Renovation & Design

Keeps those chips crisp with a clip

Question: What is the best way to store potato chips so that they last a long time? Thank you, Elma

Answer: The easiest solution for fresh chips is to, chip clip the bag so that no air or moisture find their way into the bag. If you don’t have a chip clip, use a hair clip or a rubber band. Freeze the bag. Pull out handfuls as needed. If you already have a bag of stale chips or crackers in your pantry, here is an easy way to revive those snacky delights. Place chips or crackers onto a microwaveable plate and microwave for about 40 seconds. Cool and eat.

Question: I bought an indoor garden centre and now I am constantly battling little black flies. Any solutions to this pesty problem? Garnet

Answer: Before these critters, ‘bug’ you, set out a bowl of vinegar to determine if the bugs are fruit flies or fungus gnats. Fruit flies are attracted to vinegar, but gnats are not. To reduce bugs from hatching in plants, spread a layer of course sand on top of the soil. Doing this makes it difficult for fruit flies to lay eggs. Also, standing water creates a perfect breeding environment for fruit flies; therefore, water the plants, but make sure there is no standing water in the plant dish. Homemade Pesticide: In a 1-gallon milk jug, combine 2 tbsp. dish soap, 1 tbsp. rubbing alcohol, dash of Tabasco sauce, 1 tbsp. canola oil and enough water to fill the jug. Pour mixture into spray bottle and use as needed (double recipe as needed). Another option is to steep cigarette tobacco in water. Leave for two days and spray plants.

Question: I have a white, cotton shirt that was hung on a wire hanger. My shirt now has brown rust stains along the shoulders. Any suggestions for removing these stains? Kaneria

Answer: One solution I find very effective for battling rust stains on white fabrics is to pour 3% hydrogen peroxide (or lemon juice) onto the stain and sprinkle it with cream of tartar. Leave the item in the bright sun for a day then wash. It works very well. Alternatively, chop up a few stalks of rhubarb and add to water, cook. Hold the stain in the boiling rhubarb water for a few seconds (assuming the fabric can stand hot water). You should get great results, and your pot will sparkle.

Rice is Nice

Did you know that you can use rice to clean? Soak uncooked rice in water to remove starch and debris, then use the water to clean shower doors, appliances, and copper.

The taste of rice improves by resting the grain after cooking, which gives you more flexibility for completing the remainder of your meal. For a longer wait, place a slice of dry bread on the rice to keep it fluffy, cover.

Leftover rice freezes well. Store in sealable bags.

Make rice pudding using leftover rice. Place 2 cups of cooked rice in a bowl, add 1-2 cups low-fat Cool Whip, 1 cup raisins and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Mix well and cool in fridge until needed.

To clean a pot with baked-on rice, boil vinegar, baking soda and dish soap in a pot for 5 minutes. Let cool and scrub.

Rice is the first food a new bride in India offers to her husband and the first food offered to newborn babies.

Rice is grown on every continent except Antarctica.

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

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