Tips N' Tricks Tuesday: Worth Remembering

*Keep a toothbrush around the kitchen sink--you will find it useful in cleaning rotary beaters, graters, choppers and similar kitchen utensils.*

*Instead of trying to iron rickrack on the right side of the garment, turn the article.  The rickrack can be pressed perfectly.*

*When your hands are badly stained from gardening, add a teaspoon of sugar to the soapy lather you wash them in*

*Use paper cups as handy containers for your "drippings" in the refrigerator as they take up little room and can be thrown away when empty.*

*Before emptying the bag of your vacuum cleaner, sprinkle water on the newspaper into which it is emptied, and there will be no scattering of dust.*

*To whiten laces, wash the in sour milk.*

*To remove burned-on starch from your iron, sprinkle salt on a sheet of waxed paper and slide iron back and forth several times.  Then polish it with silver polish until roughness or stain is removed.*

Dip a new broom in hot salt water before using.  This will toughen teh bristles and make it last longer.*

*Try waxing your ashtrays.  Ashes won't cling, odors won't linger and they can be wiped clean with a paper towel or disposable tissue.  This saves daily washing.*

*Plant a few springs of dill near your tomato plants to prevent tomato worms on your plants.*

*Marigolds will prevent rodents.*

*Spray garbage sacks with ammonia to prevent dogs from tearing the bags before picked up.*

*You can clean darkened aluminum pans easily by boiling in them two teaspoons of cream of tartar mixed in a quart of water.  Ten minutes will do it.*

*Fresh lemon juices will take away onion scent from hands.*

*Wash old powder puffs in soapy water, rinse well and dry throughly.  Then use them for polishing silverware, copper, and brass.*

*Soak colored cottons overnight in strong salt water and they will not fade.*

*To dry drip-dry garments faster and with fewer wrinkles, hang garment over the top of a dry cleaner's plastic bag.*

*If a cracked dish is boiled for 45 minutes in sweet milk, the crack will be so welded together that it will hardly be visible, and will be so strong in will stand the same usage as before.*

I'm currently going through a few cookbooks I have, and one of my grandmothers.  I'm typing up the recipes on my computer so I can then print and test them out before adding them to my recipe cards.  I was pleasantly surprised when one of the cookbooks was put together by a local church, and was created by the same people who made a cookbook of my moms.  I've always loved this cookbook of my moms because it has great recipes AND the coolest tips and tricks in it.  The above is just a sampling of one page.  Over the next couple of Tuesdays I'll be sharing the tips from other pages as well!!

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