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Farmers Almanac
The 2015 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Helpful Hints for the Home

Helpful Hints for the Home

Microwave Deodorizer: Place a microwave safe bowl filled halfway to the top with water with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, or a cut-up lemon, in the microwave. Cook on high for 40 to 60 seconds.

Burned Popcorn? Place 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract in a bowl and heatfor 30 seconds. Keep door closed for 10 to 12 hours. Remove bowl and wipe inside of microwave.

Deodorize Shoes: Stuff newspaper in shoes – the paper absorbs odor and perspiration – also keeps shoe shape.

Foggy Mirror: A blow-dryer will clear it!

Can’t Find Important Papers? Try placing important letters, papers and paperwork in large, resealable plastic bags, and then tack the bags on a bulletin board or refrigerator. You’ll be able to see what’s inside the bags, and you’ll have easy access to your papers.

Better Closet Storage Store out-of-season things on the top shelves of closets. These shelves are usually too high to use for everyday clothes, but can easily keep different season, or holiday clothes and decorations in a safe, yet accessible spot.

–From the pages of the Farmers’ Almanac.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

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