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    THIS LONG ~ BUT SO INFORMATIVE!!!!!

    Most people are watching their dollars and working off a budget to make ends meet. Many are also now looking for natural alternatives to live a more wholesome and chemical free life. Following are a few ways in which you can have both of the above. These uses are becoming more prevalent and are easy to do it yourself. So, here are great easy uses for common household items to make your life more chemical free and your wallet a little fatter. SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS!!

    1) Toothpaste: Buff a CD/DVD
    Apply toothpaste to a cotton ball and wipe the disc. Wash with water afterwards and you’ve got a brand new disc!

    2) Cornstarch: Untangle Knots
    Sprinkling cornstarch into tough knots, such as shoe laces helps loosen them.

    3) Walnut: Buff Dings out of Wood Furniture
    Get rid of unsightly scratches and dings on wood furniture by rubbing a walnut on the areas. The blemishes will vanish quickly and your furniture and pocket book will be saved.

    4) Club Soda: Make Your Breads Fluffier
    When baking, where recipes call for water, add club soda instead to make pancakes, waffles and any other breads fluffier.

    5) Salt: Keep Windows Frost Free
    Pour a cup of salt into a liter of water. Sponge the liquid onto the inside of window to prevent frost from forming during the winter months.

    6) Rubbing Alcohol: Remove Permanent Marker
    Dab the surface that has the permanent marker on it with a cloth or cotton ball covered in rubbing alcohol to make it disappear quickly.

    7) Chap stick: Stops Bleeding When Nicked Shaving
    Cut yourself shaving? Just swipe some chap stick over the cut to stop that constant bleeding. No more tissue squares!

    8) Apple Juice: Removes Dandruff
    Don’t ask how it works, but it does! Instead of buying a special shampoo, just wash your hair in apple juice to rid your scalp of pesky dandruff.

    9) Aspirin: Get Rid of Armpit Stains on T-Shirts
    Grind up an aspirin tablet or two, then make a paste out of it using water, lemon or vinegar. Spread the paste on the stained area and let sit for an hour before washing.

    10) Olive Oil: Make Pets’ Coat Shinier
    Add a bit of olive oil to your pet’s food to give them a healthier, shinier coat of fur.

    11) Newspapers: Clean Windows and Mirrors
    Instead of using a spray and a streaky cloth, use only newspaper to clean off your mirrors and windows for a streak-free finish.

    12) Baking Soda: Remove Bugs from Windshield
    Mix baking soda with warm water to make a paste. Spread the paste over your windshield for fifteen minutes. Then wipe or spray off with a hose.

    13) Bleach: Extend Life of Flowers in Vase
    Add a few drops of bleach to vase water to prevent the build-up of the slime caused by bacteria. It works just like chlorine in a swimming pool.

    14) Kitchen Dish Soap: Flea-Killing Dog Shampoo
    Kitchen dish soap (not dish detergent) can double as dog shampoo for its flea killing abilities.

    15) Coke: Remove Blood Stains from Clothing
    Soak the stain in coke until the stain is dissolved, then wash the clothing as usual. Wash before the coke dries, though.

    16) Honey: Remove Blemish Overnight
    Have a blemish you need to get rid of by tomorrow? Put a dab of honey on the blemish and cover it up (it’s best to use a Band-Aid) and the honey’s natural antibacterial properties will clean out the bacteria by the morning.

    17) Wax Paper: Clean Can Opener Gears
    Run a few small strips of wax paper through the can opener to clean out of the bits and pieces that have built up in the gears throughout the year. The wax will also rub off on the gears to protect for future use as well.

    18) WD-40: Remove Crayons from Walls
    Use the lubricant and a cloth to remove stubborn crayon marks from the walls just by spraying the wall and wiping with a cloth.

    19) Chalk: Keep Ants and Slugs Out of the House
    Ants and Slugs Won’t Touch Chalk. So, simply draw a line in front of your doorway where you are having problems with these pesky critters and they won’t cross it, meaning they won’t be able to get into your house.

    20) Vinegar: Kills Weeds and Helps Flowers Grow
    Vinegar is a magic wonder when it comes to gardening. It not only kills weeds but they help flowers grow as well. Douse vinegar all around your garden to prevent weeds from popping up and to help your flowers to grow healthy and strong.

    21) Mayonnaise: Remove Bumper Sticker
    Spread mayonnaise on the bumper sticker and let sit for at least thirty minutes. Then, rub the sticker off with a towel, leaving a clean bumper!

