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Practical Ideas: Vol 1

Although most of the post on this blog deal with practical ideas on how to run a business, every now an then something comes my way in which needs to be posted due in fact on how practical the ideas are useful.. This is volume 1 of Practical Ideas. Enjoy.

Slice Cherry Tomatoes

The simplest way to slice a bunch of cherry tomatoes is to sandwich them between two plastic lids and run a long knife through all of them at once!

Keep Brown Sugar Moist

Keep brown sugar soft by storing it with a couple of marshmallows in the bag.

Keep Shoes Off Floor

Install a regular coat rack low down the wall to store shoes safely off the floor

Display Jewelry

Organize jewellery on a cork-board for easy viewing when deciding how to accessorize an outfit

DIY Watering Can

Create a thrifty watering can by puncturing holes in the top of a used milk bottle.

Pet Hair Remover

Remove pet hair from furniture and carpets with a squeegee.

Easy Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Flip a toaster on its side to make grill cheese

Make Clear Ice


Water straight from the tap becomes cloudy when frozen. To make ice cubes crystal clear, allow a kettle of boiled water to cool slightly and use this to fill your ice cube trays.

Stuff Peppers Holder


Use a large muffin tin to cook stuffed peppers in the oven - it will help keep them upright.

Potato Preserver


To prevent potatoes budding, add an apple in the bag.

Easy Boiled Egg Peeler


Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs to make the shells incredibly easy to peel off.

Crayon Remover


WD40 can be used to remove crayon marks from any surface!

Have a Bad Egg?


To tell if eggs are fresh, immerse them in a bowl of water. Fresh eggs will lie on the bottom, while stale eggs will float to the surface.

A Clean Cutting Board


To clean a wooden chopping board, sprinkle on a handful of Kosher salt and rub with half a lemon. Rinse with clean water and dry to ensure it is clean and germ-free.

Soil Retainer


Prevent soil from escaping through the holes in the base of flowerpots by lining with large coffee filters.

Sharpen Scissors


To sharpen scissors, simply cut through sandpaper.
 

Open Jars Easily

Use rubber bands to help open a jar easily: place one around the jar lid and another around the middle of the glass. The rubber provides friction to prevent your hands from slipping.

No More Tears (Onions)


To prevent your eyes watering while chopping onions, wipe the chopping board with white vinegar (which won't affect the taste of the onions).

Store Sheets


Store bed sheets inside their pillowcases for easy storage and access.

Clean Stained Toilets


Drop a couple of denture cleaning tablets into the toilet bowl at night to clean off stubborn stains.

Fly and Bee Shield


Use cupcake cases to cover drinks glasses in the summer and prevent bees and flies from dropping in.

Ornament Storage


Use egg boxes to store delicate Christmas tree decorations.

Blister Pack Opener


Just use a can opener. This has to be the simplest way to open those annoying blister packs!

Broken Light Bulb Remover


Use a cut potato to easily remove a broken light bulb.

Grease Remover


Use chalk to remove grease stains from clothes. Simply rub white chalk on the affected area and wash as normal - the chalk will absorb the grease and be washed away in the cycle.

Keep Wine Cold


Freeze grapes to chill white wines without watering the wind down.

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