Hacks For The Microwave

These are hacks that you use in your microwave.

  1. To clean your microwave very easily:

Take one lemon and cut it in half.                                                                                             In a small bowl put 1/2 cup of water.                                                                                         Squeeze both halves of the lemon in the water and put the squeezed lemon halves in too.   Put in microwave for 3 minutes.                                                                                               Take out of microwave and swish the mixture around.                                                       Put it back into the microwave and let it sit for five minutes.                                                    Remove from microwave and wipe it out.

2. Second version – put a small bowl of water in microwave for two minutes and wipe out.

If you need to heat two things in the microwave at the same time, but they won’t both fit. Put a glass upside down in the microwave and put the second thing on it and heat it up.

3. A third way to easily clean the microwave is to put a handful of wet paper towels in the microwave for about 4 or 5 minutes. When the towels cool down, just use them to wipe off the softened up food.

4. I have heard that if you cut both ends off of an onion and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds then when you cut it there won’t be any tears.

5. It is possible to steam a postage stamp off of a letter in the microwave. All you have to do to steam it off is to put a couple of drops of water on it and put it in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. The stamp will come off very easily.

6. If you have crystallized honey in a glass jar, take the lid off,  put it in the microwave for about two minutes and the honey will be back to normal.

7. To make lemons or limes super juicy, put them in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds. They will come out easy to squeeze and very juicy.

8. To make peaches or tomatoes easy to peel, put them in the microwave for 30 seconds and them let them sit for about two minutes. The peelings will easily come off.

9. When your brown sugar gets all clumped up like a rock, you can make it become soft again. Dampen a paper towel and close it up tightly in the box. Put the whole thing in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. The sugar will soften up.

10. For easy heat compresses, take a wash cloth or a hand towel and wet it. Put it in the microwave for about one minute. It will come out nice and hot to be able to use it as a hot compress.

 

Hacks For House In Cold

The first hack is a very important one.

To prevent your pipes from freezing, let a little bit of water keep dripping from the faucet, but don’t let it just go down the drain. Take a clean container and catch the water in it and then use it to water your inside plants.

catching water so pipes won't freeze

If you have a crawl space under your house. you can purchase insulation for your pipes to help keep them from freezing up.

For those of you that are new to trailer living, you should put a skirting around your trailer and you might consider putting the Styrofoam insulation on the backside of the skirting for even more protection from the cold. It will not only help with the pipes, but it will help some with the floors not being quite so cold. You can also use throw rugs to help keep the floors a little warmer.

If you are good at sewing or crocheting, and you cannot afford to purchase lined drapes, you might think about making covers for the windows for at night. It will help keep the warmth inside and the cold outside. These can be hung on sturdy tension rods if the covers are very heavy. These are held inside the windows by very strong springs.

Tension Curtain Rod

If the covers are not very heavy, you may be ale to get by with the smaller extension rods. These hold really light weight curtains, or pieces of plastic just draped over them. You use small nails to secure them close to the woodwork on the window.

extension rods

I have used light weight curtains, but they only helped a little bit to keep some of the cold from blowing in. What I liked the best was using sheets of very thick plastic. I used the kind commonly used for drop cloths when painting. I secured it with heavy duty shipping tape. I put it up at all of my windows except for the kitchen. I had to have at least one window that could be raised in case of a smoke emergency when cooking.

Besides putting plastic up at the windows, I also used weather stripping around my doors to keep the drafts out. That worked really well for me. The type I used was similar to the picture below in that it was a very thin metal strip that was also nailed to the door, it was sort of like tin, but it also had a strip of felt next to the wooden door frame right under the metal stripping. It was basically just the top piece that was nailed to the door frame after the felt was nailed to the door frame. That way, when the door closed, the piece of metal would rest on the felt strip that was attached to the door frame. It made a very tight seal. It had to be replaced every couple of years though, where different things would get caught on the door going in and out.

Door Weather Stripping

I hope these cold weather hacks help at least a little bit.

