth, no streaks using it. You can also use it to break down limescale. I regularly put my shower head in a pot with vinegar it it and leave it for a couple of hours.

    You can also use cheap coke to clean the limescale off the toilet pan.

    I use stardrops, water and a bit of bleach in a spray to clean surfaces, bath, loo etc, and also on kitchen the floor if there are stubborn marks.

    I do not use fabric softner in the washer but half fill the rinse drawer with white vinegar, it kills any soap left in the clothes and softens the water I only put in at the most half of the recommended soap powder and except for sheets, towels and white at 40o The rest at 30c. Just now I have to dry everything except heavy towels on the airer in the sitting room, the towels I do in the dryer. Trying to keep the use of electricity down but towels dry very creased and hard on the airer.

  2. You are so right. Vinegar has soooo many uses. I did a post on the uses a while back that has become my most popular. Another tip I posted was to use a ball of aluminum foil in the dryer. It eliminates the need of any fabric softener and takes away that film that builds up.

  3. Great tips!! Thanks for sharing, going to try that egg one especially!!

  4. I tried the egg thing and it definitely works. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Hi I am going to try the egg tip really annoys me when the shell pulls half the egg off. How did the rye bread turn out?

    1. You are so right about the shell- what annoys me is when it breaks into little pieces. The bread was great! I froze half of it because there are no preservatives and I didn't want it to go stale before I could use it all.
      Take care!