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Household Hints [Make Things Easier Around the House]

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—HOUSEHOLD HINT TIDBIT: Simple Method Makes V8 six-pack Easy to place in Fridge and later Remove One at a Time.
Have trouble opening the tight-plastic shrink-wrap package on V8 packages?
You can struggle to remove one can, and then the next, etc. If you then want to put them in fridge, you can't hold all six in your hands at the same time, can you? Finally I discovered a simple expediency shown in the photos. A serrated knife allows you to slice open the hard shrink wrap across the top. Now, by grabbing cans with one hand across the slitted top, you can carry all six cans to a refrigerator shelf and place them there. Later, when you want a cold V8, each can can be easily removed by sliding the wrap to the side.
Bobby Matherne, Nov 11, 2013.

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Make nailing tiny nails easier with an old comb.

Use Bread Bag Clips to Label Computer, Electronic Power & USB cords.

Use 3M Post-It Notes to catch drill dust.

Turn Most Elevators into Express Mode.

Wrap Christmas Light Strings around a Clothes Hanger.

Use Can Opener to Quickly Open Plastic Packages.

Rubber band a sock over a Vacuum to Find Lost tiny nuts and things.

Got old Pringles cans? Store unused spaghetti in them.

Out of Swiffer thingies? Use old dish rags in a pinch.

Christmas Wrap Tubes Store Cords

Walnuts are Great for Removing Scratches from Real Wood.

Place a Wooden Spoon to keep water from Spilling over Pot's top while Boiling.

Turn a toaster on its side and grill cheese on toast.

Reynolds Wrap has Lock Tabs to hold it in place.

The color on the Bread Tab indicates how fresh the bread is.

Note alphabetical order of colors, starting with Blue Monday:
Blue (Mon), Green (Tues), Red (Thur), White (Fri), and Yellow (Sat)
NOTE: SAVE these tags for ID'ing cords for USB devices, etal, they snap right in place and hold tightly.

Freeze leftover cooked rice or fresh hamburger, etc. in convenient chunk sizes.

Place a wooden spoon over boiling liquid and it won't boil over.

Handy tip, especially for kids: Marshmallows can relieve pain of a sore throat.

Repel Mosquitoes by placing a Bounce sheet in your back pocket. Handy for fishermen.

Freeze Cupcake Batter for later use.

Formica topped desk can be used for Dry Erase Markers.

Anything under 13 ounces can be mailed by attaching a Stamp to it without placing it in a box.

You can use a Mason Jar as a Blender top if needed.

A plastic cereal canister makes a handy trashcan for the auto.

To keep a head of celery fresh in the Crisper container of your fridge for almost a month, simply wrap it tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil as soon as you get it home from grocery. Then unwrap to use a stalk or two as needed.

Polident powder makes an effective toilet bowl cleaner. If you use it for dentures, simply discard the water into the toilet bowl when it's done with your dentures.

Using a Wooden Chopping Board is actually safer than using the new glass or plastic boards. While the new boards are trumpeted to be safer and germ-free, an actual side-by-side test of wooden boards and glass/plastic boards showed that 15 minutes after chopping was done, all signs of bacteria on the wooden chopping boards disappeared, while on the glass/plastic boards, two days later there were still signs of bacteria. Unfortunately, the marketing departments of the glass/plastic boards have chosen to ignore the data showing their products are unsafe and the labels still make the now-proven-erroneous claims that the glass/plastic boards are safer than the wooden ones. Here's the one I've used for twenty years. I simply rinse and wipe it dry when done. == == == == == == == == == == == == == == == == == == == == == ==

Household Hints and Cures [Using Items Around the House]

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Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately --- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers.

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

Before you head to he drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1/2 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore Throat?? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 Tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with alka-seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

Eliminate puffiness under your eyes.....All you need is a dab of Preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The hemorrhoid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.

Honey remedy for Skin Blemishes.. Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a band-aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

To get paint off of hands in a hurry, you guys, get an SOS soap pad, moisten it with water, and rub gently over the area that the Lava soap wasn't able to quickly remove. Then wash hands thoroughly. [Be careful to remove only paint and not skin.]

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus....Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection....To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Coca-Cola cure for rust...Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer....If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover.....just pour a drop of Elmers Glue-all over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure....Cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Balm for broken blisters.....To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine....a powerful antiseptic.

Heinz vinegar to heal bruises...Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas

Rainy day cure for dog odor....Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Eliminate ear mites....All it takes is a few drops of wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Vaseline cure for hairballs.....To prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a dollop of vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief....It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

Got scratches in your stoneware? Use ZUD — works like magic! Also removes coffee stains in cups and mugs.

Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish.

Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes.

Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair.

Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.

Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea.

Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water.

Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste.

Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!

Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in. Takes away insect stings, too.

Bee stings - meat tenderizer.

Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals).

Stinky feet - Jell-O !

Athletes feet - cornstarch.

Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub.

Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle. It will also clean a toilet.

Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!

Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper.

Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray. (or the WD-40 from above)

Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your wife when she's done changing the oil and filter in the car.

Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls.

When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with cornstarch and watch them slide on.

Heavy dandruff - rinse hair with vinegar.

Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!

Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak.

Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!

A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!

To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste

Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt. Also takes out stains from your coffee cup.

To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel. (This works on gum also).

Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter !

Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, soak overnight! Works on dentures this way also.

Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!

Dirty grout - Listerine.

Stains on clothes - Colgate.

Grass stains - Karo Syrup.

Grease Stains - Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. Will also take corrosion from car batteries!

Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.

To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin, or just use 7-Up instead of water.

When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you "squeeze" for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie. They are :

Monday = Blue
Tuesday = Green
[No WEDNESDAY deliveries]
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow
. So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue - Green - Red - White - Yellow , Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping. ============================================================

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Household Uses for Vodka.

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1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves adhesive.

2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.

3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.

4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.

5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry.

6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.

7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.

8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill them.

9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziplock freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshable ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.

10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.

11. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.

12. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.

13. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.

14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.

15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.

16. Some people actually drink Vodka, but remember all alcohols are poisons, some act slower than others.


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