Sensible Hacks To Help Keep You Warm In The Winter

Here are a few sensible hacks that cost little or no money to start doing.

When you cook anything in your oven, when you are done, just leave the oven door open. The picture is from http://www.fastcodesign.com/3045845/samsungs-clever-new-oven-door-can-open-halfway

door open on oven

While the oven is cooling down it will also be warming your house up a little bit. It’s free heat. You have already used the oven and the heat will be wasted if you just close the door to the oven when you are done.

After you are done with your shower or soaking in a hot tub, if your mirror is fogged up, then there is heat that can come out in your house when you are done in the bathroom.

bathroom mirror fogged up

Leave the door open while the bathroom cools off. It’s free heat. The bathroom has already been heated up during your shower, don’t waste the heat. The picture of the foggy mirror is from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/110690103314860974/

You may not believe it, but even when you use a small toaster oven, you have heat that can go out in your kitchen and the rest of your house just by leaving the door open after you are done. Once again (broken record here) it’s free heat. Granted it’s not much, but it’s free. You can at least heat up your hands if they are cold.

Draft dodgers are a good way to keep the cold out and the heat in your house or apartment. I had one that went under the door. There was a dodger on both sides with a piece of flat material that went under the door connecting the two sides. It worked really well. I used it for years, until it fell apart. I need to find another one. See picture below. The picture is from https://www.dealsplus.com/Home-Garden_deals/p_74-off-dual-draft-dodgers-for-doors-and-windows-free

Double Draft Dodger

If there are areas in your house that have cold floors you can put a rug down over them. A cold floor lacks heat. When you have a rug there, the rug absorbs the cold from the floor and keeps your feet somewhat warm when you walk on those spots.

Houses that have floor vents in each room can be kept a little warmer by closing some of the vents. Say you have a four bedroom house and each room of necessity has a floor vent in it. One of the bedrooms doesn’t get used. Well, that bedroom is having heat pumped into it and nobody is even there to benefit from it. Close the vent and the heat that would have gone into that room bypasses that room and goes to the two rooms on either side of it. That way, both rooms will be warmer. There is a little knob on one side that you can push to close the vent. In the picture below, the little knob is on the far right side in the last slot by the rim of the vent. It doesn’t stick up very far. See picture below. The picture is from https://ali522.wordpress.com/tag/floor-vents/

floor vent picture

You can take advantage of the sun during the day. On really sunny days, open your blinds, shades, or drapes and let the sun come in. If you have insulated drapes, they can be open during the day and closed after the sun goes down. The insulation will keep the cold out quite a bit. You will be surprised at how well it does. Yes, the drapes may cost more at first. However, they will reimburse you over and over again for what they cost by the savings that you will have in the heating bill.

I used ceiling fans year round to help keep my apartment cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Mine had lights on it and hugged the ceiling, it did not hang down on a chain. It was not as fancy as the one in the picture, but it did have the five blades and four lights. Heat rises, and by running the fan backwards in the winter, it pushed the warm air back down, thereby helping keep the apartment warmer. The picture is on Google and belongs to Press Electric LLC.com.

ceiling fan with lights

Then there is always the choice of putting on a sweater if you are chilly when you are awake, and adding an extra blanket if you are cold at night. Or like the lady in the picture, you can hold a hot water bottle also. Sweater picture by http://www.dailymail.co.uk/  The picture of the lady in bed with a blanket is from www.blanketcentral.com

 

person wearing sweaterblankets on bed

I hope that these hacks will be useful in helping you to keep warm this winter.

How To Fix A Shrunk Shirt and More

  1. Want to fix a shirt that has been shrunk. Here’s how. Put the shirt in a bowl with iced water and one cup of hair conditioner. It will restore it to it’s normal size.

 

2. DIY- EASY OVEN RACK CLEANING
If your racks need cleaning, check out this handy tip!

DIY - Easy Oven Rack Cleaning

For any woman out there wondering how to easily clean oven racks…. Tub full hot              water and throw in few bounce sheets and leave it over night! This is without even              scrubbing!!!

