Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Use pantyhose to help grow melons

Pantyhose (also called tights) are sheer, close fitting coverings of the body from the waist to the feet. Wikipedia®

Pantyhose can be used to polish ski bases

Polishing Ski Wax on Bases
So don't ask me how I know this...but if you are into hot waxing skis, as I still do, once you finish the waxing process, you scrape the bases.

There is still a rough finish and skis need to be smooth.

Using pantyhose works.

Rubbing the waxed bases with pantyhose creates friction and the bases are soon smooth and glossy. The wax lasts longer and works better.

I've been doing this for 25 years and it works great!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Polishing Silver Using Bananas

Polish Silver
Bananas can be used to polish silver!
1) Place banana peel in a blender.
2) Blend until smooth, adding a bit of hot or boiling water if needed to create a paste.
3) Use a soft cloth to dip in the banana peel paste.
4) Shine silver by rubbing cloth in circular motions.

Tip: You can also add a bit of boiling water to make a creamier paste and/or baking soda to boost the shine! A touch of coconut oil can also be used.

Use banana peel as fertilizer

Banana is the common name for a type of fruit and also the herbaceous plants of the genus Musa which produce this commonly eaten fruit. Wikipedia®

Monday, March 29, 2010

Use a coaster as a gift tag

A coaster, or beermat, is a mat used to rest glasses of beer (or other beverages) upon. Public houses usually will have them spread out across the tables. They are used to protect the surface of the table. Wikipedia®

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sanitize sponge in the microwave

A sponge is a tool, implement, utensil or cleaning aid consisting of porous material. Kitchen sponges can serve as a medium for the growth of harmful bacteria or fungi, especially when the sponge is allowed to remain wet between uses. Wikipedia®

Make ice packs out of sponges

Ice Pack
Wet a sponge with water, put in Ziploc® bag, and freeze.

After each use you don't have to re-wet it, just re-freeze.

These have lasted much longer then those ice packs that you buy, since they don't pop.

You can also add alcohol to the mixture as it has a lower freezing temperature than water. These ice packs will stay cold longer!

Very nice for little kids!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Use tin can for a lamp shade

A tin can, tin, steel can, or a can, is an air-tight container for the distribution or storage of goods, composed of thin metal, and requiring cutting or tearing of the metal as the means of opening. Wikipedia®

Use empty cans to make beautiful candle holders

Things needed:
1) Empty coffee cans
2) Can Opener
3) Spray Paint
4) Candles

Steps to make candle holder:
1) Remove the labels.
2) Wash the cans and dry them.
3) Make 3 or 4 holes on each can. Feel free to make your own designs.
4) Once your design is complete it is time to spray paint.
5) Spray 2 to 3 light coats and let dry between each painting session.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Clean copper pots with lemons

Cleaning Dishes
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.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Use salt to reduce symptoms of tonsilitus

Salt is a dietary mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride that is essential for animal life, but toxic to most land plants. Wikipedia®

Use salt to keep thermos fresh

Keep a Thermos Fresh
You just uncapped the thermos bottle you haven't used for six months, and the inside smells musty.

To keep it from happening the next time, place a whole clove inside the thermos before capping it.

A teaspoon of salt works too. Be sure to empty and rinse the thermos before using it.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Use cola to cure an upset stomach or mild nausea

Cola is a beverage usually with caramel coloring and containing caffeine. Originally invented by the druggist John Pemberton, it has become popular worldwide. Coca-Cola has become the major international brand. Wikipedia®

To remove rust use Coca Cola

Coca Cola® and a mildly abrasive cloth will remove most rust stains. Use Coca Cola® and a little elbow grease to clean up a rusty bumper.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Use olive oil to prevent cat hair balls

Pet Care - Cat
Give your cat a shiny coat and prevent hairballs by giving them a teaspoon of olive oil in their food.

Use olive oil as lotion

Olive oil is a fruit oil obtained from the olive (Olea europaea; family Oleaceae along with lilacs, jasmine and ash trees), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. Wikipedia®

Monday, March 22, 2010

Grow beautiful flowers by adding vinegar to soil

Vinegar is an acidic liquid processed from the fermentation of ethanol in a process that yields its key ingredient, acetic acid (also called ethanoic acid). Wikipedia®

Use vinegar to prevent jeans from fading

If you want to prevent your jeans from fading, pre-soak them in a solution that has about fifty percent vinegar to about fifty percent water. You can do this in a bucket to save solution. Soak them for about fifteen minutes and then wash them as you would. Always turn the pant legs inside out to save them even more. This should help you retain the dark color longer.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Use baking soda to clean stubborn stove-tops

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®

Use baking soda as sunburn relief

Sunburn Relief
Make a Past from Backing soda and water and run it on the burnt area! The pain from the burn will vanish!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Use lemon to keep cut apples and pears from browning

