Monday, November 30, 2009

Use Beer to Keep Snails away from Garden

Beer is the world's oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverage and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea. Wikipedia®

Home made Hummingbird food

1. Clean Humming Bird Feeder with water and vinegar
2. One part sugar to four parts water
3, Boil water
4. Dissolve the sugar
5. Let cool co
6. Fill feeder

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Non Stick Safe Scrubber

Reuse the plastic mesh bags that citrus and onions come in to scrub your dishes. Just fold it over itself several times and then tie it in a knot. Or scrunch up a large one and stuff it inside a smaller one - like from garlic. These clean great without scratching and can be tossed after they get grimy.

Use old Fruits to create Garbage Enzyme

Vegetable & Fruit Leftovers
Unwanted vegetable or fruit products due to spoilage, etc.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Remove Scuff Marks from Leather Sneakers

Nail polish is easily removed with nail polish remover, which is basically an organic solvent but may also include oils, scents and coloring. Wikipedia®

Warm yourself up with Cayenne

On cold days there is an easy way to warm up with cayenne (without eating it.)

1) Take powdered cayenne and apply to the soles of your feet. You should notice a warming sensation right away.

2) Put on socks. The socks will further warm your feet and keep the cayenne from rubbing off.

3) Wash your hands (you don't want to rub your eyes with cayenne on your hands!)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Stop an upset stomach by drinking vinegar

Cure an upset stomach by drinking two teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup water.

Use an Onion to stop a runny Nose

Onion is a term used for many plants in the genus Allium. They are known by the common name "onion" but, used without qualifiers, it usually refers to Allium cepa. Allium cepa is also known as the "garden onion" or "bulb" onion. Wikipedia®

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Use Cassette Tape Case to Scrape Snow

The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. Wikipedia®

Coffee Grounds Cure Car Sickness

Smelling coffee grounds will make nausea go away
If you are prone to car sickness having coffee grounds with you and smelling them while driving will actually make the nausea go away. We used to do this as kids all the time - it works

Monday, November 23, 2009

Clean copper pots with lemons.

Don’t you hate it when your pots and pans just wont look shiny anymore? Try cleaning copper pots or removing rust stains by scrubbing with half a lemon dipped in salt.

Keep Food Fresh with Apples

Easily extend the shelf or fridge life of your favorite homemade (or storebought) cakes and treats. Store them with a half an apple. It helps the cake maintain its moisture considerably longer than merely popping it in the fridge.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Use Vick's Vapor Rub to Potty Train your Pet

Pet Care-Other Pets
If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.

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Treat Damaged Hair with an Avocado

The avocado (Persea americana), also known as palta or aguacate (Spanish), butter pear or alligator pear, is a tree native to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Central America. Wikipedia®

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Use Coffee to Neutralize Odor

Coffee is a brewed beverage prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called coffee beans, of the coffee plant. Due to its caffeine content, coffee can have a stimulating effect in humans. Wikipedia®

Remove fingerprints from stainless steel

Stain Remover
Apply a small amount of olive oil, about the size of a quarter, to a dry cotton cloth and rub into your stainless steel appliance to magically remove fingerprints. Once the fingerprints have been removed, use the dry part of the cloth to wipe away excess olive oil.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Use yogurt and honey to create a Facial Mask

1. Take a tablespoon of yogurt and a tablespoon of honey.
2. Mix the two ingredients together in a small bowl.
3. Apply to your face.
4. Leave on for 10 minutes.
5. Helps moisturize and clear up skin problems.

Use Alka Seltzer to Clean the Toilet

The original Alka-Seltzer was invented by pharmacist Mikey Wiseman in 1931 but was used in the 1920s as a remedy for back aches, diarrhea, leg cramps, and heartburn. Wikipedia®

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lemon juice removes berry stains

Remove Berry Stains
After picking berries, remove berry stains from hands by washing with lemon juice. Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes and then wash with soap and water.

Lemon Juice can Help Cure Indigestion

The reproductive tissue surrounds the seed of the angiosperm lemon tree. The lemon is used for culinary and nonculinary purposes throughout the world. Wikipedia®

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Use Plastic Grocery Bags to Protect Plants from Cold Weather

Plastic shopping bags, carrier bags, or plastic grocery bags, are a common type of shopping bag in several countries. Most often these bags are intended for a single use to carry items from a store to a home. Wikipedia®

Use package boxes for storage.

Package Boxes
1) Wrap boxes in plain or advertising paper (collage)

2) Brush with Mod Podge and use for storage around the house such as underbed storage, sewing etui, drawer organizers etc.

Be as creative as logical: Use same color or motif for same use and label boxes stored on shelves. Create a digital file with reminders for which box holds what and where it can be found.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Grass Head Pet from Plastic Beverage Container

1) Cut the top off of a plastic two liter beverage container that cannot be returned for a deposit.

2) Measure a piece of old card stock headed for a recycle bin (file folders work well) to make a cylinder around the plastic container. Have child design a body on the card while opened flat.

3) Take an old sock or pantyhose stocking, fill it with a cup of potting soil, add some grass seeds and position them at the top. Tie the sock or stocking and cut off the excess.

4) Have your child draw a face on the sock head with crayons or coloring utensils that show up on the sock head.

5) Fill the plastic container with water and place the sock head on top so it soaks up water.

6) Put a platstic newspaper sleeve over the grass head pet and put it on a windowsill.

7) When the grass (hair) starts to sprout, take off the newspaper sleeve and keep it moist until a full head of hair grows in.

