Around the house* When entertaining, refrigerate candles...

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Around the house

* When entertaining, refrigerate candles before using; they will burn more evenly without excessive drips.

* Shine silver to a gleam. Rub with a soft, damp cloth that has been dipped in baking soda.

* Keep household sponges fresh; soak regularly in cold salt water.

* Store bananas in the refrigerator without the skins turning dark. Place fruit inside a white plastic bag, such as a kitchen trash bag, and store inside crisper. Skins will remain yellow for several days.

* Chop onions finely with a pizza cutter. Run wheel back and forth over sliced onions.

In the garden

* When watering hanging plants, place potted plants beneath them to catch the drips.

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