The lemon is the common name for Citrus limon. The reproductive tissue surrounds the seed of the angiosperm lemon tree. Wikipedia®

Use lemon to keep egg shells from cracking

Prevent eggs from cracking while boiling by coating the shells with lemon juice. Gently rub shells with lemon wedges before going into boiling water. Be careful not to rub too hard.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Use chalk to prevent ants and cockroaches

Chalk is a soft, white, porous sedimentary rock, a form of limestone composed of the mineral calcite. Wikipedia®

Use chalk to absorb moisture

Reduce Moisture
Chalk reduces the rate of moisture buildup. Simply wrap a couple pieces of chalk in some cheesecloth and place it in areas of interest. For example, if you store it with your silver, it will slow down tarnishing considerably.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Remove fruit flies with water and baking soda

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®

Use baking soda to clean your microwave

Clean Microwave Oven
Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda in a microwave safe bowl with some water. Allow the baking soda to dissolve. Bring the mixture to a boil in your microwave and let stand for two minutes. Baked on stains will wipe out easily and your oven will have a fresher fragrance.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Clean wood with beer

Wood Cleaner
Old or leftover beer can be used to clean wood and bring out the grain patterns.

Use beer to condition oily hair

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

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Use chili pepper as a laxative

Chili pepper (chilli pepper, chilli, chili, chile) is the fruit of the plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. Botany considers the plant a berry bush. Wikipedia®

Use chile peppers to keep away pests

Grow and hang hot pepper varieties in the garden to deter pesky animals that eat plants. Growing live chile plants works best and deters deer, rabbits and other animals from grazing on domestic plants.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Use Hydrogen Peroxide as mouth wash

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a very pale blue liquid which appears colorless in a dilute solution, slightly more viscous than water. Wikipedia®

Use Hydrogen Peroxide to remove carpet stains

Hydrogen Peroxide, as a cleaning agent will remove stains from substances like fruit juice, coffee, wine and even blood from fabrics and carpet.

It is recommended as will all cleaning solutions to try it on a small area first. The oxymoron to that though is, the stain has destroyed the product anyway. So what do you have to loose?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Use golf balls at bottom of flower pots

A golf ball is a ball designed to be used in the game of golf. Wikipedia®

Use beer to get rid of slugs and snails

Beer to Rid Garden of Snails and Slugs
Pour beer into a shallow dish or jar and bury it up to the rim. Snails and slugs like beers, so they will fall in and drown.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Use 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.

Use Dove® Soap to lubricate household items

A solid bar of Dove® Soap can be used to lubricate moving parts. It adheres to metal and helps gears slide past each other.

So, it is great on zippers, chains, or any metal-on-metal joint.

Simply use a bar of solid Dove Soap and rub it along the metal joints. Wipe any excess away with a dry cloth.

Re-apply when and as needed.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Use Irish Spring® soap to clean bugs off front of car

Irish Spring® Soap Cleaner
1) Wet down your car, use a rag with Original Irish Spring® Soap on it
2) Wipe the bugs away with little or no hard scrubbing!
3) Rise
4) Some bugs may need an extra treatment
5) It works!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Take-out food container art

Relief Printmaking on a Takeout Styrofoam Food Container
Styrofoam Take-out food containers are the bane of the environment and have been suggested to be health hazards. Many countries and municipalities have banned them outright, including China and San Francisco, because they are slow to degrade and introduce lots of polystyrene and potentially other damaging chemicals into the environment and food chains when they reach dumps.

An alternative use for these take-out food containers is as a substrate for art, such as in relief printmaking. The thicker the styrofoam, the better for this alternative use.

To make a relief, you will carve away the part of a picture you don't want printed, leaving only the intended image raise. An ink or paint is then rolled (or more rarely brushed) onto the surface. If done correctly, the cut-away portion will not take paint and the finished image will therefore just be the residual raised portion.

Needed supplies:

• Water-based ink/paint
• Heavy styrofoam take-out containers
• Sketching paper and ballpoint pens/pencils
• Small foam paint rollers or brushers
• Scissors
• Surface covering (newspaper, tarp, drop cloth)

Step-by-step directions:
1. Cut a flat piece of styrofoam from the take-out container.
2. Cut sketching paper to match the styrofoam piece
3. Sketch a design on the sketching paper -- Note: if using words or numbers, print them backwards as they will mirror during the relief process.
4. Place the sketch on the plate and trace the design onto the plate by pressing firmly with a ballpoint pen (another sharp object also can be used to etch the design onto the plate)
5. Very lightly load the roller brush with paint. Too much will let the paint seep into the cracks. Run it back and forth before applying to remove excess.
6. Lightly brush the roller across the etched plate (so as to apply to raised, but not indented surfaces)
7. Apply a clean piece of paper to the plate, and it will "stamp" the relief design onto the paper.