Have fun!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Use Plastic Bottle Top as Funnel

A plastic bottle is a container constructed of plastic, with a neck that is narrower than its body and an opening at the top. The mouth of the bottle is normally sealed with a plastic bottle cap. Wikipedia®

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Use Chop Sticks to create a Plastic Jug Lamp

Chopsticks are small tapered sticks used in pairs of equal length as the traditional eating utensils of Greater China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Wikipedia®

Wooden Pencil as Plant Support

Plant Support
Wood pencils are handy to use when you're starting young, spindly plants. Stick one in the soil next to stalk and secure with a twist-tie, piece of fabric or rubberband. The lead pencil will support the young plant until it grows strong enough to stand up on it's own.

Wooden pencils can also be used to support a full-grown plant with a damaged stalk.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Use Flour to Create a Kid's Activity

It is the main ingredient of bread, which is a staple food for many civilizations. Wikipedia®

Use Rubbing Alcohol to Clean Eye Glasses

Cleans great and much cheaper than Vodka
Just put some rubbing alcohol in a mini-sprayer and use on glasses with a soft cloth. Removes tough grease and stains. Very cheap.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Calamine lotion as a Facial Mask

Calamine lotion is used as an antipruritic (anti-itching agent) to treat mild pruritic conditions such as sunburn, eczema, rashes, poison ivy, chickenpox, insect bites and stings. Wikipedia®

Keep shoes scuff free when packing in your suitcase

Easily protect your Manolo's or other favorite shoes with a pair of sports socks before packing in your suitcase. Works great when shoes don't come with their own shoe bag -- for instance when you bought them at the neighborhood designer resale boutique. And, it's a way to recylcle old socks.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Use Wine Corks to make a CorkBoard

Cork material is a prime-subset of generic cork tissue, harvested for commercial use primarily from the Cork Oak tree, Quercus suber, with Portugal producing 50% of cork worldwide. Cork consists mostly of suberin. Wikipedia®

Use Sugar to keep Cut Flowers Fresh

Add a tablespoon of sugar to the vase and water to accelerate budding and to keep fresh.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Drink Water to Cure a Headache

Water is a common chemical substance that is essential for the survival of all known forms of life. Wikipedia®

Home Made Hummingbird Food

Home made Hummingbird food
1. Clean Humming Bird Feeder with water and vinegar
2. One part sugar to four parts water
3, Boil water
4. Dissolve the sugar
5. Let cool completely
6. Fill feeder

Monday, November 9, 2009

Use Hairspray to take off pen and ink marks

Spray and wipe! Old hairspray is great to use to take off penmarks and marker writing from hard surfaces- so turn your mirror into a message board!

Use Molasses to treat Damaged Hair

Molasses is a viscous byproduct of the processing of sugar cane or sugar beets into sugar. Wikipedia®

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Use Newspaper to Ripen Tomatoes

Ripen Tomatoes
Newspaper is just as handy as a brown paper bag when ripening tomatoes or other fruits and vegetables. Before recycling the newspaper, do the following:

1) Wrap the fruits individually in a few sheets of newspaper.

2) Thoroughly wash before eating as newspaper is usually a bit dirty.

Use Plastic Containers to Keep things Cold

Plastic is the general common term for a wide range of synthetic or semisynthetic organic amorphous solid materials suitable for the manufacture of industrial products. A container is used to store other items. Wikipedia®

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Use Carpet Samples to Create Shoe Keeper

A carpet is a textile floor covering consisting of an upper layer of "pile" attached to a backing. A sample is an example of a particular type of carpet. Wikipedia®

Use Toothpaste to remove food coloring from your hands

Remove Food coloring from hands
1) Simply squeeze some toothpaste from the tube and wipe on affected area.

2) Rinse hands with water and the food coloring should disappear.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Cure a Headache with Vicks Vapor Rub

Headache Relief
Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain.

Relieve a Tongue Burn with Sugar

Sugar is a class of edible crystalline substances, mainly sucrose, lactose, and fructose. Wikipedia®

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Use Shaving Cream to stop mirror from fogging up

To prevent fogging of your bathroom mirror:

1) Rub a small amount of shaving cream on your bathroom mirror before taking a shower.

2) Rub the shaving cream over the mirror until it disappears.

When you get out of your shower the mirror wil be fog free. The best part is, it lasts for a good week (depending on your shower frequency) so you don't have to do it everytime. So far I have found the cream or gel produces the same results.

Use Duct Tape to Create Place Mats

Duct tape is a vinyl, fabric-reinforced, multi-purpose pressure sensitive tape with a soft and tacky pressure sensitive adhesive. Wikipedia®

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Use Water Pipes to Create Shelving

Water pipes are pipes or tubes, frequently made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC/uPVC), ductile iron, polyethylene, or copper, that carry pressurized and treated fresh water to buildings (as part of a municipal water system). Wikipedia®

Lemon, Ginger, Garlic and Honey to Help with a Sore Throat

Sore Throat
If you feel a cold or flu coming on, or a sore throat, do the following:

1) Juice one lemon, chop up two cloves of garlic and one inch of fresh ginger.

2) Put all ingredients in a mug and add lemon juice and enough hot water to fill the cup plus a tablespoon of honey.

3) Then drink it down. Brave (and healthy) people drink the liquid with the ginger and garlic. Less brave ones strain that stuff out and just do the liquid.

Works well before feeling ill to boost your immune system.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Use Aluminum Foil as a Fabric Softener

Aluminum foil (known as aluminum foil in North America) is aluminum prepared in thin metal leafs, with a thickness less than 0.2 mm / 0.008 in, although much thinner gauges down to 0.006 mm are common. Wikipedia®

Citrus Peels to de-Stink your Garbage Disposal Odor

Every time you eat a citrus fruit, save the peels for the garbage disposal. They will clean it and eliminate any odors.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ease snoring with a little Olive Oil before bed

A little olive oil befor
e bed will moisturize and lubricate your throat muscles and help eliminate snoring. Sip olive oil before bed.