To help you minimize these panicked efforts, check out the following tips and tricks.
All-purpose tip: This technique can be applied to any item you have, such as toothpaste, body and face creams, foundation, shampoo and conditioner, etc. Simply take a pair of scissors and cut along the bottom of the tube and squeeze from the top. Use an appropriately sized binder clip to close the end when you are finished.
If your mascara has dried out, add a few drops of saline solution to the tip of the wand. This will sanitize the wand and add moisture to the product.
Silica gel packets
Ever wonder about those little silica gel packets that come in new purses, boxes of shoes, vitamin bottles, etc.? What's their purpose? The answer: They're in there to absorb and hold moisture that can cause these items to spoil, break down and grow mold. What you probably didn't know is these little gel packages have some other handy uses.
Who would have thought banana peels could come in handy? Turns out, they're terrific for dusting and shining the leaves of your houseplants. Simply remove the stringy strands from the inside of the peel and thoroughly wipe the top and underside of each leaf. You can also use the peel to shine leather!
Even though the carton has a "best if used by" date, that doesn't mean you should toss your eggs as soon as that date arrives. Instead, do a quick safety check to see if they're still OK to eat. Fill a bowl with enough water to submerge the eggs and carefully place them in the bowl. If the eggs sink, they're safe to eat. If they float, you'd better go out for breakfast!
Note: If you have lemon, orange or grapefruit rinds, toss them into the garbage disposal and let it run for another 10 seconds. This is an easy, natural way to freshen your garbage disposal.
Whether your eggs are good or bad, their shells can be used to sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal! Crack your eggs and push two shells down into the disposal (use a tool, not your fingers!). Flip the switch and let it chop for 15 to 20 seconds. You do not need to run the water while you do this.
This is where being a two-cup-a-day coffee drinker pays off. Utilize used coffee grounds as:
If you're like me, you have tons of wine corks lying around. Here are a few ways to uncork their other uses.
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