2018-05-16 / Columns

Now Here's a Tip

• “Here’s an awesome way to clean silver. Take an aluminum foil pan -- the disposable kind -- and line it with a piece of aluminum foil; sprinkle in some salt — I use sea salt, but any kind will do — then add an equal amount of baking soda, and fill the container with boiling water. Put your silver, including jewelry, into the mix — it cleans instantly! Of course, you’ll have to turn the larger pieces, so be careful not to burn yourself.” — L.N. in B.C., Canada

• “With summer storms and hurricane season right around the corner, power outages are a very real possibility. Whenever I have any extra room in my freezer, I fill some containers with water and freeze them. If the power were to go out, it’ll keep my frozen foods good longer, or become water to drink if needed. And it’s no waste, since if I need the room, I can just take one out.” — W.J. in Texas

• Do you remember the last time you went on vacation and came home the night before returning to work or school, and the house was trashed and there was no food or anything? Do yourself a favor here: Clean house before you leave; schedule a grocery delivery of essentials for your return, if possible; and schedule a recovery day at home before returning to work.

• Bread can be frozen and reheated in the oven after a quick spritz of water. Sliced bread can be defrosted on the counter as needed. There’s really no excuse to have bread go bad.

• For furniture items that require their own small tool to tighten screws (think, IKEA furniture, etc.), this tip is genius: Tape the tool to the underside of the furniture, or in an inconspicuous place. It will be handy for quick tighten-ups and ready when you need to take it apart to move it.

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