Every day I get loads of mail including wonderful notes, letters, and email messages from my awesome readers.
Tucked into many of those messages are tips, hints, tricks and great ideas for the ways you save time and money every day. I’m pretty sure I have the best job on earth!
PLANT NANNY. When I go on vacation, I fill bottles with water and push them upside down into my plants—houseplants and outdoor plants as well. The water keeps the plants moist for days! Sophia
I’ve been using Sophia’s tip for several months now, only I’m not on vacation! I fill bottles every couple of days in addition to regular watering. As you can see from the photo above (this is a $12 Walmart plant bowl that was tiny and pretty sick looking when I got it in May), constant watering must be the trick! Especially in the super hot Colorado sun. -mh
LONG-LASTING CELERY. I don’t use celery a lot except during the holidays. So when I purchase a stalk of celery come November, I use what I need and wrap the rest TIGHTLY in aluminum foil making sure the celery is completely covered then I store it in my refrigerator’s crisper drawer. I then pull it out at Christmas and do the same with leftovers. If completely covered and wrapped tightly, the celery stays fresh and bright like the day I bought it—well into March or April! Terrie
MICROFIBER WONDER. I highly recommend microfiber cloths. I soak one in water, then wring it out so it is nearly dry and use it to clean my glass coffee table, end tables, glass in my dining room table, windows, mirrors, car windows and especially my granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Just wipe! No need use any kind of cleaner or to rinse. To me, microfiber cloths are irreplaceable. Kaye
MORE DRAWER SPACE. After well over 50 years of marriage, and constantly struggling to fit folded clean dish towels and napkins into one of three drawers in my kitchen, a light went on in my brain. I discovered that by folding the towels and the napkins in half the long way and then rolling them up, I could easily fit many more of each in this one drawer. Phyllis
CHERRY PITTER. You don’t need a special tool to pit cherries if you have a small kitchen funnel. Just turn your funnel upside-down, then press the cherry against the narrow opening to pop the pit out. Easy! Jenn
FISH FOOD FOR ANTS. Several years ago we had a problem with large black ants in my sons’ bedroom. My son also had a fish tank. One day he accidentally spilled a bunch of ordinary goldfish food behind the tank where I couldn’t see it. I noticed a very large number of ants in his room, but the next day they were all dead. Hundreds of them! Later, the problem returned, and we put out more fish food. Again they all quickly died. Some of the food must have gotten to the nest because we haven’t seen any ants in that room since. Fish food is meant to go in the water, where it will expand, so my theory is that it expanded in their stomachs and killed them. Julie
OVEN RACK CLEANER. I clean our oven racks with automatic dishwasher detergent. I put the stopper in the bathtub and enough hot water to cover the racks plus 1/4 cup of powdered automatic dishwasher detergent, like Cascade. After an overnight soak, the rack easily came clean with a Scotchbrite sponge. No scrubbing required! George
SPARKLING CLEAN WINDOWS. I have discovered a great window washing solution! Pour two gallons of water in a pail with a few drops of blue Dawn, one tablespoon Lemme Shine Dish Detergent Booster and 2 teaspoons Lemme Shine Rinse AidMix well. I washed the windows using this solution and microfiber cloths and hard water spots on the outside of my windows that have been there for years are gone! Judy