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1 Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:34 am

bethk

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Remember when we listed our best "tried and true" tips to share? Boy, I learned a bunch of stuff from everyone else's ideas....stuff I never thought about. So, I thought we should start a thread here and try to come up with some of the best kitchen ideas ever.

I'll start.

NEVER STORE BREAKABLE ITEMS NEAR THE FRONT EDGE OF THE REFRIGERATOR SHELF.

And by breakable items, I'm referring to, well, let's say....a jar of maraschino cherries.

Any idea of what happens when the jar gets bumped because you have too much stuff stuffed in the fridge because you have company and an 11 year old tries to help get things out to put into the cooler to take to the beach ????

OMG - what a mess! DD did most of the cleanup, the 11 year old kept apologizing....we tried to explain to him it was an accident and stuff happens. But he still felt terrible. Poor kid. And, yup, glass jars and tile do not mix well. That sticky juice plopped all over the place.

Oh well, life goes on. I should get the sticky off the floor and the wall and the pantry louvered door and the woodwork and the refrigerator shelves and probably the ceiling in the next few weeks....if I really work at it.

2 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:41 pm

bethk

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Empty the dishwasher when it's done running and cool enough to handle.....

Don't wait or forget ~ others in the household don't really notice if the dishes in the dishwasher are clean or dirty, they just add their dishes to the racks.

How do I know this????

I did not take the time to empty the dishwasher this morning. I had things to do. Then I went to my appointment for a pedicure and haircut. When I started supper I had a chance to empty the dishwasher of the clean dishes. The first cereal bowl I touched was covered in 'bits and pieces' of ewwww. I put it in the sink and filled it with water to be able to rinse out the leftovers. As I continued to put away dishes, I came across a dirty coffee cup and a dirty spoon.

Finally, it dawned on me. Mr. Amazing was home alone and didn't want to leave his dirty dishes in the sink so he dutifully added them to the dishwasher.

Aaaaarrrrggggghhhhhh! I can't even yell at him ~ he at least tried to be helpful.

(gotta get his eye glasses prescription checked.....)

3 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:02 pm

Imelda HL

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good tips Beth..  I can't think of anything to share now but would like to follow this thread  

4 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:04 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Check this out.... I gotta get one! Now we have the magnet, but it is so strong, it scratches the dishwasher front panel, plus it is hard to see.
This one is the ticket!!!



http://www.amazon.com/Clean-Dirty-Dishwasher-Magnet-Sign/dp/B00G7V2P3Q/ref=sr_1_6?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1397181624&sr=1-6&keywords=dishes+dirty+clean+magnet

5 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:07 pm

bethk

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Oh, come on....you expect the man to READ the sign ???? Been there, done that, doesn't work.....

lol

(thanks anyway)

6 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:38 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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bethk wrote:Oh, come on....you expect the man to READ the sign ????  Been there, done that, doesn't work.....

lol

(thanks anyway)

OK... then, how about a talking dishwasher?.....

I could hear it say:
Hey! Mister!...Don't you dare put that dirty cup and or dish in with these clean dishes.
You wouldn't put the toilet paper back on the roll after using it Right?
Same scenario Lad! ..... Got that?   

7 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:55 am

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I am the only one here, for the most part.so I know what is clean .I am amazed at how fast I can load up a full dishwasher.Plus I use loads of paper plates..  

8 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:39 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Barbara101 wrote: 

I am the only one here, for the most part.so I know what is clean .I am amazed at how fast I can load up a full dishwasher.Plus I use loads of paper plates..  

Oh, that's funny.
I have my own fork, knife , and spoon.
I use a dish and scrub it soon after using it.
When I am home alone, the dishwasher is empty.
The dish drain is empty too! bounce 

9 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:46 pm

bethk

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When you have something stinky in the disposal (like when I deveined my shrimp at the sink today) and you want to be sure it gets flushed completely.....fill the disposal with ice cubes, then put the stopper in the sink and fill it with cool water. Start the disposal and release the water to help flush the system clean.

Many times people say to use lemon peel to freshen the disposal. That clogs mine. Ice works every time.

Makes a racket, but a few seconds of the noise is better than a stinky drain.

10 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:42 am

UNCLE JIMMY

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Barbara101 wrote: 

I am the only one here, for the most part.so I know what is clean .I am amazed at how fast I can load up a full dishwasher.Plus I use loads of paper plates..  

Bumping it up a bit.

Barb... not only do I use paper plates, but I use newspaper as a place mat.
Then if the plate is not stained, I rinse it quickly, and save it to use again.
Boy, does Tina flip out when she sees me do that.

11 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:23 am

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When I'm draining something like bacon on paper towels, instead of using a ton of the towels, I put a section of folded newspaper on a plate with ONE paper towel on top. Saves the paper towels and lets me get some use out of the newspaper prior to recycling it.

I realize I'm in the minority but I hate paper plates. We never ever use them...

