If you took a peek inside my refrigerator, you'd have to stand on your head to read the labels. Food seems to last longer when stored upside-down. Something about the food sealing itself. All I know is it works.
I can't remember the last time I had to toss something out because it spoiled. Our first reader tip has the same idea, but for different reasons. Genius!
No-mess peanut butter mixing. Natural peanut butter separates and must be stirred thoroughly before the first use. That can make a big mess. To avoid this, I store the jar upside-down so that the oil is at the bottom of the jar. When I stir, the oil doesn't run over. It also ensures that there won't be peanut butter at the bottom of the jar that didn't get thoroughly mixed.
- Jill, Idaho
Put fleece scraps to use. I have found many uses for fleece fabric scraps. They are the best dust cloths for my wood blinds and my floors. I have an old Swiffer that I never used because I didn't want to purchase the wipes that go with it. Instead, I attach a piece of fleece. It works great for what I need.
- Meg, Minnesota
Dining room table options. Instead of looking in furniture stores for a dining room table, try checking office supply stores or CraigsList for conference tables. Dining room tables of the size I needed ran $1,200 and up, but when I looked for conference tables in the same style, I was able to find them for around $300.
- H., email
A Homemade solution for dry hair. Add extra shine, volume and strength to your hair with liquid fruit pectin. I add one 3-ounce package of liquid fruit pectin to my shampoo and another 3-ounce package to the conditioner. Stir and shake to mix the contents. It's a great way to add volume, bounce and shine, and it's a remedy for split ends.
- Gina, Indiana
Get rid of ants. I get rid of ants by mixing one tablespoon of boric acid powder and one teaspoon of sugar. I roll a wet cotton ball in the mixture and place it on a small piece of cardboard. I place this where I think the trail begins (just don't put it on a kitchen workspace). The ants love it and disappear almost immediately.
- Pauline, Oregon
Leftover special occasion cereal. I buy cereal whenever my grandkids come for a visit. After they leave, I take what's left and put it through my blender. I put the crumbs in plastic bags to use as breading or fillers. You can do the same with crackers of all flavors, chips, pretzels and other snack foods.
- Donna, email
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