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11/21/14 5:49 A

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Next time you make a batch of cookies, freeze the leftover dough into ready-to-bake cookie balls. You will always have fresh-baked cookies just 10 minutes away, which is both incredibly wonderful and insanely dangerous.


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11/19/14 5:49 P

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To prevent pests from buzzing around your sweet drinks, cover the top of your beverage with a cupcake liner and punch a straw through the paper. You'll be able to sip without worry!

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11/18/14 3:35 A

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If you run out of sheets for your wet/dry mop (think Swiffer), just dampen an inside-out sock with your favorite cleaning solution, stretch it around the mop head and use as you normally would. The cotton sock will effectively pick up dust and dirt, leaving your floors spotless.

This works great on hard wood floors and for reaching ceiling fans. Bonus: When you’re finished cleaning, you can just toss the sock in the wash and reuse.


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11/17/14 4:20 A

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"If you're like us, the few garment bags you own end up stuffed full of clothes. Well, now there's a easy (and free!) solution: Simply cut a small slit in the end of an old pillowcase and slip it over your hanger!"

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11/16/14 6:12 A

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Place a wineglass filled with the dip of your choice in the center of a large chip bowl for an instant chip and dip serving platter!


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11/15/14 6:59 A

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Here's a trick that will give you the delicious taste of pan-fried eggs with a fraction of the fat: Place a heatproof plate over a pot of boiling water, then crack an egg onto the plate and cook for 8 minutes or until set. This method is easier than poaching an egg—and since you can serve the meal on the plate that it cooks on, there’s less cleanup!


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11/13/14 8:27 A

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Serve ice cream with a knife, not a scoop. - Next time you’re serving ice cream at a party throw the scoop away. Just dip the closed ice cream container into a large bowl of hot water from the tap for 15-30 seconds, remove the lid, and invert onto a large platter or wood cutting board, then slice the servings with a hot knife.

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11/12/14 6:16 A

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Use a hot knife to slice cake perfectly - Run your knife underneath the hot water from the tap, dry it off with a towel, and then cut your cake. You may need to re-heat the knife a couple times throughout the process but it works like a charm, especially on thick, rich cakes.



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11/11/14 10:40 A

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Freezing of clothes on the line during cold weather is prevented by using a little salt in last rinsing water.


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11/10/14 8:04 A

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Freezing of windows to the sill is also eliminated by sprinkling a little salt on the window sill. This will enable raising windows without difficulty.

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11/9/14 11:47 A

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Glasses which are stuck together may be separated by putting cold water in the top one and setting the bottom one in warm water. They will come apart without danger of breaking.


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11/8/14 10:06 A

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Brooms (the real brooms that many don't use these days) just purchased should be soaked in strong salt water before using to make them last longer.


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11/7/14 6:46 A

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Cut corn off the cob quickly and neatly by holding it steady with a bundt pan - Get out a sharp knife and a large Bundt cake pan, and get cutting. The center of the pan will help you hold the cob securely in place and the pan will catch all the corn while you cut.


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11/6/14 7:01 A

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Hidden Feature On Foil & Plastic Wrap Boxes?: Push the tabs in to lock the rolls in place so they don’t bounce out of the box while you’re using it. Such a handy little feature yet hardly noticed!


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11/5/14 6:57 A

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Vinegar - For one of our most popular cleaning tips ever, fill a spray bottle with white vinegar to clean chrome and stainless-steel fixtures, and to remove scum, grime and mildew from your bathtub, tile or shower curtain.


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11/4/14 6:24 A

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To remove mildew, 1/2 cup vinegar, douse the item up and down and mildew will disappear.


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11/3/14 7:06 A

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When storing shoes away for the seasons, first cover them in old pairs of socks. They won’t be scuffed or dusty when it’s time to bring them out again.


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11/2/14 6:51 A

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Use a clean paint brush to dust pleated lamp shades. (one from the Dollar store would work great for this)


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11/1/14 9:31 A

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Wear white cotton gloves sprayed with furniture polish to do your dusting.


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10/31/14 11:56 A

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When parboiling dried beans for baking, the addition of 1/2 tsp of bicarb to each 2 cups soaked beans makes the beans tender in a shorter time. When baked, the beans have a much sweeter flavor than those parboiled in plain water. All dried legumes such as lima, kidney or navy beans and peas, have a better flavor if treated in this manner.


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10/30/14 10:50 A

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When washing spinach, add a small amount of bicarb (about 1/4 teaspoon for each peck of spinach) to the last rinse water. Cook as usual. The vegetable will retain its lovely fresh color.

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10/28/14 7:57 A

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Dry Elbows Fix: Mix fresh lemon juice and bicarb to make a thick paste, apply to dry elbows. Gently rub in to exfoliate the skin and leave to sit for about 15 minutes. Wash off and apply a moisturizer or Vaseline


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10/27/14 8:15 A

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For that stinky Tupperware or smelly refrigerator drawer that is too much to deal with, toss in a sheet of newspaper overnight before you deal with it. The paper will absorb the smell greatly reducing it or eliminating it completely.



