Secret Uses for Common Items


A better dry cleaner:

A sodium silicate solution added to the water

A cheap non-poisonous mice repellant:

Scatter mint leaves around articles to be protected from mice.

A common Straw:

Use a regular plastic straw to core strawberrys. Just work it through the strawberrys and then have a coreless snack.

A common substance added to ink makes it waterproof:

Add to the ink a bit of Elmers glue and allow to dissolve completely.

A dentists treatment for pyorrhea:

Chlorine laundry bleach, daily, applied  with toothpick & cotton swab.

A drinker will dislike the taste of alcohol for life:

by adding a few drops of tincture of ipecac (or ipecacuanha) to a bottle of whiskey or other liquor. Consult your pharmacist.

A highly effective yet inexpensive way to burn carbon out of an engine:

Disconnect and plug a vacuum hose from the intake manifold. Substitute another tube leading to a  container of hydrogen peroxide. Allow this to be  drawn into idling engine. Excess oxygen will burn  out carbon deposits.

A low cost non-rust anti-freeze that is safe at -60 degrees F:

Old motor oil thinned with kerosene.

A wonderful cleaning cloth:

Put an ounce of oxalic acid in gallon of water.  Wring and dry the cloths.

An excellent tooth powder:

Make from 3 common ingredients… Equal parts table salt, borax and baking soda.  Ask your dentist

Antifog for glasses or windshields:

Laundry soap shavings, boiled in water with some glycerine added.

Auto radiator stop leak:

A sodium silicate solution added to the water

Avoid morning hangover:

Doctors of medicine generally agree that hangover from excessive drinking is due to loss of water in the system. Common table salt will usually make the body retain rather than void water. One or two teaspoonfuls at bedtime will do much to avoid hangover and/or getting up at night. CAUTION: 1)Heart patients, consult your doctor and 2) do NOT dissolve the salt in water: just put it in your mouth and immediately gulp down a glass of plain water to wash it down otherwise the salt could induce nausea.


“Bananas  Containing three natural sugars –  sucrose, fructose and glucose combined  with fiber, a banana  gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of  energy.  Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.   No wonder the banana is the  number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.  But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit.  It can  also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and  conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.  Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst  people  suffering from depression, many felt much better after  eating a banana.  This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a  type of protein that  the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and  generally make you feel  happier.  PMS: Forget the pills — eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which  can affect your mood.  Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.  Blood Pressure: This unique tropical  fruit is extremely high in potassium yet  low in salt, making it  the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so,  the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry  to  make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of  blood pressure and stroke.  Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham  (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams  this year by eating  bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a  bid to boost their brain  power.  Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist  learning by making pupils more alert.  Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal  bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.  Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of  curing a hangover is to  make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The  banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted  blood  sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.  Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid  effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for  soothing relief.  Morning Sickness: Snacking on  bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning  sickness.  Mosquito  bites: Before  reaching for the insect bite  cream, try rubbing the affected  area with the inside of a banana skin.  Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and  irritation.   Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins  that help calm the  nervous system.   Overweight and at  work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads  to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at  5,000 hospital patients,  researchers found the most obese were more  likely to be in high-pressure jobs.  The  report concluded that, to  avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood  sugar  levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels  steady.   Ulcers: The banana is used as the  dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft  texture and smoothness.  It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten  without distress in over-chronicler cases.  It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of  the stomach.  Temperature  control: Many other cultures see  bananas as  a “”cooling”” fruit that can lower both the physical  and emotional  temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand,  for example, pregnant  women eat bananas to ensure their baby is  born with a cool  temperature.   Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas  can help SAD sufferers because they contain the  natural mood enhancer  tryptophan.  Smoking: Bananas can also  help  people trying to give up smoking.  The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the  potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of  nicotine withdrawal.  Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral,  which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates  your body’s water balance.  When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises,  thereby reducing our potassium levels.  These can be rebalanced with the  help of a high-potassium banana snack.  Strokes: According to research in “”The New  England Journal of Medicine,”” eating bananas as part of a  regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by  as much as 40%!  So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills.  When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the  carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron,  and twice the other vitamins and minerals.  It is also rich in potassium  and is one of the best value foods around.  So maybe its time to change  that well-known  phrase so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor  away!”

Break a dog from chasing cars:

Attach a stick to the dog’s collar to strike at his knees when he runs.

Brushless shaving cream:

Light mineral oil (cosmetic grade) 10 pounds. Melt with 10 pounds glycesterin

Bug Killer:

Cleaning liquid doubles as bug killer. If manacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get into your home and you can’t find insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.


Burn your tongue? put sugar on it

Minor burns…Colgate or Crest toothpaste

Sunburn–empty a large jar of Nestea into your bathwater.


Burnt grease smell in the house:

Getting rid of the grease immediately after cooking helps prevent the odor’s spread.

Fried foods are a delicious treat, but can lead to an overpowering smell of burnt grease in the kitchen. If not quickly treated, the stubborn odor lingers for days, eventually migrating to other rooms in the house. While air freshening sprays deliver a burst of scent, they only mask bad smells. A few techniques permanently eliminate the noxious smell of burnt grease for a fresh and comfortable kitchen environment.

Get Rid of the Evidence

Many people fail to realize that bad smells aren’t contained exclusively to the food and grease. In order to remove the smell completely, you must also clean or dispose of items that came into contact with the cooking grease. Clean utensils and dishes that may be harboring grease residue. Towels and oven mitts may have absorbed the scent; launder these immediately in hot water. Even if your trash can has a lid, the smell of burnt grease can permeate the air. After cooking with oil, take out any trash containing paper towels and napkins that came into contact with the cooking oil.

Nature’s Way

Fill a saucepan with 1 part water to 4 parts white vinegar. Simmer for at least 15 minutes allowing the vinegar to absorb and eliminate the odor of burnt grease. If you are preparing food with oil, use this technique while cooking as a preventive measure. Smelly oil particles can fill the air as well as land on walls, furniture and upholstery. Fill a spray bottle with the mix and use it to spritz the air and any nearby upholstery. Use a microfiber cloth or clean sponge to wipe down upholstery and hard surfaces — such as countertops and cabinets — with the vinegar solution. Repeat until the odor is gone. Baking soda is another effective absorbent material. Fill a few bowls with 1 cup of baking soda and place them around the kitchen to deodorize the room. In a pinch, place a piece of charcoal in a brown paper bag and let it sit near where odors are occurring.

An Herbal Remedy

While the scent of vinegar dissipates during the boiling process, some people prefer to fill their homes with different scents. Begin the same way by boiling water on the stove top and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or essential oil such as eucalyptus, lavender, chamomile, jasmine or peppermint. Let it simmer for 30 minutes to an hour and your kitchen will be infused with the appealing scent of your choice.

When All Else Fails

If the odor still lingers, a deeper clean may be in order. Pull out the stove and oven to check for grease between cabinets and appliances, as well as on the sides of the appliances themselves. Be sure to have all windows and a door open when cleaning the kitchen in order to promote the circulation of fresh air. Use the exhaust fan or any other portable fan that is handy.


Camp stove you can carry in your pocket:

Fill a can with sand, saturate with gasoline,  kerosene, alcohol, etc.

Candles burn twice as long after simple treatment:

Dip candles in liquid shellac. The candle wax will burn, not drip.

Cast iron may be soldered:

Coat with a water solution of copper sulfate (blue chloride)

Catch an annoying cricket:

To catch a noisy cricket in your house, leave a damp towel in a corner. The next morning, the cricket will be near the towel.

Cell Phone secrets:

FIRST: (Emergency)  The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

SECOND: (Locked Keys in Car) Have you locked your keys in the car? Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone:  If you lock your keys In the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

Editor’s Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!

THIRD: (Hidden Battery Power)  Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time.

FOURTH: (How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone)

To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following 5 Digits on your phone:  *#06#    A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.  If your phone is stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

FIFTH: (Free Directory Service for Cells)  Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don’t have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial:  (800) FREE411 or  (800) 373-3411  without incurring any charge at all.  Program this into your cell phone now.

This is sponsored by McDonalds.

Colorful fire in the fireplace:

Methanol (denatured alcohol) costs less than  65 cents a gallon. To make a dip or spray for  fireplace logs, add about 1/4 teaspoonful strontium nitrate for RED fire. Barium nitrate for brilliant  GREEN flames. Common table salt for YELLOW flames.  Copper sulfate (blue vitriol) for BLUE flames.  Copper Sulfide for PURPLE flames.

Condition Hair:

Budweiser beer

Cool whip will condition hair in 15 minutes

Mayonnaise will kill lice, and condition your hair

To get shiny hair use brewed Lipton tea

Cream or canned milk whip better:

Pure glycerine or polyethylene glycol. NOT mono or diotthylene glycols


Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.  Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.  Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.  Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.  Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!  Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!  Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off  starvation.  Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time  to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.  Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!  Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.  Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.  Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.  Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Cure a headache fast:

Drinking 2 glasses of Gatorade can relive headache pain almost immediately without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers. Also, to relieve headache pain, eat plenty of fish. Fish oil helps prevent headaches. Eat ginger, which reduces inflammation and pain.

Cure a stuffy nose:

Try chewing on a couple of Curiously strong Altoids Peppermints. They’ll clear up your stuffy nose.

Vicks VapoRub ointment:

Rub Vick’s Vaporub on the soles of your feet, then cover with socks before bedtime.

Works great at stopping coughs within 30 minutes. The essential oils in the VapoRub are absorbed through the soles of the feet faster than through the stomach. Proven scientific fact.


