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Vicki Lansky has written for Sesame Street, Parent’s Guide and Family Circle and has made numerous TV appearances on programs from Oprah to The View. Her books have sold over 6 million copies.
A bunch of helpful tips to keep the toy collection under control...
Whiten discolored chopping boards with lemon juice. It will also work on yellowed ivory handles. Poached fish will be firmer and whiter if you add lemon juice to the cooking liquid. After cutting smelly garlic or onions on a wood board, rub the surface wi...
Keep a second hair dryer in the kitchen. On "cool," it can dry salad greens, on "warm" it sets the icing on cakes, on "hot" it defrosts a stack of chops or softens ice cream for easy scooping.  If hard water spots your glasses dry them with a cloth, ...
Hand buff a wood floor to a beautiful shine with a pad made by inserting a folded bath towel into an old nylon stocking. The stocking will get snagged, so gather up plenty of old hose. Old nylons make perfect applicators for stains, varnish or polyurethan...
To ripen peaches, avocados, pears, apples or tomatoes, put them in a brown paper bag. The paper helps retain the natural gases that ripen the fruit. Remember, as soon as you refrigerate the fruit or vegetables, the ripening process stops. Store mushrooms ...
Cover cookie sheets with foil. They can be wiped clean with wet paper towels, dried and reused for continuous cookie baking. At the end of the baking session, cleanup is a snap. Wrap foil around doorknobs when painting to avoid drips. Brighten outdoor lig...
Today almost everything but the child goes into the washing machine...
Clean white baby shoes by rubbing them with a raw potato, liquid nonabrasive cleaner, or alcohol before polishing. Or apply toothpaste with an old toothbrush, scrub gently, and wipe off. Let shoes dry before polishing. Spray newly polished white baby shoe...
How to clean up after a messy toddler-style meal.
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