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10/26/14 9:47 A

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Ward off booklice with silica packets. Those little packets of silica you find in packaging of electronics, shoes, nutritional supplements, etc., absorb moisture. Booklice live in the damp fungus and mold that thrives in books. Put silica packets behind the books and anywhere you suspect moisture.

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10/25/14 12:33 P

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Shower curtain scum: Throw one or two tennis balls into your washing machine with your shower curtain along with one cup of white vinegar and your usual amount of laundry detergent. Run on the regular cycle. The ball acts as a scrub to remove scum and mildew…vinegar kills mold.


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10/24/14 6:40 A

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Clean latex paint from your skin with baby oil. Gently rub baby oil anywhere on your skin that has paint. Then wash with soap and hot water.


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10/23/14 7:14 A

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Remove mold in a refrigerator drip pan with white vinegar. Vinegar is a natural sanitizer and bacteria killer. Put some in a spray bottle, and apply ­directly to the area. Let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping with a clean cloth.

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10/22/14 11:53 A

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Cold Sores Remedy: Treat cold sores by dabbing with baking soda.


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10/21/14 11:36 A

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Quiet squeaky doors with cucumber. Take a slice of cucumber, and rub it up and down several times all around the hinge. Have a clean cloth handy to wipe away any excess. I am not sure why it works—it just does!


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10/20/14 7:17 A

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Polish faucets and more with newspaper. Newspaper ink is a terrific polishing agent that requires no water or liquid, so just crumple a piece of newspaper and rub.


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10/19/14 10:23 A

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Keep Windows Frost Free - Pour a cup of salt into a liter of water. Sponge the liquid onto the inside of window to prevent frost from forming during the winter months.

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10/18/14 8:57 A

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Soft and hard boiled egg times -
Soft and hard boiled eggs can be tricky. It's very easy to over cook or under cook soft boiled eggs, depending on how you like them.

According to Bon Appetit:
Boil for three to six minutes for a very runny egg yolk.
Boil for seven to nine minutes for a pretty soft yolk.
Boil for eleven to thirteen minutes for a solid egg yolk.

Use baking soda - When making hard boiled eggs, add one teaspoon of baking soda to water for easy peeling.

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10/16/14 7:52 A

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Apple Cider Vinegar: Relieve Diarrhea - Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into eight ounces of water to soothe your stomach. The taste may not be the greatest, but the antibacterial properties of the vinegar will end the unpleasantness of the bowel problems.

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10/13/14 7:23 A

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Make Your Breads Fluffier When baking, where recipes call for water, add club soda instead to make pancakes, waffles and any other breads fluffier.


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10/11/14 8:57 A

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If you want to preserve your pumpkins so you can enjoy them as long as If youpossible. The best way to do this is clean them! Make a simple bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) and put it in a spray bottle. Spray your pumpkins all over before carving and then give them a light spray every other day or so.

(NOTE: Please only use this trick for decorating pumpkins that you will not be eating.) The bleach kills off the bacteria that would otherwise rot the pumpkin faster, allowing you to enjoy your holiday decor a bit longer!


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10/10/14 8:01 A

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A great way to re-use the coffee creamer bottle. Store sugar, dry beans, snacks, the fillers are endless. Great spout for pouring or easy twist off top.

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10/9/14 7:10 A

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Chap stick: Stops Bleeding When Nicked Shaving - Cut yourself shaving? Just swipe some chap stick over the cut to stop that constant bleeding. No more tissue squares!


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10/8/14 7:57 A

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Scrape scum with a plastic putty knife - Soap has a nasty way of forming a hard-to-remove film on tile in tubs and showers. You won't get rid of it by rubbing. Instead, wait for the surface to dry, then scrape off the scum with a 4-in. plastic putty knife.


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10/7/14 6:59 A

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Use shallow tubs and boxes to contain like items in the refrigerator. Just pull out the tub and grab what’s needed (condiments box for relish, etc.). No more digging through the fridge trying to find that elusive jar of mustard!

An inexpensive plastic lazy susan works well too.



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10/6/14 7:47 A

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Bread - It’s not just the best part of your sandwich. Bread is also great for dusting paintings that can be harmed by traditional cleaners. And its naturally sticky texture is great for picking up small pieces of broken glass. The fresher the bread the better.


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10/5/14 8:58 A

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Vanilla Extract - Clean the microwave and leave it smelling sweet with this household trick! Mix 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a microwave-safe container, and zap it on high for five minutes. When it's done, remove the container and wipe down the interior of the oven. Any gunk should slide right off.

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10/4/14 9:26 A

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Better than vacuuming - That's right. We've found another use for duct tape—cleaning. The stickiness of duct tape makes it perfect for a makeshift pet hair remover and this method is faster than vacuuming.
Wrap a paint roller (from dollar tree for this) with the sticky on the outside. It also works on seats in vehicles. A sponge or cloth wrapped with duct tape works great for getting into corners.


