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Clean and Deodorize a Cooler - add about 1 inch of water to the bottom of the cooler, drop in 4 Alka Seltzer tablets, let sit for an hour, rinse, and dry. All smells will be gone and it will be clean and ready for its next use.
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Uses for salt... -clean drains with 1/2 cup salt in quart hot water -prevent frost inside car windows by rubbing glass with solution of 2 tsp. salt in 1 gallon hot water and wipe dry -remove red wine stains in washables by stretching fabric over bowl, cover stain with salt and carefully pour boiling water over it
1. exfoliate skin. create a paste with water 2. remove crayon, pencil & ink from walls 3. unclog a drain. pour baking soda down drain then add white vinegar 4. whiten teeth 5. sprinkle over fires to put out flame 6. deodorize 7. clean up oil and grease spills on driveway 8. eases indigestion. stir 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1/2 cup water and drink. works as antacid
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Remove stubborn price tags or stickers. Paint them with several coats of vinegar, let the liquid soak in for five minutes, then wipe away the residue. Kill weeds between cracks in paving stones and sidewalks. Fill a spray bottle with straight vinegar and spray multiple times. (Be careful not to get any on the surrounding grass, as it will kill that too.)
Use dryer sheet to: freshen smelly shoes; remove static from clothes, hair, tv screens, computer monitors; clean pet hair from floors or furniture; loosen caked food from a pan; tackle suitcase and gym-bag odors; prevent old books from smelling musty when in storage; wipe up sawdust ;prevent thread from tangling when sewing; dust venetian blinds
Use Olive Oil to: 1. Shave. Olive oil can provide a closer shave when used in place of shaving cream. 2. Shine stainless steel. 3. Remove eye makeup. Dab a little under the eyes and rinse off with a washcloth. 4. Moisturize cuticles. Apply a small amount of olive oil to the nail beds. 5. Treat dry skin. Rub a thin layer over the skin after a shower or a waxing.
Use newspaper to prepare a planting spot. In the fall, mow a patch of lawn to make room for a dedicated bed. Cover it with four layers of newspaper, then a four-inch layer of shredded leaves or bark mulch. Hose it down. Come spring, the compost blanket will have smothered the grass roots, and the bed will be primed for planting.
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Dissolve Rust on Tools and Hardware by soaking them in vinegar for a few days, then rinse with water and watch the rust and scale disappear.
30 Second Organic Air Freshener - in 200 degree Fahrenheit oven, place foil or small, oven-safe ramekin with 2 or more pieces of inedible fruit parts, e.g. apple core, orange peel, sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg, dried vanilla powder, and sprayed liberally with oil to prevent burning. Keep oven on warm as long as full force of scent is desired. The smell will last a couple of hours even after turning oven off, just keep the door closed.
Kitchen Gunk Remover: 1 part vegetable oil (oil fights oil) 2 parts baking soda. Mix together with a spoon and go crazy!