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15 Brilliant Uses for Toothpaste
By Zana Faulkner

Toothpaste: it whitens, brightens, deodorizes, removes stains, and restores and protects enamel. But toothpaste’s cleaning capabilities work wonders on many things besides our teeth. The same ingredients that help polish our pearly whites can also soothe some common ailments, make household items sparkle, and even get rid of stains and pungent smells. Try out these fifteen tricks with a white, non-gel toothpaste (unless otherwise noted), and watch that cavity-fighting, breath-freshening tube of wonder work its magic.

1. Relieve irritation from bug bites, sores, and blisters. These skin irritations all tend to weep and, in the case of bug bites, often itch. Apply a drop of toothpaste to a bug bite or insect sting to stop the itching and decrease any swelling. When applied to sores or blisters, it dries them up, thus allowing the wound to heal faster. It’s best when used overnight.

2. Soothe a stinging burn. For MINOR burns that don’t involve an open wound, toothpaste can deliver temporary cooling relief. Apply it delicately to the affected area immediately after a burn develops; it temporarily relieves the sting and prevents the wound from weeping or opening.

3. Decrease the size of a facial blemish. Want to speed up the healing of a zit? Apply a tiny dot of toothpaste to the affected area at night before bed. Wash it off in the morning.

4. Clean up your fingernails. Our teeth are made of enamel, and toothpaste is good for them, so it stands to reason that toothpaste would also be good for our fingernails. For cleaner, shinier, and stronger nails, simply scrub the underneath and tops of fingernails with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

5. Keep hair in place. Gel toothpastes contain the same water-soluble polymers that many hair gels are made of. If you’re looking to style and hold an extreme hair creation, try gel toothpaste as your go-to product if you’re out of regular hair gel. (This is also a great trick for making baby barrettes stay in place.)

6. Scrub away stinky smells. Garlic, fish, onion, and other pungent foods can permeate the skin cells on our hands. Scrubbing hands and fingertips briefly with toothpaste removes all traces of smelly odors

7. Remove stains. Toothpaste can make tough stains on both clothing and carpets disappear. For clothes, apply toothpaste directly to the stain and rub briskly until the spot is gone, then wash as usual. (Note that using a whitening toothpaste on colors can sometimes bleach the fabric.) For carpet stains, apply toothpaste to the stain and scrub it with an abrasive brush, then rinse immediately.

8. Spruce up dirty shoes. This tactic works great on running shoes or scuffed-up leather shoes. As with carpet stains, apply toothpaste directly to the dirty or scuffed area, then scrub with a brush and wipe clean.

9. Remove crayon stains on painted walls. Rub a damp cloth with toothpaste gently on the marked-up wall and watch the Crayola marks disappear.

10. Make silver jewelry and other silver pieces sparkle. Rub toothpaste onto jewelry and leave overnight. Wipe clean with a soft cloth in the morning. Make diamonds shine by giving them a gentle scrub using a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a little water. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of toothpaste. Do not use this method on pearls, as it will damage their finish.

11. Remove scratches on DVDs and CDs. This remedy has been used with mixed success rates, but it seems to work fairly well on shallow scratches and smudges. Apply a thin coating of toothpaste to the disc and rub gently, then rinse clean.

12. Tidy up piano keys before tickling them. Piano keys retain oil from the skin, which then attracts dust and dirt. Clean away grime gently with a damp, lint-free cloth and toothpaste; after rubbing in the toothpaste, wipe the keys clean with a second lint-free cloth.

13. Deodorize baby bottles. If baby bottles develop a sour-milk smell, a good cleaning with some toothpaste and a bottle scrubber will clean away residue and deodorize. Always make sure to rinse well.

14. Remove the burned crust on irons. For those of you who still use an iron, you may find that after time, the plate of the iron develops a burned crust. The silica in toothpaste gently grinds away this rusty-looking layer.

15. Defog goggles. Scuba divers, swimmers, and triathletes may already know about this handy little trick: Rub a small spot of toothpaste into each lens of your goggles, then rinse thoroughly, and voila! There’ll be no need to ever buy expensive defogger gels again. Avoid rubbing too vigorously, though, as the abrasive ingredients in toothpaste could scratch the lenses.

I have used many of these and they work.

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10/3/11 10:37 A

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Home remedies really work. Just ask the doctors at the Mayo Clinic. A newsletter covers chicken soup to ease cold symptoms, using duct tape to remove warts, and other helpful remedies. (2008)

Chicken soup has been tested by moms and scientists alike, finding the soup relieves cold and flu symptoms and helps relieve congestion. And it doesn’t have to be homemade. Canned soup works just as well, particularly the low-sodium varieties.