Antiseptic mouthwash is designed to kill germs in your mouth and keep your teeth clean. It’s those very properties that make mouthwash a perfect cleaner and disinfectant for other surfaces in your home too. So grab a bottle of Listerine and try these eight ideas for yourself!

Disinfect your toothbrush.

Wash your toothbrush with some antiseptic mouthwash every couple of days to ensure there is no lingering bacteria that could make you sick!

Clean the toilet.

All you need is half a cup of mouthwash. Just pour it in the toilet, swish it around with a toilet brush and flush! It’ll kill the germs and shine the bowl in one fell swoop.

Clean grout and inhibit mold growth.

Dip an old toothbrush dipped in mouthwash to clean grout. It’s also strong enough to cut easily through hard water stains and build-up. Just make sure you label that toothbrush for cleaning only!

Shine mirrors and handles.

Use a little on a lint free cloth to shine up mirrors and disinfect medicine cabinet handles, doorknobs, faucets and flush levers.

Clean television and computer screens.

A little alcohol based antiseptic mouthwash will clean dirt, grease and fingerprints off of those surfaces in short order.

Remove bacteria from laundry.

Add a cup of mouthwash to each load of laundry along with your detergent to kill those unwanted germs.

Banish a blemish.

Use a cotton swab to dab some mouthwash on the area, it’ll kill the bacteria and clear up the blemish.

Disinfect a cut or scrape.

In the absence of antiseptic wipes or creams, mouthwash will clean and disinfect injuries in one step

Cure toenail fungus:

Rub with Vicks vapor rub. Cover with a Band-aid.

Deodorize gasoline for cleaning purposes:

Add about 20 drops of sassafras oil to a gallon of gasoline or solvent.

Deodorize kerosene:

Add about 1% amyl acetate (frequently known as  Banana oil).

Easily made transparent paint for glass – any color:

Mix water colors with sodium silicate solution (water glass)

Effective beauty clay:

5 tsps Fullers’ Earth & 3 teaspoons lemon juice or bentonite clay & water.

Eilminate puffiness under your eyes:

All you need is a dab of Preparation H. Carefully rubbing into the skin, avoiding the eyes.

The hemorroid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, reliving the swelling instantly.

Eliminate corrosion from automotive batteries:

Clean terminals thoroughly reinstall terminals  tightly, then liberally coat all exposed metal parts around battery with petroleum grease.

Place copper pennies near the battery vents. Battery acid will  attach to pennies and avoid the metal pieces.

Eliminate gophers in the lawn:

Fill gopher or squirell holes with ditamatious earth (available from swimming pool suppliers).

Gopher will suffocate in the holes before they can dig out

Eliminate mildue smell from autos:

Peel a fresh apple. Roll in fresh coffee grounds. Put sheet of wax paper on floor of front seat. Place apple on wax paper.

Leave overnight. Repeat as necessary. Discard apple.

Eliminate skin blemishes:

Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing.

Works overnight.

Eradicate dandelions-harmless to grass:

One pound iron (ferrous) sulfate to gallon of water sprays 400 square feet.

Fill cracks in wooden flooring:

Mix glue with sawdust. Spread into cracks. Finish sand and paint or varnish.

Fly spray:

Pyrethrum, dissolved in kerosene. Used in practically all fly sprays.

Fresh flowers may be preserved indefinitely:

Dip the ends of the flowers in collodion,  thinned with ether or keep stems in vase  of powered silica gel.

Fruits and flowers grow much larger:

When adding iron sulfate (green copperas)  in watering fluid. Infrequently

Green thumb:

How did the term “”green thumb”” originate?  According to James Underwood Crockett, it comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots will stain a persons thumb (and fingers) if he or she handles enough pots. Hence, a person who is always working with flowerpots has a green thumb. Another theory is that it originated during the reign of King Edward I of England. He was fond of green peas and kept a half a dozen serfs shelling them during the season. The serf who had the greenest thumb won a prize.”

Growing climbing vines:

If you want the vines to cover a wall…water the wall not the base of the plant.

Have a green lawn all winter:

In the autumn, scatter Italian rye (or equivalent)  grass on the lawn.

Hide a crack in the windshield of a car:

Salt with equal parts: any bug spray rubbing alcohol water,  mix thoroughly apply to crack with paintbrush let stand for 2 hours. No more crack

How G-Men develop fingerprints:

You can easily do the same. Place a small wad of cotton, saturated with  tincture of iodine in a glass tube,

blow against suspected fingerprints and they will appear.

How to make Thermite:

Fine powdered iron oxide fine powdered aluminum magnesium strip scale  For every gram of aluminum you need two grams of iron oxide Measure out the right amounts and mix well. Fill a container with the mix. Put a strip of magnesium in the top of the mix. Light the magnesium strip and get away. Burns at 2500 degrees.

Ice Cube Trays for sunburns:

Use old ice cube trays to freeze aloe vera gel into cubes to sooth sunburns. The ice cools the skin and the aloe vera soothes the burn.

Invisible secret ink:

Write between lines.

Turns brown when heated.

One ounce of ammonium chloride to a pint of water;  2 drops of detergent

Johnson’s Baby Lotion:

Use baby lotion to remove tar from bare feet after a day at the beach.

Keep ants away:

To keep and from invading your home or garden, draw a chalk line across their path. They will not pass it.

Keep fleas off dogs and cats by adding to diet:

A little sage. Obtainable in any grocery store  in the seasonings department.

Keep flies off cattle:

With a solution made by boiling catnip in water 20 minutes; strain and spray on livestock.

Keep grass from growing:

To keep grass from growing near walks where the lawn mower can’t reach, saturate the strip with used motor oil. NOT new oil.

Keep Ice Cream from dripping:

Stuff a miniture marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

Keep potatoes from budding:

To keep potatoes from budding in the bag, put an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

Kill ants in their hole:

Inexpensive and nonpoisonous                Pour any volatile hydrocarbon into the ant hills.  Carbon disulfide is best; but even gasoline may  be used. The treatment is made effective by COVERING  the ant hills with plastic bags or sheet or wet clay, etc.

Make a good mimeograph ink for about 30 cents a pound:

Thin common printer’s ink with kerosene, to desired consistency.

Make a small hole on glass:

Press a lump of clay or puddy on the glass;  press a hole in the clay or puddy the size  of the hole wanted.

Pour molten solder in  hole to melt hole in the glass.

Make cheap ink that will write on glass or bright metal:

5 parts India ink to 1 part of sodium silicate  solution

Make cheap stucco paint:

Put 15 gallons of water in a 30 gallon (or larger)  open top barrel. Slowly add unslaked lime until  it boils. Slowly stir in hydrated lime, to bring  the total mass (which is now paint) to a volume  of 20 to 30 gallons. This is an excellent product. Turns out snow-white long-lasting

Make glass sparkle after cleaning:

Carbon tetrachloride, retailed in stores as Carbona

Make Glassine paper:

10 parts gum copal, 30 parts methanol,  1 part castor oil.  Let stand overnight in covered vessel; then stir. Apply to paper.

Make glue waterproof:

Add about 1/8 teaspoon potassium bichromatic  to a pint of glue.

Make ink luminous (glow in the dark):

1/2 ounce oil of cinnamon;  1/8 ounce phosphorus.  Cork tightly and heat in double boiler until melted.  The material is INFLAMMABLE.

Make steel and iron rustproof:

Boil in a solution of ferric phosphate or benzoate of soda.

Make white-wash solution more durable:

Add about 20% common salt (sodium chloride).

Mosquitos won’t bite if you use these formulas:

4 parts glycerine,  4 parts alcohol,  1 part eucalyptus oil. or

Make a solution of equal parts of isopropyl alcohol  and methyl phthalate.

Nickle plate metal without electricity:

Equal parts if double nickle salts and salammoniac dissolved in water. Heat to near boiling and immerce metal to be nickled, with a scrap of aluminum or aluminum foil touching it. Rinse well in clear water.

Oil a flagpole or cloths line pully without taking it down:

Tie an oil soaked rag or sponge on the rope.  Draw it thru the pully.

Penetrating oil frees rusted nuts, screws, bolts:

1 part Methylene chloride,  1 part light mineral oil,  3 parts kerosene.

Piney room deodorant spray:

1 ounce pine needle oil;  About a pint isopropyl alcohol.  Mix an ounce of this with a pint of water to  make a very good spray deodorant.

Plastic tooth-cavity filler:

Temporary…      One part powdered amber,  2 parts Mastic gum.  Make paste with ether

Potted plants will grow more vigorously:

Mix 1 part potassium nitrate,  1 part sugar,  2 parts ammonium sulfate.  Add to the water used in watering potted plants for vigorous growth

Pour into sinks and drains to open:

Pour in a little kerosene.  Let stand overnight.  Results not immediate. or

For toilets dump ice cubes and flush several times. It flushes away debris and you get fresh ice cubes.

Prevent pain and swelling of bee or wasp stings:


Prostate gland sufferers can often avoid getting up at night:

Common table salt will usually make the body retain rather than void water.  One or two teaspoonfuls at bedtime will do much  to avoid getting up at night.  CAUTION: 1) Heart patients, consult your doctor  and 2) do NOT dissolve the salt in water:   Just put it in your mouth and immediately gulp  down a glass of plain water to wash it down otherwise the salt could induce nausea.

Remove a lodged bullet from a gun barrel:

Pour mercury into barrel of the gun.  It will dissolve bullet without damage  to the barrel.

