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101 New Uses for Everyday Things

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.

from Real Simple

101 New Uses for Everyday Things

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

from The Family Handyman

Simple Fixes for Common Appliance Problems

This is a huge help. It will save you money hiring a plumer/repairman, simply 'reset' your garbage disposal, the button is on the bottom. I have done this several times, it is a great money saver. Simple fixes for common appliance problems.

How to get your dirty whites clean again… HOT HOT HOT water, 1 cap of laundry detergent, 1 cup powdered dish washer detergent, 1 cup bleach, 1/2 cup borax. you have to rewash it once to put softener in but it's the whitest you'll ever see your whites. If you omit the bleach it works great to get stains out of colors too (baby spit up is no longer a stain on OLD clothes)

from The Family Handyman

Why Didn't I Think of That?

Temporary Extension Cord Protection - If you're having a party or some other event in the yard and you need additional electricity sources, here's a great way to keep extension cord plugs dry. Cut notches in the opposite sides of a reusable plastic container and snap on the lid. Your plugs will stay dry if it happens to rain or the ground is moist.

from Survival Life

DIY Seedling Greenhouses Ideas For Your Garden This Spring

DIY Seedling Greenhouses | Get a Jump Start on Your Garden This Year | Cool And Simple Tricks To Start Your Own Indoor Seedling Using Items From Around Your Home by Survival Life at http://survivallife.com/diy-seedling-greenhouses/

Every couple of months sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and a tablespoon of your favorite fabric softener over your mattress, let it sit for an hour, and then vacuum it up. Gets rid of dust mites and freshens up the mattress. Keep that same mixture in a small mason jar with holes poked in the top in your linen or clothes closet to keep it smelling fresh! Many Baking Soda Tips!!!