Oatmeal soothes dry, itchy and irritated skin. Finely grind either quick or old-fashioned oatmeal in a food processor, then sprinkle the powder under full-force, running water for a soothing bath.

Milk of magnesia takes out the sting of a canker sore. Dab a small amount on the sore three or four times a day.
Duct tape works great in a lot of situations, including wart removal. Cover the warts on fingers or the backs of hands and feet with duct tape and leave it on for six days. After removing the tape, soak the wart in water and gently rub with a pumice stone or emery board. Allow the skin to breathe overnight, and repeat the process for up to two months.

The juice from aloe leaves helps promote healing in mild to moderate burns.


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9/23/11 10:33 A

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I am sure there are many more, but here are a few. The first one is one I added.

Uses For Plastic Bags

I save all my bread type plastic bags. One use for them is garbage. Since I moved three years ago, I no longer have a garbage disposer. Often I use a "garbage bowl" and often I forget. If I end up with pieces of garbage or food in the sink I put my hand in a bread bag, get all the garbage together then turn the bag inside out as to not spill any, then tie it securely and throw away.

Use them to line trash cans.

Take some to the lake, beach or pool for bringing home wet bathing suits, sea shells, etc.

In grade 3 my son made remembrance day or Christmas wreaths out of white plastic bags. we used clean ones of course. cut into strips (not a pleasant job) and tie onto coat hangers that have been bent into a circle. You need lots of strips for a nice fluffy result.

Some bags are simply ruined after one trip and they are made with holes in the them. they are useless therefore for garbage as they leak. however, they work well in bedrooms or offices where most of the garbage is dry and the occasional apple core or gum won't leak through.

Give plastic bags to the food pantry at your church or senior center. They are always in need of bags for the groceries they give away.

Use extras (the ones you don't use as trash bags for small trash cans) as stuffing throw pillows you make.

When traveling, tuck a few bags into the suitcase. Use them to protect shoes,
cosmetics, and to keep wet or soiled clothing separate from clean clothing.

Crumple plastic bags for packing material when sending a fragile gift item.

Crumple plastic bags (or plastic "peanuts") in the bottom of large pots when your potted plants don't need the depth or soil for their normal root length. The pots are lighter and you need less soil and water.

Keep extras in your car. Good for almost any sort of mess disposal.

If you are painting and need to stop, wrap the brush in a plastic bag. It will not dry out for several hours.

Food grade bags (bread wrappers, for instance) can be re-used once as "mitts" when you need to mix hamburger, cookie dough, or other messy items by hand. Turn them inside out so that the part that was touching the original food is on the outside and you don't get the paint and colors from the outside of the bag onto your food.

In most neighborhood's it is the law that you have to clean up after your dog. Colect the long plastic bags that newspapers are delivered in and use those to pick up. You just have to make sure that there aren't any holes in the bags first! (when I had a dog)

If your arm or foot is bandaged, slip on the elongated plastic bag to protect the area while taking a shower

The bread bags are good to save to use for crushing cracker or cookie crumbs

Keep bags in a cabinet next to the cat litter box. I can scoop the litter frequently and put it in the bag for the trash. It keeps odor down and it's quick. (when I had a cat)

Use bread bags or the plastic bags out of cereal boxes to put flour in when frying meats. I add my salt and pepper with the flour and then "shake" the meat to coat it for frying. This saves washing an extra dish and also is less messy.


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The last of the salt tips. I know we need to limit our sodium intake, but some of these tips are good to remember....

Although a pinch of salt added to breads and desserts enhances flavors, do not double this ingredient when doubling a recipe.

If you plan on adding salt to boiling water for pasta or vegetables, wait until the water boils before adding it. Salted water takes longer to boil.

Contrary to popular belief, salting meat before cooking is a good thing when cooking under high temperatures. The salt helps accentuate the carmelization of the natural sugars in the meat and also helps form the crust that seals in moisture and flavor. Choose coarse or kosher salt to use with meats.

Do not use table salt for pickling and canning. The additives can darken the pickles and affect fermentation. Use pickling salt for best results.

Do not store salt in silver containers. The chlorine in the salt reacts negatively with the silver, causing a green discoloration.

Substitute 1 Tablespoon coarse or kosher salt for 2 teaspoons table salt.

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Remove bitterness from percolators and other coffee pots by filling with water, adding four tablespoons of salt and percolating or boiling as usual

Eggs boiled in salted water peel more easily.

Poaching eggs over salted water helps set the egg whites.

Place the egg in a cup of water to which two teaspoonfuls of salt has been added. A fresh egg sinks; a doubter will float.