Remove calluses from feet:

Soak feet in warm water and soda ash  (sodium carbonate) solution. Rinse.

Remove chewing gum from rugs, clothing, auto seats, etc:

Turpentine is most effective. Next, benzine or other hydrofluoric acid. RINSE!

Remove coffee & tea stains from silk & wool with a common material:

Glycerine or Ethylene glycol (Prestone) or Diethylene Glycol.

Remove Iodine stains:

One part sodium hyposulphite in two parts water.

Remove mildew from fabrics, leather, etc:

Any chloring bleach;  dilute sodium hyposulfite,  CHLOROX, PUREX, etc.

Remove oil stains from floors:

Nothing is more effective than tri-sodium  phosphate (TSP)

Remove rust stains from fabrics, etc:

Equal parts if double nickle salts and salammoniac dissolved in water.

Remove shine or gloss from clothing:

Press the fabric on the wrong side,  using a cloth wrung out of which-hazel  extract instead of water as a pressing cloth.

Remove water marks from polished table tops:

Dissolve parrifin shavings in olive oil or  cooking oil. Rub one way only.

Repel Mosquitos:

Take 1 B-1 tablet a day from April to October. The odor the tablet gives out through your skin (YOU can not smell it) repels mosquitos,

black flies, and gnats. It does not work on stinging insects Vitimen B-1 (Thiamin Hydrochloride 100mg)

Eating bananas attracts mosqiutos. Stop eating bananas for the summer.  Vick’s Vaporub. Plant marigolds around the yard.

The flowers give off a smell that bugs do not like.   Avon Skin-so-soft bath oil mixed half and half with alcohol.

Misquito repellent: 20 drops Eucalyptus oil 20 drops Cederwood oil 10 drops Tea tree oil 10 drops Geranium oil 2 oz carrier oil (such as Jojoba) Mix together in a 4 oz container. Apply to skin as needed avoiding the eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Test on a small area for sensitivity. Experiment

Rust removers for iron:

Soak overnight in a saturated solution of  tin chloride or in a 10% solution of citric acid or di-ammonium citrate or hydrofluoric acid

Sober a drunk person in a few minutes:

Give them a glass of water containing 30 drops of aromatic spirits of ammonia

Soften hard dried paint brushes:

Soak overnight in vinegar or amyl acetate or  (better) in a paste made of 1 part on oleic acid dissolved in 6 parts kerosene; and to which later  add 4 parts of common household ammonia.

Solder glass to glass:

95 parts tin and 5 parts zink melted together

Some Wild and Wacky Uses for Slinkys:

(from the Official Slinky® Book)

Hat Security System: Prevent your hat from flying off your head in the wind. Simply attach a Slinky inside the hat and then strap the Slinky to the top of your head. Should a gust of wind blow your hat of your head, the Slinky will spring your hat right back.

Squirrel Slink-Away: Prevent squirrels from climbing up the pole to a bird feeder. Secure the Slinky to the bottom of the bird feeder and let it hang down the pole.

Slinky Burglar Alarm: Hang several Slinkys inside your doors and windows. Should a crook break into your house, the clanging springs will wake you up so you can dial 911.

Suspenders: Criss-cross two Slinkys and wear them as suspenders, not simply to keep your pants from falling down, but to make everyone in the office sit up and take notice of your chic attire.

Portable Clothes Line When camping: hang a Slinky between two trees to create a makeshift clothes line.

Kitty Slink-Away: Keep cats off furniture by stretching a Slinky across your couch. This might also keep people off your couch, but you may consider that an added benefit. WARNING: Stretching a Slinky across the couch may attract ferrets who love slipping through a Slinky.

Guess Who’s Slinking to Dinner: Using a Slinky Junior as a napkin ring is sure to impress those all important dinner guests.

Slinky in the Gutter: Keep leaves out of your rain gutters. Place a Slinky in your rain gutter and stretch it from one end to the next, keeping it in place by simply clipping the Slinky to each end.

Fa-La-La-La-La Decorate a Christmas tree with a Slinky:  You can wrap the tree in a Slinky and then hang Slinky Juniors as ornaments for the ultimate in tinsel.

Control Your Remote Control:  Tired of losing the remote control to your TV? Attach one end of a Slinky to the arm rest of your couch and the other end to your remote control so it always springs back to its proper place.

Spring Skiing:  Have your runaway snow skis gone shooting down the mountain without you? Simply attach one end of a Slinky to the ski and the other end to your ski boot and you’re skis will always land back on your feet.

Slinky Tires:   What’s worse than getting your car stuck in the snow in winter? Those clunky chains on your tires! Instead, wrap Slinkys around your tires for a hip look that’s sure to make all your neighbor’s jealous.

In Case of Emergency:   Afraid to parachute out of an airplane but don’t want everyone in your sky diving class to know? Attach yourself to the plane with a Slinky so you can jump out with everyone else, but bounce back before pulling your rip cord.

Slinky in Space:   Astronauts! Going for a space walk and afraid you’ll float away into the inky blackness of space never to be seen again? Secure yourself to the Space Station with a Slinky so you always bounce back.

Toilet Papering Substitute:   Instead of toilet papering your neighbor’s house, use Slinkys. It takes about 150 Slinkys to cover the house, cars, and trees, but the final result is well worth it.

Body Piercing:   If you enjoy wearing pieces of metal through your body, why not go all the way? There’s nothing quite as attention-getting as a Slinky pierced through your tongue. And it also makes eating an exciting challenge!

That Slinkity Sound:   Climb up into the steeple of your local church and replace the clappers in the bells with Slinkys. If you’re feeling more ambitious, fly to Paris and replace the clappers in the bells at the Cathedral of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Slinky Facts (from the Official Slinky® Book)

Slinky sales have totaled more than 250 million. That’s roughly one Slinky for every man, woman and child in the United States.

An original blue-black 1945 Slinky is worth about $100 today. That’s one hundred times its original price of one dollar.

A Slinky can be seen descending a staircase in the hit film Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls.

The word Slinky in Swedish translates to transpiral.

The Slinky is sold on every continent of the world except Antarctica.

A Slinky is on exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Splinter remover:

Remove a splinter. Just pour a drop of Elmers glue all over the splinter. let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the glue.

Stagnant water made safe to drink in an emergency:

To a quart of water add about 10 drops of  tincture of iodine. let stand overnight.

Temper steel tools to a hard cutting edge:

Heat to cherry red. Force into soap bar then  plunge into cold water.

To make fabrics and labels adhere to metal:

Add a little glycerine or Prestone to the glue or moistening water.


Coat goggles and glasses to keep from fogging.

Remove crayon marks on the wall.

Rub into stains on cloths before washing.

Treat surfaces to resist bugs:

Add 1/2 teaspoonful citronella oil to each gallon of paint or varnish

Use for Quaker Oats:

It’s not just for breakfast anymore. Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

Uses for 20 Mule Team Borax:

Preserve flowers:  Mix one part 20 Mule Team Borax and two parts corn meal. Fill the bottom one-inch of an empty airtight canister with the mixture. Place the flower on the mixture, then gently cover the flower with more mixture, being careful not to crush the flower or distort the petals. Flowers with a lot of overlapping petals, such as roses and carnations, are best treated by sprinkling mixture directly into the blossom before placing them into the box. Seal the canister and store at room temperature in a dry place for seven to ten days. When the flowers are dried, pour off the mixture and dust the flowers with a soft artist’s brush. Borax removes the moisture from blossoms and leaves, preventing the wilting which would normally result.

Shine china:  Add one-half cup 20 Mule Team Borax to a sink-ful of warm water, rinse fine china, then rinse again in clean water.

Deodorize cat litter:  Mix one-and-a-half cups 20 Mule Team Borax to every five pounds of cat litter to reduce and control odor in the cat box.

Clean hairbrushes and combs:  Mix a quarter cup 20 Mule Team Borax and a tablespoon of Dawn dishwashing detergent in a basin of warm water. Soak hairbrushes and combs in the solution, rinse clean, and dry.

Clean a metal coffee pot:  Fill the percolator with water and add one teaspoon 20 Mule Team Borax and one teaspoon detergent powder. Boil the water, let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then rinse clean.

Clean chocolate from clothing:  Sponge the spot with a solution of one tablespoon 20 Mule Team Borax and one cup warm water. Flush with water. If that doesn’t work, make a paste with borax and water, work into the stain, let set for one hour, flush well with warm water, and launder as usual.   Make children’s clothing flame retardant:   Mix together nine ounces 20 Mule Team Borax and four ounces boric acid in one gallon water. If the article is washable, soak in the solution after final rinsing, then dry. If the garment is not washable, spray with the solution. This solution, recommended by fire departments, may wash out of clothing and should be used after each washing or dry cleaning.

Make your own household cleanser for walls and floors:  Add one-half cup 20 Mule Team Borax, one-half teaspoon Dawn dishwashing liquid, and one teaspoon ammonia to two gallons warm water.

Make your own automatic dishwashing soap:  Use equal parts 20 Mule Team Borax and washing soda.

Gently clean porcelain and aluminum cookware:   Sprinkle 20 Mule Team Borax on pots and pans, rub with a damp dishcloth, and rinse thoroughly.   Reduce water spots on glasses and dishes:  Add one tablespoon 20 Mule Team Borax to the dishwasher.

