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Help your credit card get read

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If your credit card doesn’t read well when it’s swiped, cover it in a plastic bag, or run a piece of cellophane tape along the stripe. It will help the card reader make the connection to the magnetic stripe.

Just Zip it

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Have you seen those late-night commercials advertising Green Bags? These bags supposedly can keep fruits and vegetables fresher longer. The bags are supposed to be specially made so they absorb ethylene gas, which contributes to spoilage. I tested the bags myself and found resealable plastic bags worked just as...

Use two boards

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A good tip is to use the plastic board to cut raw meats and the wooden one for everything else. The difference in their physical appearances will remind you to not cross-contaminate.  (It’s really better just to cut your veggies first before you even pull the meat out of...

Seeing is easy

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Ziploc makes big bags that can be used for easy storage & most importantly, you can see inside them.  Store seasonal items in them or even dog food to keep bugs out.

That’s a wrap

A lot of people love to cook and watch TV at the same time. If you’re one of those folks, be sure to wrap your TV’s remote control with clear plastic wrap before you start cooking. There’s nothing worse than a greasy remote control.

Shine, don’t whine

Make sure you use a plastic funnel when you pour drain opener down your sink or tub. Why? Most drain openers have harsh chemicals that can damage the finish of your chrome or brass. Trust me on this one — I learned it the hard way!

In plain sight

Use clear plastic containers for basement storage — you can see what’s in them. Also, use clear plastic bags for storing nuts and bolts and other odds and ends. The key is you can see inside without having to open the bag. It’s better than a coffee can!

Protect your specs

If you wear glasses and you’re getting ready to paint, you should wear goggles. If you don’t have any then consider putting plastic wrap over your lenses. The plastic wrap will keep the paint off of your glasses.

No more piles of cups

Buy plastic cups for your guests and leave a permanent marker out for them to write their names on the cups.

A clean swipe

Deanna Campbell gave me a tip on a better way to cut brownies. She said a simple plastic knife will do a better job than any regular knife, and that she keeps a plastic knife in one of her kitchen drawers for just this purpose. Well, I didn’t believe...

Burn calories, not books

Electronic books like the Amazon Kindle are great for exercising — just set the font to the largest size and you can use it on a treadmill or stationary bike. Just make sure you cover the device in clear plastic to keep sweat off of it!

Beware Internet myths

The website www.snopes.com is great for debunking junk e-mails that people like to forward. For example, there’s one going around that says if you put a plastic container in either a microwave or freezer you’ll get cancer because of released dioxins. Completely false. There are no dioxins in plastic....