    22) Tin Foil Ball: Replace Dryer Sheets Permanently
    Instead of using a dryer sheet ball up one or a few sheets of tin foil and toss it in the dryer. It removes the static electricity from your clothes and one can last up to a year.

    23) Banana Peel: Polish Leather Shoes
    Use the inside of a banana peel to give shoes a professional and natural shine that will last for quite some time.

    24) Mouthwash: Cure Athlete’s Foot
    Pour mouthwash on cotton balls and then swab your feet. The alcohol will disinfect the bacteria completely if you continue this for a week or so.

    25) Baking Soda: Clean BBQ Grill
    Mix a cup of baking soda with half a cup water to make a paste. Dip your brush into the paste and scrub the grill. The caked on pieces and black residue will come off much quicker and using baking soda is much safer and cheaper than using cleaning chemicals.
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    26) Coffee Grounds: Fertilizer
    Coffee is full of nutrients and vitamins that are very beneficial to soil. That’s why some people include it in compost piles. If you want to get the most out of your coffee, pour the grounds on areas where you want more grass or flowers.

    27) Olive Oil: Shaving Cream
    The smoothness of the oil can replace the need for shaving cream, and it also provides great moisture.

    28) Dryer Sheets: Gets Rid of Static Electricity
    Use dryer sheets to remove static electricity from things such as clothing, TV screens or your own hair. Tame fly away strands by running a dryer sheet over them.

    29) Freezer: Freeze Candles to Make Them Last Longer
    Put candles in the freezer for at least 2 hours before using. Once you burn them, the wax will melt at a much slower pace, making them last much longer!

    30) Two glasses of water: Cure Headache
    Water is the cure to most common headaches. To make the headache go away quickly, drink two cups of water very quickly.

    31) Lemons: Deodorize Garbage Disposal
    Toss whole slices of lemon into the garbage disposal then run it. The acidity of the lemon will rid your sink of all odors and leave a fresh scent that usually lasts for a few months.

    32) Alka Seltzer: Remove Burnt-On Grease and Food Stains
    When letting your pots and pans soak, throw in one or two Alka Seltzer tablets and the caked on residue from cooking will come off easily when you scrub/wash.

    33) Apple Cider Vinegar: Relieve Diarrhea
    Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into eight ounces of water to soothe your stomach. The taste may not be the greatest, but the antibacterial properties of the vinegar will end the unpleasantness of the bowel problems.

    34) Toothpaste: Remove Scratches from Glass
    Apply toothpaste to scratch, then rub with a cloth until the scratch is gone. Make sure the glass is clean beforehand.

    35) Cheerios: Relieve Pain from Poison Ivy, Chickenpox and Sunburns
    Pound one to four cups of Cheerios into a powder and add to your bath to soothe your skin while you soak. You may not feel relief while in the tub, but you will soon after.

    36) Buttons: Sort Earrings
    Organize your earrings and prevent them from becoming entangled by using spare buttons as holders for each pair.

    37) Corn Oil: Prevent Hairballs for Pets
    Add a few drops of corn oil to your pets’ food to prevent hairballs from forming. The thick oil helps the fur pass through the animal’s system much quicker and easily.

    38) Whipped Cream: Remove Gum from Hair
    There are many remedies for removing gum from hair, but this is a lesser known one. Give it a try rather than peanut butter the next time you’re in need.

    39) Coke: Remove Oil Stains from the Driveway
    Oil stains are very difficult to remove pavement, but one method guaranteed to work is Coke. The highly acidic drink will eat away at the oil until clean.

    40) Brown Sugar: Facial Scrub
    A scrub is good to do about once a month to remove dead skin and bacteria built up in pores and remove excess oil from the skin. Brown sugar does just as well as expensive products and will definitely result in a clearer and smoother complexion.

    41) Dryer Sheet: Lint Brush
    You already know that dryer sheets remove lint in the dryer. Well, it can do the same thing out of the dryer, too. When you’re in a fix, use a dryer sheet. It works just as well as a lint brush, and if you like the scent, it’s an added bonus.

    42) Newspaper: Deodorize food containers and Food Drawers in the Refrigerator
    For that stinky Tupperware or smelly refrigerator drawer that is too much to deal with, toss in a sheet of newspaper overnight before you deal with it. The paper will absorb the smell greatly reducing it or eliminating it completely.