Soak fish in salt water before descaling;
the scales will come off easier.

Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for easier pouring.


If you drop a whole egg on the floor, pour salt all over the egg, let it sit for awhile, then use dustpan, the egg will come right up, without all that mess.


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More salt tips....

The greasiest iron pan will wash easily if you use a little salt in it and wipe with paper.

Rubbing with salt will remove stubborn tea or coffee stains from cups.

Salt tossed on a grease fire on the stove or in the oven will smother flames. Never use water; it will only spatter the burning grease.

To improve the flavor of poultry, rub the fowl inside and out with salt before roasting.

To remove pinfeathers easily from a chicken, rub the chicken skin with salt first.

Remove stains on copper pans by salting area and scouring with a cloth soaked in vinegar.

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A little salt added to cake icings prevents them from sugaring.

A pinch of salt in coffee will enhance the flavor and remove the bitterness of over-cooked coffee. The first time I was asked to make a pot of coffee I said I would try, but I don't drink coffee, so no guarantees. There was a nurse from OB that walked past and whispered to me to add a pinch of salt to the coffee when I put it in the filter. Everyone said it was the best coffee.

To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make stiff putty.

If spinach is washed in salted water, repeated cleanings will not be necessary.

Salting salads immediately before serving will keep them crisp.


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Salt uses. I have many of these, so will share a few at a time. I haven't tried them all, but some are good ideas.


A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.

Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.

Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.

Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.

A pinch of salt enhances the taste of tea.

If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won’t smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled.

Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.

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Cooking Spray - Unusual Uses

Shoveling snow can be a hard and tedious work. Make the job a little easier by coating your snow shovel with cooking spray. After spraying both sides of the shovel liberally, the ice and snow will slide right off the oily surface. If you use a snow thrower, spray the inside of the discharge chute to prevent it from clogging and make the snow fly out effortlessly.

If you have trouble with a sticky lock, spray the key with cooking spray and slide the key in and out of the lock a few times.

Don't be left out in the cold. Spray exterior door locks liberally to prevent them from freezing when temperatures plummet. For a mailbox door, spray the inside rim and the lock to prevent frost from forming.

A few sprays of nonstick cooking spray will fix a creaky or sticky bike chain. Make sure to spray lightly and wipe off the excess. Also, you can lubricate roller skate and wheels with cooking spray to make them turn better.

Don't forget the cooking spray when you go fishing! Spray your fishing line and it will cast effortlessly and get more distance.

Door squeaks driving you crazy? You can use cooking spray to silence those squeaks. Spritz the hinge with nonstick cooking spray. Use a paper towel to wipe up the excess drips.

There's no need to use harsh chemicals to remove paint and grease from your hands. Cooking spray cleans oil-based primers and paint right off. Spray hands liberally, work in well and rinse. Wash hands again with soap and water.

Fight soap scum. Coat shower door with a thin layer of nonstick cooking spray. Wait a few minutes and wash off with soap and water. This oil in the cooking spray dissolves the soap scum buildup and lime deposits.

Clean car wheels. Brake dust -- the black debris that accumulates on the wheels of your car -- is produced every time you hit the brakes and the pads wear against the brake disks. And as most car owners know, brake dust is a pain to clean off. Next time you've scrubbed your wheels clean, spritz cooking spray on them. The next time when break dust collects on them, you'll be able to wipe it right off.

Remove bugs from your car. Dead, smashed bugs on your car's grille or bumper are a common (and disgusting) sight. You can spritz your car with nonstick cooking spray and just wipe away those insects. Plus, the cooking spray gives your car's surface a nice shine.

Create nonstick measuring tools. When you use measuring cups to measure sticky foods like honey, you usually have to use a spoon to get it all out. Coat measuring cups and utensils with cooking spray so the ingredients will slide right off. Also, spray your rolling pin or cookie cutters to prevent dough from sticking.

Sauces and stews can leave permanent stains in your Tupperware containers. Prevent this by coating the bottom of plastic storage containers with cooking spray before you pour in food, such as tomato or pasta sauce.

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For thosde who don't know this, the tips below will help you get the most value for your money when pumping gas...

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. All service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline. As gasoline gets warmer it expands. If you buy in the afternoon or in the evening, your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business, but the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you are pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created during the pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, every gasolinetruck that is loaded is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

If there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up. More than likely as the gasoline is being delivered, it is being stirred up in the tanks and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. This can cause your vehicle to not run properly or worse, not at all.

