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Mop sheet substitute

Instead of buying expensive wet sheets for Swiffer-style mops, cut up old tee-shirts into same size pieces and tuck into the mop head and use with regular floor cleaners. They can be laundered and reused.

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Cleaning out closets

When going through closets, keep several boxes or baskets at hand labeled "keep", "toss", or "give away." The "keep" boxes can be further labeled "winter," "summer" and "year-round." Then as you are going through your stuff, just put in the appropriate box. The "give-away" stuff can go to Goodwill o...

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Save on hairspray

If you use hairpsray, and find you reapply it often, you can cut down on your hairspray use by using a fine mist of water instead of reapplying. It will "recharge" the hairspray already in your hair. Just don't go overboard and soak it; a light mist will do. Then push into place with your fingers or...

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simplify home hair coloring

I discovered a new use for an old toothbrush. When coloring your hair an easy way to color hard-to-reach places is to squeeze the hair color on an old toothbrush then draw it through your hair. This works good for spots such as around the ears and at the base of your hairline on the back of your nec...

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California Cuties

For a great snack, stock up on the California clementines that are plentiful in the winter. They peel easy, are almost seedless, and small enough you can eat 2 or 3 at a time. Makes for a healthy treat-they're packed with Vitamin C, and juicy and sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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turn "extra" socks into cat toys

If you get a hole in one sock, or "lose" one in the laundry, don't discard the other sock from the pair. If you have a cat that loves catnip, just stuff a bunch of catnip in the toe of the extra sock. Then tie the open end into a knot to close it, and voila! --instant cat toy! Your cat will love you...

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Internet coupons

I print out my grocery coupons from both the MyPoints and Inbox Dollars sites. They carry the same as coupons.com and sometimes extras. You earn 10 MyPoints for each of their coupons, or 10 cents towards rewards on Inbox Dollars. They really add up and you get extra rewards in addtion to the grocery...

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Use lemon substitute to freshen a stinky garbage disposal

If your garbage disposal starts smelling, just empty a packet or two of True Lemon into the disposal while it is running. Then you don't have to waste a real lemon, and it works just as good as the real thing.

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Keep hand sanitizer at your desk/in your purse

Keep antibacterial hand sanitizer at your desk and in your purse. Besides using it on your hands, apply a dab on a tissue to wipe down your phone handset, mouse, keyboard and any other surfaces where germs can get transferred. I also keep one in my purse; it works well on public toilet seats and doo...

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Travel planning

I keep a master travel folder and when planning a trip I make a subfolder in which I put hotel reservation confirmations, tickets to events, restaurant ideas, etc. so they are all in one place. I mark the folder with the dates and destination so all the info is easy to grab on the day that we leave.

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