AROUND THE HOUSE

From home remedies to fighting stains, Around The House is where you'll find it. We hope these timely tips will help make your life just a little bit easier.

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Bathroom

To prevent foggy bathroom mirrors, apply foamy shaving cream and wipe dry. Last 1 to 2 months.

Clean out your medicine cabinet when you set your clocks. Go through it carefully, and throw out anything that's gone beyond it's expiration date.

Store bath toys in a plastic colander. Put the toys in the colander after bath time, and leave them near the drain to dry.

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Plastic grocery store bags are perfect liners for bathroom sized trash cans.

Use plastic baskets in the bathroom to keep toiletries organized. For example, put hair brushes, shampoo, and hair spray in one basket, toothpaste, mouthwash and floss in another.

Rubbing alcohol will remove the dull hair spray haze from your bathroom mirrors.

Use rubbing alcohol or kerosene to remove scum and spots from bathroom fixtures.

Glass shower doors will sparkle if cleaned with white vinegar once a week.

To clean shower surrounds without getting your hands wet, use a sponge mop. Dip mop into a solution of ½ cup of vinegar, 1 cup of clear ammonia, and ¼ cup of baking soda and one gallon of warm water. After cleaning, rinse with warm water.

Lemon oil furniture polish will remove water spots on metal frames around shower doors and enclosures.

Make your own ceramic-tile cleaner by mixing ¼ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of white vinegar, and one cup ammonia to a gallon of warm water in a bucket. Stir and apply with a sponge or brush. This won't keep between cleaning, so you will need to make a fresh batch each time. This can be harsh to your hands, so always wear rubber gloves when using.

Tea Kettle To remove lime deposits, fill with equal parts of vinegar and water. Bring to a boil and allow to stand overnight.

Cleaning counter tops daily with a mild dish-washing liquid and water should keep them clean looking.

Polish counter tops with club soda to make them sparkle. Pour club soda on counter and clean with a soft cloth, rinse with water, and wipe dry.

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Cleaning

To remove gum labels from mirrors, walls spray a little wd 40 on it. This will remove the glue underneath and label comes off easy.

For Dusting--Don't buy those expensive dust cloths and mittens. Instead, if you have babies that wear cloth-like diapers such as Pampers, use their diapers (clean or dirty) to dust. Dust holds just as well as those dust cloths.

Bar-B-Q Grill - The next time you barbecue and your grill is not clean, after putting the charcoal in and lighting, take half an onion and rub it on the grill. Use a fork or something and not your hands as it will obviously get hot.

Wastebaskets - for all the little wastebaskets I have throughout the house I use a hotel maids trick... I keep folded liners underneath the liner being used. That way I don't have to track down another liner after I empty the basket.

Counter tops & Sink - Never use those sterilizing sprays - about all they are is bleach and water. Just pour some bleach into a spray bottle and add water and spray counter tops and sink with this solution. Let set for ten minutes then wipe off. You can also use this in the bathtub and shower, just spray it on and let it set and it removes mold.

To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

To prevent dust from accumulating on artificial flowers and plants, lightly spray with hair spray. This saves a lot of dusting and washing.

To make stainless steel sinks really shine, use white vinegar. The results are fantastic!

Sour milk actually cleans copper! Pour the milk in a flat dish, soak the copper for about an hour and clean and usual.

Rinse glasses and dishes in water and vinegar to prevent spots and film.

Rub damp rubber gloves over furniture to remove pet hair.

When you've got to straighten the house in a hurry, carry a laundry basket from room to room. Throw in things that don't belong, and drop off those that do.

Save old toothbrushes to use as small scrub brushes or detail brushes.

You can remove dust from a fabric tablecloth by wrapping your hand in masking tape-sticky side out-and patting the surface. You can also toss it in the dryer with a damp cloth.

Make your rings sparkle by dropping them in a glass of warm water and a denture tablet for about 15 minutes.

Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces--no more stains.

Use air-fresheners to clean mirrors: It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

To rid yellowing from white appliances, try this: Mix together ½ cup bleach, ¼ cup baking soda and 4 cups of warm water. Apply with a sponge and let set for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Appliances: For quick clean-ups, clean with equal parts of water and household ammonia.

Appliances: Club soda. It cleans and polishes at the same time.

You can wax large appliances with car wax to make them shine and to remove small scratches.