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Uses for Vicks VapoRub

Vicks is an age-old mentholated topical cream intended to relieve head, throat, and chest stuffiness. It uses menthol to elicit a response from receptors in the nose and chest and can work wonders on children with colds or chronic bronchitis. Vicks has been around for over one hundred years and is one of the most widely used over-the-counter decongestants. Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about unique and unconventional ways to use this odoriferous ointment. You’ll be surprised to learn that Vicks VapoRub is a supposed treatment for so much more than just a congested chest.

Decongest Your Chest
The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.

On Your Tootsies
Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Within moments your cough will subside—in the morning you’ll wake up a new, hacking free woman.

Achy Breaky Muscles
Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it all over the aching area. (Be sure to warn your bed-mate.)

Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus
Rub VapoRub on your toenails if you suspect you have a fungus. Within days, the nail will turn dark—this means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As your toenail grows out, the dark part will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet. Keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse nail beds of any remaining bacteria.

Stop Your Cat from Scratching
Cats are notorious for scratching every hard surface they get their claws on. To prevent Miss Kitty from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.

Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent
If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.

Headaches Be Gone
Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and relieve pain.

Humidify Your Sleep
Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Ensure your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.

Paper Cuts and Splinters
To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.

Ticks and Bugs
If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.

My note...I had a skin tag on my neck, it went away by applying Vick's. It took some time, but it went away. I would rub a little Vicks on it at least twice a day. I always have a jar in my Den and Bedroom. I have used it my entire life.

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Hair dryer uses...

Hand held hair dryers were introduced for the domestic market in 1920, and since then countless hairdos have relied on that combination of heat and air to achieve their coiffed perfection. But the humble blow dryer has plenty of other services to offer around the house–here are a few of them:

Running an ice cream scoop under hot water helps, but you can also try using a hair dryer on the carton to soften ice cream for easy scooping. Or run the spoon under the hot dryer.

Some people use pots of boiling water to quicken freezer defrosting, a hot hair dryer works even more quickly. (Be careful of puddles of water and the dryer, though.) This is how I defrost my little freezer.

Automatic ice-makers can get jammed with frozen ice, relieve that with a long blast of hot air to melt unwanted icebergs.

Remove contact paper from shelves by heating it with the hair dryer and gently working the edges up. Also works for bumper stickers and other rogue sticky things

Old photo albums with magnetic pages can get stuck–unstick them with a blast from the hair dryer.

Wet boots, shoes, and sneakers can take on a terrible odor if left to dry slowly–alleviate that by drying them with your hair dryer.

If you have trouble keeping a hot compress hot, keep your hair dryer by you and reheat as necessary.

For wrinkled ribbons and fabric belts, employ a curling iron to straighten them out.


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Cut Flower Tip:


Extend the indoor life of your cut flowers by

putting them in a solution that is one part water,

one part clear soft drink (such as 7-Up, Sprite, etc.),

and a few drops chlorine bleach.


From the Farmer's Almanac



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I thought these were interesting...

1. LEMON CLEANSER FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
1/8 cup ground almonds (A coffee grinder works well)
2 tbs milk or cream
1 tsp lemon juice
Combine thoroughly, and use to gently cleanse skin. Rinse well with warm water.

Benefit
According to Sue Dolan, M.Ed., author of Naturally Skinsational: Rejuvenating Skin Care Recipes, lemons are a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and antioxidants. Dolan says, "A natural form of AHA such as lemon is found in many natural skin care recipes for not only the cleansing attributes but for toning and exfoliating the skin."

2. SKIN-REVITALIZING ORANGE PEEL
1 egg yolk
1 tsp honey
1/8 cup fresh citrus (lemon, orange or lime) juice
1 packet plain gelatin
Mix together thoroughly, and apply to skin for 20 to 25 minutes.

Benefit
Navel oranges are a great source of AHAs and vitamin C, which are clinically proven to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. In this creation by Dolan, "The egg yolk moisturizes and firms, the honey moisturizes and the citrus juice exfoliates the dead skin cells away, stimulating new cell production."

3. AVOCADO BoDY MASK
2 avocados, thoroughly mashed into a paste
3 tablespoons sea salt or kosher salt
1/4 cup honey
Grated rind of two fresh lemons, along with the juice
1/4 cup organic coconut oil
Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. (The consistency should be that of a thin sour cream.) Apply to your skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub off well with warm water. Keep unused portion in refrigerator for two to three days.

Benefit
"Avocados have a treasure trove of anti-aging attributes," gushes Dolan, including vitamins A, D and E, as well as proteins, lecithin, potassium and beta-carotene, a cancer-fighting ingredient. Dolan continues, "Avocados also are high in emollient qualities imparted by sterolins, which work to heal sun-damaged skin, scarring and reduce age spots."

