A list of 17 clever tips about everything from reheating pizza to getting rid of ants has been appearing in blog posts, popping up on Pinterest and making its way to email inboxes. The original source of the helpful hints still seems to be unknown, but the usefulness of these simple solutions has the social media scene buzzing. Read on and try a few for yourself.
Instead of putting leftover pizza in a microwave and having it come out soggy, put the slice into a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until warm. The result will be a crispy crust.
Deviled eggs can get pretty messy. To reduce the mess, put the cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal and mash. Add the remainder of the ingredients and mix all together. Cut across one of the bottom corners of the bag diagonally to squeeze mixture into egg white. Just throw away the bag when you're done.
This method also works with frosting, if you don't have a frosting bag to pipe with.
Store bought frosting can get expensive, especially if you have a lot of things to frost. With your next container of frosting, put the contents into a bowl and whip it with a mixer for a few minutes. The result is frosting double in size — twice the amount of frosting for the price of one jar. This will also cut down on the sugar and calories per serving.
When warming up refrigerated baked goods — pancakes, biscuits, rolls, muffins — place them in the microwave with a cup of water next to them. The moisture in the microwave will help them reheat faster and remain moist.
Save on expensive garden products by using newspapers to prevent weeds. Put your plants into the ground, and work the nutrients into the soil. Then wet pieces of newspaper and layer them around the plants.
The newspapers will prevent weeds from popping up; they'll get through some gardening plastic and covers but not wet newspapers.
For those small pieces of broken glass, wet a cotton ball or Q-tip and run it over the area.
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
To prevent squirrels from eating garden plants, sprinkle the leaves with cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper won't harm the plants and squirrels won't come near it.
To extend your vacuum's reach, take an empty paper towel or gift-wrap roll and attach it to the end of the vacuum's hose. It can also be flattened to squeeze into narrow openings under the fridge.
To get rid of static cling on a dress, place a small safety pin on the inside of the seam of the slip. This method also works with slacks when worn with panty hose. Secure a pin on the inside seam of the slacks and the static is gone.
Before putting sticky ingredients into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Pour the water out, but don't wipe or dry the cup. Add the sticky ingredient — peanut butter, shortening, etc. — and it should easily come out.
If you're prone to getting a foggy windshield, keep a chalk eraser in your glove compartment. When the windows fog, rub them with the eraser. It works better than a cloth.
If you forgot to include something in a sealed envelope, place the envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. It should open easily after having time to get cold.
Instead of spending a fortune on expensive shaving cream, use hair conditioner. It leaves legs smooth.
During the warmer months, fruit flies are abundant. To keep them out of fruit, fill a small glass with a half-inch of apple cider vinegar and two drops of dish washing liquid. Mix well. The flies will be drawn to the mixture instead of the fruit.
Instead of spending money on chemicals that can be harmful to children or pets if they accidentally get into them, place small piles of cornmeal near areas that have ants. Because ants cannot digest cornmeal, it will kill them when they try to eat it.
While dryer sheets leave your clothes static free, smelling nice and feeling soft, they can also create a film in the lint filter that may cause a fire or make a dryer stop working. To see if you have wax buildup from dryer sheets, take out the filter and run it under hot water. The parts of the filter with buildup will retain the hot water.
To prevent a dryer fire, clean the lint filter at least once every six months. Take the filter out and wash it out with hot soapy water, scrubbing the mesh liner with an old toothbrush or cleaning brush. This will keep a dryer working well for at least twice as long.