Handy Tips

·          High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood so helps in cases of anemia.

·          Wrap celery in aluminium foil before storing in the refrigerator. The celery will keep crisp and its fridge life will be extended.

·          Don’t throw out leftover wine.  Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.  (that never seems to happen in my house).

·          To get rid of ants, put small piles of cornmeal where you see them. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ and 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.

·          To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 full with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well.  You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever.

·          To clean and disinfect surfaces, use full strength vinegar applied with a sponge or soft cloth, and wipe clean for a sparkly shine.  Vinegar has been proven to be even more effective than expensive commercial cleaners.

·          To repair scratches in wood furniture, mix equal parts vegetable oil and lemon juice.  Put mixture onto a soft cloth and rub against the scratches until they disappear.

·          To avoid tears when peeling onions, slice first, and then slip the bands of skin off.

·          You can get rid of fungus gnats by poking holes in a jar lid (any kind will do) and making holes in the top large enough for the gnats to fly through.  Fill the bottom of the jar with vinegar (about 1/4 full).  Put the lid on the jar and sit the jar in the area of the kitchen or anywhere you want to capture the gnats.

·          Mary Young from California, writes that once a month she feeds her African Violets with chamomile tea cooled to room temperature.  Chamomile tea stimulates blooming due to the nutrients in the tea.  Potash, one of the nutrients, is necessary for big blooms and the tannic acid in the tea helps plants retain moisture.

·          To remove white ring on wood, smear mayonnaise thickly over the stain.  Leave on for 4 hours and wipe off.  Clean and polish as usual.

·          To keep ants out of the house, draw a line of chalk (with the chalk sticks used on chalkboards) where they are entering the house.  Ants won’t cross a chalk line.

·          Sage is an ant repellent.  Place sage branches or sage leaves on the entry point.

15 thoughts on “Handy Tips

  1. LAIRD

    Those pc chappies got rid of blackboards and chalk here, ages ago. Peel onions in a bowl of water – the onions that is not you! Now I know where to plant sage – near my backdoor! With all this advice I suppose I should start Spring cleaning the castle! Have good weekend.

  2. Kenneth

    Bananas can stimulate more than the production of hemoglobin,  who in there right mind throws wine away ?  If I have ants in my pants then prey tell where do I put the sage branch ?  strong stuff that vinegar,  some people put it on their chips, yuk-yuk-yuk,   to avoid tears while peeling onions, get someone else to peel it,  I feed my african violets plant food and drink the tea myself,  time flies like a arrow fruit flies like a banana.
    Thankyou for the coffee Kate, be good and enjoy your weekend.       Kenny.

  3. Peter

    Hi KateHave a good weekend too – its freezing here though .. weather not so good.Good tip with the wine icecubes .. gives me some ideas …Peter

  4. Rog

    Ants won’t cross a chalk line??!!!!!!!!?? I am freaked at that !! Hi Kate, winter in SA eh? I never thought of that region as having a winter before! Shows how little we know indeed. The mem will be out there with a stick of chalk at the first opportunity. I shall remain ever alert on standby in case things turn nasty!

  5. meg

    Thanks for the tips; we have a terrible time with ants here, especially in the heat of summer, & I hesitate putting out poison with all the cats we have around- both indoor & outside.
    Same problem here- never have any wine left over-wonder if I can some next door?

  6. Michiko's

    Hello, I just come from Bittersweeti spaces, what a wonderful advise and some of I have copy to kept myself it’s very handy to remember. Thank you for sharing us,
    Have a great day,

  7. carole

    Ah the power of vinegar. Also good for soothing jellyfish stings (or is that urine?). I too never have left over wine but now fancy making wine ice lollies! x

  8. swamp

    Evening Kate. Some tips there for everyone, and I see Kenny has his own. lol
    Winter, brrrr, ours has passed thankfully, although with the wind and rain today, you would think it has returned.
    Lovely coffee as always; and most welcome this miserable evening.

  9. swamp

    Evening Kate. Some tips there for everyone, and I see Kenny has his own. lol
    Winter, brrrr, ours has passed thankfully, although with the wind and rain today, you would think it has returned.
    Lovely coffee as always; and most welcome this miserable evening.

  10. Suki x

    I can vouch for the celery tip it really does work, as long a as you don’t eat it lol
    Suki x

  11. Mei's

    Hello Kate, very handy tips you put in here, I think I got use for one or two, hope you’re enjoy your week in your beautiful place! Take care. Mei

  12. swamp

    Afternoon Kate. Just splashed over for a coffee. Beautiful sunny day here, for a change. Hope all’s well where you are, and have a good weekend.  🙂

  13. Peter

    Hi KateBananas ! – not a bad idea, along with some ice cream and chocolate chip !An alternative way to get rid of fruit flies and well, any flies – invite a lawyer round – they are sure to attract every fly & instect in the place .. works every time, then boot them out the door to a waiting bear.Hope you have a good weekendPeter


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