4. STRAWBERRY DRAWING FACIAL MASK
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon fresh milk
1 tablespoon rice flour or cornstarch
Mash together all ingredients to make a smooth paste. Spread over your face and neck, and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry. Use twice weekly.

Benefit
Strawberries contain natural antioxidants, which are known to repair skin and act as anti-aging agents, as well as protect your skin from environmental stress. The salicylic acid in strawberries removes dead skin cells, unveiling the smooth, radiant skin below.

5. APRICOT AND PAPAYA FACE SCRUB
1 tsp apricot kernel powder (finely grated)
3 tbs apricot pulp
3 tbs ripe papaya pulp (peak season is beginning of summer; end of spring if you're lucky!)
Mix all ingredients together and apply to your face and neck for 20 minutes. Gently scrub while rinsing off. Leon Rao, natural skin care advisor and author of Leon's Anti-aging Beauty Secrets, advises, "If you don't have apricot kernel powder at home, you can substitute it with oatmeal powder or almond powder."

Benefit
Apricots are high in beta-carotene and known for reducing problematic skin issues. A mixture of sub-acids and sugar, apricots are great for gentle exfoliation and nourishment, leaving your skin soft and brighter.

6. CARROT FACIAL MASK
2-3 large carrots
4 1/2 tbs honey
Cook carrots, then mash into a smooth consistency. Mix the mashed carrots with honey, and apply to your face. Leave on for 10 minutes before rising off with cool water.

Benefit
With roots in Afghanistan, carrots are known for their high potency of vitamin A, as well as vitamin C, folacin and potassium. Carrot juice moisturizes and repairs skin tissue, while protecting it from sun damage and toning the skin.

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(some of these are not new, but interesting and useful ideas. I buy the BiLo store brand when they have it BIGI, works great)

Cooking Spray - Unusual Uses

Shovel snow with ease.
Shoveling snow can be a hard and tedious work. Make the job a little easier by coating your snow shovel with cooking spray. After spraying both sides of the shovel liberally, the ice and snow will slide right off the oily surface. If you use a snow thrower, spray the inside of the discharge chute to prevent it from clogging and make the snow fly out effortlessly.

Prevent grass from sticking.
Mowing the lawn easy compared to the dreary task of removing stuck grass from a lawnmower's blades. To keep grass clippings from sticking, spray the mower's blades and undercarriage with cooking spray before you begin cutting the grass.

Unstick a door lock.
If you have trouble with a sticky lock, spray the key with cooking spray and slide the key in and out of the lock a few times.

Prevent door locks from freezing.
Don't be left out in the cold. Spray exterior door locks liberally to prevent them from freezing when temperatures plummet. For a mailbox door, spray the inside rim and the lock to prevent frost from forming.

Lubricate your bicycle chain.
A few sprays of nonstick cooking spray will fix a creaky or sticky bike chain. Make sure to spray lightly and wipe off the excess. Also, you can lubricate roller skate and wheels with cooking spray to make them turn better.

Cast your fishing line easier and farther.
Don't forget the cooking spray when you go fishing! Spray your fishing line and it will cast effortlessly and get more distance.

Quiet squeaky doors.
Door squeaks driving you crazy? Like WD-40, you can use cooking spray to silence those squeaks. Spritz the hinge with nonstick cooking spray. Use a paper towel to wipe up the excess drips.

Remove paint and grease.
There's no need to use harsh chemicals to remove paint and grease from your hands. Cooking spray cleans oil-based primers and paint right off. Spray hands liberally, work in well and rinse. Wash hands again with soap and water.

Dry nail polish.
Set your manicure fast by lightly misting painted nails with cooking spray. The cooking spray also provides for a nice moisturizer.

Fight soap scum.
Coat shower door with a thin layer of nonstick cooking spray. Wait a few minutes and wash off with soap and water. This oil in the cooking spray dissolves the soap scum buildup and lime deposits.

Clean car wheels.
Brake dust -- the black debris that accumulates on the wheels of your car -- is produced every time you hit the brakes and the pads wear against the brake disks. And as most car owners know, brake dust is a pain to clean off. Next time you've scrubbed your wheels clean, spritz cooking spray on them. The next time when break dust collects on them, you'll be able to wipe it right off.

Remove bugs from your car.
Dead, smashed bugs on your car's grille or bumper are a common (and disgusting) sight. Luckily, you can spritz your car with nonstick cooking spray and just wipe away those insects. Plus, the cooking spray gives your car's surface a nice shine.

Keep car doors from freezing shut.
The rubber gaskets that run along the inside of car doors are what cause doors to freeze shut. Before temperatures drop, spray the rubber gaskets to prevent freezing.

