Granny always has household hints. Here are a few of her favorite ones:
Does your child have a new bike? Place their ID information inside the handle bar before placing the grips on. If the bike is stolen and later recovered, remove the grip and there is proof who owns the bike.
If you make more coffee than you can drink, don’t dump it down the drain. Instead, put it in an ice cube tray and freeze it. That when you want just want one more cup you don’t have to make more, just pull out the coffee cubes and microwave.
Effective toilet cleaning isn’t about using the most expensive cleaner, it’s about using the right cleaner. So what does Granny use? Vinegar! For a clean toilet without a lot of fuss, just pour a couple cups of vinegar into the toilet before bed, swish it with a toilet brush in the morning, and flush. This simple strategy will sanitize your toilet and remove those stubborn hard water stains too.
Cleaning marker off walls is easy with toothpaste. Rub the toothpaste (just the plain kind, not gel) into the marks then scrub off with a damp cloth. This also works on wood (rub in the direction of the wood grain).
If the toothpaste does not work, try spray-on sunscreen. I have not tried this one personally, but I’ve read many places where people say it has worked when nothing else did.
Do not store bananas in the refrigerator because they will blacken. However, you can put GREEN bananas in the refrigerator to ripen them.
When you are in a hurry, prewashed salad fixings are great, except they go bad so quickly due to excess moisture in the bag. To extend your salad greens' life, open the bag once you get home, place a paper towel inside and then close with a bag clip. The paper towel absorbs the extra moisture. This gives salad about an extra week.
If milk on sale buy more than one gallon. Remove about 10% of the milk from each gallon and freeze the rest. It keeps for 6 months and nobody can tell it was frozen. This also works for half and half, cream and buttermilk.
Its best to thaw the milk in the fridge which means you'll have to do it a day or so before you'll need it. Some components of the milk may have separated during the freezing so you'll have to shake the milk after its thawed but it'll taste just fine.
Another way to save money is to use powdered milk in your recipes.
When you buy a new shirt with buttons, put a dab of clear nail polish in the center of each button on the front and back. The nail polish will seal the threads and the button will stay on much longer.
If you run out of confectioners (powdered) sugar here’s a quick fix: Take granulated sugar and pour in blender, and blend until it is powdery. You can make a cup or two at a time. Note: You need to add 2 Tbsp. of corn starch per cup of granulated sugar to thicken and as a binder.
Save your juice from canned peaches. Freeze it in ice cube trays. Then when solid put in a ziplock bag and store in freezer. Use them in your glass instead of ice when drinking iced tea. These are good with any tea, but especially good with raspberry tea.
Store all those Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, and special seasonal items in your empty suitcases. That space is unused most of the time anyway. When you need the suitcase for a trip, just put the Christmas stuff in a box until you return from vacation, and then return it when you get back home.
To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh; if it rises to the surface, throw it away.
Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle - perfect shaped pancakes every time.
To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature & roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.