Appliances: Instead of using commercial waxes, shine with rubbing alcohol. Wash walls from the bottom up, to avoid streaking.

Use old socks as mitts for cleaning chair railing, crown moldings, stair castings.

For the best wall cleaner, combine ½ cup ammonia, ¼ cup white vinegar, and ¼ cup baking soda to 1 gallon warm water.

For cleaning rough plaster walls try using nylon or banlon socks instead of a sponge or cloth. No small pieces will be left behind.

Take a water hose and spray the outside of your house. This will remove most of the dust and cobwebs from your siding. On textured siding attach a car-washing brush to the hose to remove dirt.

Dust louvered doors by wrapping a cloth around a ruler. Spray cloth with dusting spray and run the flat end across each louver.

If your microwave needs a good cleaning try this: In a cup of water add 2 tablespoons of either lemon juice or baking powder in a four - cup microwave safe container. Let mixture boil in microwave for about 4 to 6 minutes, then wipe walls and door clean with sponge or cloth.

Wash small knickknacks instead of dusting. It will save you time and they will be cleaner. Swish them in soapy water, then rinse, set on towel to dry.

To wash fragile objects, place them on a towel-covered tray and place in sink. Spray them with window cleaner, then with water. Let objects air dry on a dry towel.

Before dusting wooden floors, spray a little wax on your dust mop. Floors will shine and dust will stick to mop.

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Clothing

If your nylons get a small hole in them, simply apply a thin layer of clear nail polish around the hole to prevent them from running.

To keep fabrics from bleeding, add 2-3 tsps. of salt to wash and rinse cycles.

Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

When washing extra muddy blue jeans, hose them down first with a garden hose before putting them in the wash. You won't be washing the mud into the other clothes.

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Keep a large pail, filled with a presoak solution. When clothes are going to need a soaking, place them in the pail till it's laundry time. When you do laundry, the clothes will be ready to wash.

Rid perspiration odor from clothes with vinegar. Apply vinegar to odor and then wash.

Vinegar also will rid shine from the seat of dark pants and skirts.

To remove an old hem line from clothing, pour vinegar on a sponge, dampen hem line, and then press.

To remind yourself not to put an article of clothing in the dryer, attach a note to your washer's lid. When you are removing clothes from the washing machine you'll be reminded of the article that you don't want to put in the dryer.

Stains on clothes - Carry a zipper baggie with several baby wipes in them. If you spill or smudge something on your clothes, take a baby wipe, and gently pat and lift. DO NOT RUB. This will remove many stains.

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Cooking

Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle - perfect shaped pancakes every time.

To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

Run your hands under water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan - the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.

Add vinegar to the water when boiling eggs as the vinegar prevents the shells from cracking.

Add vinegar to your deep fryer to eliminate a greasy taste.

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead - no more white mess on the outside of the cake.

If you accidently over-salt a dish while it's cooking, drop in a peeled potato - it absorbs the excess salt for an instant "fix me up".

Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield beautiful, glossy finish.

When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch or sugar to help bring out the corns natural sweetness.

Don't throw away all of that leftover wine: Freeze it into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

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Dishwashers

Save time and money by using the cheapest brand of dish washing detergent available, but add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the dishwater. The vinegar will cut the grease and leave your dishes sparkling.

To remove coffee or tea stains from fine china, rub with a damp cloth dipped in baking soda.

To clean your dishwasher, run a cup of white vinegar through the entire cycle of the empty dishwasher to remove all soap film.

When washing dishes by hand, add vinegar to the rinse water for a cleaner and brighter shine.

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Food

Tomatoes last longer if you store them with the stems pointed down.

To keep potoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing. ath_wirebask.gif 35x92

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the reftigerator - it will keep for weeks.

Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up.

To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh - if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

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Garden

Use newspaper as a weed barrier around plants in the garden. Then add grass clippings to hold it down and retain moisture, and water well. This provides a natural weed barrier and mulch that's safe for plants and humans!

Water your lawn or garden in the morning. This will allow the water to soak in slowly. In the hot afternoon sun, water evaporates quickly, and can cause plants to be burned. If you water in the evening, it can cause fungus to grow as well.

Use a bungee cord to hang a birdfeeder from a tree-you can stretch the cord to reach the feeder when it's time to fill it.

Mark the handles of your garden tools in inch (for small tools like trowels) and six inch and feet on a shovel. This will eliminate guesswork, and give you accurate measurements.