Clean spills and stains on carpet and upholstery:   Blot up the spill, sprinkle 20 Mule Team Borax to cover the area, let dry, and vacuum. Before treating, make sure the carpet dye is colorfast by testing an unexposed area with a paste of 20 Mule Team Borax and water. For wine and alcohol stains, dissolve one cup 20 Mule Team Borax in one quart water. Sponge in the solution, wait thirty minutes, shampoo the spotted area, let dry, and vacuum.

Deodorize garbage disposers:   Sprinkle two to three tablespoons 20 Mule Team Borax in the drain, let it stand for fifteen minutes, then flush with water with the disposer on. Borax helps deodorize garbage disposers by neutralizing acidic odors.

Neutralize urine odors from mattresses and mattress covers:   Dampen the spot, rub in 20 Mule Team Borax, let dry, then vacuum or brush clean.   Neutralize pet urine and sour spilled milk odors:   Dampen the spot, rub in 20 Mule Team Borax, let dry, then vacuum or brush clean.

Boost laundry detergent:  Add one-half cup 20 Mule Team Borax to each wash-load along with the recommended amount of detergent. For large capacity and front-loading machines, add three-quarter cup. Borax acts as a water conditioner, boosting the cleaning power of detergent by controlling alkalinity, deodorizing the clothes and aiding the removal of stains and soil.

Wash diapers and baby clothes:   Flush out dirty diapers and soak as soon as possible in a diaper pail filled with warm water and one-half cup 20 Mule Team Borax. Pre-soak for at least thirty minutes before washing in warm water, adding one-half cup borax with the recommended amount of detergent. Wash linens, bibs, slips, and cotton crib liners in hot water, adding one-half cup 20 Mule Team Borax and detergent. Borax helps get rid of odors, reduce staining, and make diapers more absorbent.

Wash delicate hand washables:  Dissolve one-quarter cup 20 Mule Team Borax and two tablespoons detergent in a basin of warm water. Soak hand washables for ten minutes, rinse in clear, cool water, blot with a towel, lay flat (woolens) or hang to dry (away from sunlight and direct heat).   Eliminate bathtub rust stains:   Scrub the stains with a paste made from 20 Mule Team Borax and lemon juice.

Soften soap and rinse waters:   Add one tablespoon of 20 Mule Team Borax per quart of water.

Clean and deodorize a refrigerator:  Mix one tablespoon 20 Mule Team Borax in one quart warm water. Wash spilled food with a sponge and soft cloth. Rinse with cold water.

Keep the water in a humidifier free from odor:   Dissolve one tablespoon 20 Mule Team Borax per gallon of water before adding to the unit. Use this treatment once or twice a year.

Wash windows:   Mix one-quarter cup 20 Mule Team Borax, one-half cup ammonia, and two gallons of water to add more sparkle when cleaning windows.

Reduce ash and eliminate smoke problems from candlewicks in homemade candles:   Dissolve one tablespoon of table salt and three tablespoons 20 Mule Team Borax in one cup of warm water. Soak heavy twine in the solution for at least 24 hours. Allow the twine to dry thoroughly before using to make candles.

Uses for Alka Seltzer:

Clean a toilet:  Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.  Clean a vase:  To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.

Polish jewelry:  Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.

Clean a thermos bottle:  Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

Remove burned-on grease from a pot or pan:   Fill the pot or pan with water, drop in six Alka-Seltzer tablets, let soak for one hour, then scrub as usual.

Unclog a drain:   Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

Get short-term relief from nicotine withdrawl symptoms:  As long as you’re not on a low-sodium diet or have peptic ulcers, drink two Alka-Seltzer tablets dissolved in a glass of water at every meal.

Soothe insect bites: Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water, dip a cloth into the solution, and place the cloth on the bite for twenty minutes.

Cure urinary tract infections:  Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water at the onset of symptoms Alka Seltzer begins elimination urinary tract infections almost instantly even though the product has never been advertized for this use.

Uses for Baking soda:

Clean a microwave oven: Sprinkle on damp cloth, scrub and rinse.

Remove tarnish from silver: Mix a paste of baking soda and water, apply to silver with damp sponge, rub, rince, buff dry.

Clean stainless steel sink: Damp sponge, scrub, rinse.

Boost strength of laundry detergent: Add one-half cup with usual amount of detergent in regular wash.

Clean fiberglas tub or shower.

Clean bathroom tile.

Maintain septic tank: Flush one cup down toilet once a week. Baking soda helps maintain proper pH AND ALKALINITY, CONTROLLING SULFIDE ODORS.

Clean a refridgerator.

Boost the strength of dishwashing liquid: add 2 tablespoons.

Remove burnt food from cookware: Dampen area, sprinkle with Baking soda, let soak overnight, scrub with sponge, rinse, dry.

Soothe sunburn, windburn and prickly heat: Dissolve 1/2 cup in bathwater.

Neutralize Vomit odor: Sprinkle generously to cover entire area, let sit for 1 hour, vaccum up.

Remove coffee or tea stains from china.

Remove crayon stains on walls.

Use as hand cleaner.

Boost bleaching action of laundry bleach.

Clean chrome.

Remove insects from windshields.

De-grease and clean barbecue grills.

Soothe sunburn , windburn  and prickly heat.  Dissolve one-half cup baking soda in a tepid bath. Soak in the bath for fifteen minutes.

Uses for Bounce:

1. All this time you’ve just been putting Bounce in the dryer! It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them.   It also repels mice.

2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in  trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don’t get opened too often.

4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate  static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep  dust from resettling.

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8. To freshen the air in your home – Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum  cleaner.

10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

11 . Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual  sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.

12. To freshen the air in your car – Place a  sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean.  The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan.

14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.

21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.  Repel mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

Other uses:  Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a used sheet of Bounce.  Freshen the air in your home. Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang one in the closet.  Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce to eliminate the static cling on the thread before sewing.  Eliminate static cling from pantyhose. Rub a damp, used sheet of Bounce over the hose.  Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.  Freshen the air in your car. Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.  Clean baked-on food from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in the pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The antistatic agents apparently weaken the bond between the food and the pan while the fabric softening agents soften the baked-on food.  Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.  Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.  Eliminate static electricity from venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.  Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sandpapering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.  Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.  Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight so they’ll smell great in the morning.  Eliminate wet dog odor.  Put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away.        Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when? I’m working outside. It really works.  The yellow jackets just veer around you. ?

Uses for Canada Dry Club Soda:

Clean diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.  Simply soak the gems in Canada Dry Club Soda.

Make fluffy pancakes, waffles, and matzah balls. Substitute Canada Dry Club Soda for the liquid used in the recipes.

Make a poor man’s lava lamp. Fill a glass with Canada Dry Club soda and drop in two raisins. The carbonation will cause the raisins to repeatedly bob to the surface and the sink again.

Clean grease stains from double-knit fabrics.  Pour on Canada Dry Club Soda and scrub gently.

Make inexpensive soft drinks. Add Canada Dry to fruit juice for a low-cost and healthy beverage.

Remove wine spills or other spots from carpet.

Apply Canada Dry Club Soda to the stain, rub it in, wait a few minutes, and sponge it off.

Clean and shine porcelain fixtures.  Pour Canada Dry Club Soda over the fixtures.

Clean chrome or stainless steel.  Use Canada Dry Club Soda in a spray bottle.

Water your plants.  Feed flat Canada Dry Club Soda to your house plants or outdoor plants. The minerals in club soda are beneficial to green plants.  Remove food stains from clothes.  Immediately blot up the spills on any washable fabric, sponge with Canada Dry Club Soda, then wash the item in the wash through a regular cycle.

Clean countertops.  Pour Canada Dry Club Soda directly on the counter, wipe with a soft cloth, then rinse with warm water, and wipe dry.

Relieve an upset stomach.  Drink Canada Dry Club Soda to soothe indigestion.

Remove grease from a car windshield.  Keep a bottle filled with Canada Dry Club Soda in the trunk of your car.

Loosen rusty nuts and bolts. Pour Canada Dry Club Soda over them. The carbonation bubbles away rust.

Change blond hair dyed green by chlorine back to its original color.  Simply rinse your green hair with Canada Dry Club Soda.

Preserve newspaper clippings.  Dissolve one Milk of Magnesia tablet in one quart Canada Dry Club Soda. Let the mixture stand overnight. The next day, stir the mixture well, then soak your clipping in the solution for one hour. Blot the newspaper clipping between two sheets of Bounty and place on a screen to dry.

Uses for Cascade:

Get your whites whiter than white:  Mix one-half cup Cascade, one-half cup Clorox, and one gallon hot water in a plastic bucket. Soak clothing in this mixture overnight, dump the solution and clothes into the washing machine, and wash as usual. Add one-half cup Heinz White Vinegar to the rinse water.

Remove coffee and tea stains from glass cookware:   Soak the glassware in a solution of two tablespoons Cascade to two quarts warm water.

Clean a thermos bottle:   Fill the bottle with two tablespoons Cascade and hot water. Let sit for thirty minutes, then swish clean with a bottle brush and rinse thoroughly.

Prewash stains on clothes:  Wet the fabric, and sprinkle Cascade on the stain. Scrub gently with an old toothbrush, rinse, and run through the regular wash cycle.

Clean dirt, grease, and grime from walls, glass, porcelain, wooden furniture, and the outsides of appliances:   Dissolve one-quarter cup Cascade in one gallon of very hot water. Scrub, then wipe clean with a dry cloth. Cascade is spot-resistant and contains water-softening agents, so everything gets shiny clean without rinsing.

