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The Many Uses of Mayo!

This is simply amazing! I had to share. 1. Polish plant leaves. Borrow a trick from pro florists: After dusting plant leaves, rub a dab of mayo on them with damp cloth to keep them super shiny. 2. Clean yellowed piano keys.Smooth a tiny bit of mayonnaise onto dull, yellowed piano keys; wait a few minutes, and then rub off with a clean cloth. 3. Deep condition your hair.Mayo’s high oil content and rich, thick texture make it perfect for quick DIY hair mask, says cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson of Beau... read more »

Easy Watering Fix While You're Away

Another smart idea from Grand Parents Why ask a friend to water your plants when you're out of town, when all you need to create your own automatic plant watering system is paper towel and a glass? According to Liz Foreman heard of this trick from, the process is simple: Tightly roll a few sheets of paper towel (we suggest using a sturdy brand) at a diagonal to create a thick rope. Then place one end of your paper towel rope all the way into a glass of water, and dr... read more »

Olive Oil and Its Uses

Another goodie form Grandparents Almost every kitchen has a bottle of this gold-green elixir that can dress a salad or sauté vegetables, imparting heart-healthy fat in every teaspoon. But olive oil (regular or light, save expensive extra-virgin for flavoring food) can also help make dirty work a little easier: Remove paint: Forget the harsh chemicals. To remove paint from your skin, just use olive oil and a little granulated sugar or salt. The paint will come off and your skin will be exfoliated and ... read more »

Aspirin Uses

Yes, another Grandparent article. Aspirin - and you thought it was only good for headaches (well, I did too). Though willow bark has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain and inflammation, it wasn't until 1897 that a German chemist was able to modify its active ingredient – salicin – to create acetylsalicylic acid, which is gentler on stomachs and the basis of modern aspirin. But this “miracle drug” can do more than treat a headache. Uses: Soften your feet: Remove calluses from your feet... read more »

Apple Cider Vinegar Uses

Yes, another Grandparent article that had to be shared. Next time you buy apple cider vinegar, skip the clear, refined stuff and go raw and organic. (Look for a brand that may look a little cloudy, and has bits of sediment in it; those are the enzymes that make it so powerful.) Uses: Use it to tame a rosacea flare-up: For some rosacea suffers, applying apple cider vinegar diluted with water as a toner can help soothe the redness and burning or itching of rosacea. Condition your hair: Add a tables... read more »

Petroleum Jelly and its Uses

The tips below are from the Grandparent site. Unless you’re swimming the English Channel, we don’t recommend slathering your body with petroleum jelly. As the name implies, it’s a by-product of oil refining, so a little dab will do you! That said, it’s been in use since 1870, and high-quality brands (like Vaseline, for example) are generally recognized as safe. Uses: Keep car doors from freezing shut: We got this tip from an Air Force mechanic: Put a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the insulat... read more »

Distilled White Vinegar Uses

Another Great Article from Grandparents Distilled White Vinegar The Native Americans were right: Corn is our friend. Not only is it delicious on the cob or off, it’s the source of white distilled vinegar, which – as our grandmothers knew – can make a salad dressing or clean the walls with equal aplomb. Uses: Revive wilted vegetables: Soak wilted greens or other vegetables in a bath of one tablespoon of white vinegar to two cups of water for 10 minutes. Keep colors from running: Add one cup of w... read more »

Salt Uses

I belong to a site that has some of the best information articles. It's mainly created for Grandparents but is useful for everyone. I wanted to share some of the information they posted a few days ago that I found interesting as well as useful. Salt You probably don’t think twice about the salt that graces your table, but at one time, salt was so highly prized that it was used as currency. The Roman army is said to have paid soldiers in salt; the word “salary” has its roots in this practice, and it’s ... read more »

Fantastic Uses of Baking Soda

1. Make Toothpaste - A paste made form baking soda and a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution can be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpaste. You can also just dip your toothbrush with toothpaste into baking soda for an extra boost. 2. Freshen Your Mouth - Put 1 teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odors are neutralized, not just covered up. 3. Soak Oral Appliance - Soak oral appliances, like retainers, mouthpieces and dentures in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking s... read more »

Bounce - It's not just for your laundry.

Summer is just around the corner and that means the bugs will be coming out. I ran across this list of uses for Bounce dryer sheets that, to me, is worth giving a try. 1. The U. S. Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. I did ask my mail carrier and he said this is true and that it does work. Gonna give this a try. 2. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice. Bet you coul... read more »

Tips #2 - How to use paint tester pots most eff...

We spoke to our lovely landlady the other day and have gotten permission to re-paint. Hurrah! As you can imagine we hurried out to the nearest hardware store and bought tester pots of all the paint colours we had narrowed down and brought them home. It was only when I turned my back on the Big Guy for 2 minutes and came back to find him about to paint a big square on the kitchen wall that I realised not everyone knows my hand-dandy way of making the best use of your tester pots. I dont care if youve seen... read more »

Tips #1 - Make your home smell delicious!

Now I dont know about you but I always worry about what people smell when they come into our house for the first time - or any time for that matter! Maybe its because we have pets, and non-pet owners often comment on doggy smells in pet-owners homes, or because weve all had the experience of walking into someones house and wrinkling up our noses or trying to subtly mouth breathe! Anyway, I spend a small fortune on plug-ins and sprays, scented candles and all the rest of that commercial junk. I really h... read more »

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