    43) Olive Oil: Unstick a Zipper
    The oil will help the zipper slide more easily, fixing the problem!

    44) Salt: Cool Something Quickly
    You know that feeling when you’re having a BBQ and someone asks for a drink and you realize that no one has put them in the cooler? There’s nothing worse than a warm drink on a hot day. Chill a drink quickly, by adding salt and water to your ice. The drinks will be cold in a matter of minutes; saving your party and making you look smart all at once.

    45) Scotch Tape: Prevent Wall from Chipping When Nailing
    The wall can leave unsightly chips when hammering in a nail. Prevent this by simply placing a piece of scotch tape over the area you’re going to nail. The wall will be held tighter, preventing chips from occurring.

    46) Alka Seltzer: Soothe Insect Bites
    Dissolve two tablets into a glass of water. Then use a cloth or cotton ball to apply it to the affected area. The red will go down and most importantly, the itchiness will vanish usually in fifteen minutes.

    47) Lemon: Whitens Whites
    Add about half a cup of lemon juice to your load of whites to makes them extra white. You can use lemon juice with bleach or detergent, so don’t worry about mixing chemicals with the acidic lemon.

    48) Banana Peel: Whiten Teeth
    This may sound a little odd, but rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth twice a day for two weeks and you will receive the same effect from a teeth-whitening kit. Plus, you’ll save yourself money and the hassle of using chemicals.

    49) Hair Dryer: Free Photos Stuck on Pages
    If you have a photo stuck on a page that you can’t get free, try using a blow dryer on the back of the page. It will loosen the photo from the page and the adhesive holding it there.

    50) Banana Peel: Heal Most Skin Problems
    Bananas are the magical fruit, because they heal many common problems on the skin. By rubbing the peel on your skin, you can heal bruises and cuts and eliminate rashes, itching and warts. Basically if you have a common skin problem, it can be cured by this fruit.

    I hope you can put some or all of these to good use to save money and make your home a safer environment. There are tons more DIY uses for common household items like these. make sure to share the info with your friends! ♥
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    9 quick ways to make kitchen cleaning easier: http://rd.cm/11I8zQy
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    Spring Cleaning Recipe for the Grout



    7 cups water
    1/2 cup baking soda
    1/3 cup lemon juice
    1/4 cup vinegar

    throw in a spray bottle and spray your floor, let it sit for a minute or two... then scrub
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    Twelve Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub

    1. Decongest Your Chest The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.

    2. On Your Tootsies Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Your cough will subside.

    3. Achy Breaky Muscles Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it over the aching area.

    4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus Rub VapoRub on your toenails if you suspect you have a fungus. Within days, the nail will turn dark—this means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As your toenail grows out, the dark part will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet. Keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse nail beds of any remaining bacteria.

    5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching To prevent Miss Kitty from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.

    6. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent 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.

    7. Headaches Be Gone 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.

    8. Humidify Your Sleep Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Ensure your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.

    9. Paper Cuts and Splinters To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.

    10. Ticks and Bugs If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.

    11. Reek-free Racehorses Professional racers smother VapoRub under the nostrils of racehorses on race day. The strong stench deters the stallions from the alluring odor of the female pony and keeps them focused on the race.

    12. Go Away Mosquitoes Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and mosquitoes will steer clear. If you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve itching.



    One more - from personal experience -if you have to tackle a nasty smelling job - say cleaning out a freezer that lost power in the Louisiana summer while owner was on vacation - a dab of Vick's Salve under your nose will deaded the stench enough for you to get the job done.
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    11. Reek-free Racehorses Professional racers smother VapoRub under the nostrils of racehorses on race day. The strong stench deters the stallions from the alluring odor of the female pony and keeps them focused on the race.
    I must remember this for my race horses. They always get distracted midway in a race, hence the "hung like a horse" prize and no blue ribbons.
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    16 Genius Uses for Coffee : Instead of throwing leftover Joe down the drain, save coffee (and coffee grounds) for use around the house, in the garden and even for your beauty routine.

    Make Iced Coffee Cubes : Next time you make a pot of coffee, pour some into ice cube trays. Once frozen, you can use them to chill iced coffee without diluting it.

    Exfoliate Skin : For smoother skin, mix coffee grounds into regular body lotion to make it exfoliating

    Freshen Air : Deodorize unpleasant kitchen smells (such as in the freezer or refrigerator) by placing a small bowl of coffee grounds anywhere you want odors absorbed.

