Monday, June 25, 2012

For Blondes Only, Too!

Here is another great tip for getting the green tint out of your hair after swimming in a pool!

All swimming pools contain chlorine and many have copper in the water that can cause dyed blonde hair to turn green. To fix this color malfunction, just put tomato ketchup (catsup) in your hair, making sure to cover it thoroughly. Wait 10 minutes and rinse it out. When the green is gone, shampoo and condition, and you are all done!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Whiten Your Teeth With Strawberries!

Don't waste your money on expensive whitening products for your teeth. You can whiten your teeth is over ripe strawberries. That's right, I said strawberries!

Just mash up the strawberries, then add enough baking soda to make a nice paste. It's the malic acid in the strawberries, that add extra whitening power. Just brush your teeth once a week with the paste and let it sit on your teeth for 2 to 5 minutes, then rinse and brush your teeth as usual.

It will remove coffee stains, wine stains and make your smile just as bright as if you used those expensive whitening kits.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Erase Crayon Marks From Walls

Want to remove those crayon "masterpieces" from the wall after your little Rembrandt's use them for their drawing?

Simply spray WD-40 lubricant on the wall and wipe! The crayon marks will disappear as if by magic!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Save Your Cell Phone With Rice

Dropping your cell phone in water is a nightmare we all fear. But fortunately, mother nature can come to the rescue of your soggy cell.

To save a wet phone the first thing to remember is DON'T TURN IT ON! Instead, take the phone's battery out, along with the sim card inside. Set them aside. Now, use a highly absorbent wipe or cloth to dry the surface of your cell phone as thoroughly as possible. Be sure to dry the compartment for the battery and between the buttons.

Now, here is where mother nature comes to the rescue. Take the sim card, battery and the phone and put each piece in a jar filled with uncooked rice. Let is sit for at least 24 hours with the rice surrounding and burying each piece.

After the 24 hours, remove you cell phone from the rice, dust it off, and reassemble. Presto, your phone should work as good as new!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Make Sure of That Foil Turkey Pan

For those of you in the USA, tomorrow is Thanksgiving (or as we affectionately call it, Turkey Day). So here is a great little tip about those flimsy foil pans so many of us use to roast our birds.

Try doubling or even tripling your pans. Just buy 2 or 3 of the same type of foil roasting pan. Take the labels out of them and stack them.

Not only will your bird be easier to take out of the oven, but you can be assured that there will be no messy drips from leaking pans.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Get a Grip on Those Tight Lids

Next time you have a jar lid that just won't budge, try slipping on a pair of clean, lined rubber gloves. The rubber gloves give you a tight grip on both the jar and the lid and the lining cushions your hands.

Zap Your Migraine With Ginger Tea

Ginger is an excellent remedy for migraine headaches. To make a soothing tea, pour 3 cups of water over two tablespoons of freshly grated ginger. Let it steep for 4 to 5 min. then strain it through a small sieve into a cup. You can also buy ginger teabags but they won't work quite as well as fresh ginger.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Grow Tubers In a Tire Tower

This little trick can not only increase the yield of your potato plants, but puts to use those worn out tires.

Fill a tire with soil and plant two whole or halved seed potatoes about 2 inches below the surface. When the plant reaches about 6 to 10 inches, stack a second tire on top of the first and fill with soil, making sure to leave about 3 or 4 inches of the plant exposed.

When the plant once again reaches about 6 to 10 inches, repeat the process. Potatoes sprout from the underground stems and the taller the underground stems, the higher your yield will be.

Fight Your Cold With Your Hair Dryer

Next time you feel a head cold coming on, try this nifty little trick. Just turn on your hairdryer and breathe in the warm air. Studies show the warm air kills rhinoviruses that are working their way into your nose. In a test conducted in England, people who breathed warm air suffered, on average, half the cold symptoms than those who did not.

Set your hair dryer on hot, and hold it about 18 inches from your face, and inhale the warm air for up to 20 minute, the longer the better.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Spice Up Your Christmas Tree

To spice up your Christmas tree with a beautiful scent, cut netting into twelve inch squares and place a handful of pine or apple cinnamon spice potpourri in the center of each square. Bring the corners together and tie them tightly with gold ribbon. You can also use curling ribbon and curl the ends after tying. Place these potpourri balls in your tree.

Measure Without The Mess

Use coffee filters to separate dry ingredients you've measured for a recipe, or to weigh them on a kitchen scale. You will save yourself the trouble of having to wash several bowls.

Non Slip Broom Handles

Cut a finger of an old rubber glove and slip it over the end of your broom. Then when you have to prop it against the wall, it won't slide. This also works great for outdoor tools such as shovels and rakes.

Don't Toss a Rusty Tool

Before you decide to throw away that rusty trowel or other gardening tool, try soaking it overnight in cider vinegar. Wipe away the residue with a cloth, and you may find that it is as good as new. Keep your tools from rusting in the first place by placing some mothballs in your toolbox.

Take The Hassle Out of Hanging Lights

Every year you spend hours in frustration as you untangle Christmas lights before you can hang them. Save yourself the trouble next year by wrapping each strand with heavy duty aluminum foil before putting them away. Be sure to crunch to foil around the bulbs to prevent tangled wiring and broken bulbs.

Panty Hose Saver

Don't you just hate it when you get a run in a brand new pair of stockings? Try this trick the next time you buy a new pair. Pop your new pair in the freezer for 24 to 48 hours, then thaw them out. You will find they won't run nearly as often.

Soothe Your Skin With Oatmeal

Soothe itchy skin rashes, sunburn, poison ivy and even chicken pox with oatmeal. Cut the foot off a pantyhose leg and fill it with rolled oats. Then tie a knot in the open end and hold it under the facet as you run a bath. The soothing oatmeal bath will ease your discomfort. After you are finished simply rinse out the nylon foot and save it for next time.

Kitty Litter For Traction

Keep a sack of kitty litter in the trunk of your car during the winter to use for traction if you get stuck in the snow. Kitty litter also works well when sprinkled over an oil spill on concrete of asphalt.

Quiet Your Barking Dog

A barking dog can be a real problem. If you have received complaints that your dog barks constantly while you are at work or out running errands, try this little tip that can help. Leave a voice activated tape player in the area where the dog will be. Every time the dog barks, it will hear you “talking.”

Pulling Out That Bee Stinger

Never use tweezers or fingers to pull out a bee sting. All you will do is squeeze more venom from the poison sac. Instead, use the edge of a credit card and shave the stinger out by scraping it across the bite.

Oh No! Not a Pimple!

Try a small dab of toothpaste on a pimple before going to bed. It will help dry the pimple out overnight, making it less noticable the next day. You can also try dabbing a lemon on the blemish after washing your face. The citric acid helps dry and heal pimples fast.