Oh, The Hack With It!

It’s a funny thing, I have never heard of a “Hack” before let alone knew what one was. That was until one day, my daughter told me, ” You know Mom, you are using a “hack” when you do that!” So I thought I might share some of ” hacks” that I have been doing around the house for years.
1). Cleaning the Microwave. I take a glass measuring cup of water and put it in the microwave on high for 3-5 minutes. When it’s done wipe out the microwave with a damp cloth. No scrubbing.
2). Candle wax that has spilled on the carpeting. A couple of squirts of glass cleaner on the area then cover with a towel and use a hot iron over the sheet. The wax will absorb into the cloth.
3). Dirty window and patio screens. Use a lint roller over screens to pull out the dirt and pet hair.
4). Keep rooms smelling fresh during the winter months by placing a dryer sheet in the warm air registers. As the warm air hits the dryer sheet, the room will have a fresher smell.
5). I put the plastic bags for my bathroom wastepaper can in a drawer with an open perfumed dusting powder container. This way, my garbage can smell like Cinnabar.
6). A capful of fabric softener inside the toilet tank is excellent too at keeping bathroom odors at bay.
7). I could never get a perfect fluted pie crust edge. My mother-in-law told me not to worry just use tongs to make the edge by pressing into the dough.
8). Sunburn? A washcloth soaked in apple cider vinegar and placed on the area will pull the sting out of the burn.
9). When purchasing bagged spinach or salad. Take leftover spinach or lettuce and put it into a Ziploc bag with a damp paper towel. This will keep the greens fresher longer.
10). I’ve purchased many cast iron pieces at rummage sales., Usually, they look like they’re ready for the trash. All you have to do to make them good again is to wipe them down with a paper towel and vegetable oil, then place them in a 450 oven for 20 minutes.
11). Like your homemade bread with a chewy crust like french bread? Place a pie dish of water in the oven as you bake your bread. The water will produce the humidity that is needed to give the bread crust the chewy texture.
12). Are your scissors or knives getting dull? Crumple up a ball of foil and rub it along the edges of the scissors and knives. The friction from the foil will sharpen the blades.

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