July 3, 2005

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Can't Find Washing Soda?Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is nowhere to be found in my small town, at least not in the soap and detergent sections. However, my local Wal-Mart has a pool supply section and they carry pH Plus which is sodium carbonate so this is what I use in my laundry in place of "washing soda".

 

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Overly Friendly Pit Bull?I have a 7 month old pit bull that is over friendly! I'll be on my porch with him and the next minute he's running to someone and licking him/her to death. I really want to break him of this, the last thing I want is for a full grown male pit running after some kid trying to play (of course the kid wouldnt know he trying to play). He knows stay, come etc.

 

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Brown Paint on Clothing?I have 2 pairs of cotton bermuda shorts and 1 40% polyester, 60% cotton shirt with water base brown paint stains which have been washed and hand dried. Have tried Dawn w/baking soda past and this didn't work in removing the stains.

 

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Gift Ideas for School Staff?I am on the PTA board and we are trying to figure out a new birthday gift to give staff members this year. Since we have a limited budget and must buy for many, we are trying to keep it inexpensive. Last year we had a poem that came with a bunch of small items.

 

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Baking Soda for Weeds?I have read that baking soda can be used to kill weeds. Is this safe to use in an area where you will be planting later in the future? Is there a wait period? I want to use it along a fence.

 

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Looking for Small Rooting Vases?Would anyone happen to know where I can find distributors for small glass vases used to root plant clippings? mtme

 

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My Dog Has Diarrhea?My dog has diahrrea. He's had it before and responded to antibiotics and everything was "coming out" fine, but it started out again, I got antibiotics again from the vet and it's been four days and he still has loose stools.

 

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Plastic Wrap Cooked on Corningware Casserole?Ooops. I put a corningware casserole into my hot oven with a Saran Wrap cover. The Saran Wrap melted and stuck to the corningware bowl. How can I remove this? Is the casserole bowl ruined? Any help would be appreciated.

 

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Getting Rid of Morning Glories?Morning Glories are taking over all of my flowers! I've tried pulling them, but they come back fast, and they're choking my roses. Is there anything that will get rid of them without killing my flowers?

 

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Questions About Soapmaking?I'm new to soapmaking. In fact, I haven't made my first batch yet but I've researched the topic well on the Internet, gathered supplies and recipes and am all set to go. I understand saponification and the lye to fat ratios but I'm still confused about two things:

 

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