Recently I sent you information about 20 household tips you could use to save time and money. They included storing a couple of marshmallows in a bag of brown sugar to keep the sugar from hardening, slicing a bunch of cherry tomatoes at once by sandwiching them between two plastic lids and running a sharp knife through them, and hanging a bundle of chalk in a closet to absorb excess moisture that could otherwise soak into your clothing.
Saving time and money is an important strategy that patriots can use to help them remain self-sufficient and independent. Some of these activities involve repurposing, which is basically using an item for a purpose that it was not intended, rather than throwing it out and having to spend money on a different item to accomplish the same task.
Following are 10 more of these ideas:
• Don’t you hate how your bath towels start to smell after awhile, even right after they’re washed? To rid your towels of that musty smell, wash them using one cup of white vinegar in a hot cycle, then repeat with ½ cup of bicarbonate of soda.
• And speaking of towels, toss a dry one into the dryer along with your just-washed wet clothes to reduce the overall drying time.
• Have you ever wondered whether an egg is fresh enough to eat? Simply place it in a glass or bowl of water. If it floats, it’s stale. But if it lies at the bottom, it’s fresh and good to eat.
• If weeds are growing through the spaces between sidewalk or patio slabs, sprinkle salt on them. It should kill them.
• Your wooden chopping board is probably getting stained if you’ve used it long enough. To clean it, sprinkle Kosher salt onto it and rub it in with half of a lemon. Then, rinse it with clean water and dry it.
• If there are indentations in your carpet made by furniture that you’ve moved, place ice cubes in the grooves to lift them out.
• There’s a faster and easier way to peel potatoes than with a peeler. Boil them with their skins on, immerse them in cold water for five seconds, then twist the potato between your hands so that the skin peels right off.
• A simple way to sharpen scissors is to cut through sandpaper.
• Before you chop up onions, wipe your chopping board with white vinegar. This will prevent your eyes from watering while chopping.
• For easy storage and access to your linens, store bed sheets inside the matching pillowcases.
More of these household tips will be coming your way, but if you have any of your own that you’d like to share, please let me know about them.