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This was sent to me by my friend Jo from N.Y. I haven’t checked them out to see if they work but I see that most of them should work and some could be very useful, so it’s up to you to decide if you would like to try them.

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won’t have to pick the little «stringy things» off of it. That’s how the primates do it.
Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simple chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

Expanding Frosting
When buying a canned frosting, remove frosting to a mixing bowl and beat with your electric mixer. The amount will come close to doubling.

Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.

Flexible Vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and — at DA! — static
Is gone.

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Reopening Envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair…

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2″ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it «home,» can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works & you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS
The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over
to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material – I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well, the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free — that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well t his stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He
said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

How about that!?! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I’d share!
Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any paddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!

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  1. Ο/Η Holler λέει:

    good tips and I really liked the one about the tumble drier. I thought I was a step ahead by cleaning out the filter, but I will go give it a wash today! Thanks

  2. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Hopefully these tips will come in handy and I must say all of them are new to me.

  3. Ο/Η Susan from Food Blogga λέει:

    This is so great, Ivy. It’s a well needed public service announcement! I wonder who thought of freezing an envelope?

  4. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Hi Susan, Thanks for visiting. Maybe some twisted mind, who wanted to look through someone else’s mail (lol).

  5. Ο/Η BaL λέει:

    Ivy all seem like useful tips. And I’ve already tried the «banana peeling» tip, and it worked lol Thanks!

  6. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    I am glad to hear that. I hate those banana strings.

  7. Ο/Η Eva λέει:

    great post ivy……u are like my mother in law that i unfortunately dont have any longer…full of great advice:)
    thanks for sharing

  8. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    You are welcome Eve. I am really glad you come and comment on my blog. Did you check today’s post. I wrote a few things about Limassol but I am sure you weren’t even born then.

  9. Ο/Η Núria λέει:

    Wow, really interesting Ivy! Didn’t know many of them, thanks!

  10. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Neither did I, so it’s good to learn new things.

  11. Ο/Η Passionate baker...& beyond λέει:

    Hey Ivy…loved these tips, banana & all. Great one for the foggy windshield!!! Thank Jo too!!

  12. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Banana tested and it works.

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