 

3. Baby powder will easily untangle jewelry chains. Just sprinkle baby powder on the           chain and use a safety pin to pull it apart.

 

4.  Use delivery pallets to make various pieces of furniture. You can cut them and                make shoe organizers out of them. Put one in each family member’s closet and in              the mud room or utility room.

Where I live, some of the maintenance men actually fashioned a courtyard with the            pallets being used for the tables. It turned out looking right nice for being outside.

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5.  Miracle Cleaner

Into a spray bottle mix:
2 oz. Dawn dish washing liquid
4 oz. Lemon Juice
8 oz. White Vinegar
10 oz. Water
Now make your house sparkle!
*Please test it first before using on delicate surfaces. This is powerful stuff! If your               shower has a bad build-up of soap scum and crud it may take a time or two to get that       shine.

 

 

 

 

 

Just A Few Neat Egg Hacks

I have heard these hacks from people on the bus when I go to the store.

This first hack will come in handy for those that do a lot of baking. Did you know that you can freeze raw eggs and then use them in cooking. This includes scrambling them. All you need to do is take a plastic ice tray that has at least a dozen sections in it for ice cubes. Crack one egg and put it in each of the sections and freeze the whole tray. After the eggs are frozen just pop them out and put them in a plastic bag back in the freezer. When you need a single egg, or multiple eggs, just go to the freezer and take out as many as you need. let them thaw out and then cook with them just like you always have.

We all know that when a raw egg goes anyplace except for in the bowl or frying pan that you want it to go in, it’s a mess to try to clean up. It usually takes a lot of paper towels to accomplish the job. Well not any more. If a raw egg goes astray when it’s being cracked, just cover it with salt and a paste will form. Once it has become like a paste, it’s easy to clean up.

If you want a perfect sunny side up egg in the microwave, then put one cracked open egg in the center of a small bowl. Stab the egg in the center, very gently, to let it get air. Put it in the microwave for three minutes and you will get a perfect sunny side up egg.

To tell if the egg is still fresh, float it in a bowl of cold water. If it lays on the bottom,  the egg is fresh. If the egg stands on one end on the bottom, it it still good but a few weeks old. If they float to the surface they are no longer fresh enough to eat.

 

A Dozen Simple To Do Life Hacks

Here are a dozen hacks that you can do easily.

  1. Instead of buying tube rollers to roll up tubes, such as toothpaste, as you use them, use a bobby pin. Start rolling up the tube at the bottom, flattening the tube as you go up. Put the bobby pin through the middle of the part where the tube is being rolled up.
  2. Have some new shoes that are too tight? – Here’s an easy way to break them in. Put on a thick pair of socks and then put on the shoes. Now take a hair dryer and hold it near the tight spots for about five minutes. That’s all it takes to stretch the new shoes out where they hurt your feet.
  3. When your sink isn’t big enough to hold the container you need to fill – an easy way to fill it is to take a new(as in never been used) dust pan that has a handle on it that fits around a broom. Put the dust pan part under the faucet in the bathroom. Have your container under the handle right where it sticks over the sink. When you turn on the water, the water should flow off of the handle of the dustpan and right into the container with no problem.
  4. You may have a toilet cleaner, that doesn’t stink, in a strange place in your house. Why do I say this? Because it may be in your refrigerator. What is it you may be asking by now? Well, it’s none other than Coca Cola. It will take the stains out of your toilet. Just pour it in and let it sit for a up to an hour. Clean the toilet bowl with a toilet brush, and then flush the toilet. That’s it, and you have a clean toilet.
  5. Not enough room in your microwave to heat up two small bowls at one time? Use a cup that is as tall as the bowls are, and put it beside the first bowl. Take the second bowl and put it on top of the cup so that it can heat up at the same time as the first bowl does. Space problem solved.
  6. Easy way to only toast the outside of your sandwich bread. Put two slices at the same time in just one of the slots in the toaster. The outside will be toasted and the inside will be warm, but not hard and toasted. The inside of the two slices of toast will be soft.
  7. Do you want to heat up you leftovers evenly at the same time? Put a small open circle in the inside of whatever you are heating up. This is sort of like making a well in the middle of the mashed potatoes for the gravy.
  8. To absorb any possible spills in the bag in the kitchen or bathroom trashcan, put a few layers(like two or three sheets) of newspaper in the bottom of it. The newspaper will absorb the liquid very easily.
  9. There are two ways to steam wrinkles out of a shirt – One way is by running a hot shower and keeping the bathroom door closed so that the steam won’t escape, then hang up the shirt until the bathroom cools off.
  10. Keep aerosol spray cans organized and out of the little ones hands – use a hanging bag that holds shoes and hang it up on the back of a closet door.
  11. Always find the ends of a rolls of tape – put paper clips on the cut end of the roll of tape. Never have to keep turning the roll of tape around and around to find the end of the tape any more.
  12. Keep your water bottle cold longer – when you go to fill your traveling water bottle, just fill it about a fourth of the way and lay it on its’ side in the freezer. After if freezes, and right before you leave the house, fill it with cold water from the refrigerator. The ice that is down the side of the bottle will keep the rest of the cold water colder longer.