12 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:29 am

Crybaby

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Bethk wrote:NEVER STORE BREAKABLE ITEMS NEAR THE FRONT EDGE OF THE REFRIGERATOR SHELF.

And by breakable items, I'm referring to, well, let's say....a jar of maraschino cherries.

Any idea of what happens when the jar gets bumped because you have too much stuff stuffed in the fridge because you have company and an 11 year old tries to help get things out to put into the cooler to take to the beach ????

Brian is no better than an 11-year-old, as he reaches into the fridge (ours is usually stuffed full, too), grabs something in the back and just pulls it forward. I hear stuff crashing all the time. I just holler out, like my parents did, "Save the pieces!"

Afterward, I hear him in the kitchen cussing while he cleans up the floor (ceramic tile also). It's so much easier to just move a couple of things to the island prior to reaching in and dragging out something you want!

13 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:39 am

UNCLE JIMMY

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Crybaby wrote:When I'm draining something like bacon on paper towels, instead of using a ton of the towels, I put a section of folded newspaper on a plate with ONE paper towel on top.  Saves the paper towels and lets me get some use out of the newspaper prior to recycling it.

I realize I'm in the minority but I hate paper plates.  We never ever use them...

Dear Goodness! That is a super great Idea Crybaby.
Tina usually pulls off 4 paper towels to absorb the excess grease!
I like using the paper towel on top the brown grocery bags.
That works, but How many grocery bags can one fit in the cabinet under the sink??? It gets so out of hand, I sneak them in the garbage.
SHhhhhh! Don't tell Tina.

14 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:01 am

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brown grocery bags




grocery I go to now puts my stuff in them.I do not recall getting them before. If I did it must have been years ago & I do not remember.I still use plastic trash bags for everything..


I use & buy lots of paper plates.I chop food on them. I use them for pet food even tho they have bowls.I use then between plates etc to stack.
I like the paper ones sturdy but not the foam ones.I always buy bogo & get 4 or so at a time so I do not run out.

15 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:06 pm

UNCLE JIMMY

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Barbara101 wrote:brown grocery bags




grocery I go to now puts my stuff in them.I do not recall getting them before. If I did it must have been years ago & I do not remember.I still use plastic trash bags for everything..


I use & buy lots of paper plates.I chop food on them. I use them for pet food even tho they have bowls.I use then between plates etc to stack.
I like the paper ones sturdy but not the foam ones.I always buy bogo & get 4 or so at a time so I do not run out.

The paper plates Tina gets, are used for dry stuff, such as a sandwich or potato chips. A steak and a paper plate = NOT!

In this house (Not Including Me) they will use a new real dish for everything. A sip of water in a glass ... In the sink it goes.
Oh! Thirsty for more water...??? Get another glass....Boink...In the washer.
The paper plates help solve the use of a different plate for every thing they eat. Once in a while I will eat macaroni's or salad on a coated paper dish.

I hate the thin white paper ones that stick together from the factory that makes them. The el cheapo's that bend when you put food on them. We only use them for sandwiches or cake.

16 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:23 pm

NormM

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I prefer to use paper plates and plastic cups. I'd rather throw them away than wash them. Charlie thinks it wasteful and uses plates and glasses. Guess who washes them most of the time? He does only once in a while. I try to wait him out but it bothers me to see the sink full of dirty dishes.

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17 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:19 pm

bethk

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Yeah, the kids who have the idea of 'saving a tree' and all that.

But they're too busy with work and life to clean up after themselves or the rest of the household.

If the paper prodects are convenient for you, go for it.

What's he gonna do? Kick you out of your house? LOL

18 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:12 am

UNCLE JIMMY

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NormM wrote:I prefer to use paper plates and plastic cups. I'd rather throw them away than wash them. Charlie thinks it wasteful and uses plates and glasses.  Guess who washes them most of the time? He does only once in a while. I try to wait him out but it bothers me to see the sink full of dirty dishes.

Me Too Norm!!! I hate when there is even just one fork in the sink; when the washer is right there.
OR.... a piece of veggie or onion peel in the sink. That's why there is a spray wand. I tell them rinse the darn sink.

19 Re: Kitchen & Household Tips.... on Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:52 am

Barbara101

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UNCLE JIMMY wrote:
NormM wrote:I prefer to use paper plates and plastic cups. I'd rather throw them away than wash them. Charlie thinks it wasteful and uses plates and glasses.  Guess who washes them most of the time? He does only once in a while. I try to wait him out but it bothers me to see the sink full of dirty dishes.

Me Too Norm!!! I hate when there is even just one fork in the sink; when the washer is right there.
OR.... a piece of veggie or onion peel in the sink. That's why there is a spray wand. I tell them rinse the darn sink.



you know really for one person in this house ,I have a full load plus of dirty stuff.I run the dishwasher once a day.
I may have to look into plastic cups lol.

SMH & think I need to cook jiffy stuff aka frozen,& use throw away dishes..

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