Wednesday, March 30, 2016

No More Boiling Messes

You know all those times you are cooking away on the stove and leave to go quickly do something else? Only to come back to one heck of a mess - especially if it's a really starchy item you are cooking! Well I have the answer - putting a wooden spoon across the top of a pot will completely stop your water from boiling over. TRY IT!

Wrinkle Free Mornings!

Hang a wrinkled garment (shirt or dress) in the bathroom before taking a hot shower. The steam will help get the wrinkles out AND you don't need to waste hydro throwing it in the dryer for those few minutes!

Ridding your Kitchen of Pesky Fruit Flies

Take a lemon and cut into two halves. Place them in your oven directly on the rack and leave the oven door open for a few hours (you can even do it overnight!) Take an aluminum tray and place at the bottom of your oven to catch the flies. In the morning, close the oven door and turn the broiler on. Let the oven cool, toss the citrus, and wipe out the base of the oven OR remove the tray. The flies are will be gone - and not to mention, your kitchen will smell heavenly!

How to Quickly & Effectively Clean your Coffeemaker

How often do you actually take the time to thoroughly clean your coffee maker? Even if its a Tassimo or Keurig? Well with this simple trick, you will be doing it a lot more frequently!

Run 1 part vinegar + 1 part water through a brew cycle in your coffeemaker and the result will be like brand new.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Properly Cleaning your Kitchen Mixer

Wiping down with a wet, soapy rag can do in a pinch, BUT what do we do to give it a REALLY deep clean that mixer needs?To clean out all of those nasty dried bits ( think: flour, dried egg, batter, cocoa powder, etc.) that get stuck in the crevices of stand mixers, use either a toothpick OR the end of a wooden skewer. It's satisfying to excavate all of the materials of baking projects past and then wipe them up with a damp cloth. I also make sure to unscrew the little knob where you can affix attachments to the mixer; there's always a lot of gunk hiding under there as well!

Freshen Up Those Stale Chips

There's no need to toss old chips once they become stale. Just put them on a microwave-safe plate, add a splash of olive oil and nuke on full power for 10 seconds. Like new again!

Friday, March 25, 2016

The RIGHT Way to Cut Your Watermelon

Instead of slicing the melon into wide wedges that inevitably get juice all over your face, chin AND hands, cut the fruit (or any other melon) in half, then slice it in a grid. That will give you evenly sized slices that each have a bit of rind at the bottom to act as a convenient handle - which is amazing for tiny fingers!

The Easiest (and Quickest) Way to Clean your Blender

We all know the awesome convenience our blenders can bring to our lives, but then there is the dreaded mess we have to clean afterwards. YUCK! Not to mention, you have no idea how many times I cut my fingers trying to clean those intricate blades with a dish cloth - that is until I discovered this amazing trick!

Fill the blender about halfway full with hot water, then add a few drops of dish soap. Turn the blender on high and watch the magic happen. Run a few times if necessary. Rinse with cool water and it's clean! It's that simple.

Keep your Ice Cream Fresh & Soft

You know those times you are craving a nice bowl of your favourite ice cream, only to find it's hard as a rock and nearly impossible to spoon out? Well, NO MORE! Putting a container of ice cream in a Ziplock bag before placing it in the freezer will help keep the ice cream soft for scooping. It will also prevent that nasty freezer burn.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Best Ways to Use Deodorant (that don't involve our armpits!)

As many as you already know, I adore finding ways to use other household products and this one is definitely a favourite of mine!

1. Just bought a brand new pair of fancy shoes? Prevent friction and those horrible blisters by swiping deodorant on the areas that sores normally form. The deodorant acts as a barrier between your shoes and skin.

2. If you have that horrible itching from pesky bug bites, rub deodorant on the areas a few times a day until it vanishes.

3. For women that are well endowed, they know the experience of having sweat under their bra line. To prevent chafing and bacteria build up, rub a thin coating of deodorant on before getting dressed each day.

4. It is said because of it's drying agent, anti perspirant will dry out pimples, fever blisters and cold sores. Obviously just ensure you are using a different stick to stop the spread of bacteria.

5. An unusual but very useful tip is to apply deodorant on a squeaky door hinge to stop the noise.

6. For women, after shaving your bikini line, apply deodorant to these areas to prevent razor bumps. A great tip to remember this summer!

7. For men, when shaving your face, if you happen to nick yourself in the process, rubbing deodorant on these spots will stop the bleeding quickly.

Useful Tips for Vaseline

1. Make your perfume  last longer by applying Vaseline to your pulse points before spritzing on your favourite fragrance.

2. Shine your leather shoes and bags by wiping Vaseline over the leather. You only need a small amount since it goes a long way!

3. Apply around the edges of your nails before painting with nail polish. This allows you to easily wipe away the excess mess rather than it being on your skin.

4. Furthermore, prevent stuck on nail polish caps by rubbing some Vaseline on the neck of the polish bottle before storing away again.

5. Remove stains from linen napkins by putting a little Vaseline on the stain before you wash it.

6. If you use a self tanning lotion or spray, prevent uneven tanning marks by adding a small dab of Vaseline to any dry skin spots before applying.

7. Create your own lipgloss by applying Vaseline after putting on your regular lipstick. Plus it helps keep those puckers soft!

8. If you have sensitive ears, dipping your earring posts in Vaseline will prevent your lobes from any irritation.

9. When your baby is teething, applying a small amount to their chin will help from rashes and irritation when that extra drooling sets in.

10. Ensure soft feel all the time by rubbing Vaseline on your feet before bed and wearing socks to avoid a mess.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Over the past year, I've really grown to have an obsession with apple cider vinegar and swear by it for various reasons. WHY do I love it so much you might ask? Well let me fill you in on a few of the benefits of this miracle liquid!

1. Cures toe nail fungus - Soak feet daily
2. Acts as a natural facial toner AND dries out present pimples - Spray on at bedtime and let work overnight
3. Rids warts - Apply morning & night with a band aid overtop until cleared
4. Wards of flu and helps with sore throat - Shot glass full mixed with spoonful of honey
5. Relieves heart burn & chronic reflux
6. Soothes itchy bug bites & sunburn - Apply right to affected area
7. Natural appetite suppressant - Aids in weight loss
8. Dissolves kidney stones - and if you've ever had them, you know just how painful they are!
9. Vanishes bacterial infections from the inside - out
10. Cures nausea quickly
11. Reduces Arthritis
12. Proven to kill and/or slow down the process of Cancer cells
13. Relieves migraines
14. Regulates Glucose levels - Attention Diabetics!
15. Lowers blood pressure
16. Natural mouth wash - Do not ingest afterwards

So what is better than an all-natural supplement you can purchase for a couple dollars at the grocery store?! I know quite a few adults who have taken a shot of ACV each morning and are healthier than most - myself included! Try it for yourself and make sure to share the information with friends and family.