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Store Knives Upside Down in a Knife Block

Store cutlery upside down in a knife block to avoid dulling the blades. I should probably be doing this.

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Or you can buy a new knife block that stores them sideways.

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25 Pieces of Advice Men Should Commit to Memory

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How To Turn A Beer Can Into A Life Saving Camping Stove And Other Winter Survival Tips

Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Here’s a few ideas for what to include 

Store necessary items in passenger compartment as your trunk may become stuck or frozen:

  • Car utility shovel
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (Reverse batteries until needed)
  • Battery powered or self powered radio 
  • Water
  • Snack food including energy bars
  • Raisins and mini candy bars
  • Canned meat/soup and can opener 
  • Matches and small candles (two lighters – 1=None)
  • Package all dry items in plastic bags. The bags can be used for a lot of things (Newspaper plastic bags can be used to insulate socks/mittens) extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Large plastic garbage bag
  • Safety pins
  • Pencil & paper. Ink freezes. Your knife can be used to sharpen pencil. Always leave a note/info if you have to leave your vehicle
  • Rope/string can be used for many things. (Most of which you’ll never think of till stranded) 
  • Necessary medications
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • Booster/jumper cables
  • Emergency Flares
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

Freeze Pop Tip

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27 other uses for coffee filters

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  1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
  2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome… Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.
  3. Protect fine china by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
  4. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
  5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
  6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
  7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
  8. Use a little baking soda in a coffee filter as way deodorizing smelly sneakers.
  9. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
  10. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
  11. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
  12. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping everywhere. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
  13. Use strips of coffee filters to wax your eyebrows.
  14. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.
  15. Keep in the bathroom. They make great “razor nick fixers.”
  16. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliquéing soft fabrics.
  17. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to
  18. absorb or prevent odors.
  19. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.
  20. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.
  21. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.
  22. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
  23. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.
  24. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
  25. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lock plastic bag until they sprout.
  26. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book.
  27. Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, etc.

via Erin Turner