You can also paint the handles of your garden tools in bright colors if they tend to get lost easily.

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Glassware

When washing crystal, rinse in 1 part vinegar to 3 parts warm water. Air dry.

If you must dry the glassware, use 2 day or older newspaper. You do not want to use new newspaper, as the ink will not be dry.

The best way to pack glassware for a move is to wrap wet newspaper around the glassware and let it dry. It will act like a cast around the glass.

Keep salt near stove in case of a grease fire. Following a spill, sprinkle with salt immediately. When oven is cool, brush off burnt food and wipe with a damp sponge.

An inexpensive oven cleaner: Set oven on warm for about 2 minutes, then turn off. Place a small dish of full-strength ammonia on the top shelf. Put a large pan of boiling water on the bottom shelf and let it sit overnight. In the morning, open and air for a while before washing off with soap and water. Even the hard baked-on grease will wash off easily.

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Hair

Hair - About once a week, clarify your hair with baking soda. To do this, suds my hair with shampoo and before rinsing, use about 3 tablespoons of baking soda and rub into hair. This removes all the hair spray and styling gels that have accumulated.

Occasionally cleanse hair with white vinegar to rid hair of build up of shampoo and other styling fixatives.

For thicker, shiny hair, massage an egg into your hair for 5 minutes before rinsing and shampooing it out.

For dry hair, massage mayonnaise into your hair and leave in for up to an hour before washing it out. You can also use honey, yogurt and aloe vera gel.

For dry hair, apply vitamin E oil to your scalp and split ends at night and shampoo in the morning.

There is no need to buy expensive conditioners to make your hair shiny, soft and radiant. Simply wash hair and massage regular hair conditioner into damp hair and leave in overnight. Protect your pillow by using a shower cap and if you don't own one, make do with a plastic bad tied carefully around your head. You certainly do not want to wake up suffocated and dead if you don't do it right! :)

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Health

Tired of removing bandaids the painful way? Well, no longer must that be a problem. Simply apply a little baby oil directly on the bandaid, wait a moment for the oil to loosen it up, and viola! It will simply peel right off with no pain whatsoever.

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House Plants

Cold tea is great food for your houseplants.

Never throw away the water eggs have been boiled in as it's full of minerals. Of course it's not suitable for humans to drink, but after cooling the water, feed it to your houseplants. They love it and will grow at a much faster rate!

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Kid's Stuff

Kids riding shotgun in car - At the beginning of the year I take a small calendar and use a different colored highlighting marker for each kid. I highlight a different color for each week. The kids each have their own color and know immediately who's week it is to ride up front. This has worked real well for my kids.

Toilet training a boy - Don't laugh, this really works. When I was potty-training my son we put a square of toilet paper in the bowl. I'd tell him to sink the ship. He learned to aim directly in the bowl. Wonder if this will work for husbands too?

Chewing gum stuck in hair - The easiest way to remove is rub with peanut butter, then wash hair.

Tired of removing bandaids the painful way? Well, no longer must that be a problem. Simply apply a little baby oil directly on the bandaid, wait a moment for the oil to loosen it up, and viola! It will simply peel right off with no pain whatsoever.

You can use an over the door clear vinyl shoe rack to store Barbies or children's action figures. It will keep them neat, up off the floor, and since it's clear, the kids are able to find their toys when they want to play with them.

Remind your kids to carry things "two hands, thumbs up". I've prevented quite a few messes this way!

Keep a plastic zipper bag in the car with a spare diaper and a travel pack of baby wipes. When you use it, make sure that you replace it!

Instead of using the babyfood "third foods" buy canned fruits and vegetables. It's more economical, and they're cut just right!

Put together a "sick kit". Use a cheap flannel backed vinyl tablecloth and keep it in a large bucket. When needed, spread out the tablecloth under the bucket. This will protect your carpet.

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

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Kitchen

The next time you burn the inside of your pot down to crispy critters, Don't throw it away in dismay. Get you some GO-JO orange and with some light brushing the burnt stuff goes away. Works good on the outside as well.

If you happen to have pans with bronze bottoms and they are starting to tarnish, apply a cup of ketchup on it for at least 15 minutes.

Store butter quarters in the freezer. Keep one in the refrigerator, one to use at room temperature, and then rotate then as needed.

If you spray the tops of your syrup and molasses bottles and caps with cooking spray, the caps won't get stuck.