Ten Easy To Do Life Hacks

Here are some life hacks that are as simple as simple can be. They take very little time to do.

1. Keep wet shoes in shape – put scrunched up news paper inside the wet shoes to make the shoes keep their shape. I have done this many times. It works great.

2. How to keep little ones in bed so they won’t fall out – put a swimming pool noodle under the fitted sheet on the bed. Unless your child is bigger than normal, this should keep the little one from rolling off of the bed while they are sleeping.

3. Buttons won’t fall off of your shirt after you do this – just put some clear fingernail polish over the thread on the outside of the shirt. It won’t ravel once it dries.

4. Eliminate static cling – throw a wadded up ball of aluminum foil in your clothes in the dryer. It will serve a dual purpose. It will act as a dryer sheet, and it will eliminate static cling.

5. To dry dish washing sponges – use a binder clip that has the handles arranged so that they are flat on your sink or counter. Put the sponge in the clip standing straight up so that it can dry out.

6. To separate unpopped kernels from the popped ones –  when the bag comes out of the microwave, only open it enough for the unpopped kernels to fall out when the bag is turned upside down and shaken. Shake the bag until no unpopped kernels come out, then empty the popped pop corn into a big bowl.

7. To make grilled cheese in a toaster – unless your toaster shuts off when it is on it’s side, that’s all you need to do. Put your bread in the toaster with the cheese side up. Push the on button to start the toaster toasting the cheese. Watch it closely so that the cheese will not get burned. You want to only brown the cheese.

8. Chilled white wine without ice – freeze green grapes. The grapes will keep the wine chilled but will not water it down.

9. How to retrieve small dropped items – simply put a stocking over the end of the pipe connector on your vacuum cleaner. When the vacuum is turned on, all of the small items will be sucked up and cling to the stocking covering.

10. To light candles that have melted down in a jar – all you need to do is to likgt a piece os spaghetti and then put the lit spaghetti down into the jar.

Remove Glue Residue Left From Labels On Plastic Containers

Now days there are many different items that come in reusable plastic containers. The biggest problem with reusing them is that there is always the sticky residue from the label that was on the container.

I was told that olive oil would remove the residue. All I had to do was to coat the area with the olive oil and let it sit over night. So I did, and sure enough it worked. I am fairly sure that any type of vegetable oil will work if left on the area overnight.

After that I got to thinking about baby of oil and whether or not it could possibly do the same trick. I tried it, and it worked also.

I read that WD – 40 will remove the sticky residue left behind after using duct(duck) tape. Needless to say, if it will remove the sticky residue from duct(duck) tape, it most certainly will remove the sticky residue left behind from plastic container stickers.