Grate cheese easier.
Coat your cheese grater with nonstick cooking spray for smoother grating. This will also make cleanup a breeze, as you don't have to spend time removing stubborn chunks of cheese from the grater's crevices.

Create nonstick measuring tools.
When you use measuring cups to measure sticky foods like honey, you usually have to use a spoon (or your fingers) to get it all out. Coat measuring cups and utensils with cooking spray so the ingredients will slide right off. Also, spray your rolling pin or cookie cutters to prevent dough from sticking.

Fight food stains.
Sauces and stews can leave permanent stains in your Tupperware containers. Prevent this by coating the bottom of plastic storage containers with cooking spray before you pour in food, such as tomato or pasta sauce.

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This was on AOL today, I thought some of these are are useable...

Unusual Uses for Egg Cartons
Gather up those excess egg cartons this Christmas and -- instead of trashing them -- reuse them with these resourceful tricks.

1. Store small fragile tree ornaments. The individual compartments -- which were made to cushion fragile items -- are too small for most Christmas balls but suitable for smaller ornaments. Plus, the cartons stack easily on top of each other for storage.

2. Ship holiday gifts. Why buy bubble wrap or packing peanuts? Save up your egg cartons and use them to cushion packages for friends and relatives instead.

3. Start a cozy fire. Fill cardboard egg cartons with dryer lint, and then pour melted wax over the lint (use leftover candle pieces for the melted wax). Then tear apart the sections and use for fire starters in your fireplace (These are also great when you're camping.)

4. Store spring bulbs. Styrofoam egg cartons provide the perfect dry, warm, individual compartments for keeping spring bulbs, such as tulips, stored away until spring. Store the egg cartons in a cool, dark place that's not too humid and not too dry.

5. Store golf balls. Keep your golf balls all in one place but easy to sort by brand.

6. Separate paint colors. For crafts, use an egg carton as a paint palette. Squirt the colors into the egg cups and use the flat top section as a mixing palette.

7. Plant seedlings. In the springtime when you want to start seeds inside, fill the egg cups with potting soil, put in your seeds and stick the whole thing in a sunny spot.

8. Organize the workshop. Tiny bolts, nuts and other fasteners always seem to pile up, and you're always looking for a convenient place to stash them. Egg cartons help keep your flat washers separate from your square washers, so that everything is accessible right when you need it. (My Grandpa used small baby food jars for this purpose, he even made a special sized cabinet to store them in order)

9. Store earrings. Egg carton compartments are perfect for keeping pairs of earrings together. Save one compartment just for those elusive earring backings and you'll never have to dig around for them again.

10. Make extra ice. Too many guests and not enough ice trays? Skip a trip to the store by using empty egg cartons as ice cube trays in a pinch.

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Here is another good sounding cleaning agent. I copied it from a Mennonite site. I think I may try it.

"Enviromentally Safe Cleaning Solution:

It is Saturday again, and it is cleaning day for many of us. I can't tell you how excited I am about this way of cleaning. I have used this on my stove and cleaned up the grease and spaghetti sauce with one stroke, and the mirrors just shine. I love it!!! These days we are always looking for better ways of being good to our environment, and our own health. This idea came from my friend Karin that uses nothing else to clean. She says that the following she uses for windows, mirrors, sinks, appliances, just about anything.

16 oz spray bottle (I used a 32 oz bottle and doubled the ingredients)
1 tbsp. rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup of vinegar
1 tsp. dawn dish soap

Add enough water to fill spray bottle

Spray on anything that you wish to clean and wipe with a soft cloth."

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Homemade 409

2 Tbsp. Distilled White Vinegar
1 Tsp. Borax
1/8 cup Dawn Dishsoap
1 cup Hot Water


Pour vinegar, borax and hot water into spray bottle.
Then continue filling spray bottle with cool water.
Add Dawn Dishsoap last. {no need to shake}
This is a great cleaner, because the vinegar acts as a disinfectant!


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Two helpful hints

GOOD VISION IN A DOWN POUR

How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour. We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily. This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful...even driving at night.
Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad......
In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any Model will do. All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain. Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend's life by giving him this idea..,you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling. You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the "blindness" from passing semi's spraying you too. Or the "kickup" if you are following a semi or car in the rain. They ought to teach that little tip in driver's training.. It really does work.

This warning is a good one ! It isn't new, but well worth a repeat. A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her Car. A resident of Kilgore, Texas she was traveling between Gladewater & Kilgore. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence! When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened he told her something that every driver should know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON. She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control And maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain. The highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane. She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the driver's seat sun-visor NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with The airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

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What to take to bed with you - PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar or rapist won't stick around... After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot.

