How to Keep Fresh Food in the Refrigerator

Write the Date You Opened the Jar to Keep Fresh Food in the Refrigerator.

 

This is a handy tip I love to use to keep only fresh foods in the refrigerator. It’s a challenge to know when food is still good or has been sitting in the refrigerator for a month. You don’t want to waste food.

Keep track of  food by writing the date that you open the package with a marker. Put older foods on the top shelf to remind yourself to use them first.

It’s that easy. This is best for pasta sauce. Somehow we collect sauce and I never know when they were opened. This really helps us keep track of food.

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How To Remove Fuzzy Pills From Furniture

How to Remove Fuzzy Pills from Furniture4

It will drive you mad picking piece by piece from your furniture. The little fuzzy pills can come from a favorite blanket or sweater and never seem to go away. If you’re faced with problem there is an easy solution.

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I picked up this tip from Heloise and have been using it for a while. All you need is a cheap nail file or emery board. I got mine from CVS and bought a pack for a dollar or so.

Method: Take the nail file and gently rub in circles on your material.

Note: As always when trying a new method, test on a hidden area to make sure that this doesn’t destroy your couch.

Work in sections, you will notice that it takes some time but certainly works. Be mindful of your fingertips because it can be rough on them. (Unless you moonlight as an fine art or jewelry thief where you might need to remove your finger prints… then by all means have at it with gusto.)

Here is the finished product:

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Ta Da! Looks pretty good right?

You can use this method on sweaters and for the ladies: the thin lining on the inside of bras that accumulate fuzzies from sweaters… don’t laugh, you know what I mean.

I work on my couch as I catch up with my TV shows. I do it as needed or when we’re expecting company. I also look forward to purchasing a couch that does not collect pills. 🙂

Sadly, this is not the first cleaning diy for my couch, remember when it had a close encounter with a candle? Check out how to remove wax from furniture and carpeting here.

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Pinterest Experiment: Removing Underarm Stains

Removing Underarm Stains

Do you have a loved t-shirt or a cami that you can’t bear to part with but has those ugly stains from deodorants? Two of my favorites you’ll see below. One is an off white cami from Ann Taylor, I love to wear this under cardigans and sweaters. The other is a summer t-shirt from New York and Company which really got dirty. I was about to get rid of it.

That was until I came across this pin on Pinterest. It connected to who else? Jillee… titled Goodbye to Yellow Armpit Stains. If you remember this Pinterest Experiment, I tested her method for cleaning a cookie sheet. I wanted to give this pin a try because she has so many great cleaning ideas.

It worked so well that I exclaimed “Holy cow it really worked!” I think my husband thought I was a little too excited about doing laundry.

Check out the results:

Before and After T-Shirt

Here’s how to make it.

Stain Removing Miracle Cleaner

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Pinterest Experiment: Foaming Dish Soap

Foaming Dish Soap

I love the foaming hand soap from bath and body works. I have saved the bottles in hopes that I can use it in the future.

I was very excited when I saw this Pinterest post from Frugal Girls. She made a foaming baby wash. I adapted this idea to make a foaming dish soap and it worked fantastically!

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Pinterest Experiment: Baking Sheet Cleaning

I have been finding a lot of natural, easy cleaning tips on Pinterest. I wanted to see if they stood up to the test. I found this pin connecting to an article at One Good Thing by Jillee. I was excited because I have a cookie sheet that has turned into a mess. I reserved this for messy foods and reheating leftovers. Of course I didn’t take a decent photo of it before I started my project… imagine the center of my finished project all over the cookie sheet.

The Process:

  1. Sprinkle cookie sheet with baking soda.
  2. Spray hydrogen peroxide on the baking soda.
  3. Sprinkle more baking soda on top of moist baking soda.
  4. Let sit for several hours. I let mine sit for 4 hours.
  5. Spray baking soda periodically with hydrogen peroxide.
  6. Clean with water in the sink. Scrub with a brush, if needed.

The photo below was taken about an hour in. You can see the process working and the paste turning brown.

I placed the pan in my sink and scrubbed with a sturdy scrubber and a little bit of water. I had some progress with the lighter areas.

I did not have so much luck with the center where the stains were more intense.

My conclusion, this looks like it will work on sheets that aren’t as far gone as mine is. Keep up with the stains. 🙂

In the end, I didn’t lose this sheet but I won’t be using it to make cookies, either. I will continue to use it to make baked potatoes and cover it with foil when baking food.

Let me know if you try this process and if it works for you!

Note: Spray nozzles fit on pretty much all bottle containers. I popped this on to the hydrogen peroxide bottle to evenly distribute the liquid.

Note #2: Use the left over baking soda from the sheet to scrub your sink! This way you can use your cleaner for cleaning two things.

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