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admin 01-22-2009 05:20 PM

Homemaking Tips
 
What does the term 'homemaking' really mean? Homemaking means to take a house and make it into a home where your family enjoys living and your friends enjoy visiting.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:17 PM

Re: Homemaking Tips
 
To remove stains from pie pans, cookie sheets, and other cookware, soak then in a mix of water and borax.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:17 PM

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If your glasses are cloudy, fill them with water and a few drops of ammonia. Let them soak for an hour then rinse them thoroughly with hot water.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:17 PM

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Is your silver looking a bit dull? Shine it up by rubbing it with a potato dipped in baking soda.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:17 PM

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Don't ever poor cooking grease down the sink! The grease solidifies when it cools and clogs up your drain.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:18 PM

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To remove baked on stains from your oven window, rub a paste of baking soda and water over it. Let this sit for 15-20 min. Wipe the window clean with a wet paper towel.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:18 PM

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If you spill something on your clothing, wash the fabric in cold water. Hot water causes the stain to set.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:18 PM

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Trying to get rid of the weeds growing the cracks of your sidewalk or driveway? Pour some straight vinegar on them.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:18 PM

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Sing while you work around the house. This will help keep you and any family members who might be home in good spirits

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:18 PM

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Remember, homemaking isn't about just keeping the house spotless and making great meals for your family to eat. The whole point of homemaking is to love your family by caring for them. That means spending time talking with them and doing activities with them. Sometimes you have to be willing to let the kitchen get a little dirty while spend time with your kids!

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:18 PM

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Make lists. When you have a lot of things to do and remember you're bound to forget something. Make lists and attach them to the fridge or to a cork board, anywhere that you'll be likely to notice them.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:18 PM

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Be creative in how you use your leftover so that your family doesn't feel like they are eating the same thing two nights in a row. For example, take leftover chili and place it on top of some lettuce with corn tortilla chips. Now you've got taco salad.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:19 PM

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Try line drying some of your clothes rather than running them through the driers. Over using your drier results in higher electricity bills and tends to wear out clothes faster.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 07:19 PM

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Don't go to the grocery store hungry. You're more likely to buy foods you don't need, probably shouldn't eat, or can't afford. Eat a snack before you go and arrive at the store with a list of everything you need. Stick to your list and don't buy a lot of other things. If you didn't know you needed something until you saw it, you probably don't need it.

bongobro 01-27-2009 06:36 PM

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"Recycle" those plastic shopping bags from the grocery or discount store by using them to line small wastebaskets in your bedroom or bathroom. You won't need to buy those special wastebasket liners--and you can tie up the bag (and the mess inside it) before tossing it into the trash.

cjsong 02-17-2009 09:04 PM

Re: Homemaking Tips
 
Before deciding to disgard unwanted furniture, take another look at it and make sure that you're not overlooking its hidden potential. Older furniture has the wood quality and craftsmanship that is not easily found in any ordinary furniture store anymore. A layer of paint, new stain treatment, or updated hardware (knobs) can transform your unwanted piece of furniture into something fresh and contemporary.

bongobro 12-01-2014 10:39 PM

A Paler Shade of White
 
Ever wonder why hospitals, hotels and other institutions prefer white towels? Several reasons come to mind:

1) They're easier to keep clean; if need be, you can use hot water and bleach to remove stubborn stains and dirt.

2) Speaking of stubborn stains and dirt, scrubbing your face (or a grimy kid!) with a white towel will help you see what if anything is left on your face (make-up, mud, etc.)!

3) They accent virtually any color scheme!

:cool:

bongobro 12-01-2014 10:48 PM

...BUT there's an important exception to my last post!
 
My younger daughter brought this to my attention recently when she asked Mrs. 'bro and me to get her some towels for her and her family.

She asked for white towels for all her family--but ONE--which she specifically requested to be BLACK!

Why?

Like most ladies, she colors her hair every so often. And, in a closet full of otherwise all-white towels, she knows she can grab a towel to soak up dribs and drabs of color--not to mention dry her hair after coloring--without needlessly staining the white ones!

Smart kid, if I do say so myself!

bongobro 09-19-2015 10:05 PM

Stops food from sticking...and chairs from squeaking!
 
That can of non-stick cooking spray doubles as a convenient spray lubricant, too. I recently purchased an old wooden swivel office chair at a fundraising yard sale. Fantastic shape, good shape for its age, and the price was right.

Except it S-Q-U-E-A-L-E-D like a banshee when you swiveled it while seated in it. I tried oil bottles, petroleum jelly, grease, etc. to reach the dry ball bearings under the seat.

My wife ("Mrs. 'bro") was at her wit's end until when she suggested "why don't you try spraying it with cooking spray?" I sprayed a good quantity into the slot where the ball bearings hide, wiped off the excess, spun it around several times, sat down on it, and...

Silence. Blissful silence!

(You might try it also with your drum throne if it squeaks or squawks!)


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