It could also be useful for an emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.

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More tips, I find these all interesting:

What can I do about ants?
You can sprinkle talcum powder along theants entry- ways. Ants will not cross the line. Not only is talcum powder harmless to children and pets, it deodorizes your home and can be vacuumed up when you no longer need it.

Moths:
If you want to keep moths out of your closet, but hate the odor mothballs have, Save your leftover soap slivers and put them in a vented plastic bag or a netted bag, (such as ones that onions come in). Place the bag with the seasonal items that need the protection before you pack them away. The scent will prevent moths from the items and the clothing will smell great when you pull them out again to use.

Gardening:
Place a clove of garlic in plant soil to eliminate bugs. The garlic keeps the nasty bugs away and will also grow a long with your plants.

When planting vegetables, such as radishes, carrots,Onions etc., try sprinkling some coffee grounds in
The soil first and then plant your seeds. This should Keep the worms away and is also a good fertilizer.

Line the bottom of the refrigerator vegetable compartmentent with paper towels. It absorbs moisture and keeps
Fruit and vegetables fresh longer.

To help keep your batter from rising up your beaters spray them with a cooking spray...works like a charm.

Leftover Egg Whites
Use them for a facial mask, or put them in a meatloaf. They break down the 'gum' in chewing gum so that it's easily removed from fabrics and hair, too.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape -- the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To make hinges easy to clean after painting, try this: Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe right off.

Smelly Shoes:
Simply fill a tube sock with kitty litter, baking soda, or tea leaves; tie the end closed; and place the filled
Socks in the shoes when you're not wearing them. These sachets can be used over and over in any kind of shoe.

Mothball Substitute:
Take your leftover soap slivers and put them in a vented plastic bag. You place the bag with seasonal clothes in there before packing them away. Not only
Will the scent prevent them from moth harm but also they'll smell great when you pull them out.

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Tips For a Lifetime of Use:

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle - perfect shaped pancakes every time.

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature & roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.

To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop-skillet will be much easier to clean.

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead-no white mess on the outside of the cake.

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato-it absorbs the excess salt for an instant "fix me up."

Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.

When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness. (ah, an old 1940’s Fannie Farmer trick!)

To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh-if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.



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Hydrogen peroxide

Most people know hydrogen peroxide as a compounds that bleaches hair. It can also be used for water disinfection.

When was hydrogen peroxide discovered? Louis Jacque Thenard discovered hydrogen peroxide in 1818. Hydrogen peroxide consists of oxygen and hydrogen atoms. These can be found everywhere on earth. Hydrogen peroxide contains a combination of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms.

In the environment, hydrogen peroxide can be found in very low concentrations. Gaseous hydrogen peroxide is produced by photo chemical reactions in the atmosphere surrounding the earth. It can also be found in water in very small quantities.

Safer and Healthier than Bleach

This was written by Dorothy Druid of Victoria, a doctor's wife, and I want to share it with you. She was over recently for coffee and smelled the bleach I was using to clean my toilet and countertops. This is what she told me...

I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost?

My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide. Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office? NO!!! Why? Because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.

9 If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.

I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthier manner.

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COFFEE FILTERS: Not just for making coffee...

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China. Separate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. Soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."


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Fabric Softener...

To make your own fabric softener sheets, dab a little liquid fabric softener onto a washcloth. Throw it into the dryer.

If you run out of fabric softener, add a little of your hair cream rinse to the rinse cycle. Clothes will be soft and fluffy.


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Here's a number worth putting in your cell phone: 1-800-3733-411. This is an awesome service from Google ... And it's free -- great when you are on the road. have used this several times. The first time I went to the eye DR I couldn't read the street signs. I used this to get his phone number so they could tell me how to get there. Very useful.



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emoticon Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.


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You can make your own furniture polish with just a few things in your pantry. It is great for the environment and you can make up more whenever you need it.

To make the polish combine 1 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice into a spray bottle. Shake well and spray a small amount onto a clean dry cloth, now just wipe dust and prints away!


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For icy doorsteps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze.

Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

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I know you folks have been shoveling snow for years. I just came across these tips that make it easier and healthier. Maybe there will be something of interest, if not that is fine too.


The Basics
Snow shoveling can be compared to weight lifting, and in some cases, the aerobic aspect of this activity is similar to a workout on a treadmill! So … to help your body function on demand consider the following tips:

Be heart smart! Don’t eat or smoke before shoveling snow. Avoid caffeinated beverages. These are stimulants and may increase heart rate and cause blood vessels to constrict.

