Around the house* Wash cutlery by hand unless manufacturer...

CHECKLIST

February 13, 1993|By Dolly Merritt

Around the house

* Wash cutlery by hand unless manufacturer specifies it is dishwasher safe. Avoid soaking in water, which can loosen wooden handles; dry thoroughly.

* Plug openings around pipes and vents that lead outside with steel wool. This will prevent mice from entering your home.

* Pour 1 cup baking soda into sink drain to avoid clogging. Follow with 1 cup cider vinegar and 1 pint boiling water. Repeat once a week.

* Strain scum from old paint with nylon hose. Make vertical snips with scissors along legs of hose and cut to fit; pull nylon taut over the top of a can of paint; attach with rubber band and pour.

* Recycle pieces of plastic that separate sliced cheese. Use to cover cut side of vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers or lemons when storing in refrigerator.

* When storing containers of cottage cheese and sour cream that have been opened, turn upside down in refrigerator. This prevents air from entering the lid and enables the food to stay

fresher longer. Make sure covers are on tight.

In the garden

* Remove burs and seeds from clothing easily with a ball of

raw cotton that has been rubbed over garments.

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