Whiten white polyester: Mix one cup Cascade and one gallon warm water in a plastic bucket. Soak the clothes in this mixture overnight, then run them through the washing machine. Cascade removes the gray due to detergent residue build-up on white polyester.

Clean a vase:   Place one teaspoon Cascade in a dirty glass vase, fill with water, and let sit overnight. The next morning, simply rinse clean.

Clean bathtub rings:   Sprinkle Cascade on a wet sponge and scrub.

Clean cooked-on oil from a popcorn popper or baked-on food from a pot or pan:  Mix a heaping tablespoon of Cascade with hot water, put it in the popper (pot or pan), and let soak overnight.

Uses for ChapStick Lip Balm:

Stop bleeding while shaving:  Dab on some ChapStick if you nick yourself.

Prevent car battery corrosion:   Smear ChapStick on clean car battery terminals.

Lubricate a zipper:   Rub ChapStick along the teeth of the zipper to make it zip smoothly.

Moisturize skin:   Rubbing ChapStick on your face protects the skin from windburn while snow skiing.

Remove a ring stuck on a finger:   Coat finger with ChapStick and slide the ring off.

Lubricate nails and screws:   Nails and screws rubbed with ChapStick will go into wood more easily.

Groom a mustache or eyebrows:   A little ChapStick will keep the ends of a mustache waxed together and keep bushy eyebrow hairs in place.

Shine leather shoes:   In a pinch, rub ChapStick over the leather and buff with a dry, clean cloth.

Lubricate furniture drawers and windows:   Rub ChapStick on the casters of drawers and windows so they slide open and shut easily.

Prevent hair coloring from dying your skin:   Rub ChapStick along your hairline before coloring your hair.

Uses for Clorox Bleach:

Extend the life of freshly cut flowers:   Add one-quarter teaspoon (twenty drops) of Clorox bleach to each quart of water used in your vase.   Deodorize coolers and thermos bottles:   Wash with diluted Clorox bleach, then rinse.

Remove mold and mildew from outdoor siding, tile, brick, stucco, and patios:   Clean with a mixture of three-quarters cup Clorox bleach per gallon of water.

Remove coffee or tea stains from china cups:   Soak clean china cups for five to ten minutes in a solution of one tablespoon Clorox bleach per gallon of water.

Disinfect garbage cans:  Wash the garbage cans with a solution made from three-quarter cup Clorox bleach to one gallon water. Let stand for five minutes, then rinse clean.

Bail a boat:  Cap an empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle, cut diagonally across the bottom, and scoop out the water.

Make a scooper:  Cap a empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle, cut diagonally across the bottom, and use it to scoop up flour, sugar, rice, dog food, sand, fertilizer, or snow.

Make a pooper scooper:   Cut a empty, clean Clorox bleach jug in half. Use the half with the handle to scoop.

Clean butcher blocks to prevent bacteria from breeding:   Wash the cutting board with hot, sudsy water and rinse clean. Then apply a solution of three tablespoons Clorox bleach per gallon of water. Keep wet for two minutes, then rinse clean.

Make a hot cap:  Cut off the bottom of an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug and place the jug over seedlings. Take the cap off during the day, and replace the cap at night. To anchor these hot caps, simply cut off the top of the handle, insert a sharp stick, and drive the stick into the ground.

Remove stains from baby clothes. Mix one-quarter cup Clorox bleach to one gallon of water in a plastic bucket. Add colorfast clothes and soak for five minutes. Rinse well, then run the clothes through a regular cycle in the washing machine.

Sift soil:   Cut the bottom off an empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle at an angle to make a scooper. Insert a six-inch-diameter piece of one-quarter-inch hardware cloth to rest above the handle hole. Scoop up dirt, sift through the narrow opening, and stones will be caught by the hardware cloth.

Make a fishing or boating buoy:   Cap an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug tightly, tie a rope to the handle, and tie a weight to the other end of the rope. These buoys can also be strung together to mark swimming and boating areas.

Make a carrier for small children’s toys and crayons:  Cut a hole in the side of an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug opposite the handle.

Clean mops:   Rinse mops in a bucket of sudsy water and three-quarters cup of Clorox bleach per gallon of water.

Clean caulking around bathtubs:   Scrub with a solution of three-quarters cup Clorox bleach to a gallon of water.

Make a clothespin holder:   Cut a hole in the side of an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug opposite the handle, and punch a small holes in the bottom for drainage. Hang your new clothespin holder on the clothesline.

Whiten a porcelain sink:   Fill the sink with a solution of three-quarters cup Clorox bleach per gallon of water. Let sit for five minutes.   Make a paint bucket.  Cut a hole in the side of an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug opposite the handle.

Make an anchor:   Fill an empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle with cement.

Clean a toilet bowl:   Pour in one cup Clorox bleach. Let it stand for ten minutes. Brush and flush.

Clean a rubber sink mat:  Fill the sink with water, add one-quarter cup Clorox bleach, and soak the sink mat five to ten minutes.

Improvise a funnel:   Cut an empty, clean Clorox bottle in half, remove the cap, and keep it in the trunk of your car as an emergency funnel for motor oil, antifreeze, and water.

Make a bird feeder:   Cut a hole in the side of an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug opposite the handle.

Freshen old sponges:   Soak sponges for five to ten minutes in a mixture of three-quarters cup Clorox bleach per gallon of water, then rinse well.

Make a hip bucket for harvesting fruits or berries:   Cut a large hole in the side of an empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle opposite the handle, then string your belt through the handle.

Clean mildew from shower curtains, shower caddies, bath mats, and plastic soap dishes:  Place all the bathroom accessories into the bathtub, fill with two gallons water, and add one and a half cups Clorox bleach. Soak for five to ten minutes, then rinse and drain. The Clorox bleach also will have cleaned the bathtub also, so sponge it down too.

Deodorize the garbage disposal in your sink:   Pour Clorox bleach down your drain, then run the hot water for two minutes.

Make dumbbells:   Fill two empty, clean Clorox bleach bottles with sand.

Make a megaphone:   Remove the cap and cut off the bottom of an empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle.

Clean mildew from grout   Mix three-quarters cup Clorox bleach with one gallon of water, and use an old tooth brush to scrub off the mildew.

Store rock salt for melting snow   Ice melting products are much easier to dispense from Clorox bleach bottles.

Make glasses sparkle and silverware shine   Add a capful of Clorox bleach to the dishwasher.

Uses for Colgate Regular Flavor Toothpaste:

Polish silverware, silver, or gold:   Colgate will shine up silver and gold. Rinse thoroughly.

Clean piano keys:   Squeeze Colgate on a damp cloth. Rub the keys well, wipe dry, and buff with a soft, dry cloth. After all, ivory is made from an elephant’s tusk.

Remove ink spots from cloth:   Squeeze Colgate on spot, scrub, and rinse thoroughly.

Dry up acne pimples:   Dab Colgate on pimples as you would use Clearasil.

Remove crayon from walls:  Brush the marks with Colgate on an old toothbrush.

Remove scratches on glassware:   Polish with a dollop of Colgate.

Deodorize smelly hands:   Squeeze an inch of Colgate into your palm and wash hands under running water.

Remove Kool-aid moustaches from kids’ faces:   Rub on Colgate and rinse thoroughly.

Remove tar from the bottom of bare feet:   Squeeze on Colgate and rub.

Deodorize “”sour”” baby bottles:   Scrub with Colgate and a bottle brush.

Remove scuffs on shoes:   Apply Colgate with a tissue, rub, and wipe off.

Fill small holes in walls:   Use a small dab of Colgate as emergency spackling to fill in small holes in plaster walls. Let dry before painting.

Makes an excellent salve for burns.

Uses for Dawn dishwashing detergent:

Kills fleas instantly. Add a few drops to your dogs bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly.

Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

Uses for Endust:

Keep ski goggles from fogging up:  Spray the inside of the lenses with Endust and wipe.

Polish leather shoes:  Spray Endust on shoes and shine with a soft cloth.

Oil a squeaky door:  lubricate the hinge with Endust.

Prevent stains on kitchen drain boards:  coat drain boards with a light coat of Endust.

Sweep up dist and dirt with ease:  Spray the bristles of your broom or mop with Endust before sweeping.

Prevent water spots and soap scum on shower walls and doors:  Coat the tile walls with Endust and wipe clean.

Make cleaning grease splatters on the wall behind the stove easier.

Uses for Heinz Vinegar:

Milk cows organically:  Clean milking equipment with unperfumed dish detergent followed with a Heinz Vinegar rinse. Pipes, hoses, and bulk tank will come out squeaky clean without any odor, lowering the bacteria count.

Kill bacteria in meats:  Marinating meat in Heinz Vinegar kills bacteria and tenderizes the meat. Use one-quarter cup vinegar for a two to three pound roast, marinate overnight, then cook without draining or rinsing the meat. Add herbs to the vinegar when marinating as desired.

Dissolve warts:  Mix one part Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar to one part glycerin into a lotion and apply daily to warts until they dissolve.

Remove stubborn stains from furniture upholstery and clothes:  Apply Heinz White Vinegar directly to the stain, then wash as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.

Grow beautiful azaleas:  Occasionally water plants with a mixture of two tablespoons Heinz White Vinegar to one quart water. Azaleas love acidic soil.

Relieve arthritis:  Before each meal, drink a glass of water containing two teaspoons Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar. Give this folk remedy at least three weeks to start working.

Kill unwanted grass:  Pour Heinz White Vinegar in crevices and between bricks.

