Friday, April 23, 2010

Use ice to help remove splinter

Splinter Removal
Numb the splinter area with an ice cube before digging it out with a needle. It will make the whole process a bit less painful.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Use plastic bottle tops as funnels

You can create a make-shift funnel by cutting the top off of a plastic bottle. This is especially useful for dirty projects where you won't want to keep the funnel afterwards, such as changing your car's oil. When you are finished, you can rinse it out and recycle it.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Use aluminum foil to soften fabric and remove static cling

Fabric Softener
Create a ball of aluminum foil about the size of a baseball. Place it in your clothes dryer and leave it in there. It works as a fabric softener and removes static. There is no need for dryer sheets that you throw away. The ball of foil will last forever, use it over and over again. This is a great eco-friendly tip.

Use aluminum foil to clean pots and pans

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®

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Use olive oil as a natural shaving cream

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®

Use Olive Oil to prevent cat hair balls

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

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Give yourself an aspirin facial

The Salcylic acid in aspirin makes for a great facial for acne or aging skin. Crush 5-10 non-coated aspirin tablets, add small dab of water and plain yogurt.

Keep cut flowers fresh with aspirin alternative use

Aspirin (USAN), also known as acetylsalicylic acid, is a salicylate drug, often used as an analgesic for pain. Wikipedia®

Monday, April 12, 2010

Use a golf ball to increase hand eye coordination

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

Use golf balls at the bottom of flower pots

Golf balls at the bottom of a flower pot will aid in drainage and help your plants grow! Using old golf balls, place them in the bottom of your flower pot and then add soil. Golf balls help keep the "feet" of your plants dry.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Use Gatorade bottle to fuel veggie car

Fueling Veggie Car
Small plastic Gatorade bottles are threaded to fit Mercedes diesel vehicles perfectly. We cut the end of the bottle off at an angle and use it as a funnel to pour in our veggie oil from 5 gallon cubies.

Use Gatorade to polish furniture

Gatorade is a brand of flavored non-carbonated sports drinks manufactured by the Quaker Oats Company, now a division of PepsiCo. Intended for consumption during physically active occasions, Gatorade beverages are formulated to rehydrate. Wikipedia

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Potato chip bag card holder

The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial Solanum tuberosum of the Solanaceae family (also known as the nightshades). The word potato may refer to the plant itself as well. Wikipedia®

Use a potato to heal a bruise

Bruise Healing
Just peel a potato, cut it in thin slices and apply on the skin on and around the bruise. You will feel better after about an hour.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Use of condom to protect camera

1. Open a pack of Unlubricated condom
2. Insert your fist inside the condom to make the space bigger
3. Place the item to be waterproofed such as a camera inside the condom gradually, beginning with the narrowest part of the object.
4. Once the object is fully wrapped in the condom case, make a knot and tie it up.

Use condom as icing cone for cake decoration

A condom is a barrier device most commonly used during sexual intercourse to reduce the likelihood of pregnancy and spreading sexually transmitted diseases (STDs—such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV). Wikipedia®

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Use vinegar to remove a bumper sticker

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®

Kill weeds quickly with vinegar

Weed Killer
Vinegar is an inexpensive and more environmentally-friendly weed killer than what is typically found at home and garden stores. It's even effective if you mix a 50/50 solution with water, but I've found it's a little more effective with just pure vinegar.

You can either put the mixture into an old spray bottle, or purchase a pressure sprayer to make it easier on yourself if you have a lot of weeds to cover.

I've also found vinegar to be most effective when it's sprayed onto weeds that receive direct sunlight. Within just a few hours, you'll find the weeds are dead!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Use clove to protect woolen clothes

Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. Cloves are native to Indonesia and used as a spice in cuisines all over the world. Wikipedia®

Use a clove to keep a 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.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Use egg carton to create pallanguli board

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®

Use hollow egg shells to start seedlings.

1)Cut less than half of the top portion of an egg off.

