Stiff joint relief
Whether you have sore joints from a day of skiing or working in the garden, there’s nothing quite as comforting as warm towel to soothe stiff or sore joints. Amy Stephens, a healing touch practitioner in Scottsdale, Arizona, uses her slow cooker for homemade relief. Here are her directions: Roll up several hand towels and place in the Crock-Pot. Pour one to two cups of water over the top of the towels—don’t saturate, just moisten them. Add a few drops of essentials oils, if you like. “Good essential oils to use for joint relief are wintergreen, lemongrass, and marjoram,” Stephens says. Turn the crock-pot on low for about two hours. Use tongs to pull hot towels out of the slow cooker. Shake the towel lose to open it and cool it slightly before wrapping it around the body parts that ache. Here are more natural home remedies for arthritis.
You don’t need harsh chemicals or a lot of elbow grease to remove layers of paint on door knobs and other hardware. You can safely and effectively remove paint from precious vintage hardware with a crock-pot. Just fill a Crock-Pot with water and add a couple drops of tablespoons of laundry detergent; set the temp to medium. Place the hardware in the slow cooker bath and let it sit overnight. The heated moisture and detergent will soften the paint and make it easy to remove. Use tongs to retrieve the hardware. Place it on a cloth and immediately rub off the paint with an old rag. If the paint is a little stubborn, use an old toothbrush or other stiff brush to finish the job. (Here are other things you never knew you could clean with a toothbrush.) Polish the hardware with a coat of beeswax or non-abrasive polish.