Voila, you have made a relief using your styrofoam template relief stamp.

A fun idea is to use this technique to make cards for loved ones. Note that you can use favorite designs over and over, or try to use different colors in different parts of the designs.

Take-out food container for seedlings in the garden

A take-out food container is a disposable container for take-out food used by restaurants in many countries. The containers are often made from foam or plastic materials. Wikipedia®

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Use Girl Scout Cookies® in Savory Recipes

Girl Scout cookies are any of several varieties of cookies sold by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) as a fundraiser for their local Scout units. Members of the GSUSA have been selling cookies since 1917 to raise funds. Wikipedia®

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Soften dry skin with Duct Tape

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

Use duct tape to cure common warts

Cure Warts
An increasingly popular home wart remedy involves applying duct tape to warts. Using this duct tape treatment, you:

1. cover the wart with duct tape for six days (if the duct tape comes off early, simply reapply it to the wart)
2. next, remove the duct tape, soak the wart, and use an emery board or pumice stone to remove skin on top of the wart if possible
3. reapply the duct tape after twenty-four hours and repeat the steps 1 and 2

Using the duct tape method for one or two months, some experts report that over 80% of people will find that their warts are gone,2 with many seeing signs of improvement in just 2 weeks.

Duct Tape Method Treatment Tip
Using duct tape in their favorite color, such as red, pink, or blue, can make the duct tape method for treating warts a lot easier for your kids to handle, especially since they may need to keep the duct tape on for a month or two.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Wine bottle to make a vase

Glass packaging used for storing and dispensing wine.

Make a bottle pinata from used wine bottle and paper mache

You can use an empty wine bottle to make a paper mache piñata and decorate it to look like a champagne bottle. This can be used at wedding shower parties with nice prizes inside.

1. Make the paste for paper mache by mixing 1 part flour to 2 parts water (adjust amounts until it is like a thick batter).
2. Cover the bottle in tin foil so that the paper mache cast will separate easily when it has dried.
3. Cut and dip squares or strips of newspaper into the paper mache mixture and apply them in layers, overlapping until a nice thick cast is made over the body of the bottle.
4. Remove the cast from the bottle when it has dried. Turn the bottle upside down and secure it so that you can paper mache just the bottom portion of the bottle. Remove it when it is dry.
5. Sandpaper the casts if you need to remove bumps or irregularities.
6. Now join the two pieces with about 3-4 inches of fabric, with paper mache over the connecting ends, to paste and create a trap-lid-strap at the bottom of the bottle cast. This will hold the bottom piece once it is broken from the bottle.
7. Paint the bottle cast.
8. (Optional) Use squares of colored paper (gift tissue paper works nicely) to cover the painted cast. Glue each square of paper to the cast, or cut strips of paper to fold over and create a looped-paper look. You can make a decoration from the pattern of colored papers that you use.
9. Fill the piñata with prizes through the trap-lid at the bottom, leaving a couple of inches empty.
10. Put one thin layer of paper mache over the edges of the bottom trap-lid to secure. Make sure it is a light layer so that it will break during the piñata game.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Use a coffee can as an organizer

Child's Travel Center
With the Large Round Folgers Cans-I print a label for it using half sheet shipping labels and apply it over the logo.

Abigails Travel Center

I place several small pieces of candy in it, a small juice, Crayons, small coloring sheets and party favor like toys. This gives each child something to keep all their stuff in and if the drink spills the cans are plastic.

I also place a small 4 gallon trash bag folded up in it for their trash.

This makes road trips out of town much much easier!

Use a coffee can as a drum

A tin can, tin, steel can, or a can, is an air-tight container for the distribution or storage of goods, composed of thin metal, and requiring cutting or tearing of the metal as the means of opening. Wikipedia®

Friday, March 5, 2010

Use plastic soda bottle as a yarn dispenser

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®

Gardening with Plastic Bottles

Gardening with Plastic Water and Soft Drink Bottle
1.) Cut the plastic bottle mouth part about 1/4th from the top of the bottle.
2.) Make a small hole at the bottom of the bottle so that the excess of water can flow out.
3.) Fill the bottle with soil and the desired plant.
4.) Place in garden or on patio and enjoy!
5.) Not: You may want to place a container under the bottle so the excess water doesn’t leak out.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Use egg carton as Jell-O® mold

Jell-O® Mold
You can use empty egg cartons made of plastic or styrofoam as a Jell-O® mold. Make your Jell-O and fill each cup of the egg carton with it. The children will be delighted to pop out Jell-O from them and have Jell-O snacks.

Use egg carton to feed pet bird

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®