    Wash Hands : Rid stubborn smells from hands after cooking by gently rinsing them with coffee grounds.

    Scrub Dishes : Coffee grounds can help clean grimy, grease-stained objects such as pots and pans – just be careful of light-colored items that might be stained.

    Diminish Cellulite : Diminish cellulite with this easy trick: Mix warm coffee grounds with any basic massage oil and rub onto skin. Caffeine (an ingredient found in many skin creams) can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

    Repel Bugs : Repel insects (particularly ants and slugs) by sprinkling coffee grounds anywhere you want to keep bugs out.

    Shine Hair : Many experts say that coffee is the secret to ultra-shiny strands. Brew a pot of coffee, let it cool, and then rinse over wet hair in the shower.

    Repair Furniture Scratches : Fix light furniture scratches by rubbing damp coffee grounds onto the mark. You should see an instant improvement.

    Make a Natural Dye : Steep coffee grounds in hot water to make a natural, sepia-colored dye for Easter eggs or crafts.

    Decorate : Liven up a clear decorative vase by putting coffee beans in the bottom, then use as a holder for makeup brushes or pens.

    Fertilize Plants : The nitrogen in coffee grounds can help fertilize plants that require acidic soil, such as roses and hydrangeas.

    Prevent Air Pollution : Before cleaning a fireplace, sprinkle any leftover ashes with coffee grounds to prevent dust and ash from polluting the air in the room.

    Protect the Garden : Keep pets out of the garden by sprinkling a mixture of coffee grounds and orange peels in the area.

    Clean Shoes : Absorb odors by sprinkling coffee grounds in the soles of dirty shoes.

    Compost : Coffee grounds are great for composting

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    There are many stories concerning Four Thieves Vinegar and its amazing ability to repel disease carrying insects.

    One version of this story takes place in France during the early 1600′s. As the plague raged thru Europe, the town of Toulouse was beset with robbers. Four famous or should I say infamous robbers, plied their trade as perfumers by day, and looters and robbers by night. As soon as night fell, these bold thieves without a trace of fear, walked among the dead and dying, plundering homes and businesses as the dreaded plague claimed its victims.

    Eventually, the thieves were caught and in exchange for their lives, the judge struck a deal with them. Give up the secret of their continued health, and resistance to the plague, and he would give them a full pardon.

    What was this famous secret? It was a vinegar based herb preparation.

    The Four Thieves doused themselves from head to toe with this mixture before entering the homes to rob them. The herbs used in this formula contain strong antibacterial agents and essential oils that repel insects. When these herbs are added to apple cider vinegar they create a potent disinfectant and insect repellent. Although, many Four Thieves products are sold on the internet, making your own Four Thieves Vinegar is much less expensive.

    Buying or growing top quality herbs and infusing them in apple cider vinegar will produce a superior product that will be 100% pure Four Thieves.

    Here is the recipe for the Four Thieves Vinegar:

    2 quarts of apple cider vinegar
    2 tablespoons each, dried rosemary, sage, lavender, wormwood, peppermint, and 2 tablespoons of fresh, minced garlic.

    You will need 2- glass quart mason jars with lids. Divide the herbs and garlic evenly into the jars, and slowly pour the vinegar over the herbs.
    Cap the jars and steep the Four Thieves mixture in a cool, dark area for 30 days.
    Strain out the used herbs and add them to a compost heap. Return the strained liquid to the jars and cap them.
    Store the jars in a cool, dark place. Properly stored, the Four Thieves will last for years.
    Use it to repel fleas, ticks, flies, crawling insects. Dampen a washcloth with water and add 2 tablespoons of Four Thieves to the cloth.

    Wipe down horses, dogs, goats, to repel fleas and flies.

    Four Thieves is good for spraying socks and pants while outdoors or camping.

    Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 cup of the Four Thieves mixture, add warm water, shake well, and spray exposed areas like arms and legs to repel biting insects.

    Four Thieves can be used on mosquito bites to prevent itching. Spray the mixture around window sills and picnic tables.

    Spray 30 minutes on grassy areas before cookouts and outdoor events.

    As our climate changes and parts of the world become warmer, it creates a longer breeding season for disease carrying insects.

    Four Thieves is a safe and natural product, much safer than chemical sprays.

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    How "bad" does it smell?
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    haven't tried it yet ....
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