Some Useful Hints

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• Removing Gummy Glue on a Glass Jar
Put the jar in the microwave with a damp towel over it. Microwave on low and check every 30 seconds to see if the heat is softening the glue. Then you should be able to pull the label off.

• Water Rings on Hardwood Furniture?
To remove them, make a paste of non-gel toothpaste and baking soda. Rub it into the white stains until warm. It takes a bit of time for the marks to go away. When they are gone, wax the wood if okay for the surface.
Polish wood furniture with a mixture of 3-parts sweet oil and 1-part vinegar. Shake well before applying with soft cloth. This is a lighter polish — without harsh chemicals — that won't harm your furniture.

• Keeping Green Veggies Green
When cooking broccoli, asparagus, green beans or peas, you can keep the bright green color by adding a pinch or two ofbaking soda into the cooking water.  

• Dry Powder Roach Recipe
If you have a roach infestation, mix equal parts of boric acid powder and flour, cornmeal or sugar. Put in small lids in the affected areas (keep away from pets and children). Roaches will walk through and eat the mixture when they clean their feelers and legs and then die.

• Cutting Up Jalapenos?
If your fingers feel like they are burning, take this step to lessen the tingling: Pour baking soda into a sink with water. Soak your hands in this until the burning disappears. Soak them in milk, too, it works!

• After Cleaning Windows
Let dry. Then to make the windows really shine, add about one cup of vinegar to a half-gallon of water. Pour into a spray bottle and spray onto the cloth and then clean. Dry well to avoid streaks.

• Refrigerator Smells Rotten?
Give it the sniff test to find out what's at the back of each shelf. Toss outdated or old items. Store leftovers in sealed containers or zip bags. To control odors, pour baking soda into a plastic margarine tub, poke holes into the lid and put it into the fridge. Change every 3 months. Place small dishes of lemon or lime slices on different shelves. Wipe down the walls with white vinegar.  


• If Frozen Food Thaws During a Power Failure
Refreeze only the food that still has ice crystals inside. If food has thawed totally — or warmed to room temperature — or if you know it's been kept at room temperature for more than two hours — discard it.

• Removing Candle Wax From Carpet
Fill a metal pan with ice cubes. Place it right on top of the candle wax and leave until the wax is frozen solid. Then hit it with a small hammer to break up the wax. Pick up or vacuum the wax bits.  Pour dry-cleaning solvent onto a clean cloth to get rid of any remaining residue on the carpet.

• Stacked Glasses Sticking Together?
If drinking glasses cannot be separated, drizzle a little cooking oil in between the glasses. Then fill the top glass with ice cubes and wait a bit. You should be able to gently pull them apart.
When two glasses stick together, fill the top glass with cold water and dip the bottom glass in hot water. Wait a few seconds and pull the top glass away.


• Cleaning Hairbrushes
Fill a quart-size container with baking soda and warm water. Remove all hair first, then soak the hairbrushes and rinse thoroughly. They will be clean!