Keep lemons fresh

Cecil Whig - - & & -

FRESH LEMONS. “If you like to keep lemons on hand even when you don’t have a spe­cific need, sub­merge them (washed with peel on) in a bowl of wa­ter in the re­frig­er­a­tor. They will stay fresh for weeks on end. I have had a bowl in my re­frig­er­a­tor for the past two months, and they are still beau­ti­ful. Wow. What a money saver, too.” — Ash­ley

DRIVE-THRU FIRST. “Tak­ing young­sters to a fast food restau­rant can be a fun treat, but stand­ing in a long line with an ac­tive brood can be stress­ful. So­lu­tion: Place your or­der in the drive-thru and ask the server to put your food on a tray in­stead. By the time you park and get ev­ery­one inside, you can pick up the tray and go di­rectly to a ta­ble.” — Rhonda

UL­TRA-QUICK DRY. “Do you need to dry a pair of jeans or pa­ja­mas in a hurry? Put them into the dryer with a com­pletely dry bath towel. They’ll be dry in a frac­tion of the time.” — Patsy

BACK SPONGE. “In­stead of us­ing an ex­pen­sive blow-up bathtub back­rest (even the best ones stop hold­ing air af­ter a few uses), buy an in­ex­pen­sive baby bath sponge. It will stick to the tub and is large enough to rest your whole back. It stays warm as long as the wa­ter does. Just run it through the wash­ing ma­chine oc­ca­sion­ally to freshen.” — Roxy

PAINT STAINS. “Even if it’s been there for a long time, you can get la­tex paint out of car­pet or fab­ric with lac­quer thin­ner (not paint thin­ner), avail­able at hard­ware or home im­prove­ment cen­ters. Us­ing a clean white cloth, wet the dried paint with the thin­ner. Let it pen­e­trate the paint and then gen­tly blot with the cloth. Be sure to test the area in an in­con­spic­u­ous place first. Also, keep the thin­ner out of chil­dren’ and pets’ reach, and ven­ti­lated the room.” — Bradley

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