Around the house* Avoid tears from chopping onions. Place...


November 27, 1993|By Dolly Merritt

Around the house

* Avoid tears from chopping onions. Place unpeeled onions in refrigerator for at least a half hour. When ready to peel, cut off tops and peel skin. Leave root intact while chopping.

* Touch up small scratches on wooden furniture. Try wiping either brown liquid shoe polish, eyebrow pencil or coffee into the scratch. Buff lightly.

* Remove grease stains from cuffs of cotton pants. Rub solid vegetable shortening into fresh stain and toss in washing machine with warm water and detergent.

* Finish up the rest of outside chores before temperatures dip to freezing. Change outside light bulbs, clean front door and wash the rest of the windows.

* Pour vinegar over copper pans and sprinkle with salt. Rub gently with a dry cloth until grime is removed. Rinse with hot water and buff dry.

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

In the garden

*Put away lightweight outdoor furniture. If there's little space in your basement, hang furniture on 3/4 -inch dowels that have been inserted and glued into pre-drilled holes along the joists in the basement walls. If you have a carport or deck, stack folded furniture close to the house (for protection) and cover with plastic sheeting.

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