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PLANT NANNY. When I go on vacation, I fill bottles and push them into my houseplants and outdoor plants upside down. The water keeps the plants moist for days. — Sophia

LONG-LASTING CELERY. I don’t use celery a lot, except during the holidays. So, come November, when I purchase a stalk of celery, I use what I need and wrap the rest tightly in aluminum foil, making sure the celery is completely covered. Then I store it in my refrigerator crisper drawer. I pull it out again at Christmas and do the same with leftovers. If completely covered, the celery will look fresh and bright, like the day I bought it, well into March or April. — Terrie

MICROFIBER WONDER. I highly recommend microfiber cloths. I soak one in water, wring it out so it is nearly dry and then use it to clean my glass coffee table, end tables, dining room table glass, windows, mirrors, car windows and especially my granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Just wipe! No need to rinse or use any kind of cleaner. To me, microfiber cloths are irreplaceable. — Kaye

MORE DRAWER SPACE. After well over 50 years of marriage and constantly struggling to fit folded clean dish towels and napkins into one of three drawers in my kitchen, a light went on in my brain. I discovered that by folding the towels and napkins in half the long way and then rolling them up, I could easily fit many more of each in this one drawer. — Phyllis

CHERRY PITTER. You don’t need a special tool to pit cherries if you have a small kitchen funnel. Just turn your funnel upside down, and then press the cherry against the narrow opening to pop the pit out. Easy! — Jenn

FISH FOOD FOR ANTS. Several years ago, we had a problem with large black ants in my son’s bedroom. He had a fish tank. One day, he accidentally spilled a bunch of goldfish food behind the tank where I couldn’t see it. I…

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