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Did you have an unplanned encounter with poison ivy when gardening or camping recently? To take away the itch, make a thick paste from 3 teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon water and apply it to the affected areas. You… Read More
Scent the room
Saturate a cotton ball with your favorite cologne and drop it into your vacuum cleaner bag. Now, as you vacuum, the scent will be expressed and gently permeate the room.
Deodorize the refrigerator
Sometimes the … Read More
Jell-O, the wiggly and jiggly sweet, vintage treat is the perfect summer dessert or quick snack on the go; but it can be used for so much more. Try some of these surprising and fun uses.
1. Make a flavorful, moist cake
For a … Read More
Artist Yulia Brodskaya’s client list includes Starbucks, Hermes, and now, Reader’s Digest. But for this Russian expat, success comes from within.
Sure it’s great for heating up leftovers and giving a baked potato a head start, but it’s the microwave’s lesser-known uses that make it an excellent household helper. Here are a few things we bet you didn’t know your microwave … Read More
Thought it was just for maintaining a healthy smile? Guess again! Toothpaste has a host of uses around the house.
Turn an empty large appliance box on its side and let the kids use it as a “garage” for their wheeled vehicles. They can also use a smaller box as a garage for miniature cars, trucks, and buses.
Use to make a puppet … Read More
Pour perfect batter
To make picture-perfect pancakes, cookies, and muffins, simply fill your baster with batter so that you can pour just the right amount onto a griddle or cookie sheet or into a muffin pan.
Remove excess water from … Read More
After you address a package with a felt-tip pen, weatherproof the label by rubbing a white candle over the writing. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will smear the label now.
See more uses for Candles.
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Deodorize plastic containers
To remove foul odors from a plastic container, pour a little tomato juice onto a sponge and wipe it around the inside of the container. Then wash the container and lid in warm, soapy water, dry well, and store … Read More
Just because your plastic shower curtain or liner gets dirty or mildewed doesn’t mean you have to throw it away. Try cleaning it in your washing machine with two bath towels on the gentle setting. Add 1/2 cup baking soda to… Read More
If you get behind the wheel only to discover that your car’s battery has given up the ghost — and there’s no one around to give you a jump — you may be able to get your vehicle started by dropping two aspirin tablets into the … Read More
Say so long to scouring those stubborn stains off your ovenproof glass cookware. Just fill the container with water, add up to six Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let it soak for an hour. The stains should easily scrub away.
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You love to ski, but you hate wearing a ski mask. Next time you go snow skiing, try rubbing lip balm, such as ChapStick, on your face before you hit the slopes. The lip balm will protect your skin from windburn.
Remove … Read More