Friday, June 26, 2009
Friends have heard me say before that I consider myself a repository for useless or trivial information. Somehow I forget mundane things throughout the day but if you wanted to know that hydrogen peroxide is great for treating stains or how to use freezer paper to applique fussy fabrics, I'm your gal.
So today I figured I'd share two random tips that have been rocking my world this week. Admittedly it doesn't take much to rock my world but these are still pretty neat. Fruit flies are definitely a pain in home right now. Sometimes they come home with a piece of fruit or are let in by the kids opening and not closing the back door. Either way they reproduce quickly and are annoying.
I usually set up this simple fruit fly trap in each affected room. Just pour in about 1" of either apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar or wine. Then dribble in about 1/8" of vegetable oil. The fruit flies are attracted to the vinegar and are caught in the vegetable oil.
Not to gross you out first thing in the morning but just some photos to show that it works. When you've caught them, dump out the liquid. I save a few of these jelly jars to use for this purpose.
My second tip is using automatic dishwasher detergent to flash soak pots and pans. Not the handwashing detergent but the stuff you put in your dishwasher. One of the ingredients that loosens food is so effective that adding a teaspoon to your pan and then filling with water loosens everything up in about 5-10 minutes no matter how crusty and dried up the food.
So now it's your turn to share. What tips have been rocking your world? I just love adding new ones to the arsenal even if I can't remember what day of the week it is.