Remove corns:   Make a poultice of one crumbled piece of bread soaked in one-quarter cup Heinz Vinegar. Let poultice sit for one-half hour, then apply to the corn and tape in place overnight. If corn does not peel off by morning, reapply the poultice for several consecutive nights.

Clean the hoses and unclog soap scum from a washing machine:  Once a month pour one cup of Heinz White Vinegar into the washing machine and run the machine through a normal cycle, without clothes.

Cure an upset stomach:  Drink two teaspoons Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup water to soothe an upset stomach.

Kill germs on bathroom fixtures:  Use one part Heinz Vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray the bathroom fixtures and floor, then wipe clean.

Clean soap scum, mildew, and grime from bathtub, tile, and shower curtains:  Simply wipe the surface with Heinz Vinegar and rinse with water.  Deodorize the air:  Heinz Vinegar is a natural air freshener when sprayed in a room.

Relieve itching:  Use a cotton ball to dab mosquito and other bug bites with Heinz Vinegar straight from the bottle.

Clean lime deposits and calcium sludge from an automatic drip coffee maker:  Once a month fill the reservoir with Heinz White Vinegar and run through the brew cycle. Rinse thoroughly with two cycles of cold water.

Relieve a sore throat:  Put two teaspoons of Heinz Vinegar in your humidifier.

Soothe sunburn pain:  Apply undiluted Heinz Vinegar to the burn.

Clean food-stained pots and pans:  Fill the pots and pans with Heinz White Vinegar and let stand for thirty minutes. Then rinse in hot, soapy water.  Clean rust from tools, bolts, and spigots:  Soak the rusted tool, bolt, or spigot in undiluted Heinz White Vinegar overnight.

Turn a chicken bone into rubber:  Soak a chicken bone in a glass of Heinz Vinegar for three days. It will bend like rubber.

Prevent bright colored clothes from fading:  Before putting the article in the washing machine, soak it in Heinz White Vinegar for ten minutes.

Keep a garbage disposal clean and smelling fresh:  Mix one cup of Heinz Vinegar in enough water to fill an ice cube tray, freeze the mixture, grind the cubes through the disposal, and flush with cold water.

Clean a toilet bowl:  Pour in one cup of Heinz White Vinegar, let it stand for five minutes, and flush.

Prevent yeast infections:  Douche with one tablespoon Heinz White Vinegar to one quart warm water to adjust the pH balance in the vagina.

Clean dentures:  Soak dentures overnight in Heinz White Vinegar, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush.

Remove perspiration stains from clothes:  Apply one part Heinz White Vinegar to four parts water, then rinse.

Deodorize a room filled with cigarette smoke or paint fumes:  Place a small bowl of Heinz White Vinegar in the room.

Cure the hiccups:  Mix one teaspoon Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup of warm water, and drink.

Eliminate odors from used jars:  Rinse peanut butter and mayonnaise jars with Heinz White Vinegar.

Condition dry hair:  Shampoo, then rinse hair with a mixture of one cup Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar and two cups water. Vinegar adds highlights to brunette hair, restores the acid mantel, and removes soap film and sebum oil.

Clean mineral deposits from a steam iron:  Fill the water tank with Heinz White Vinegar. Turn the iron to the steam setting and steam-iron a soft utility rag to clean the steam ports. Repeat the process with water, then thoroughly rinse out the inside of your iron.

Remove light scorch marks from fabrics:  Rub lightly with Heinz White Vinegar, then wipe with a clean cloth.

Repel ants:  Use a spray bottle or mister filled with a solution of equal parts Heinz Vinegar and water around door jambs, window sills, water pipes, and foundation cracks.

Keep drains open:  Pour one-half box of old baking soda down the drain followed by one cup Heinz White Vinegar. When the bubbling stops, run the hot water.

Prolong and brighten propane lanterns:  Soak new wicks for several hours in Heinz White Vinegar and let them dry before inserting. Propane lanterns will burn longer and brighter on the same amount of fuel.

Remove decals or bumper stickers:  Soak a cloth in Heinz Vinegar and cover the decal or bumper sticker for several minutes until the vinegar soaks in. The decals and bumper stickers should peel off easily.

Deodorize a wool sweater:  Wash sweater, then rinse in equal parts Heinz Vinegar and water to remove odor.

Prevent lint from clinging to clothes:  Add one cup Heinz Vinegar to each wash load.

Prevent ice from forming on a car windshield overnight:  Coat the window with a solution of three parts Heinz White or Apple Cider Vinegar to one part water.

Prolong the life of flowers in a vase:  Add two tablespoons of Heinz White Vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugar per quart of warm water. Stems should be in three to four inches of water.

Prevent cracked hard-boiled eggs:  Add two tablespoons of Heinz White Vinegar per quart of water before boiling to prevent the eggs from cracking. The egg shells will also peel off faster and easier.

Clean windows:  Use undiluted Heinz Vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry with a soft cloth.

Eliminate unpleasant cooking odors in the kitchen:  Boil one tablespoon of Heinz White Vinegar with one cup of water.

Remove wallpaper:  Mix equal parts Heinz Vinegar and hot water. Use a paint roller to wet the paper thoroughly with the mixture. Repeat. Paper should peal off in sheets.

Eliminate animal urine stains from carpet:  Blot up urine, flush several times with lukewarm water, then apply a mixture of equal parts Heinz White Vinegar and cool water. Blot up, rinse, and let dry.

Relieve a cold:  Mix one-quarter cup Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar with one-quarter cup honey. Take one tablespoon six to eight times daily.

Deodorize a stale lunch box:  Soak a paper napkin in Heinz Vinegar and leave it inside the closed lunch box overnight.

Prevent soapy film on glassware:  Place a cup of Heinz White Vinegar on the bottom rack of your dishwasher, run for five minutes, then run though the full cycle. A cup of white vinegar run through the entire cycle once a month will also reduce soap scum on the inner workings.

Unclog a shower head:  Unscrew the shower head, remove the rubber washer, place the head in a pot filled with equal parts Heinz Vinegar and water, bring to a boil, then simmer for five minutes.

Relieve a cough:  Mix one-half cup Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar, one-half cup water, one teaspoon cayenne pepper, and four teaspoons honey. Take one tablespoon when cough acts up. Take another tablespoon at bedtime.

Retard patching plaster from drying:  Add one tablespoon white vinegar to the water when mixing plaster to slow the drying time.

Heal bruises:  Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Uses for Jell-O:

Style your hair:   A teaspoon of Jell-O dissolved in a cup of warm water makes an inexpensive setting lotion. Or use prepared Jell-O as you would any hair gel product.

Make marshmallows. Gelatin is the main ingredient in any cookbook for marshmallows.

Make Wine Jell-O.  The Joy of Cooking suggests boiling one cup water, mixing with gelatin powder in a bowl until dissolved, then adding one cup red wine. Stir well, then refrigerate for four hours or until mixture gels. Serves four.

Wrestle in Jell-O. Pour 2,347 boxes of Jell-O into an eight-foot-square padded box, add boiling water, and chill for two days.

Watch seedlings grow roots. For a great science experiment for children, grow seeds in Jell-O and observe the root structures.

Uses for Listerine:

Cure acne:   Use a cotton ball to dab Listerine on blemishes.

Fertilize a lawn:   Jerry Baker, author of the Impatient Gardner, suggests mixing one cup Listerine, one cup Epsom salts, one cup liquid soap, and one cup ammonia in a one-quart jar, filling the rest of the jar with beer. Spray this on up to 2,500 square feet of lawn with a hose-attached sprayer in May and again in late June.

Use as a deodorant:   Listerine helps kill the bacteria that cause perspiration odor. Dab it under your arms.

Eliminate mildew odors:   Wipe with full-strength Listerine.

Disinfect wounds:   Listerine works as an astringent when poured on a laceration or abrasion.

Disinfect a washing machine at a Laundromat:   To avoid getting germs from another family, wipe off the surface of the machine with Listerine and add one-half cup Listerine to the wash cycle to disinfect the machine.

Prevent dandruff:  Wash your hair with Listerine.

Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus:  Soak your toenails in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Jerry Baker, author of the Impatient Gardner, suggests mixing one cup Listerine, one cup Epsom salts, one cup liquid soap, and one cup ammonia in a one-quart jar, filling the rest of the jar with beer. Spray this on up to 2,500 square feet of lawn with a hose-attached sprayer in May and again in late June.

Uses for Maxwell House Coffee:

Dye fabric brown inexpensively:  Soak the fabric in a bucket of strong black Maxwell House coffee. This technique is also a good way to cover up an unremovable coffee stain on a white table cloth.

Fertilize a garden or houseplants:  Work Maxwell House coffee grounds into the topsoil.

Repair scratched woodwork:  Mix a teaspoon instant Maxwell House coffee with two teaspoons water. Apply to the scratch with a cotton ball.

Start a charcoal fire:  Remove the top and bottom of an empty Maxwell House coffee can and punch a few holes in the sides of the can. Stand the can in your barbecue grill, fill it with charcoal briquets, add lighter fluid, and light. When the coals glow, remove the hot can with tongs and set in a safe place.

Prevent dampness in closets:  Fill an empty Maxwell House coffee can with Kingsford charcoal briquets, punch holes in the plastic cover, and set on the floor in the back of the closet.

Repel ants:  Sprinkle dried Maxwell House coffee grounds outside doors and cracks. Coffee deters ants.

Relieve a hangover:  Drink a couple of cups of Maxwell House coffee. Coffee acts as a vasoconstrictor, reducing the swelling of blood vessels that causes headache.

