Tennis Balls

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Rub out a knot
To rub out a knot in your back or neck, lie down on the floor and position a tennis ball under your back or neck and shoulder area. Move around on the tennis ball for a few minutes to remove the knot.

Stop your car here
Use a tennis ball suspended from a string on a nail in your garage to indicate where your car should stop.


Orange Furniture Polish

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Remove gasoline smell
Remove the gasoline smell from your hands by rubbing a small amount of orange furniture polish on them. After a minute or two, wash your hands normally.


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.


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.


Dishwashing Detergent

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Get a better manicure
Get a better manicure by soaking fingernails in a soapy solution of dishwashing detergent and water, rinse hands, and apply polish. The polish will adhere better to the nail and spread more smoothly.

 

Pre-treat oil based laundry stains
Pre-treat oil based laundry stains such as lipstick or grease with a small amount of dishwashing detergent.

 

Soak oily and grimy tools
Soak oily and grimy tools in a solution of water and dishwashing detergent to get them clean.

 

Kill fleas
Kill fleas by washing pets in a soapy water bath of a small amount of dishwashing liquid and water.


Coffee Filters

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Microwave splatter free
Cover bowls or dishes with coffee filters when cooking in the microwave to keep it splatter free.
Clean mirrors & glass
Clean mirrors and glass with coffee filters. Coffee filters are lint free.
Protect good dishes
Protect good dishes by placing coffee filters between each dish.
No cork in wine
If your cork breaks or crumbles in your wine you can filter it through a coffee filter so that no cork pieces end up in your glass.
Recycle frying oil
Recycle frying oil by filtering it through a coffee filter before you store the oil.
Hold tacos
Coffee filters make great taco holders, and wrappers for other messy foods.

 

Stop soil from leaking
Stop soil from leaking out of potted plants by placing a coffee filter as a liner in the bottom of the pot. The plant can still drain, but you won’t lose soil.

 
No mess Popsicles
Poke the stick of a Popsicle or other stick based treat through a coffee filter to keep sticky drips off your hands.

 

Waxing strips
Use strips of coffee filters when you wax your eyebrows.


Baking Soda

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Extinguish a fire
Extinguish a grease fire or electrical fire. Scatter baking soda by the handful to safely put out the fire.
Clean combs and brushes
Clean combs and brushes in a baking soda and water solution
Wash coffee pots
Wash glass or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in a baking soda solution of 3 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart water.
Clean your BBQ grill
Clean your BBQ grill by sprinkling baking soda on the grill and let it stand. Later, rinse the grill.

 

Clean a greasy garage floor
If you have a greasy garage floor, sprinkle baking soda on the greasy spot. Let stand, scrub and rinse. You may also add a small amount of Dawn dishwashing liquid to further cut the grease.

 

Clean a badly burned pan
Clean a badly burned pan with a thick layer of burned-on food. Pour a thick layer of baking soda directly onto the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle on just enough water to moisten the soda. Leave the pot over night, and then scrub it clean the next day.
To clean a shower curtain
To clean soap scum from a shower curtain, soak in water and baking soda over night.

 

Eliminate odors
Sprinkle baking soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers to eliminate odor.
Repel rain
Repel rain from your car windshields by putting a healthy amount of baking soda on a damp cloth and wipe windshield inside and out.
Make beans more digestible
Soak dried beans in a mixture of soda and water to make them more digestible.
Freshen your carpet
Freshen your carpet and upholstered furniture. Sprinkle them with baking soda. Allow them to sit undisturbed for a half hour, and then vacuum.
Eliminate water rings
Eliminate water rings on your finished wood with a paste of baking soda and non gel toothpaste. Dip a soft cloth in the paste and rub the water spots away.

 

Get rid of ants
Get rid of ants in your home by mixing equal parts baking soda and sugar together. Sprinkle the mixture where ever you see the ants.

 

Fill in nail holes
Fill in nail holes in plastered wall with a paste of baking soda and white toothpaste.

 

Polish whites
Use baking soda and a slightly dampened cloth to polish up white shoes, sneakers, soccer balls, bike seats and purses (non leather)


Aluminum Foil

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Sharpen your scissors
Sharpen your scissors by cutting through six to eight layers of aluminum foil.

 

Shine rusty chrome
Shine rusty chrome with a bit of water and a wadded-up piece of aluminum foil. You can rub most rust spots off chrome car parts.


Keep birds out of fruit trees
Keep birds out of your fruit trees. Hang twisted strips of aluminum foil over all your fruit trees using fishing line. The light reflections and the sound will keep birds away from your fruit.

 

Keep fireplace and grill clean
Keep the bottom of your fireplace or charcoal grill from becoming encrusted with soot. Line the bottom of your fireplace or grill with aluminum foil before starting a fire, then dispose of the foil after the fire is out and the coals are completely cooled.

Eliminate electromagnetic interference
Eliminate electromagnetic interference if your TV and DVD player are stacked on top of each other. If the picture is fuzzy, place a sheet of aluminum foil between them.

Iron more efficiently
Iron more efficiently by putting a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will reflect the heat from the iron so both sides get ironed at once.

 

Move furniture across floors
Move furniture with ease. To slide big pieces of furniture over a smooth floor, place small pieces of aluminum foil under the legs. Put the dull side of the foil down; the dull side is actually more slippery than the shiny side.

 

Clean starch build-up
Clean starch build-up from your iron by running a hot iron over a piece of aluminum foil.