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Use this simple trick to unscrew a stripped screw or remove a screw that just doesn't want to budge. Place a rubber band between your screwdriver and the screw head and start unscrewing.
For removing tar and grease from clothing, I first use some WD-40 and work it into the spot until it starts to break down. Then I use some cream-type hand cleaner and rub that into the remaining spot.
I had a mangled mess of hair ALL around my necklace. I finally tried a pumice stone and lightly rubbed it over the hair, and it took it off quick! No damage.
I have 105 year old heartpine floors. I use WOCA natural soap to clean them. They have also come out with a refresher that has more oil in it.
I am in the process of starting a "work club" in my location. I belonged to one where I used to live and miss it greatly.
There are a few smaller items I need to remember to bring each morning. To make things simple, I purchased a place mat from the dollar store. I traced the outline of each item onto the placemat.
When I clean my coffee maker with vinegar, I do it in the bathroom. When the vinegar has run through, I put baking soda in the tub drain and pour the hot vinegar in.
Borax laundry soap! It can be found at Wal-Mart in the laundry aisle for less then $4. It's a multi purpose cleaning agent. Works wonders. This is only a topical remedy.
I have an old dishwasher and there was always a film on glasses. LemiShine worked, but was too expensive for the amount to use regularly. One day I bought Sunlight Lemonoxi complex powder. "No more film on the glasses."
If you open the washing machine and find tissue lint all over your clothes, there's no reason to rewash the load. Put a dryer sheet, like Bounce, in the dryer and tumble the load. Most of the tissue will wind up in the lint trap.
I always hear my kids say "tacos, burgers, again?" So I decided to start using our tried and true in a different way!
My garbage disposal got clogged after I drained cooked rice into it. I tried to use a plunger to clear the clog but it did not work. I came across the advice to use vinegar, baking soda with hot water. It worked like a miracle.
I have a 20 something neighbor who frequently needs his jeans patched. DH and I trade favors with him and his parents so I patch his jeans when they need it.
I used a 4 ounce mason jar for this. You can use a small airtight container if you want.
Simple, but very effective! After years of trying almost everything to stop Brooklyn, our cat, from leaving his deposit in my overwintering houseplants I finally hit on this method which seems to have stopped him in his tracks.
Brown paper lunch size bags are great for baking potatoes in the microwave.
I have a hard time keeping up with my reading glasses around the house. Now, I buy Dollar store reading glasses and soft foam soda can holders.
Several years ago, I was at a spa. Upon arrival, I was served an ice-cold glass of water. The water tasted different and I asked the attendant what was in it.
I picked up sale candy after Halloween and hid it in empty food containers. A coffee can, an onion soup box; containers my kids wouldn't ever bother with.
I have lots of old eyeglass holders, which open and close. I used the old eyeglass holder to hold bandages and a tube of triple antibiotic. It takes up very little space and is always handy.
Hanging pants up with clothespins becomes a problem with the female shaping of pants so I began hanging mine upside down by the bottom hem. It even creates more room on the rod because the bulk is at the bottom.
Hairspray cans always clogged? What a waste. Such an easy solution!
You will need extra shower-curtain tension rod. Put them up in tub area as high as you need for the length of the sheets or curtains.
Keep a box of cheap tissues near your work space in the kitchen. For small spills and clean-ups, tissues are much cheaper than paper towels, even using several at a time.
I wasn't able to get good photos so I'll go ahead and tell you what I did. First of all, I really can afford new pencils or a pack of erasers. I have this lifelong fascination with words and crosswords are part of that.
When planning your wedding, ask the groom's family to be in charge of, and pay for any alcohol beverages served. If you aren't serving alcohol, the groom's parents can pay for another part of the reception.
I seem to have an allergy to nickel since I cannot wear cheap earings without my earlobes bothering me. I decided to try putting a thin coat of clear nail polish on the stem and it has worked well for me for years.
When my husband needed to start using a long shower chair, the kind that is halfway out of the tub, we needed to come up with a way to keep the water inside the tub.
Ready-bought liquid marinades can be very expensive, and sometimes the ingredients for marinade recipes to make at home can be costly as well. So why waste it?
If you are like me, you like to find a use for everything, rather than throw it away. At a minimum, you will settle for putting it with the recycling, or donating it, as long as, it does not go to waste.
Use newspaper to wrap gifts! It's especially nice when you ship to another state and you can read what's going on in that area. It saves money on the fancy wrappings.
I watch garage sales and the Goodwill for really cheap flannel king size sheets. I cut them into Swiffer squares. When I use them, I spray with Endust first.
We have a septic tank as well as a laundry tub pump tank and I want to keep as much lint as possible from going into the system.
In the days of counting pennies, this will help if you buy the hand soap pumps like I do. Once that pump is empty, I make my own for pennies using 1 Tbsp. dish soap and 1 tsp. of bleach.
Instead of purchasing a kettlebell, use a large empty plastic laundry bottle filled with water. Tighten the cap before each use to be sure it is on tight.
Purchase an upright scrapbooking organizer that has opaque organizer containers with fixed hinged boxes that slide in and out of their own drawer insert. The boxes are perfect to organize your cutters by themes.
While running around doing some last-minute outdoor work because the weather jumped above 40 I needed to kneel on something and remembered all my conventional gardening stuff was in the shed.
These are wonderful Gluten Free Casein Free Soy Free little nuggets of meat and vegetable made with a wheat free breading. They are so wonderful and healthy.
This recipe makes single serving fruit cups using mason jars or re-sealable plastic containers. These are great for school lunches.
This is a rice pudding that has Splenda in the place of sugar and almond milk in the place of dairy milk. It is an excellent side to a Thanksgiving dinner.
This is the simplest crockpot recipe ever. Great for those busy days or for a kid just learning to cook. Simply adjust the amounts for the size of your family.
Easy and filling.
Chocolate lovers will enjoy this delicious Oreo cookie and pudding layered dessert.