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10/2/14 11:56 A

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Ditch the spaghetti pasta and try these instead!

Zucchini "Noodles"

How about using zucchini squash to make noodles? This is also a very healthy dish, and is perfect for a hot summer evening.By slicing the zucchini lengthwise on a mandoline using the small julienne blade, you can get long thin, noodle-like strands of zucchini for use in salads and for a quick stir-fry. If you don't have a mandoline, you can use a julienne peeler. Or, if you want to practice your knife skills, you can slice the zucchini by hand. I use the vegghiti great little gadget

(This is not for me, I love noodles and do not eat zucchini, but or those who do this sounds great)

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9/29/14 7:23 A

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Pet Accidents - To clean up a pet's accident, scrub the area with club soda, then let dry. When dry, sprinkle with baking soda and let stand awhile. Vacuum.


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9/28/14 11:06 A

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A couple iphone tips...

If you put your phone on airplane mode, it will charge twice as fast.

In the Calculator app, remove an accidental extra zero by swiping left to right.

When ending a sentence, instead of typing a period and then a space, just tap the space bar twice.

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9/27/14 9:08 A

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Put one of those inexpensive plastic lazy susan's in your refrigerator.

Small jars will be at your fingertips. Plus, so much easier to remove for cleaning, unlike the door shelves.


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9/26/14 8:38 A

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Copy your kitty, or your neighbor's - Learn to do stretching exercises when you wake up. It boosts circulation and digestion, and eases back pain.


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9/25/14 12:46 P

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Dice potatoes (very small,) and cooked them with ground beef for tacos filling and makes the meat stretch further.

Or add black beans to taco meat. 1 can for every lb of burger. Adds protein and stretches the budget.



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9/23/14 6:30 A

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Make packing lunches, or snacking, easier. Freeze p.b. & j. (or any other kind of sandwich that does not contain mayo). Be sure to peanut butter both sides of bread to “seal” it or the jelly will make the bread soggy when it thaws.

If I had a large family I would make them, label them, put them in a zip sandwich bag them put them in a lock n lock type larger container, then to the freezer. It would save much time and no last minute rushing for lunches.



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9/22/14 7:29 A

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"If you live in an area that gets snow, keep a sealed plastic tub of unclumping kitty litter in the trunk. Sprinkle it around tires that get stuck in snow and ice in parking lots for excellent traction."

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9/21/14 6:54 A

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"While doors and windows are open in summer months, airing your house, it’s also vital to allow the air in during cooler seasons. “Fresh air is essential for keeping upholstery, carpets, beds and curtains smelling fresh, so even on those very cold days allow a quick blast of air into the room while you’re doing the cleaning”


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9/19/14 10:27 A

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If the tip of your shoe lace becomes frayed snip off the frayed end.Then paint or dip the end of the shoe lace into clear nail polish and let it dry Good as new.


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9/18/14 10:04 A

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Garlic, onions, spring onions and leeks all contain stuff that’s good for you. A study at the Child’s Health Institute in Cape Town found that eating raw garlic helped fight serious childhood infections. Heat destroys these properties, so eat yours raw, wash it down with fruit juice or, if you’re a sissy, have it in tablet form.

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9/17/14 6:18 A

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To make nail polish stay on nails longer first coat fingernails with white vinegar using a cotton ball. Let dry then apply nail polish.


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9/16/14 6:59 A

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If you are around mosquitos, don't wear the color blue. Mosquitoes LOVE blue.

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9/14/14 10:15 A

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Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever

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9/13/14 10:20 A

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Apply VapoRub on things you don’t want chewed up or peed on by your cat or dog — they’re turned off by the taste and smell.

I love my Vicks and use it often for many different things.


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9/7/14 12:23 P

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Put some chalk inside your jewelry box and your jewelry will always shine.

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8/31/14 6:11 A

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If you want to remove the smell or sterilize your cutting board, wash it with white vinegar.


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Homemade Foaming Soap!

What you'll need:

Liquid Hand Soap {Softsoap, Dial, antibacterial or other} *Don’t use the thick & creamy soaps. The clear-based soaps foam best!
1 Empty Foaming Hand Soap Bottle {Bath & Body Works, Dial, etc.}

What You’ll Do:

Fill the Empty Foaming Soap Bottle with approx. 1 inch of your liquid hand soap
SLOWLY fill the rest of the bottle with tap water.
Put lid back on, and GENTLY tip upside down & side to side to mix.
Don’t shake {it will get too sudsy ~ just trust me}
Now isn’t that easy??
Give it a try ~ making Homemade Foaming Soap is a cinch! Your hands… and wallet will thank you!


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8/25/14 7:29 A

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"You can’t sleep? Try to avoid drinking tea, chatting or any activity that require brain usage. Try bathing your feet into water mixed with a 1-2 T of vinegar."


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8/24/14 8:47 A

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Put some soap onto your wound immediately if you were beaten by mosquito. The itchy feeling should no longer bother you.


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