Some Of The Uses For WD-40

I knew that WD-40 could be used for many different things. I thought I would list a few here, so I Googled it.  Boy was I surprised with the results. See the list of links below and pick whichever one you want. I intend on going to all of the lists just to see what is on them. One of the results when I Googled it even said that there are as many as 2,000 different uses for the WD-40, the link for that is http://wd40.com/uses-tips . That being the case, it is more efficient to provide the links to some of them.

Searches related to uses for wd40 facebook

After seeing the topics on the list above, I am going to try some out myself. I clicked on a few of the lists and saw that WD-40 removes all traces of duct tape from any surface where it once was, it will remove lipstick from clothes when sprayed on the lipstick and then washed as usual, it will relieve arthritis when sprayed on the painful joint and so on.

 

Hacks Using Medical Supplies

There may not be many readers out there, but for the few readers that have to use medical supplies every day, here are some hacks for you. I have to use 60 cc catheter tip syringes to irrigate my artificial bladder.That being the case, I always have a few extras on hand. These come in handy for other things besides irrigating my bladder. They come in a sealed plastic package, and even have a cap on the tip for extra protection. In the pictures below you see what the front of the package looks like, the back of the package, and the syringe actually out of the package.

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Here are a few other uses for 60 cc catheter tip syringes:

  1. They are perfect for basting meats and vegetables. You use them the same way as you would a bulb baster, but these have quite a bit more force, and can be aimed better because of it. If there is a tine space that needs basting, just stick the tip down where the basting is needed and give the syringe a fast push.
  2. These are good for doing small power wash jobs too. The stream of water or soap and water comes out fast and forcefully. The force actually sort of blasts whatever the stream hits. This is great for pesky corners where no sponge or cloth can get into.
  3. To help with cleaning the toilet bowl. With the stream being so forceful, it can easily be aimed up under the rim the clean it very easily. I say easily, only if the toilet is kept pretty clean all alone. But if by chance you have been too bust to keep up with it, then you can always use bleach water in the syringe. You can spray it and let it dry, then repeat until it comes clean. It is also helpful to use a toilet brush if the stain is set in too badly.  As I am very picky, I use a syringe to squirt down the toilet, on the inside, practically every time I use it.
  4. These syringes can also be used to dislodge stubborn dust in corners of cabinets and shelves, and anything else that is sturdy. I wouldn’t use it on anything breakable. The force is so strong that it may knock the breakable object over and cause it to break.
  5. I collect dolls, and I use the syringe to clean out the eyes and ears with a quick forceful blast of air from the syringe. I also use it to clean out the little beds that some of the dolls came in. It is really handy. Because it is so small, I can easily hold the doll, or whatever equipment that came with the doll, while I am squirting the air wherever.
  6. I will let you in on a little secret. The syringes come in a 10 ml size also.  But they are what is called a Luer-Lok Tip. That means that they were made for something else to be attached to the top. This would usually be a needle for an injection. So to use these, you would need to get catheter adapters to screw on the ends of them. These smaller ones are good for even smaller jobs. They are perfect for blowing out a computer keyboard. You do have to keep pumping it, but it is less expensive than buying the special computer spray cans of air.                                                                                                                                                                                                       I hope some of these hacks will be helpful to you. The syringes can be purchased at any medical supply dealer. But it is important to ask for CATHETER TIP 60 CC SYRINGES to get the ones like what I am talking about.                                                                                                                                                                                       This is what the packaging looks like on the front of the 10 ml syringe with the Luer-Lok Tip.                                                                                                                                                             2015-12-02 01.02.05                                                                                                                                                              This is what the front of the package for the catheter adapter looks like.                                                                                               2015-12-02 01.01.59                                                                                                                                                              The picture on the left shows the back of the packaging for both the 10 ml syringe and the catheter adapter. The picture on the right shows the syringe with the adapter attached to it.                                                                                                                                                                                                      2015-12-02 01.02.24 2015-12-02 01.03.21                                                                                                                                          I hope you will find at least one or two of these hacks to be useful for you.