• The next time you order extra pickles or condiments with your take-out order, save and wash the small containers with lids that they come in. They are fantastic for keeping all sorts of things: extra buttons in a sewing box; spices; diff erent size pins, nails or office supplies; even craft supplies.
• Keep a can or shaker of baking soda next to the stove. Small grease spatters can be covered in a jiff y if they are too close to a heat source. And it will help them to wipe up cleanly later.
• “Get a professional look when recaulking a sink by running over the bead of caulk with the back of a soapy teaspoon. It will smooth the caulk and give it a uniform appearance.” — I.O. in West Virginia
• If you suspect you have a slow leak from your toilet tank, put a few drops of food coloring into the large tank. If the flapper is not closing all the way, in a short time the dye will have made its way to the toilet bowl. If it does, you know that you need to replace the ball and flapper.
• “For troublesome-toopen jars of pickles, jam, etc., use a pair of standard dishwashing gloves. They provide a sturdy grip, especially if your hands are the least bit damp.” — D.L. in Indiana
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