2)Drain the contents into a bowl and carefully rinse out the inside of the egg.

3)Using a push pin, gently poke a small hole in the bottom of the egg shell in order to let water drain from the soil.

4)Moisten some soil and spoon it into each emptied egg shell. Now you are ready to plant the seeds in your eggshells.

5)Place filled and seeded eggshells into an egg carton as a resting place. Water the seedlings as directed on the package.

6)Once the plants become big enough to plant, you can place them directly into soil outside with eggshells still intact. Eggshells act as a great fertilizer.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Use alka seltzer to clean a thermos

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®

Use alka seltzer to unclog a drain

Drains can be quickly unclogged using powerful alka seltzer and vinegar.
Drop 3 alka seltzer tablets down the drain. Follow with a cup of plain white vinegar, then run very hot water down the drain.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Use coffee grounds to fertilize plants

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 to color easter eggs

Coffee Grounds
Easter egg coloring kits usually come in the same colors. If you had brown, it would open up possibilities of what you could make. Here's an easy way to add more variety to your project.

1) Place a small scoop of coffee grounds in the center of a coffee filter.
2) Pull the sides of the filter up, creating a pouch of coffee.
3) Tie your coffee pouch with a twist tie or rubber band.
4) Fill a bowl with hot water.
5) Place pouch in the water and let sit until the water is as dark as you'd like it.
6) Use your new dye to color your eggs.

Tip: Coffee dye can also be used to color paper- handmade paper works best.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Apple iMac turned into an aquarium

Turn computer into Aquarium
An iMacquarium is an Apple G3 iMac which has been turned into an aquarium.

This is a fun and challenging project for an experienced do-it-yourselfer. This is not a full set of instructions, but a brief guideline to follow when building one. Pre-built iMacquariums are available at

To build an iMacquarium you need an iMac, preferably one which is on it's way to the junkyard. A good place to find one would be at your local electronic recyclers. The CRT monitor inside the iMac may hold an electronic charge! MAKE SURE TO HAVE THE CRT MONITOR DISCHARGED BY A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL! There is a risk of serious injury or death if the electronic charge passes through your body.

Once the CRT has been discharged it is safe to disassemble the Mac. Further instructions for disassembly can be found online. When the iMac is fully disassembled you can then design your own tank, lighting, and filtration.

It is best to use acrylic vs. glass to construct the tank. Use the correct glue for the joints and be sure to seal them with a bead of aquarium silicon. Design your tank to fit inside the case of the iMac. The case will need to be modified so you can open it for feeding fish and cleaning the tank.

The light should not produce as little heat as possible as not to overheat the water your fish will be in. Use an aquarium thermometer to monitor water temperature. Be sure all components of the lighting system are protected from any water contact!

An in-tank filter will help keep your tank clean for longer periods of time. Again make sure all electrical components are protected from water contact.

Some fish such as goldfish need a bigger volume of water to stay healthy. Talk to an aquatics specialist to determine which fish will live happily in your tank.

It will take a lot of work, experimenting, and time, but when you are finished you will have a one of a kind aquarium and a great conversation piece.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Use clothespin to keep food fresh

A clothespin (also clothes peg, or just peg) is a fastener used to hang up clothes for drying, usually on a clothes line. Wikipedia®

Save your thumb when hammering nails

Hammer Nail
All of us have gotten our thumb, instead of the nail, when hammering. There is a simple, safe, and effective way to avoid hurting yourself when you are hammering a nail.

Use a clothespin to hold the nail where you want it, and hammer away. The clothespin will keep your hand and fingers clear, and it will be easier to start the nail without it getting crooked.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Stop mosquito itch with aspirin

Aspirin (USAN), also known as acetylsalicylic acid, is a salicylate drug, often used as an analgesic for pain. Wikipedia®

Use asprin to keep cut flowers fresh

Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh
Add an asprin to the water in your vase. I've been doing this for years and it has been effective.