Spread grass seed or fertilizer:  Punch holes in the bottom of an empty can of Maxwell House Coffee, fill with grass seed or fertilizer, cover with the plastic lid, and shake the can as you walk through your garden.

Transport live fishing bait:  Keep worms in a Maxwell House coffee can filled with moist coffee grounds.

Keep toilet paper waterproof while camping:  Carry a roll of toilet paper inside an empty Maxwell House Coffee can.

Protect baby tomato plants:  Remove the top and bottom from Maxwell House coffee cans, place a can over each plant, and step on the can to set firmly in the soil. Remove cans when plants are a few weeks old.

Grow better melons:  Raise melons off the ground by resting them on top of upside-down empty Maxwell House Coffee cans pushed into the soil. The metal cans accumulate heat, making the fruit ripen earlier and repelling insects.

Keep paintbrush bristles from bending while soaking in solvent. Put solvent in an empty Maxwell House coffee can, cut an X in the plastic lid, and push the brush handle up through the slit so the brush hangs in the can rather than resting on its bristles.

Highlight brown or red hair:  Rinse your hair with Maxwell House coffee for a rich and shiny color.

Deodorize the refrigerator and freezer:  Place a bowl filled with Maxwell House coffee grounds on the back shelf.

Patch woodwork:  Mix dry instant Maxwell House coffee with spackling paste until you achieve the desired brown tone, fill the crack or hole, and smooth with a damp cloth.

Clean a restaurant grill:  Pour left-over brewed Maxwell House coffee over a hot or cold grill and wipe clean.

Wrap cookies and candies:  Cover an empty Maxwell House coffee can with wrapping paper, fill with cookies or candy, cover with the plastic lid, then wrap.

Cover spots on black suede:  Sponge on a little black Maxwell House coffee.

Make emergency lights:  Wrap reflector tape around a couple of empty Maxwell House coffee cans and store in the trunk of your car for emergencies.

Make stilts. String rope through holes punched in the closed ends of two empty Maxwell House coffee cans.

Store nails, screws, bolts, and washers. Maxwell House coffee cans make perfect storage containers.

Improvise a Jell-O mold:  Use an empty Maxwell House coffee can.

Store cat box filler in the trunk of your car for emergencies:  Cat box filler, stored in empty Maxwell House coffee cans, can be used for traction under the wheels of a car stuck in snow or ice.

Flavor spaghetti:  Add one-quarter to one-half teaspoon of instant Maxwell House coffee to spaghetti sauce. Coffee gives store-bought spaghetti sauce brown coloring and a less acidic flavor.

Uses for Mr. Coffee Filters:

Filter broken cork from wine:   If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a Mr. Coffee Filter.

Clean windows and mirrors:   Mr. Coffee Filters are lint-free so they’ll leave your windows sparkling.

Protect china:   Separate your good dishes by putting a Mr. Coffee Filter between each dish.

Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave:   Mr. Coffee Filters make excellent covers.

Protect a cast-iron skillet:   Place a Mr. Coffee Filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

Apply shoe polish:   Ball up a lint-free Mr. Coffee Filter.

Recycle frying oil:   After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a Mr. Coffee Filter.

Weigh chopped foods:   Place chopped ingredients in a Mr. Coffee Filter on a kitchen scale.

Hold tacos:   Mr. Coffee Filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot:   Line a plant pot with a Mr. Coffee Filter to prevent the soil from leaking through the drainage holes.  Prevent a Popsicle from dripping:   Poke one or two holes as needed in a Mr. Coffee Filter, insert the popsicle, and let the filter catch the drips.

Uses for ReaLemon:

Remove ink spots from clothing:  While ink is wet, apply ReaLemon liberally to the spot, then wash the garment in normal cycle with regular detergent in cold water.

Get rid of dandruff:  Apply one tablespoon of ReaLemon to your hair. Shampoo, then rinse with water. Rinse again with a mixture of two tablespoons ReaLemon and two cups water. Repeat every other day until dandruff disappears.

Write with invisible ink:  Use a Q-tip as a pen to write in ReaLemon on a piece of white paper. Once it dries, hold the paper near a hot light bulb. The writing will turn brown.

Eliminate blackheads:  Rub ReaLemon over blackheads before going to bed. Wait until morning to wash off the juice with cool water. Repeat for several nights until you see a big improvement in the skin.

Create blonde highlights:  Rinse your hair with one-quarter cup ReaLemon with three-quarter cup water.

Deodorize a cutting board:  Wash with ReaLemon to rid a cutting board of the smell of garlic, onions, or fish.

Remove fruit or berry stains from your hands:  Rinse hands with ReaLemon juice.

Remove rust and mineral discolorations on cotton t-shirts and briefs:  Use one cup ReaLemon in the washer.

Clean a microwave oven:  Add four tablespoons ReaLemon to one cup water in a microwave-safe, four-cup bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe clean.

Whiten, brighten, and strengthen fingernails:  Soak fingernails in ReaLemon for ten minutes, then brush with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Rinse well.

Stop bleeding and disinfect minor wounds:  Pour ReaLemon on a cut or apply with a cotton ball.

Relieve poison ivy:  Applying ReaLemon over the affected areas should soothe itching and alleviate the rash.

Clear up facial blemishes:  Dab ReaLemon on the blemish a few times a day.

Eliminate odors in your humidifier:  Pour three or four teaspoons of ReaLemon into the water.

Relieve rough hands or sore feet:  Apply ReaLemon, rinse, then massage with olive oil.

Clean brass, copper, and stainless steel kitchen sinks:  Make a paste from ReaLemon and salt, scrub gently, then rinse with water.

Relieve a cough:  Mix four tablespoons ReaLemon, one cup honey, and one-half cup of olive oil. Heat five minutes, then stir vigorously for two minutes. Take one teaspoon every two hours.

Train a dog to stop barking:  Squirt some ReaLemon in the dog’s mouth and say “Quiet.”

Relieve constipation:  Before breakfast, drink four tablespoons ReaLemon in one cup warm water. Sweeten with honey.”

Uses for Table Salt:

Cleaning tarnished brass: Start with a paste of equal parts salt and flour with a few tablespoons of white vinegar.  Apply to your favorite brass candlesticks or copper bowl with a soft cloth and rub.  Add table salt to the water when boiling eggs to keep the shells from cracking.

Uses for Tidy Cat:

Create emergency traction for automobiles:   Keep a bag of Tidy Cat in your car trunk in case you get stuck in the ice or snow. When poured under the tire, it provides excellent traction.

Soak up car oil and transmission fluid:   Tidy Cat works as an absorbent to pick up transmission leaks from garage floors. Pour a thick layer of unused Tidy Cat over the puddle, wait 24 hours, and sweep up with a broom. Scrub clean with a solution of detergent and hot water.

Deodorize a garbage can:   Cover bottom of garbage can with one inch of unused Tidy Cat to absorb grease and moisture.

Prevent mildew in bathtub:   Pour unused Tidy Cat in a flat box and place in your bathtub when you leave your house for a long time to prevent mildew. (Keep the bathroom door closed if you have cats so they don’t use it.)

Deodorize a stale refrigerator:   Pour unused Tidy Cat in a flat box, place it on the middle shelf, and shut the door for five days.

Provide traction on snow-covered driveways and sidewalks:   Sprinkle unused Tidy Cat on the snow-covered walk.

Prevent musty, damp odors in a closed summer house:   Fill shallow boxes with unused Tidy Cat. Place one in each room before closing up the house to soak up musty, lingering odors.

Deodorize sneakers:   Fill the feet of knee high hose with unused Tidy Cat, tie the ends, and place inside sneakers overnight.

Prevent grease fires in barbecue grills:   Cover bottom of grill with a three-quarter inch layer of unused Tidy Cat to reduce fires.

Uses for Vaseline Petroleum Jelly:

Lure trout:   Coat small pieces of sponge with Vaseline petroleum jelly to simulate fish egg bait.

Prevent car battery corrosion:   Smear Vaseline petroleum jelly on clean car battery terminals.

Repair stains, rings, and minor scratches in wood furniture:  Cover each scratch with a liberal coat of Vaseline petroleum jelly, let sit for 24 hours, rub into wood, wipe away excess, and polish as usual.

Remove chewing gum from hair:   Apply Vaseline petroleum jelly and work into the hair until the gum slides off.

Stop a faucet from screeching:   Remove the handle and stem, and coat both sets of metal threads with Vaseline petroleum jelly.

Lubricate roller skate and skateboard wheels:   Smear Vaseline petroleum jelly around the cylinders on the wheels so they roll faster.

Remove a ring stuck on a finger:   Coat finger with Vaseline petroleum jelly and slide the ring off.

Moisturize your face:   Wash your face thoroughly and, while still wet, rub in a small dab of Vaseline petroleum jelly. Keep wetting face until the Vaseline petroleum jelly is spread evenly and does not appear greasy. Health spas use this secret treatment.

Revive dried leather:   Vaseline petroleum jelly, rubbed into a baseball glove, softens the leather.

Prevent rust on outdoor machinery:   Apply a generous coat of Vaseline petroleum jelly.

Avoid splattered paint on windows, metal work, and floors:   Before painting a room, dip a Q-Tip in Vaseline petroleum jelly and run it around the edges of the glass; coat door hinges, doorknobs, lock latches; and spread a thin coat of Vaseline petroleum jelly along a linoleum or tile floor (obviously not carpet) where it meets the wall. Paint smears will wipe off with a cloth.

