4 Unexpected Uses For Ziplock Bags

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Storing Ice Cream

Want ice cream that is scoop-able, but still frozen? Store your ice cream in a ziplock bag!

Orange Slush

Ingredients And Materials

  • Orange juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Ziplock bags
  • Directions

    1) Pour juice in a sandwich ziplock bag. Pour ice in a quart-sized ziplock bag.

    2) Place juice in ziplock with ice. Add salt. Seal. Wrap in a towel and shake for 5 minutes, or until orange juice becomes frozen and slushy.

    3) Serve immediately and enjoy!

    Cleaning Stovetop Grate

    Materials

  • Removable grate
  • Ziplock bag
  • Ammonia
  • Directions

    1) Place grate in quart-sized ziplock. Spray inside the bag lightly with ammonia. Soak overnight.

    2) The next morning, remove grate from bag and voila! It’s clean!

    DIY Cold Packs

    Materials

  • Sponges
  • Ziplock
  • Directions

    1) Wet sponges with water and place in Ziplock. Seal tightly and freeze.

    2) Use in lunch boxes, coolers or anywhere you need a few extra cold packs!

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    Kitchen Hacks: How To Get Rid Of Stubborn Odors For Good

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    Is your significant other coming over, but your home still smells like your burnt fish fiasco from the night before? Or maybe your parents are coming to visit, and you want them to think that you’re an actual adult who always cleans and never lets the garbage sit a little longer than it should? We get it, and we’ve got your back. Don’t panic.

    Here are some super easy ways to make your kitchen (and entire home) smell clean and fresh:

    1. Simmer Aromatics

    Fill a pot or saucepan halfway with water, then add some great-smelling ingredients. We recommend a thinly sliced orange, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and a glug of vanilla extract. Bring it to a boil and then bring it down to a simmer for a couple hours. Before you know it, a delicious aroma will permeate the whole house. Make sure you keep an eye on it! You can also throw the same ingredients in a slow cooker and let it simmer for a few hours for the same effect.

    2. Natural Odor Neutralizers

    Coffee grinds and baking soda are both natural deodorizers. Fill a bowl or open air container (we recommend a parmesan cheese shaker) with coffee grinds and leave them out somewhere. They’ll kill the odors pretty quickly. Put your baking soda in a box, bowl, or sachet and leave it somewhere that odors accumulate, like your fridge.

    3. Vanilla Vibes

    Speaking of your fridge, we have another delicious way to keep it smelling fresh. Simply pour a little bit of vanilla extract on a paper towel, and then wipe it on the plastic interior of your fridge. The plastic will absorb the vanilla scent and help neutralize odors.

    Alternately, you can soak a couple of cotton balls in vanilla extract and leave them in a bowl in the fridge for the same effect, or you can leave them around the house. Essential oils work great too — we recommend about 15 drops of your favorite scent.

    4.  Vinegar To The Rescue

    We’ve told you before how much we love white vinegar for getting rid of strong odors. Putting it in little bowls and strategically placing them around the house will help absorb those bad smells that you just can’t seem to get rid of with any other method.

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    Clever Ways To Remove Grease

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    Flour

    Although it’s famous for making a mess in the kitchen, flour is one of the best ways to clean grease off of a surface, especially baking pans. Throw a handful of flour on the grease and watch it absorb the mess. The trick works especially well for messes that haven’t yet dried.

    Baking Soda and Water

    Baking soda is a great all-purpose cleaning solution, especially for grease. When mixed with water, baking sofa can remove coffee and juice stains, discoloration on stainless steel, tarnish from copper and grease.

    Because baking soda is mild it can dissolve grease without harming your hands or counters. Just mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water; then, using the solution and a sponge, scrub any surface with a grease stain on it.

    Vinegar

    So you’ve tried everything and it still hasn’t work. Not so fast! Vinegar is famous for removing impossible grease stains that have hardened to stoves and ovens. Simply spray vinegar on the grease stain and let it soak for about five minutes. The acid in the vinegar will dissolve and soften the grease until it’s easier to scrub away with a sponge.

    For best results, apply vinegar to the surface when it’s still hot, like just after you’ve taken a pot off the burner. Vinegar can also be used to prevent grease fires by boiling 2 cups of it in a pan for 10 minutes. This method will keep grease from sticking for several months at a time.

    Salt

    Remove grease from an iron pan by sprinkling salt in it before you wash it. The pan will then absorb most of the grease, and you can wipe it out and wash it as usual. 

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    Bring Your Baking Sheets Back To Life With This Simple Cleaning Tip

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    If you love baking but are tired of spending hours scouring your pans when you really just want to be eating fresh cookies, we’re about to dramatically improve your life with this easy cleaning hack. The best part? You only need two ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

    That’s right. With just baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, you can get all of your old, crusty baking sheets looking like you just took them home from the store.

    Grab some baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, a rough sponge or rag and your gunked up cookware and listen up.

    Sprinkle an even layer of baking soda all over your cooking sheet. Then pour a little hydrogen peroxide over the top. Sprinkle a little more baking soda to top it off, put the pan aside and let it sit for a while.

    Catch up on Netflix or do some more cleaning while the mixture works its magic — just don’t leave it on for more than two hours. After the mixture has soaked in, grab a coarse sponge or rag, and wipe it off. It should look like you just bought a new pan.

    If you’re worried that this cleaning solution will cause damage, try it on a small spot on the back of your sheet first to make sure it’s going to work out.

    Now go enjoy your gloriously spotless bakeware.

    Tags: bakeware, cleaning, hack
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