26. Baking soda is not as effective a deodorizer for the fridge as that baking soda company would like you to believe. Activated charcoal is much better at absorbing fridge and freezer odours.
27. However, baking soda is an extremely effective cleaner. Use it with vinegar to deodorize drains and clean stovetops and sinks.
28. A favourite tip from thousands of grandmothers: when you nick your finger while cutting veggies, wait until the bleeding stops and paint on a layer of clear nail polish. It will keep juices out of the wound and will not fall off into the spaghetti sauce like a bandage. Not a nice and tasty find when your guests are tucking into their meal.
29. The jury is still out on what to put in the bag of brown sugar to keep it from going hard: a slice of apple, a piece of bread, and a shard of a terra cotta pot have all been used.
30. Got a nasty invisible splinter from your kitchen tools? Put a piece of adhesive tape on the area and then pull it off to remove the splinter.
31.When you burn yourself in the kitchen, just spread mustard on the affected area. Leave it for a while and it will ease the pain and prevent blistering.
32. For aluminium pans that are looking dull, boil some apple peels in them. This will brighten up the aluminium and make your house smell yummy.
33. To keep cookies fresh, savvy grannies like to put some crumpled-up tissue paper in the bottom of the cookie jar.
34. If your salt is clumping up, put a few grains of rice in with it to absorb excess moisture.
35. To clean fruit stains off of your fingers, rub them with a fresh, peeled potato. White vinegar can also do the trick.
36. Keep iceberg lettuce fresh in the fridge by wrapping it in a clean, dry paper towel. Then store the lettuce and paper towel in a sealed baggie in the fridge.
37.If your loaf of bread is starting to go stale, put a piece of fresh celery in the bag and close it back up. For some
reason, this restores a fresh taste and texture to the bread.
38. Always keep an aloe vera plant in your kitchen. It’s invaluable when you scrape your arm or burn your finger. All you need to do is break off a leaf and rub the gel from the inside on the injury.
39. When making a soup, gravy, sauce, or casserole that ends up too fatty or greasy, drop in an ice cube. The ice will attract the fat, which you can then scoop out.
40. To reuse cooking oil without tasting whatever was cooked in the oil previously, heat a 1/4″ piece of ginger in the oil. It will remove any remaining flavours and odours.
41. If your milk always goes bad before you can finish it, try adding a pinch of salt to the carton when you first open it. It will stay fresh days longer.
42. Water that has been boiled and allowed to cool will freeze faster than water from the tap. This comes in handy when you’re having a party and need ice pronto.
43. Remove tea or coffee stains from your fine china by mixing up a paste of baking soda, lemon juice, and cream of tartar. Rub it over the stains and they’ll come off easily.
44. If two drinking glasses become stuck together after stacking, it’s not impossible to separate them. Just put ice in the inner glass and dunk the outer glass in warm water. The warm glass will expand and the cold glass will contract, making the glasses separate easily. Ahhh science, you genius!
45. For splinters under the fingernail, soaking the affected finger in a bowl of milk with a piece of bread in it is said to draw out the splinter.
46. Did granddad ever give you a drink of Coke for an upset tummy? It turns out that this is actually a pretty effective remedy. The sugar and carbonation can soothe many tummy problems – but it can also exacerbate others. You’ve been warned it can go either way!
47. Drinking cranberry juice and eating blueberries regularly will help stave off urinary tract infections.
48. Putting salty bacon on a boil is said to ‘draw the poison out’ of boils.
50. A cotton ball soaked in white vinegar and applied to a fresh bruise will reduce the darkness of the bruise and help it disappear sooner. I bruise like a peach so I am tickled pink to discover this fact.
So there you go. Interesting and random facts which makes you look like a kitchen goddess and know-it-all genius!
Adapted from www.lifehackery.com