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2X4: Problem at Home? There’s an Apple for That

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Jessica
09.27.13

An apple a day keeps … well, you’ve heard it before! This fruit may be great for your health, but it can do a lot more than keep the doctor at bay. Fruit fly problem? Cake going stale? Grab an apple for that. Here are four problems that an apple can solve:

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Stale Cake. Making a cake is a big accomplishment! But if there aren’t enough people to gobble up the entire thing while it’s fresh, you don’t have to resign yourself to the world of stale leftovers. Preserve the moisture of your sugary masterpiece with an apple. Cut an apple in half and place one half next to the cake when you store it. The apple helps the cake maintain its moisture, so you’ll be able to enjoy the dessert longer! Tip: If you have one handy, cover your cake with a cake stand cover. It isn’t necessary, but it may buy you an extra day or two.

No Table Decor. You’ve planned the perfect dinner party with an awesome menu and great guest list. There’s only one problem: you don’t have any equally-awesome table décor. Solve this problem with an apple or two! Core the apple (a knife works, or you could use a fancy apple corer), and place a piece of wet floral foam into the apple – you can find this foam at any floral shop. Stick a short-stemmed Spider Mum inside the foam and you have a centerpiece! For great pictures and more details, visit Family Chic.

Fruit Flies. Ripe fruit attracts pests like Justin Bieber attracts teenage girls. So, if fruit flies are in your kitchen, use their favorite snack as bait. Grab an empty jar – mason jars work well for this – and fill it halfway with a few pieces of ripe apple and apple cider vinegar. Roll a sheet of paper into a funnel, and place it in the jar with the large side of the funnel facing up. The flies won’t be able to resist the sweet smell of ripe apple and will fly right into your trap.

Smelly Couch. You’ve found the perfect couch at a thrift store – score! There’s one teeny, tiny problem. It reeks of cigarette smoke. Apple to the rescue! To get rid of unwanted odors on furniture fabric (like cigarette smoke), place a halved apple underneath the stinker. Apples contain antioxidants that will absorb offensive odors. Note: Make sure the apple is fresh! Otherwise, you may attract pests. Also, change the apple out frequently – like twice a day – until the odor is gone!

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