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Did You Know... 50 Insanely Clever Random Hacks

One thing that just makes me giddy all over is when I am randomly bouncing around from site to site and suddenly I discover something new. Something that makes me think "Why did I not discover this sooner?" Some of these new ideas (new to me at least) have made life just a little easier.

Today I came across another new idea and it got me to thinking... "I wonder if my readers know about these little tips and tricks to make life easier?" So I decided to share these little secrets that I have come across and hopefully a few of you will be able to benefit from one or a few. Of course I'm sure most of you have heard of some of these. Or who knows, maybe all of you have heard of all of these tips and I'm the only one sitting in the dark here.

Either way here are a bunch of completely random links that may or may not come in handy to you.  

When pouring food into a plastic bag, use a glass to keep the bag upright for easy pouring. - Source

You can flip a toaster on its side and grill cheese in it. - Source

NOTE: Due to some concerns written in the comment section I must add that the toaster used in the following photo is a vintage toaster. It does not have the fancy metalwork or gripping prongs that most of today's toasters have. Due to this fact you will not be able to grill cheese in an ordinary toaster. If you do however have a vintage toaster please be aware that the heat is meant to rise. If the toaster is turned sideways there is no were for heat to go and could potentially start a fire. Also any cheese that drips off could likely start a fire as well. If you do attempt to grill cheese in a toaster please do so at your own risk. And please have a fire extinguisher near by. I am not responsible for any damage that this my cause. 

Reynolds Aluminum Foil has lock in taps to hold the roll in place - Source

If you need to line a pan with foil flip the pan over first. Form the foil to the bottom of the pan then remove it. Your foil should now fit perfectly inside your pan. - Source

The color on the bread tab indicates how fresh the bread is - Source

You can divide and store ground meat in a Ziploc Bag. Just break off how much you need and keep the rest in the freezer for later. So much easier than dividing and  individually wrapping each pound or half pound. - Source


If you place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water, it won't boil over. I have not tried this one yet so please let me know if it works. - Source

Use bungee cords and grommets to keep your tablecloths from blowing away in the wind. - Source

You can buy Beadboard Wallpaper!?! - Source

Mozzarella is super easy to make. Yet another one that I have not tried yet. - Source

You can freeze cupcake batter for later use. - Source

Use toilet paper rolls to keep your wrapping paper in check. - Source

You can Paint Upholstery. - Source

You can make your own laundry soap. This is my own recipe that I have been using for a year now and I love it - Source

You can dye plastic buttons. - Source

You can run a paper bag through your printer. - Source

You can print directly onto fabric. - Source

Easily separate an egg yolk from an egg white. Squeeze the bottle then place the opening of the bottle over the yolk. release the bottle and it will suck up the yolk. - Source

A dry erase marker can be used on most desk tops. - Source

You can mail anything that will take a stamp and weighs less than 13ounces without a box? - Source

Save money and make your own vanilla extract. - Source

If you break your blender jar you can replace it with a mason jar. - Source

You can cook pumpkin in a crock pot and then freeze it for later use. - Source

Medicine cabinets are NOT for medicine - Source

cereal keeper make the perfect trashcan for your car. - Source

Have you had enough?


Well here are a few more. 

  1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.. I didn't know that!
  2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
  3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
  4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking. 
  5. To make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up. 
  6. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic,  and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.
  7. Reheat Pizza Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
  8. Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up.  Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg.  Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
  9. Expanding Frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size.  You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.  
  10. Reheating refrigerated bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
  11. Newspaper weeds away: Plant your plants in the ground, work the nutrients in your soil. Then wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go, cover with mulch, and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
  12. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.
  13. Flexible vacuum: To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
  14. Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip to eliminate static cling. It works; you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... Ta DA! ... Static is gone.
  15. Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
  16. De-fog your windshield: Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
  17. Re-opening envelopes: If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.
  18. Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.
  19. Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup an d gone forever!
  20. Get Rid of Ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed! 
  21. Wash your dryer filter: Did you know that cleaning your lint trap with a dryer sheet can ruin it? Dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free, and smell good. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box? Apparently that stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! You can test it by running the lint trap under water. If the water goes through you are good. If not then you need to clean it. The best way to keep your dryer working for a long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. 
  22. Drop a small object on the carpet and can't find it.  Place panty hose over the end of the vacuum hose and start vacuuming. The panty hose will trap anything to large to fit through the tiny hose and keep it from getting sucked into the vacuum. 
  23. Wearing a skirt or dress on a windy day. Cut open a few sections on the bottom seam. slip in some heavy washers or flat weights (anything small heavy and flat will work) then sew the seam back up. 
  24. Need to cut some corn off the cob. Use your bundt pan. Place the ear on the opening in the center of the pan, and as you slide the knife down the ear, all the kernels will collect in the main part of the pan
  25. Stuffing a dryer sheet in you back pocket will repel mosquitoes.

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