Oatmeal

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Treat itchy poison ivy
Treat itchy poison ivy or chicken pox by soaking in an oatmeal bath. Grind one up of oatmeal into a thin powder, pour into cheesecloth or clean old stocking and tie into a knot. Suspend the bag under the faucet as the tub fills with warm water. Soak for 15-30 minutes.


Non-diet Cola

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Clean Battery terminals
Clean car battery terminals. The acidic properties will eliminate corrosion. Pour some soda over the battery terminals and let it set. Remove the sticky residue with a wet sponge or rag.

Loosen rusted nuts and bolts
Loosen rusted-on nuts and bolts. Soak a rag in the soda and wrap it around the bolt for several minutes.

Make cut flowers last longer
Make cut flowers last longer by pouring about a half cup of soda into the water in a vase full of cut flowers. The sugar in the soda will make the blossoms last longer

Clear out a slow drain
Clear out a slow drain by pouring a t-liter bottle of cola down the drain to help remove the clog.


Milk

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Use milk to shave
If you are out of shaving cream, use milk to shave. The milk will act as a barrier to protect your skin.

Clean patent leather shoes
Clean patent leather shoes to a gleaming shine by rubbing them with a little milk on a soft cloth. Leave to dry and then buff them.

Remove Ink stains
Remove ink stains on clothing by soaking the area in milk. It can take from a half an hour to overnight to remove the stain completely.

Repair fine cracks in china
Repair fine cracks in china plates and cups by boiling them in milk. The milk reacts with the kaolin in china and closes the crack. Place the plate in a pan, cover it with milk and bring it to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, lower the heat and simmer 45 minutes.


Mayonnaise

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Condition your hair
Condition your hair by massaging mayonnaise into your hair and scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap, wait several minutes and shampoo.

Relieve sunburn pain
Relieve sunburn pain by slathering mayonnaise liberally over the sunburned area. When the pain subsides, rinse with cool water.

Clean piano keys
If the keys to your piano are starting to yellow, lighten and whiten them with a little mayonnaise applied with a soft cloth. Wait a few minutes, then wipe with a damp cloth and buff.

Remove bumper stickers
Remove bumper stickers by rubbing some mayonnaise over the entire sticker. Let it sit for several minutes and wipe it off. This technique will also remove tar and pine sap.


Ketchup

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Get rid of chlorine hair
Get rid of chlorine green hair with a ketchup shampoo. Massage ketchup generously into your hair and leave it for 15 minutes. Then wash it out, using baby shampoo or some other gentle shampoo.


Honey

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Soften Skin
Soak in a milk and honey bath. Add about 1/3 cup honey to 2 1/4 cups milk. Mix thoroughly and add to bath. Soak 15-20 minutes.

Treat minor skin abrasions
Treat minor skin abrasions and wounds with honey’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Apply a small amount twice daily to a wound or burn to speed up the healing process. Can find medical grade honey at the health food store or on-line.

Help a hangover
Help a hangover by spooning a few tablespoons of honey on toast for breakfast. The fructose speeds up the metabolism of alcohol.


Hair Dryer

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Remove stickers
To remove stickers use a hand held hairdryer on the low setting and aim the dryer at the label. After a minute or two you can peel the sticker or label off. The dryer softens the glue so the label can be removed.


Hair Conditioner

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Stand in for shaving cream
If you are out of shaving cream, use a small amount of hair conditioner to shave. The hair conditioner will act as a barrier to protect your skin and give you a very smooth shave


Dryer Sheets

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Repel mosquitoes
Repel mosquitoes on your patio by placing several dryer sheets around areas where people will be.

 

Freshen the air
Freshen the air by placing an individual dryer sheet in a drawer, hanging in a closet, locker at the health club, gym bag, at work, or under the seat of your car or truck.

 

Prevent thread from tangling
Run a sewing needle through a dryer sheet before sewing to prevent the thread from tangling.

 

Prevent musty odors
Leave a dryer sheet inside luggage or travel baggage to prevent musty odors.

 

Eliminate static electricity
Eliminate static electricity from the TV or computer screen by rubbing a dryer sheet across the screen.

 

Dissolve soap scum
Dissolve soap scum from shower door and tile walls. Clean the surfaces with a dryer sheet.

 

Repel bees and bugs
Repel bees and bugs by tucking a dryer sheet in your picnic basket or under lawn furniture. You can also rub a dryer sheet directly on your bare skin.

 

Combat static
Combat static on your clothes, stockings, or hair, by patting with a dryer sheet.

 

De-stink your pets
De-stink your pets by wiping down incoming dogs or cats (especially wet ones) with a dryer sheet before they enter the home.

 

Make cooking clean-up easier
Soak cookware with burnt or baked-on foot in warm water with a dryer sheet or two. Makes clean-up easier. Also works on cook tops and dingy cabinet doors.

 

Collect pet hair
Collect pet hair by rubbing the area with a dryer sheet. The sheet will magnetically attract the loose pet hairs.

 

Clean window blinds
Wipe window blinds with dryer sheets to clean them and keep dust from resettling on them.

 

Clean up sawdust
Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sandpapering using a dryer sheet. The dryer sheet will attract the dust like a tack cloth.


Cotton Balls

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Fight Mildew
Fight Mildew in hard-to-reach places in the bathroom. Soak a few cotton balls in bleach and place them in those difficult spots. Leave them to work their magic for a few hours. Finish by rinsing with warm water.