Sunday, February 28, 2010

Use coffee grounds to de-ice sidewalk and driveway

Once ripe, coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried. The seeds are then roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. They are then ground and brewed to create coffee. Wikipedia®

Use coffee grounds to remove odors from vacuum cleaner

Odor Removal
An old vacuum cleaner can pick up odors and after a vacuum your place might smell bad. You dog owners know what I mean.

Just add coffee ground into your vacuum bag.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Use Twister® (game) as a tablecloth

Twister® (game)

Twister is a game of physical skill produced by Hasbro Games. Twister is played on a large plastic mat that is spread on the floor or ground. The mat is like a board game. It has four rows of large colored circles. Wikipedia®

Friday, February 26, 2010

Use a raisin to revitalize your champagne

If you have leftover champagne which has gone a little flat (not enough fizz) and want to restore the bubbles use a raisin. Drop a raisin in the bottle and the bubbles will be revived. Prevents wasted champagne!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Life Savers® Birthday Cake Candle Holder

Life Savers is an American brand of ring-shaped mints and artificially fruit-flavored hard candy. The candy is known for its distinctive packaging, coming in aluminum foil rolls. Wikipedia®

Alternative use for cake decorating supplies

Cake decorating kit and supplies can be used for Henna skin art. The plastic cones are cheaper and come in quantities; better still, use the biodegradable parchment, which comes in large packages. Henna being about the same consistency as cake frosting, the tips work beautifully and come in graduated sizes and various shapes.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Use Q-Tip® to Clean Computer Keypad

Cotton swabs consist of a small wad of cotton wrapped around either one or both ends of a small rod, usually made of either wood, rolled paper, or plastic. Wikipedia®

Alternative Use for Cotton Swabs

Cotton Swabs as Emergency Perfume Reservoir
Going out for the evening? Want to keep that lovely sent all night, but don't want to clutter your purse with bulky (and breakable!) glass perfume bottles?

1.) Spritz or dab a little of your perfume onto a few cotton swabs.
2.) Place them in a seal-able plastic baggie (so the perfume doesn't evaporate or spoil anything in your purse).

Now you're ready to touch up your signature scent anytime, and you'll feel glamorous all night long!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rub ChapStick® on your hair line before dying your hair

ChapStick® is a brand name for lip balm manufactured by Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, used in the South Korea, United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and Sweden. Wikipedia®

Chapstick® can help stop the bleeding from a small cut

Many times you'll find yourself with a little cut from shaving, just rub a little chapstick on it and the bleeding will stop!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Skippy® Peanut Butter as bird feeder glue

Skippy® Peanut Butter Alternative use - Eco-friendly bird feeder glue!

When building a bird feeder, we often think of bird seed in a cut-to-specification plastic container, buying a feeder from the store, or scattering it on the ground. But did you know that most of us have the means of making an eco-friendly bird feeder at home?

1. Find a pine cone. Alternatively, use a piece of scrap wood and cut inch wide grooves or large holes through it. A cardboard egg carton can also be used. The intent is to use biodegradable materials that one already has.
2. Use Skippy® Peanut Butter and cover all surfaces of the outside of the bird feeder.
3. Spread bird feed or seeds on the bird feeder. That which does not stick on its own to the peanut butter can be manually pushed into the Skippy® Peanut Butter using a spatula or your fingers.
4. Tie a string to the pine cone. If using an egg carton, punch at least one hole in the cardboard then tie the string around that edge. If using wood, tie the string through a hole in the wood.
5. Tie the other end of the string to a gutter, tree limb or other location where birds congregate.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hawaiian Punch® Lip Gloss / Lip Balm / Chapstick®

So, we've all had chapped lips, right? Yuck.

And most of us had Hawaiian Punch as kids, Yum. Here's a fun idea to get some tastiness on your lips (or those of your kids) while you treat the chapped lips. It can also be used as a lip gloss or even a party favor for kids.

Basically, all you need to do is mix petroleum jelly (petrolatum) with Hawaiian punch and process it correctly and WHAMMO, you have Hawaiian Punch lip gloss.

What you will need:
* Sugar-free sweetened Hawaiian Punch powdered mix (1 packet)
* Petroleum jelly
* Small glass container with lid or lip balm tube
* Teaspoon
* Chopstick or similar to stir
* Microwave or other rapid heating source
* pot holder/hot hands
* Refrigerator or other cooling source

Step 1: Add 3 teaspoons petroleum into container
Step 2: Microwave to dissolve to smooth consistency, stirring every ~30 sec
Step 3: Add Hawaiian Punch mix while liquefied -- more = stronger flavor and darker shade
Step 4: Stir, cover/seal, and cool in refrigerator to harden

VOILA, you have Hawaiian Punch lip balm and saved some money!

Use Hawaiian Punch® to create Retro T-Shirts

Hawaiian Punch is a brand of fruit punch drinks (containing 5% fruit juice) owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (DPS). Wikipedia®

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Make Your Home Smell Nice with Dove® Soap

Dove® Soap
Step 1 get a carving knife.
Step 2 get a bar of Dove® Soap.
Step 3 carve the Dove® Soap into an animal or any object that you desire. Any nice shape or small size will do.

