Water Bath Keeps Lemons Fresh and Other Great Reader Tips

I’m a lucky woman. Once a month my husband and I make a quick trip to California to tend to business, see friends and visit our older son, who just happens to have the most prolific Meyer lemon tree on earth in his back yard.

I try to always bring an empty bag with me so I can load up with these beautiful, tree-ripened lemons. Many thanks to our first reader for her tip for how I can keep my lemons at peak long enough to use them up. I tried it and it works for me!


FRESH LEMONS. if you like to keep lemons on hand even when you don’t have a specific need, submerge them (washed with peel on) in a bowl of water in the refrigerator. You will have fresh lemons for weeks on end. I currently have had a bowl in my refrigerator for two months, and they are beautiful. Wow. What a money saver, and I always have a fresh lemon when needed. Ashley

DRIVE-THRU FIRST. Taking youngsters to a fast food restaurant can be a fun treat, but standing in a long line with an active brood can be stressful. Solution: Drive through first, place your order and request the server put your food on a tray at the counter because you’ll be right in. By the time you park and get everyone inside, you can pick up the tray and go directly to a table. Rhonda

SUPER-QUICK DRY. Need to dry a pair of jeans or pajamas in a hurry? Put them and a completely dry bath towel into the dryer. They’ll be dry in a fraction of the time they would have taken on their own. Patsy

BACK SPONGE. Instead of an expensive blow-up bathtub pillow-backrest (even the best ones stop holding air after a few uses), buy an inexpensive baby bath sponge. It will stick to the tub and is large enough to rest your whole back. It stays warm as long as the water does. Just run it through the washing machine occasionally to freshen. Roxy

PAINT STAINS. Even if it’s been there for a long time, you can get latex paint out of carpet or fabric with lacquer thinner (not paint thinner), available at hardware or home improvement centers. Using a clean white cloth, wet the dried paint with the thinner. Allow it to penetrate then gently blot with the cloth. Be sure to test the carpet or fabric for color fastness in an inconspicuous place first, keep the thinner out of the reach of children and pets and use in a well-ventilated area. Bradley

ICE BAG. Pour 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol into a quart-size Ziploc bag and seal tightly. Put it into another bag and seal it for double protection. Label clearly as non-edible and freeze. It will remain slushy because the alcohol cannot freeze. Perfect to mold to the wounded area when you need an ice pack.

FREE FRAMES. My insurance allows one pair of prescription eyeglasses every other year. One year I needed new frames but it was not the year to be covered. So I asked my eye doctor do you have free frames? They pulled out a drawer with about 20 different frames. I picked one and only paid for new lenses. I’ve received more compliments on those frames than any other ones I ever owned. If I hadn’t have asked, I would have never known about this little-known in my doctor’s office. Marion

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3 replies
  1. Bookworm
    Bookworm says:

    Such a great list — I can use most of them. (I no longer have little ones to worry about in the fast-food line!) The back sponge is something I didn’t know existed. I have some dried paint on my favorite jeans, so I’ll have to get some lacquer thinner. But the lemon thing is nothing short of amazing! (Wonder if I should change the water occasionally.) Thank you!

  2. eveh
    eveh says:

    Wow! I can use every one of these tips. The pants one will be a Lifesaver. I just discovered I can put fresh parsley in a cute pot on my counter to keep it fresh. It looks pretty too.


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