Remove make-up:   Vaseline petroleum jelly takes off mascara, eye-liner, lipstick, rouge, and powders.

Prevent the cap from sticking shut on nail polish bottles:   Put a thin coat of Vaseline petroleum jelly around the rim of the bottle.

Keep shower curtains sliding easily:   Apply a thin coat of Vaseline petroleum jelly to the curtain rod.

Prevent a sailboat’s spinnaker pole fittings from jamming or sticking:   Lubricate with Vaseline petroleum jelly.

Help prevent diaper rash:   Apply a thin coat of Vaseline petroleum jelly to a baby’s clean bottom before putting a fresh diaper on the tyke.

Prevent outdoor light bulbs from sticking in fixtures:   To make removal easy, rub a thin coat of Vaseline petroleum jelly on the threads before inserting the bulbs.

Heal chapped lips:   Apply a little Vaseline petroleum jelly to the lips before going outdoors and again before going to bed.

Remove lipstick stains from linen napkins;   Apply Vaseline petroleum jelly before washing.

Prevent hair-coloring from dying your skin:   Rub Vaseline petroleum jelly along hairline before coloring your hair.

Protect skin from wind burn and chapping:   Apply a thin coat of Vaseline petroleum jelly.

Stop refrigerator racks from sticking:   Coat the edges of the racks with Vaseline petroleum jelly so the racks glide easily.

Discourage candle wax from sticking to candle holders:   Coat the insides of candle holders with Vaseline petroleum jelly so wax slides out.

Keep shampoo from getting in a baby’s eyes:   Rub a line of Vaseline petroleum jelly above the eyebrows so shampoo runs off to the side.

Shine leather shoes:   Rub Vaseline petroleum jelly over the leather and wipe off the excess with a towel.

Uses for VO5 Conditioning hairdressing:

Prevent silver from tarnishing: Apply thin coat to clean polished silver.

Remove a stuck ring: rub a little on the finger, then hold hand up for 1 minute, then slide ring off.

Keep hands from getting dirty: coat hand and rub in thoroughly. Wash off afterwards.

Soften your feet: Before going to bed, coat your feet with VO5 and put on a pair of socks.

Condition leather:  Rub VO5 onto leather to keep it soft and supple.

Prevent shoes from squeaking:  Coat shoes with VO5.  Stop windows from sticking: Lubricate tracks.

Prevent rust:  Coat nuts and bolts to keep them from rusting.

Lubricate furniture drawers.

Clean wood objects: lightly coat and buff.

Hide scratches in wood.

Coat candleholders with VO5 to keep wax from sticking.

Make stainless steel sparkle.

Shine chrome.

Uses for WD-40:

(Read all the way to the end …you will be amazed!)  The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and de-greaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. It’s name comes from the project that was to find a “water displacement” compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40.  The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their Atlas missile parts. The workers were so pleased with the product, they began smuggling (also known as “shrinkage” or “stealing”) it out to use at home. The executives decided there might be a consumer market for it and put it in aerosol cans. The rest, as they say, is history.  It is a carefully guarded recipe known only to four people. Only one of them is the “brew master.” There are about 2.5 million gallons of the stuff manufactured each year. It gets it’s distinctive smell from a fragrance that is added to the brew. Ken East says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.

Here are some of the uses:

Protects silver from tarnishing

Cleans and lubricates guitar strings

Gets oil spots off concrete driveways

Gives floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making it slippery

Keeps flies off cows

Restores and cleans chalkboards

Removes lipstick stains

Loosens stubborn zippers

Untangles jewelry chains

Removes stains from stainless steel sinks

Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill

Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing

Removes tomato stains from clothing

Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots

Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors

Keeps scissors working smoothly

Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes

Gives a children’s play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide

Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers

Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises

Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open

Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close

Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers

Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles

Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans

Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles for easy handling

Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools

We’re not through. Here’s more;

Removes splattered grease on stove keeps bathroom mirror from fogging

Lubricates prosthetic limbs

Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell)

Removes all traces of duct tape

I have even heard of folks spraying it on their arms, hands, knees, etc., to relieve arthritis pain.

One fellow claims spraying it on fishing lures attracts fish.

WD-40 has been designated the “official multi-purpose problem-solver of NASCAR,” a ringing endorsement if there ever was one.

I told my NASCAR loving sons about this and they said they couldn’t imagine how WD-40 can solve the Jeff Gordon problem.

In celebration of their 50th year, the company conducted a contest to learn the favorite uses of it’s customers and fan club members,

(Yes, there is a WD-40 Fan Club).

They compiled the information to identify the favorite use in each of the 50 states. Naturally I was curious about Georgia and Alabama and found the favorite use in both states was that it “penetrates stuck bolts, lug nuts, and hose ends.” Florida’s favorite use was “cleans and removes lovebugs from grills and bumpers.”  California’s favorite use was penetrating the bolts on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Let me close with one final, wonderful use–the favorite use in the State of New York–WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.

No wonder they have had 50 successful years.

THE OTHER HALF OF WHAT YOU NEED TO FIX ANYTHING IS DUCT TAPE–if it doesn’t move and it should–use WD–40.

If it moves when it shouldn’t use Duct tape”

Uses for Ziploc Storage Bags:

Keep passports waterproof.

Store your passport in a Ziploc Storage Bag.

Protect important papers:   Store tax forms, important records, canceled checks, receipts, warranties, and instructions in a Ziploc Storage Bag.

Store camping items:   Carry utensils, food, clothes, maps, medications, and first aid supplies in Ziploc Storage Bags.

Carry a wet sponge or cloth for sticky fingers:   Travel with your own dampened wipe in a Ziploc Storage Bag.

Separate lingerie, scarves, gloves, hosiery, and handkerchiefs:  Organize your smaller garments in Ziploc Storage Bags.

Keep jewelry together:   Organize rings, earrings, necklaces, and brooches in Ziploc Storage Bags.

Improvise a diaper changing mat:   In an emergency, a jumbo Ziploc Storage Bag can be a used as an easy-to-tote changing mat.

Carry dirty diapers in a baby bag without any offending odors:   Keep extra Ziploc Storage Bags in your baby bag so you can seal dirty diapers inside a plastic bag until you can dispose of them properly. This is especially considerate when visiting friends’ homes.

Carry snacks:  When traveling, pack snacks in Ziploc Storage Bags

Carry a change of baby clothes:   Pack a change of clothes for a baby in a Ziploc Storage Bag.

In separate bags, store a pacifier, cotton balls, and medication. Place all the items in a jumbo zippered Storage Bag and keep it in the baby bag.

Pack toiletries when you travel :  Keep all your toiletry items together in a Ziploc Storage Bag and prevent any unexpected leaks or spills.

Store game pieces:   Never lose dice, cards, playing pieces, or small toys again.

Pack seasonal items away:  Store leftover holiday greeting cards, valentines, and halloween decorations in Ziploc Storage Bags.

Pack a child’s suitcase with ease:  Organize your children¹s outfits in jumbo Ziploc Storage Bags. Put a matching top, bottom, a pair of underwear and socks in each bag, so kids know exactly what they’re going to wear each day of a vacation.

Marinate meats:   Combine your food and marinade ingredients in a Ziploc Storage Bag and refrigerate.

Store crayons:   Keep a few crayons in a Ziploc Storage Bag for trips so kids always have something to do in restaurants.

Store leftovers:   Keep leftovers for single servings in Ziploc Storage Bags for quick meals:

Organize store coupons:  Keep coupons in Ziploc Storage Bags for easy reference.

Make potpourri:   Collect dried roses, juniper sprigs, tiny pine cones, strips of orange rind, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and allspice berries. Mix a few drops of rose, cinnamon, and balsam oils with orrisroot (available at your local crafts store). Add all ingredients and seal in a Ziploc Storage Bag for a few weeks to mellow, turning the bag occasionally.

Store jigsaw puzzles:   Keep all the pieces in a Ziploc Storage Bag so you never lose that one pivotal piece of the puzzle again.

Store screws, nuts, and bolts:   Organize nuts, bolts, drill bits, nails, washers, and screws in the workshop.

Store crafts:   Organize paintbrushes, ribbons, beads, glues, and strings in Ziploc Storage Bags.

Store leftover garden seeds:   Seal seeds and put them in a cool, dry place until ready for planting.

Pipe icing on a cake:   Fill a pint-size Ziploc Storage Bag with icing, twist the bag to force icing to one corner, seal, and use scissors to snip a small bit off the corner. Squeeze out icing to make polka dots, squiggles, or write names. Use a separate bag for each color.

Clean a shower head:   If a shower head can not be removed for cleaning, fill a Ziploc Storage Bag with vinegar, wrap it around the shower head, and secure in place overnight with a rubber band.

Warts removed:

Dilute nitric acid; or salicylic acid (in oil),  applied with toothpick.

What “free”” ingredient to add to cheap gasoline to make it anti-knock?:

A little spray of water carbureted into the intake manifold of an internal combustion engine will  dampen the ping nearly as well as tetra-ethyl lead (ethyl).

What plant keeps mosquitos from bothering you:

The castor bean plant.  Where to get seeds? Seeds available from any nursery.

Plant in pots within the house: replant outdoors. Decorative and they grow like weeds.

Where to get a free book listing all magazines:

And newspapers with their advertising rates and circulations.

Baker Advertising 189 West Madison Ave Chicago 2, Illinois

If you know of any more,  let me know,  I will add them to the list.