After you have carved your soap put it around the house for decoration as well as an air freshener.

Dove® Soap as laundry detergent

Dove is a personal care brand. Dove is formulated to be pH neutral, with a pH that is usually between 6.5 and 7.5.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Use coffee grounds to remove odor

Once ripe, coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried. The seeds are then roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. They are then ground and brewed to create coffee. Wikipedia®

Use coffee grounds to fertilize plants

To fertilize plants, in particular carrots and radishes-Before you plant, mix your carrot and radish seeds with used coffee grounds. Then plant them all together. You'll increase your carrot and radish size and amount, but they will also ward away any underground pests attracted to your veggies.

Coffee Grounds will work well around your garden as a general fertilizer. Coffee grounds contain many nutrients which are good for a garden (both flowers or vegetables). Just add the coffee grounds to the soil.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Clean jewelry and diamonds with Polident® denture tablets

Has your diamond or other jewelry gone blah with age? Bring back that sparkle and shine with a Polident® Denture cleaning tablet!

Here's how:

1) Drop denture tablet into a glass of water.
2) Drop in your ring, jewelry, or earrings. Especially effective with diamond jewelry.
3) Let sit for a few minutes.
4) Remove, rinse and admire your restored jewelry!

Polident® Denture Cleaning Tablets to clean pots and pans

Tablets used to clean dentures (prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Use Vaseline to waterproof leather shoes, saddles or bags

1) Over a low heat use 2 parts Beeswax and 1 part Vaseline heat until blended.
2) Bottle and after cooling apply to shoes or item.
3) Using a cloth lightly apply and the quantity will spread evenly until leather absorbs.
4) Example of quantity would be 200gm Beeswax and 100gm Vaseline

Use Vaseline® to shine shoes

Vaseline is a brand of petroleum jelly.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Use Tide® Detergent to Clean Marble Floors

Tide is the name of a popular laundry detergent on the market in Canada, the United States, Morocco and other countries. It is manufactured by Procter & Gamble. Wikipedia®

Use Tide to remove Fleas

Flea RemovalTide® Detergent Removes Fleas From Your Pet
When you find fleas on your pet and in your house, you can use your popular detergent to remove them.

Tide® detergent can be used to shampoo your pet, and to wash bedding and other infested materials.

Pet Shampoo with Tide® Detergent:

1) Use liquid Tide® Detergent the same way that you would use a shampoo.
2) Put your pet in a tub and, using warm water, make a thick lather from the top of their head all the way down to the end of their tail. Also lather their belly and legs.
3) Keep soap away from face and out of eyes.
4) Take your time. Massage down to their skin and make a thick lather.
5) Comb through the fur (preferably with a fine tooth comb) to remove or kill most of the fleas.
6) Rinse thoroughly and check the bath water.
7) If you find fleas that are still active in the water, start the process over once again.
8) Finish up with a very thorough rinse, and dry.
9) Wash bedding linens (theirs and yours), pet apparel, and rugs.

This removes the fleas.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Use Ziploc Bag as an Ice Pack

Make your own ice packs with vodka and Ziploc® bags
Alcohol has a lower freezing temperature than water, so you can put vodka and other alcohols into Ziploc® bags and put them in the freezer to create your own ice packs.

Use Ziploc® Bag to create Wrinkle Free Luggage

Ziploc® is a brand of reusable, re-sealable zipper storage bags and containers originally developed by Dow Chemical Company, and now produced by S. C. Johnson & Son. Wikipedia®

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Use Toothpaste to clean CDs

Toothpaste is a paste or gel dentifrice used with a toothbrush to clean and maintain the aesthetics and health of teeth. Wikipedia®

To Toothpaste as a Silver Cleaner

Use toothpaste on a soft cloth to clean silver- silverware, candlesticks etc.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Use Plastic Soda Bottle for Dog Pull Toy

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®

Make Wasp Trap from Soft Drink Bottles

To trap wasps with a plastic soda bottle follow these instructions:

1) Cut a 1.25 to 2 liter PET soft drink container across below the neck, just where the sides become parallel.
2) Insert the conical upper portion into the base, top first (takes some doing and a little lubrication helps, but it will fit).
3) Bait with a little meat or sugary substance and lie it on its side where you have been bothered by wasps.
4) Meat is the preferred bait as bees are not attracted to it.

Wasp will be attracted to the bait and then they cannot escape

Insect and Rodent Control

Friday, February 12, 2010

Duct tape prevents blisters on your feet

No time to break in those new hiking books or running shoes? Going on a 7 day trek through Africa or Nepal? Wrap your heel with duct tape before putting your socks on. Use a couple layers of tape on the areas you want to protect from blisters so perspiration from your feet doesn't dislodge the tape.

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, February 10, 2010

Use Sugar as Hummingbird Food

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

Use a Rolling Pin to Give Your Love a Valentine's Day Massage

After you finish with Valentine’s Day dinner, surprise your love with a relaxing and delightful massage. If you are like me, you don’t have the stamina or knowledge to give your love a thorough hand massage.

