Vegetable Wash

Combine one cup distilled white vinegar with two cups cold water. Put in spray bottle and use to clean fruit and vegetables. Spray on, then rise under cold water and your fruit/veggies are ready to eat! Germs gone!

Testing by America's Test Kitchen found that this solution worked better than solutions available for purchase.


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food coloring

Combine all ingredients. Heat in a saucepan, stirring constantly. Cool slightly. Knead. Color may be added when kneading or as part of the liquid. Store in airtight containers and it will keep several months. Just like playdough, except for the smell!


Mix equal amounts of white glue, flour and corn starch. Stir. Knead. Mold, then dry. Objects may be varnished. Ideas include a bread basket. Make long strips, braid and use an inverted Pyrex casserole dish as a mold. to shape into a rectangle.


2 cups Joy dishwashing liquid
6 cups water
3/4 cup white Karo corn syrup

Combine, shake, let settle 4 hours. Store covered in refrigerator to extend suds shelf life. Allow to warm before using. Must use Joy.

Bubble tips: Don't stir wand in suds to avoid foaming. If foam develops, scrape off with stiff card. Keep suds clean, avoid dirt, grass, bugs, etc. 9 x 13 cake pan or pizza pan works well. Bubbles work best on humid days. Sun weakens suds.