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January 21, 2005
Rotten Tomato In Car
I had a tomato spoil while under the seat of my car (not sure how it got there). After I removed the tomato, there was some juice that had soaked into the carpet. I tried carpet cleaner but couldn't get to the spot. I then tried pouring white vinegar on the area. The vinegar neutralized the smell for the most part, but not completely. And now I have a vinegar smell in the car--not good but better than the rotten tomato. My question - how do I get rid of the vinegar smell and any lingering rotten tomato smell? Thanks in advance for your help. Jo
Looking For Bluing
Years ago we use to buy a product called Bluing. It made white clothes brighter and cleaner looking. Have not been able to find it now and really need it. Seems the bras and other whites turn dingy and nothing we have tried will bring the whites back to life. Any one here know where i can find this product again? Tonya
Trunk With Mothball Smell
We acquired an old trunk that was very musty smelling, after trying several things I got the 'bright' idea of putting moth balls in it! I stored pictures and picture albums in there, and now everything smells like moth balls, oh to have that 'musty' smell back again!
ThriftyFun News January 21, 2005 - Potato Tips
Online version of the ThriftyFun News. Potato Tips. Volume Seven, Number 4 January 21, 2005
Many years ago while taking a nutrition class at the same time as a computer programming class I worked on a program to find what foods would give you the recommended daily allowances. My first run though I had limited it to one food.
Potato for Stains
If you have food stains on your fingers all you need to do is rub a raw potato on the stains. Just slice the potato, rub it on the stains, and rinse with cold water. By Robin
Perk Up Greens
A few raw potatoes added to water containing wilted greens will quickly perk them up. By Robin
Baked Potatoes Crockpot Style
Prick clean potatoes with fork. Wrap them in foil. Fill Crock-Pot with 6 to 12 potatoes. Cover. Go away. Cook on Low 8 to 10 hours (High: 2 1/2 to 4 hours]. Come back. Don't add water! By Chell
Stretching a Box of Scalloped Potatoes
When I buy a box of scalloped potatoes (on sale!), I add an extra raw potato, cut in thin slices, before cooking.
Mashed Potato Tips
Tips and ideas for making mashed potatoes. Post your ideas.
A delicious side dish using mashed potatoes and fresh spinach.
Rake Your Carpet
With a hairy companion like Kodi, hair can be a real problem for the carpet and vacuum, so before I vacuum I rake the carpet. It's wild how much hair is in the teeth of the rake.
A Quilt for My Mom
This is the second quilt I made. For this one I used some of my kids old clothing...most she bought for them :). I cut them into squares and purchased a dark blue sheet for the back. It's a quilt made by her first born with her grandbabies clothes in it.
Avon's Skin So Soft for Lipstick Stains
If Mom has makeup, even only for rare occasions, the lipstick will one day become the lip, face or clothing smear (of course only on the children's best clothing, not the play clothes which could go easily in the rag bin).
Saving Money Printer Ink Cartridges
Tips and advice for saving money on ink cartridges for your printer. Post your ideas.
Keeping Your Skin Moist
Apply creams and lotions to slightly damp skin, even if you have to "sprinkle" on a bit more water, as you dry off quicker in winter. I sometimes just quick-wet my hands to help it along. They go a whole lot further and help seal moisture from the water into the skin. Bonnie from New Hampshire
Uses for Vinyl Wallpaper
Tips for using vinyl wallpaper for something other than wallpaper. Post your ideas.
Give Each Kid Their Own Colored Towel
As a Mom to six I was tired of towels on the bathroom floor and everyone claiming that it was not them so I bought each child their own color towels. Now I know who is not hanging them up and they are not sharing towels when feeling ill as well. By Kriss M
A Mail Box for Each Person in the House
I purchased 8 stackable plastic mailbox slots and labeled each one with a family members name. All schoolwork, mail, etc, that is for other people goes in their slot.
Filling Birdhouses and Feeders
Here's a cheap and easy funnel to fill your bird houses. An empty 2 liter bottle cut (whatever length you want) then just put the cap end in the bird house, pour as much as you like and this is fast.
Shredding Old Gift Wrap For Packing Material
Save gift wrap; put it through your shredder. Place the shredded gift wrap in two separate bags: one for general gifts and one for Christmas time. These bags can hang on hooks most anywhere until needed for packing, separating items or whatever.
Always Try To Think Positive
When you're thinking positively about solving a matter that's been bothering you a nice solution will be easier to find. Be confident in yourself. By Silkydress
Keeping Track of Deductions Throughout The Year
At the end of the month when I reconcile my bank statement I go ahead and start adding together all of the tax write offs for January. I staple them all together and put a cover sheet on top with the numbers. I do this at the end of every month.
Ask Sales Reps for Coupons
Everyone knows to use coupons to save money at the grocery store, but the real trick is how to acquire a variety of coupons to use. Many manufacturers have their sales reps visit grocery stores on a regular basis to ensure that their products are on the store shelf.
Reusing Gift Ribbons
I use gift ribbons over. To press them flat again, as they have tie wrinkles, I use a curling iron. This is usually the right heat and I can slide the ribbon along and it presses.
Magnolia Blossom Pattern for a Quilt
I am looking for a pattern of magnolia blossom for a quilt. Jeanne from TN
Getting Creative With Lonely Socks and Mittens
I have a great tip for those who don't know what to do with those pesky lonely socks and mittens that we all have. I have 3 fantastic girls but they are always losing their mates.
From Frozen Tender Roast
To make a tender roast put it into your oven frozen, yes frozen.
Shredded Wheat & Eggs
This was my favorite breakfast as a child. It still is, as a matter of fact. Whether you use 1 or 2 Shredded Wheat biscuits depends on your appetite.
Mix ham with 2 cups of cheese, the onion and green pepper. Put 1/3 cup mixture on each shell, roll and place seam side down in 11x17 baking dish.
Robin's Granola Recipe
In large bowl, combine oats, flour, cereal, coconut, and raisins. In saucepan, bring oil and honey to a boil. Stir constantly for 1 minute. Add vanilla...
Place thawed chicken breasts in a 9x13-inch casserole. Stir soup in can, then spread over chicken. Sprinkle mushrooms and cheese over chicken.
Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck Out Of Your Banking Services
I realize most people have already made their resolutions for the New Year, but try adding one more. Decide that you are going to get the biggest bang for your buck out of your banking services this year.
Pets as Gifts?
Considering buying little Billy a new pet as a gift? Think again. Pets are the worst gifts to receive - especially for children. Unfortunately, many parents think their children can take care of a pet on their own. However, many children lack the responsibility and attention span for a pet.
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