1. Choose an old rolling pin and clean it thoroughly. You may even want to paint and decorate it with your own special Valentine’s Day message. You can also glue on 3-dimensional valentine-shaped "bumps" to vary the intensity of the massage.

2. Choose a method for warming the rolling pin before you start the massage. Ceramic, stone and plastic pins can all be immersed in hot tap water for a few minutes, bundled in a heating pad, or wrapped in a warm moist towel.

3. Use the pin to gently roll on non-bony areas of the body: middle and lower back, buttocks, back and front of the thighs, calves, and soles of the feet. It will not take much pressure or work on your part; just let the rolling pin do the work of slightly compressing the muscles. Avoid rolling the pin over bones, as that causes pain for most people.

4. You can add oils or scents to the rolling pin as you work on the massage. Clean up is easy and simple.

Instead of spending money on electric appliances or a spa treatment, recycle that old rolling pin to give a wonderful full body rub down. You will help your own back and arms as well as theirs!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Use Newspaper to dry out shoes or boots

A newspaper is a publication containing news, information, and advertising. General-interest newspapers often feature articles on political events, crime, business, art/entertainment, society and sports. Wikipedia®

Remove Oil Stains from Cement or Concrete using Cat Litter

Oil Stain Removal
Kitty or cat litter can use as a good source for removing oil/grease stains from cement floor. If you have a fresh oil spill, then you can sprinkle a healthy dose of kitty litter onto it. Allow the litter to sit overnight so that it will absorb the oil as it soaks into the litter.

In the morning, sweep up the kitty litter. The oil is now absorbed into the litter and will be swept away. Unfortunately, if you did not place enough litter onto the oil spill, you may have to repeat the process.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Use coffee beans to remove kitchen 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®

Empty coffee cans make great arts and crafts for the kids.

1) The kids can decorate the container with paper and glue to hold cards, paper, or writing utensils.

2) With parents supervision kids can spray paint the container with the choice of their own cool colors. And to enhance it more, kids may stick some Valentine's stickers to add some extra beauty to it.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Use Baking Soda to fix a bad battery connection

Sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder. Wikipedia®

Re-Hydrate your Body and Cure a Hangover

Hangover Cure
This one was used for ages at Philadelphia General Hospital, may still be for all I know. It basically replenishes lost electrolytes. It is sort of why eating potatoes and the water they cooked in helps, lots of potassium and liquid to re-hydrate your body. raises blood sugar and the baking soda rebalances the pH of blood.

8 oz of fresh OJ
2 TBSP sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt

Stir well and serve over chipped ice.

Thank you:

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Coffee Grounds to Tenderize Meats

Once ripe, coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried. The seeds are then roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. They are then ground and brewed to create coffee. Wikipedia®

Coffee Grounds Cure Car Sickness

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

Friday, February 5, 2010

Lavender to Soothe Acne, Bug Bites & Sunburns

The lavenders (Lavandula) are a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to the Mediterranean region south to tropical Africa and to the southeast regions of India. Wikipedia®

Lavender flowers used for getting a better nights sleep

Restless or Sleepless, Fatigue and racing mind
Historically Lavender has been used for thousands of years for relaxing baths, aiding healing cuts and scrapes, and calming teas.

Recently, lavender was scientifically proven in a sleep study on insomniacs to cut the amount of time it took to fall asleep in half. It actually improved the quality of sleep, having other test patients, sleep more deeply in a short period of time, resulting in waking up more well rested, happier and productive.

This Sleep Sachet by Zen's Purple Garden contains organically grown lavender in a beautiful long smooth fabric sachet. It's comfortable, easy and you can smell the soothing scent of lavender all night long from any position on your pillow.

Other lavender gifts for many different uses at

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Use Red Wine to Tie Dye Cloth

You can make beautiful tie-dye cloth with red wine.

1. Empty the wine into a baking pan.

2. Create a tie-dye pattern for your cloth with rubber bands, clips, or twine. You can scrunch, fold or band the fabric to make any number of patterns.

3. Immerse the tied fabric into the wine and allow it to absorb the color for 20 minutes. You may need to turn the fabric over or around to saturate it.

4. Rinse the shirt in cold water until the water runs mostly clear.

5. Hang the shirt up to dry.

6. Use a dye-setting solution (for example, Retayne Color Fixative, available for a couple of dollars) to bind the color.

7. If you use the cloth for clothing, wash only in cold water.

Red-wine tie dye is suitable for clothing, crafts, and paper hobbies!

Wine as a Fabric Dye

Wine is an alcoholic beverage typically made of fermented grape juice. The natural chemical balance of grapes is such that they can ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes or other nutrients. Wikipedia®

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Use Egg Carton to make Ice Cubes

An egg carton is a carton designed for carrying and transporting whole eggs. These cartons have a dimpled form in which each dimple accommodates an individual egg and isolates that egg from eggs in adjacent dimples. Wikipedia®

Banana Peel for Fertilizer

Use banana peel to grow better plants
1.) Grind the peel into a goo
2.) Mix with soil to make fertilizer