• “I purchase rotisserie chickens and use the meat for different things — soup, casseroles, etc. I have a trick for getting the skin off. My hand strength isn’t what it used to be, and those birds are slippery. I use a paper towel to grip the skin, and pull the meat and bone right out. It works well on a raw bird, too.” — L.A. in Florida
• To rewhiten socks or wash cloths, try boiling a pot of water and adding a sliced, juiced lemon. Soak the items for at least an hour, and then pick out the lemon and add the pot — water and all — to a load of wash.
• “If there are crushed cookies in a pack I purchase, I set them aside in a plastic baggie in the freezer to use on ice cream. Yummy!” — R. L. in Alberta, Canada
• “If you’ve been cooking in the oven and have a pan that’s got cooked-on food, you can get it clean without all the scrubbing. Immediately after cooking, while the oven is still hot, add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan, and a little dish soap. Put it in the oven until the oven is cool. The residual heat will work on the stuck-on food while you are dining, and it’ll wipe right out.” — W.O. in Minnesota
• When washing out stockings, add a tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse water, and they will retain their elasticity better.
• “ Wintergreen oil makes a lovely room freshener. Put two drops on a cotton ball and tuck it into the cushions of your couch, or hide it under a lamp pedestal … anywhere out of the way. The scent drifts for a week or so.” — G.T. in Delaware
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