I’ve been gathering some awesome tips to share with you – ready?
Do you have a few white tops that have seen better days? You know what I mean – but did you know that those stains are caused in part by the aluminum in your antiperspirant? I just learned this recently, and have switched over to using deodorant only. Not surprisingly, this has all but eradicated the problem. But I still had a number of white shirts that I was holding on to, even though they were yellowed to the point that I would only wear them under sweaters.
image courtesy of drugstore.com
It really works! To use, just dampen the stain with water and apply the product (make sure to wear rubber gloves!) till the fabric is saturated. Let it sit for a few minutes – working it in with a toothbrush if you like – rinse with cold water, and launder as usual. Whites are white again!
Having just shared some recipes that use a food processor, I thought I’d pass along this helpful tip. Whenever I’m making sauces and dressings in the processor, they invariably drip down the sides of the work bowl and onto the base. Annoying. America’s Test Kitchen suggested covering the bowl with plastic wrap before putting the lid on. This works like a charm, catching all the splatters, and eliminating the clean-up.
Now go make this:
Did you know that you can make your own vanilla extract? Neither did I! I always assumed you needed a lab set-up and/or a commercial kitchen. Uh-uh. My friend Sara recently brought me this:
And she shared the recipe with me – can you guess?
You place vanilla beans in vodka.
That’s it. I couldn’t believe something I used on such a regular basis was so ridiculously easy to make, so I did a little digging – and, sure enough – that’s it! For more details, take a look at this article from Martha. If you start now, you’ll have your own batch of homemade vanilla ready to give as a holiday gift (yes, I’m already thinking about the holidays…).
And, speaking of the holidays, here’s my very favorite “share” of the day:
image courtesy of scissors.paper.wok.
D.I.Y. pencils! Pencils, people!
Hope you enjoyed, and of course, let me know if you try any (or all) of these!