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Jul. 23, 2014 4:03 pm 
Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 7:05 pm
I'm not quite sure where I found these tips (somewhere online, I remember) but they are incredibly useful! I've posted them for easy access for myself and for you to enjoy! I've italicized my favorite ones.

Coil ribbon around chopsticks and secure with a piece of tape. This keeps them untangled.

Use chop sticks instead of potholders on tables.

Turnips should be 3 inches or smaller in diameter and heavy.

To relieve indigestion, mix 1/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Drink quickly.

Use baking soda like comet to shine stainless steel.

To clean drains while away on vacation, sprinkle 1/4 -1/2 cup baking soda into drain, pour in vinegar.

For burned pans: add 1 to 2 inches of water to the pan, good sprinkle of baking soda and boil for 5 min, let soak until cool and scrape away all burnt residue.

Fill a glass 1/2 full of vinegar and set it in your dishwasher, as the water fills the glass it will disperse vinegar and keep dishes shiny

Use a spray bottle full of vinegar to quickly spray and wipe down the bathroom.

Baking soda (replaced monthly), as well as vinegar in a dish, will remove odors in a room.

Glass cleaner: 1 part vinegar, 1 part ammonia, 2 parts water

Wipe cutting boards with plain vinegar after use.

Vinegar takes away hard water stains in marble sinks or tubs, just spray and wipe

Lightly spray a cloth with vinegar and wipe your phone, door knobs and key boards to eliminate germ transfer when someone is sick

Wipe wooden table with lemon juice to clean all grease and film, then buff with olive oil

Slice lemons or any citrus fruit into a pot of water, add cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and simmer for a few hours for potpourri

Grease cutter: 1 part lemon juice, 2 parts vinegar, 1 part water in a spray bottle

Cleaning grill racks: In a black garbage bag, layer some newspaper, set BBQ grill or oven racks on paper, add another layer of paper, pour in several cups of ammonia to soak paper, close bag quickly and let it sit overnight-preferably outside.

Oven cleaning: set a bowl of ammonia into a slightly warm but turned off oven, let sit overnight, next day wipe off oven grease.

Hairspray will remove the glue from stickers, price tags, etc-spray on and rub with your finger. Wipe away residue with wet cloth

Equal parts of borax and icing sugar set out in jar lids will get rid of ants

Add borax to laundry-about 1/2 cup for super clean smelling clothes

Citric acid makes a great rust cleaner.

Honey dabbed on a blemish then covered with a bandaid and left overnight may make it go away by morning.

Lavender in a satchel in your pillowcase may relieve headaches.

Cheap conditioner makes a great replacement for shaving cream (for legs).

Place a whole clove in your mouth when you have a toothache, it will numb your mouth.

Place dryer sheets under front door mats for a nice smelling entrance.

Plant lemon balm in pots and place next to out door seats to deter mosquitos. Dried lemon balm in tea apparently tastes wonderful.

Plant pennyroyal mint around your house to deter mice, pennyroyal mint is poisonus so do not eat.

 
Comments
Jul. 23, 2014 7:05 pm
great tips, have not heard of many of these. thanks.
 
 
 
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Ashleigh

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