August 14, 2020
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Sweeping up solutions

By: Irene Hilsendager
August 14, 2020

Did you know that when you travel internationally, you should pack a spare passport photo and write down your passport number and the date it was issued? If you lose your passport while abroad, you will have all the materials you need to get a new one. Bring your photo and passport info to a nearby US embassy.

Did you know that when you come home from your summer vacation you could throw a few dryer sheets in your suitcases before you put them away?

Did you know always pack duct tape when you are going camping? You can use it to repair rips or holes in tents and air mattresses and can be used to string up food out of a bear’s reach. Tape your pant legs to your boots with duct tape to avoid bites from ticks, flies and mosquitoes.

Did you know you can find out if your toilet has a leak by putting a drop of food coloring in the tank and see if it shows up in the bowl?

Did you know in the summer months, keep your closet doors closed; otherwise you are paying to cool your closets?

Did you know a chest freezer will remain colder when its door is open than an upright freezer?

Did you know the fabric softener used in dryer sheets can get caught in the mesh, even if you can’t see it? Clean the screen with warm soapy water and a brush and leave it out to dry completely before pacing it back in the dryer.

Did you know even when you are not using appliances, they still continue to use energy? So, pull the plug when you are done with the blender, toaster, food processor and even your TV.

Did you know when corn is piled high in supermarket bins, go for the ears that are on top? Corn gets rapidly less sweet the warmer it gets and even the heat generated by the corn on the top of the pile can make the corn on the bottom start to lose its deliciously sweet taste.