If you suffer the heartbreak of flabby celery, asparagus, and fresh herbs despite your best efforts to keep them fresh and lovely at least as long as it takes to use them up—one simple change in how you’re storing them could make all the difference. That and so much more in today’s post, all courtesy of your fellow EC readers!
Treat celery (asparagus, fresh herbs) like cut flowers to preserve them by trimming the bottoms of the stalks first, a trick I learned during my brief stint in the floral trade. Even when the bundles have been sitting in water at the grocer’s, they were left dry in transit and will have dried up enough at the cut ends to close off a lot of the capillary passages. Trimming to fresh green lets more water be pulled in to keep the stalks alive. I usually do that as soon as I get them home; this helps to revive any stalks that have gotten a little flabby. Will
Rough it Up
Instead of spending time and money to replace and install new automobile wiper blades, renew them: Hold a piece of sandpaper between your thumb and forefinger. Now run the sandpaper along the edge of the rubber blade, first on one side, then the other. This will renew the surface so it efficiently wipes the windshield. You can do this two or three times before a wiper blade is completely spent, requiring replacement. Walter
Conditioner for Shaving
I always have too much hair conditioner because I use very little compared to my shampoo. That means we always seem to accumulate half or mostly empty conditioner bottles in our bathroom. Add to that, I don’t like using soap (too drying) or shaving foam (too expensive) for shaving my legs and underarms. I discovered that using a hair conditioner works great as a shaving lotion! It makes for very smooth shaving, and my legs are soft and silky afterward. Mary B.
Most of us have heard about rolling clothing when packing a suitcase. I also roll my blankets when storing them in my linen closet. Takes up less space, I can easily see each blanket and pull out one when needed. Jeannine
Where Odors Hide
I remove the rubber gasket above the garbage disposal regularly so I can clean its underside. That’s where particles of food accumulate, contributing to garbage disposal odor. Keeping it clean helps eliminate those odors. Fran
If your bathroom mirror, countertop, the wall, woodwork, and or floor get covered with hairspray, remove all that sticky build-up with rubbing alcohol. It works great and will leave the areas sparkling clean. Rubbing alcohol will also work to clean all the gunk that builds up on styling tools like curling irons and flat irons. Justine
Give ‘Em a Flip
Store sour cream, cottage cheese, jelly, and sauces upside down in the fridge to retain freshness and prevent mold. It’s a simple principle: The jars’ contents create a seal against oxygen. Morgan
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