If you experience pain of any kind, stop immediately and seek assistance.

Pace yourself during shoveling activities. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Snow shoveling is strenuous work, and it is important to re-hydrate your body often.

If the ground is icy or slick, spread sand or salt over the area to help create foot traction. Be aware that some areas may be uneven and could cause you to slip, trip, or fall.
Dress for Success!
Consider the weather when choosing outerwear. Dress in layers. Wear clothing that is easy to move in. Wear a hat—a great deal of body heat is lost through the head. If i's icy cold, consider breathing through a scarf but don’t let it obstruct your view. Proper boots are essential for keeping feet warm and dry while appropriate soles provide traction. Good boots can help you maintain your balance! Choose gloves that will keep your hands warm, dry, and blister free—consider thicker gloves, which allow for a good grip on the shovel’s handle.

Selecting a Shovel Right for You
Shovels are made from different materials and come in many shapes and sizes. Choose a shovel with a curved handle. Many hardware stores and home centers stock such ergonomically designed snow shovels. These shovels help you to keep your back straighter reducing spinal stress.

Consider a shovel with a plastic blade instead of metal—plastic is lightweight—isn’t the snow heavy enough? Sometimes a smaller blade is better. You will not be able to shovel as much snow per shovel load, but the load will weigh less, which puts less strain on the spine.

It is far easier to push snow than to lift it. There are shovels made expressly for pushing snow. See what is available at your hardware or home center store.

Once you have your shovel, you might want to consider spraying a bit of silicon lubricant on the blade. This can help keep the snow from sticking to the shovel. The snow will slide off the shovel blade.

Technique. Technique. Technique
Warm muscles work better. So take some time to stretch to prepare your body for activity.
Just like with a golf club, hand placement on the shovel handle is very important! Don’t put your hands (grip) close to one another. Create some distance between the hands. This will give you more leverage and make it easier to lift snow.
Think about good posture and maintaining the natural curve of your spine.
Address your task directly. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart to maintain balance. Try to keep the shovel close to your body. Bend at the knees—not the waist or back. Tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the snow. Lift with your legs—not your back. Do not twist your body. Dump the snow in front of you. If you need to move the snow to the side, move your feet—do not twist!
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, “If you must lift the snow, lift it properly. Squat with your legs apart, knees bent and back straight. Lift with your legs. Do not bend at the waist. Scoop small amounts of snow into the shovel and walk to where you want to dump it. Holding a shovelful of snow with your arms outstretched puts too much weight on your spine. Never remove deep snow all at once; do it piecemeal. Shovel and inch or two; then take another inch off. Rest and repeat if necessary.”
Don’t throw snow over your shoulder! Go forward with the snow.
Fresh snow is lighter in weight—so clear snow as soon as it has fallen. Snow becomes dense as it compacts on the ground. Wet snow is very heavy. One shovelful can weigh 20 pounds or more!
Pace yourself; take frequent breaks to stretch your back and extremities.




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To remove pesky bottle tops and jar lids, don a pair of rubber gloves. Or twist a fat rubber band around the lid, then twist open. Works like a charm.

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Whenever you have extra broth, pour it into a plastic ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen they can be removed and stored in the freezer in a plastic bag. They can be added to soups or used to saute foods.

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Glue a paper plate to the bottom of the paint can. The plate should be an inch or two wider all around than the can so it can catch drips. This saves you the trouble of moving newspapers around under the can.

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Throw a few lemon peels into the winter fire to give your house a fresh, citrus fragrance.

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Snow Shovels...

Spray nonstick vegetable spray on the snow shovel and the snow will slide off it easily.


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I was a little surprised by this one but saw it work with my own two eyes when we were up in Wisconsin.
If you are outside and are bothered by bees mix
a bottle or can of diet Mt. Dew (I guess reg. will work also)
10 or 12 drops of Dawn or other dish detergent
Put in a rather large (maybe four quart) container...the bees are immediately attracted to this. Once they get it on them they cannot fly and die.

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To get rid of those pesky knats
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 ts. sugar
5 or 6 drops of Dawn detergent (I think any kind will work)
a little water - maybe two teaspoons

sit it in the kitchen - maybe it will take a day or two but you will be surprised how well it works

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Remove pine pitch from hands with a little margarine.. so much easier that peanut butter and a lot less sticky

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I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry...Thank-you Garth Brooks
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Heal paper cuts. With ChapStick. Rub on paper cuts to stop the pain immediately & heal the cut.



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Boost Body Lotion with Baby Oil

If you're craving shiny legs that aren't greasy, blend a drop of baby oil into your normal body lotion for extra luster.


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