• Buff spots off of silver with toothpaste. Rub gently with a soft cloth, rinse, and dry.
• Keep your dishcloths and sponges germ-free and smelling sweet. Once weekly, soak them overnight in a few cups of water to which you’ve added a tablespoon or so of bleach. It will keep them from developing a mildew smell.
• “To keep mixes from bunching up on the beaters of my mixer, I spray them with a little canola oil right before mixing. It isn’t enough to affect the recipe, but I think it helps them do a better job. And I don’t have to stop the mixer so often to scrape the dough from the beaters.” — R.V. in Oklahoma
• To clean tea-stained cups, use a couple of drops of dishwasher detergent. Stir and let set, then scrub out. It should wipe right out.
• “ If there’s a lot of burned-on food stuck to your pan, just add water immediately after cooking, then stick it in the oven (if oven-safe) at a low temperature for a little bit. It will soften the food and you can clean it much easier.” — U.A. in Montana
• “Save larger envelopes in which you receive mail. You can reuse them by gluing or taping a new label on the front. You can close them with packing tape. Some of these envelopes are expensive.” — T.G. in South Carolina
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