· 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.