Once Upon A Romance

Household Hints and Tips

From Lisa ~ NJ:
Miracle De-Grease/Food Worker
Dishes can be a pain especially when those greasy foods and gunk is caked on them! Here is 
what I use to help loosen them and have the pots smell fresh along with your hands! It's easy 
and natural!

Buy a lime roll it back and forth over the counter to get the juices flowing,cut in half, 
squeeze the juice in the pot or pan and let sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Use the left over 
lime as a sponge when it is  time to rinse. You may also need to use a regular sponge but 
everything  will come off in a jiffy! 

For tougher messes use two to three limes  and let sit twenty minutes. I have found this to 
work! Enjoy! 

From Trudy ~ MO:
Put your candles in the freezer for at least 24 hours prior to using them.  They'll burn longer and 
they won't drip.

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

Use empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what 
appliance it belongs to. 

Many times very hot water will revive your flowers.

Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little 
effort (elbow grease that is)! 

Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt Blue, ink on bottle caps)? Rubbing alcohol 
on paper towel and a few rubs. 

Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the 
light is turned on. 

Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning. 

To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt 
will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and 
there won't be any stains.

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be 
any white mess on the outside of the cake.

When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness. 

To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief. 

From Candy ~ KS:
Ice cubes will help sharpen garbage disposal blades. 

For a spicy aroma, toss dried orange and lemon rinds into the fireplace. 

When frying meat, sprinkle paprika over it to turn it golden brown. 

Scaling a fish is easier if vinegar is rubbed on the scales first. 

Lemon juice rubbed on fish before cooking will enhance the flavor and help maintain a good color. 

Instant potatoes are a good stew thickener. 

A few drops of lemon juice added to simmering rice will keep the grains separated. 

To keep hot oil from splattering, sprinkle a little salt or flour into pan before frying.

From Connie:

Doing the monthly/bi-monthly bills?  No more nasty tasting envelopes!  Use a glue stick!

When cooking a roast try using 1 or 2 cans of beef broth instead of water and season to taste.  

Ink on your clothes?  Try rubbing it out with rubbing alcohol.

Muffins and cupcakes stick to the baking cups?  Spray them with non-stick spray and they pop 
right out!  No crumbled or broken muffin or cupcake.

From Barb ~ MI:
All kids like to play baseball in the summer. To make the bases and home plate, take a can of spray paint 
and paint the grass for the bases and you can cut it out when you mow your lawn. This is great for all ages. 

From Karen Lingefelt ~ FL:
Take any favorite cookie recipe that calls for vanilla extract, and substitute peppermint extract. 
Gives them that little extra candy cane Christmas taste. 

Recipe Corner

© All Rights Reserved 2003-2007
Once Upon A Romance ~ #17 ~ 3601 S. Noland Rd. ~ Independence, MO 64055