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Author: Sara Noel

Pack a Cupcake

Cupcake holder: Keep a few small margarine containers. A cupcake or muffin fits perfectly in them when you’re packing a lunch. Keeps them from getting smashed. A round reusable Ziploc (or Glad or Rubbermaid) container works well, too. Place the cupcake on the lid and use the container as a dome. There are 9 oz clear plastic parfait/cupcake cups with lids,...

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Open a Jar with a Tight Lid

Jar Opening Tips: Use a wide rubber band or vacuum belt around the lid to grip. Run the seal under hot water and then open. Use the non-slip rubber shelf liner you can buy at the dollar store in rolls. Cut to small sizes and store them in a drawer to open jars. Use a mouse pad to grip the lid. Tear off about a foot of duct tape and partially wrap it on top of and around the lid, folding the duct tape down to create a tab attached to the lid, with a trailing piece of tape. Fold the trailing tape...

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Baby Clothes Stain Remover

Remove baby clothes stains by:  Using either a bar of Fels Naptha or applying Dawn dish liquid and 1 tablespoon ammonia. Rub gently and rinse. Or soak clothing in 1/2 cup powdered Cascade and 1/2 cup Clorox 2 (or use Oxi Clean) in a big bucket of hot water and let soak overnight, and then launder as usual. Or use a combined mixture of Dawn dish liquid, Hydrogen Peroxide, and baking soda. Apply to stains, let set and scrub with a toothbrush. Launder as usual. Place the garment outside in the sun, too. It works as a natural bleach. The second recipe works well...

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Clean Silverware

Clean silverware with baking soda. You can make a paste with water and baking soda. Rub it on, rinse, and polish with a soft cloth. Or you can line a pan with aluminum foil, set your silverware in it, pour boiling water over it, and then sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda into the pan. Let silverware soak for an hour. Rinse with water; let it dry flat on a towel, and polish. If you’re looking or a faster solution, wipe them with vinegar or club soda to remove the...

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Reuse Lids

Re-use lids: Before you throw your empty salt or Parmesan cheese containers away, cut off the top with the spout on the salt (cut to fit inside a wide-mouth mason jar ring)  or the plastic shaker top on the Parmesan cheese (screw top fits a regular mason...

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