• Add a dry sponge to your crisper drawer to draw excess moisture that would otherwise spoil the vegetables.
• “We had an unfortunate event recently in our upstairs bathroom. The toilet overflowed, and when we tried to turn off the water, the knob to turn it off wouldn’t budge. Here’s some good advice from the plumber, for which we paid dearly: Turn water valves on and off twice a year to keep them from sticking. Know where your home’s water cutoff valve is, and have the necessary tool to close it readily available.” — L.E. in Ohio
• “Instead of buying pricey air freshener for your car, just put one sheet of your favorite dryer sheet under your seat. You will definitely save money, and your car will smell great.” — I.T. in South Carolina
• You can use vegetable oil to remove the leftover sticky bits of a price tag. Rub it directly on the paper and adhesive. Let it set for a minute or two, and rub off with a paper towel.
• “When you have soups, stews or meats to freeze, let the food cool to room temperature, then do this: Double-line a large container with self-sealing plastic bags. Fill the bags and let all the air out of them. Lay in the freezer flat. They stack much better and take up way less room.” — M.K. in Texas
• Banish mildew from beneath entryway welcome mats: Mix 1 cup bleach into 1 gallon of water and use it to scrub away mildew from concrete. Let dry and seal with a concrete sealer. Be sure to allow the area some sunlight from time to time.
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