Clean and disinfect your sponges and even dishclothes in the dishwasher. They come out smelling fresh and germ free!

When covering a cake or other dessert with plastic wrap, stick toothpicks in it so the plastic wrap will "float" above the dessert and not stick to it.

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Whether you have a dishwasher or do your dishes by hand, you'll save time by sorting the silverware. I put all the forks; knives and spoons in a different section of the dishwasher, that way you just have to grab the lot of it and put it away. You can sort it when you're hand washing it, too - just separate it in the dish drain.

When baking messy things, or just to make clean-up easier, line your pans with aluminum foil.

Spray plastic containers with nonstick spray before putting in food items to keep them from discoloring.

Cut a piece of vinyl flooring to fit underneath your kitchen sink. This helps to keep that area looking cleaner, it's easier to clean up, and it's durable.

The night before trash day, go through your refrigerator and throw out anything that you haven't or won't be eating. This is a great way to keep those green things from growing in there!

Keep a few grains of rice in your salt shakers to keep the salt from clumping.

If you put something pretty on top of you refrigerator, like a silk ivy in a basket, you're not as likely to use it as a clutter magnet. It looks alot nicer, too!

To keep your drains unclogged from grease, pour a cup of salt water and a cup of soda into the drain followed by a pan of boiling water. The grease will usually dissolve immediately and open the drain.

Lye is just as effective as any Household drainer and less expensive too!

Grind orange rinds or a half lemon in the disposal to remove unpleasant odors.

Never put celery or other stringy matter in the disposal.

If the disposal does not seem to want to turn on, shut-off the switch, and look at the bottom of the disposal for a reset button. Never put your hand into the disposal without disconnecting the electricity to it.

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Miscellaneous

Opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easey.

Ant problems? It is said they will never cross a chalkline. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march - see for yourself.

1-888-836-7025 is the number to call for missing Scrabble Tiles - they will replace them for free within 7 to 10 days after you call.

Mail - When I open my mail it goes in one of two places...most of it goes into the trash immediately!!!! Bills of course don't... but all those inserts that come along with our bills get filed away in the trash can. The remittance stub and the return envelope goes into my mail holder for bill paying day. I throw away junk mail and sales flyers from stores I never shop from.

I'm a basket nut ..... I have two baskets on my refrigerator. One is to hold coupon flyers from the newspaper - the other to temporarily keep small junk items that I want to save but am not quite ready to put away. I also have baskets in my drawers to organize stuff, baskets under the sink to hold similar items.

Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive.

Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.

Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords in. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to

The steering wheel in your vehicle gets terribly cold in winter and doesn't warm up. Use regular foam pipe-wrap, tape the joins (using two pieces) then run tape around the entire steering wheel, making the wraps about 21/2" apart. It just doesn't get cold. And it's cheap.

Keep that nasty ole dust off your Tv and computer screens!!! After using your dryer sheet with your laundry, run it over your screens. The anti-static left in the dyer sheet repels dust and dirt.

When you purchase S.O.S. Pads, take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. This also seems to sharpen the sissors.

Use the handy old nutcracker to open tough jars.

Have your roses last a lot longer by adding a capful of hydrogen peroxide to the water and repeat as you change the water often. Don't forget to cut the stems on a slant under running water.

Pour boiling vinegar down drains to unclog and clean them.

Use a paper plate as a mini cutting board-it will protect your counter, and when you're done cutting, the fold the plate and use it as a funnel to add your cut up vegetables (or whatever) to the rest of your ingredients

Spray a bit of perfume on the lightbulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on. (Wait until the lightbulb cools first!)

Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

In the winter, after you're done baking and the oven is turned OFF, but is still warm, leave the oven door ajar to let the warm air into the room. DO NOT do this if there are small children about!

To keep frost off your windows, add 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol or antifreeze to each quart of water used. Rub the inside of the windows with a sponge dipped in the solution, then polish with a newspaper.

To make slipping curtains on a rod easier, wrap a baggy around the end. The curtain pockets will glide right through!

Keep a small piece of carpet, wallpaper, and drapery fabric from your rooms when you're decorating, to get a good match.

To freshen up curtains, throw them in the dryer with a damp towel and a softener sheet.

As you set your clocks back in the spring and fall, make a point to test your smoke alarms and flip over your mattresses, too.

Damp Closets - wrap 12 pieces of chalk together with yarn, and hang them from a peg in the closet.

