• Weatherproofing in the winter makes good sense — nobody likes the feel of a chilly draft. But weatherproofi ng is just as important during the summer if you use air conditioning. You might not feel that cold air leaking outside, but your power bill sure does.
• Whip your butter to stretch it out. Soften sticks to room temperature and whip it to twice its volume using an electric mixer. Store in a large, sealable plastic container.
• “The secret to extralight pancakes and waffle batter is carbonated water. Use club soda in place of regular water and you’ll see a big diff erence.” — M.F. in Tennessee
• “To use the last bits of shampoo and conditioner in my bottles, I add a little water and shake them. I also cut open the bottle of lotion when it has a pump top. There’s always so much left when the bottle won’t pump any more out.” — A.R. in Oregon
• “If you have paintbrushes that have hard paint on them, try soaking them in full-strength vinegar. Check to see if paint has softened, and comb out with a wire brush.” — C.F. in New York
• Mix liquid dish detergent (or cheap shampoo) with baking soda and a bit of water to thin it out. Use this mixture to scrub the walls in your bathtub or shower.
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