Put candle holders in freezer to remove wax easier.

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Odors

Instead of using the usual box of baking soda in the fridge, you can also eliminate odors by putting a piece of cotton dipped in vanilla extract. This really works!

To create a fresh, clean aroma in the washroom, place a sheet of fabric softener in the wastebasket. You can also do the same with the wastebaskets around the rest of the house, such as the one at your desk.

Baking soda works wonders for pet odors. Sprinkle ¼ to ½ cup of baking soda onto the carpet and vacuum it up. Repeat everytime you replace your vacuum bag.

Set out white vinegar in open dishes to destroy odors.

Keep a softener sheet in the bottom of garbage cans to keep them smelling...well, not bad!

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Organize

Make your grocery list on an envelope, and put the coupons you'll be using inside the envelope. This is a great way to make sure that you don't forget something!

When you fold your sheets, put the folded sheets and extra pillowcase inside the other pillowcase - you'll be able to easily identify which sheet set they are, and they'll stay neatly together inside your linen closet. ath_tools.gif 225x90

Make lists! Writing something down not only serves as a reminder, but it's also a victory when an item is crossed off!

In the winter, keep a basket by the door for hats and mittens. It's a good idea to keep a few extras in there, too!

Keep all of your holiday receipts together in an envelope. This way, they'll be easy to find if you should need to make a return.

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Pots & Pans

To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover the bottom of the pan, bring to a boil on stove-top - skillet will be much easier to clean now.

To clean burnt and scorched pans, sprinkle liberally with baking soda, adding just enough water to moisten. Let stand for several hours. You can generally lift the burned portions right out of the pans.

On non-stick cookware, stubborn stains can be removed by boiling 2 tablespoons of baking soda, ½ cup vinegar, and 1 cup of water for ten minutes. Before using, season pan with salad oil.

For copper pots, fill a spray bottle with vinegar and add 3 tablespoons of salt. Then spray the solution on copper pot. Let stand, then rub clean.

Rub on Worcestershire sauce or catsup, and tarnish will disappear or try dipping lemon halves in salt and rub.

To rid cutting board of following smells: onion, fish smell, or garlic, cut a lime or lemon in two and rub the surface with the cut side of the fruit. Another option is to make a paste of baking soda and water and apply generously, then rinse.

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Remedies

Apply ice cold vinegar right away to skin burns to prevent blisters

Try flat, warm gingerale on an upset stomach. The ginger will help to calm stomach upset.

Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

When you get a splinter,reach for the Scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a neddle. Simply put the tape over the splinter,then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

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Refrigerators

To help eliminate odors, fill a small bowl with charcoal (the kind used for potted plants) and place it on a shelf in the refrigerator. It will absorb odors rapidly.

An open box of baking soda will absorb odors for at least a month or two.

A little vanilla poured on a piece of cotton and placed in the refrigerator will eliminate odors.

To prevent mildew from forming, wipe with vinegar. The acid effectively kills the mildew fungus.

Pull the refrigerator/freezer out three to four times a year to clean underneath. Use your vacuum on the front of the coils and motor to remove dust and dirt. Keeping the coils clean will make your refrigerator last longer and work better. Don't forget to unplug the refrigerator while doing this.

While cleaning, don't forget the door gaskets. This will make them last longer, but only clean with baking soda. Harsh detergents or bleach will deteriorate them.

Keep your refrigerator smelling fresh with:
  * A box of baking soda (lasts a month or two)
  * An empty can filled with charcoal or dried coffee grounds
  * A cotton ball soaked with vanilla extract
  * Crumpled newspaper. Lining the vegetable compartments will also keep veggies crisp.
(a dry sponge in the crisper will also help absorb moisture.)

Keep a colored cloth on top of the refrigerator. The fridge will be dust free and it adds a decorative touch. Shake the cloth out once a week.

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Shed/Shop

Use screws! If you've got the option, use screws-they go in faster, with less work and they hold better. Another benefit? If ever want to remove them, it's alot easier with screws.

Clean and save peanut butter jars to store small items. These work great for nails and screws in a shop-you can see what's inside the container, and it won't break if it's dropped.

For sticky windows, rub a block of parafin or even a candle along the sides of the jam. This will help the window to open and close freely.

Punch a few holes in the rim of a paint can with a nail or awl. This will keep the paint from building up on the rim of the can, and it drips back into the can.

When you're finished painting, close the paint can and put an old rag over the can, then tap the cover a few times with a hammer or mallot. This will prevent splatters and make a tight seal on the can.

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Sink

Baking soda or club soda is excellent to clean stainless steel sinks.

To remove water spots from a stainless steel sink, use a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol. Spots on stainless steel also can be removed with white vinegar. ath_quiltshelf.gif 115x127

If your kids leave toothpaste in sinks, take a washcloth and clean the sink and fixture with the paste.

Rub stainless steel sinks with lighter fluid if rust marks appear. After the rust disappears, wipe with your regular kitchen cleaner.

For a sparkling white sink, place paper towels across the bottom of your sink and saturate with household bleach. Let sit for ½ hour. Rinse. Never use bleach in colored porcelain sinks, because it will fade the color. Clean with mild liquid detergents, vinegar, or baking soda.

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Skin

Soften your legs as you shave by using hair conditioner.

For the best moisturizer possible, use 5 parts aloe vera gel, 1 part pure vegetable glycerine, and mix into a glass jar. Both ingredients are available at any health food store.

Soak or massage your nails with baby oil, vitamin E oil, olive oil or a gentle dish detergent at least twice a day to stimulate growth and prevent cracking and chipping.

For the softest feet possible, apply a thick layer of of petroleum jelly on your feet then wear a pair of socks overnight. You can do the same with your hands by wearing cotton gloves. Do the same with the rest of your body using petroleum jelly or thick cream and wear an old pair of pajamas to bed. Don't be afraid to apply petroleum jelly or vitamin E oil to your face overnight also. Do this at 1-2 times a week and your skin is guaranteed to be baby soft!

Make your own anti-wrinkle cream inexpensively. Beat a few egg whites (no yolks!) into a meringue and apply all over your face. Remove after a half hour with cool water (don't use hot water or you'll have scrambled egg on your face!) Pat dry and you'll immediately notice the difference. Also great for shrinking pores.

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Stains

Crayons on walls - rub an art gum eraser over the markings, it comes off pretty easily.

Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes of with little effort (elbow grease that is!).

Permanent marker on appliances /counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) - rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works ever time!

Remove pen ink from clothing or carpet by spraying area with hairspray and after leaving on for a few seconds, wipe away with a damp cloth.

To remove unwanted artwork from your walls (crayon), use WD 40. Spray it on the marks, wipe off with a paper towel, and then use spray cleaner to get rid of the residue.

Potatoes will take food stains off of your hands. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

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Stove/Oven

In the oven when that inevitable spill occurs, sprinkle salt on it immediately and brush off debris when oven has cooled.

In the microwave, milk and creamy mixtures tend to boil over, so use containers 3 times larger than the volume.

If food cooks unevenly, line the microwave with a layer of bread and cook on high for a few minutes. You will be able to tell which spot in the microwave is hotter so you can avoid it the next time.

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Windows

Windows - the easiest to clean windows is take a big pail and fill with very warm water. Add ONE drop of Dawn dishwashing detergent. Take a waffle washcloth and completely soak and then wring out as much of the water as possible. Wipe the window and follow with a cloth diaper or other lint free cloth and dry. This leaves the windows crystal clean.

Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

To get your windows sparkling clean, use newspaper-it won't leave lint behind, and if you remember not to clean them in full sun, you'll avoid streaking, too!

Clean windows with a solution of ½ cup ammonia, ½ cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to a bucket of warm water.

Shine windows with a newspaper. It's cheap and easy. For a really fine shine, after the windows are dry, rub a clean blackboard eraser over them.

Clean windows on an average temperature day. Too hot of a day will cause windows to streak.

Dry windows outside in one direction and inside in the other direction. If you see a streak, you will know if it is inside or out.

To keep frost off windows, add ½ cup rubbing alcohol or anti-freeze to each quart of water used. Rub the inside of windows with a sponge that has been dipped in the rubbing alcohol of anti-freeze. Polish with newspapers or paper towels.

Make your own spray cleaner by filling a spray bottle with 3 tablespoons of ammonia, 1 tablespoon vinegar and cool water. Add a drop or two of food coloring to look like the blue or green kind.

Eliminate sticky windows by dipping a small brush in petroleum jelly and paint it on the inside molding once a year.

To clean window sills, pour a little diluted rubbing alcohol on a cloth and rub the entire surface. The spots will disappear and the sills will look freshly painted.

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