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February 1, 2010
Chile Juice for Garden Pests
I want to get the juice out of chilies so I can spray it on the plants to keep the pests away. How can I do that?
Knitted Recycled T-shirt Scarf
A barbwire t-shirt scarf its knitted from t-shirts, I but can't find out how many stitches I need to knit the scarf. Does anyone have the pattern? I was not able to post a photo. But it can be found on-line under images.google.com. Type in barbwire t-shirt scarf.
I am looking for a playdough recipe that I can bake. I've tried the salt dough before and it never works out. Any ideas? Thanks.
Price Per Load for Homemade Laundry Detergent
Has anyone priced this homemade laundry detergent (1 bar soap, 1 cup borax, and 1 cup washing soda) per recipe and measured how many loads per recipe?
Upholstery Cleaner Left Stain on Furniture
I had a spot on my couch and I sprayed Resolve on it. It left a big ring on it. How do I get the ring out?
Smell From Garbage Disposal
How can I get the smell out of my disposal from the dishwasher when it empties? My sink also has a bad smell.
Welcome Bags for Wedding Guests
We are having our wedding this coming March. We will have a lot of out of town guests and some local friends and family staying at a hotel close to our wedding location. We are looking for some interesting ideas for items to put into their welcome bags. Please help.
Back to School Lunches
My kids are always complaining that they are sick and tired of the same peanut butter and jelly in their lunchboxes everyday. I can't afford to get them hot lunch or the Lunchables. Any ideas on how to make lunch more exciting?
Buying a Computer
I just started taking a couple of college classes after years and years of being out of the loop. One of my classes is a Basic Windows 2007 class. I have a project due 2/9/10 that involves a scenario of being allotted $800 to buy a new computer....
Musty Smell on Leather Chairs
How do I get rid of a musty odor in an old green leather chair?
Painting Kitchen with Sapphire Blue Counters
I have a sapphire blue granite counter top, unstained oak hardwood floors, and harvest maple cabinets. I am looking to paint the kitchen/family room and would like some paint suggestions.
Aluminum Can Airplanes
I would like to know how to make a biplane and other objects from pop cans?
Yellow Bleach Stain on White Counter
I have a white laminate counter top in my kitchen. I used bleach and water to clean it and something happened. The spots on the counter turned brow. I can't get them out. Does anyone have any ideas?
Getting Started on Ebay
What are the pros and cons of using eBay? I am wondering if it is worth it to set up a PayPal account and is it confusing? We don't want it connected to our regular checking account since it goes so low at the end of the month.
Propane Heaters Stopped Working in Cold Weather
My brother was heating a travel trailer with propane tanks hooked to heaters. The propane was also hooked to the hot water tank. During the recent very cold spell, the heats wouldn't work and the hot water pilot light went, hence the water heater would not work either.
Train Pieced Quilt Block Pattern
I am looking for a train pieced quilt block pattern for a young boy. He loves Thomas the Train so a simple design is fine.
Repairing an RV Refrigerator
I'm a new RV'er with a Class C Winnebago Outlook. My problem is my refrigerator. It worked fine for a couple of months but stopped working and flashed a five-dot code.
Acrylic Paint on Wool
How do I remove craft acrylic paint from a wool coat?
Making Sauerkraut With Frozen Cabbage
Can I make sauerkraut using frozen cabbage?
Cleaning Business Price List
I'm trying to find a list of prices for cleaning individual rooms. I would also like prices for cleaning the stove, refrigerator, cupboards, toilet, bathtubs, etc. Does anyone have a price list for cleaning apartments after someone moves out? Thank you.
Knitted Slippers for Children
I am now retired and would love to knit slippers for my grandchildren. Does anyone have a pattern to pass along? Thanks.
Moving to Vancouver, B.C.
We are Brits, living in America looking to move to Canada, possibly Vancouver. But I am not keen on a 'wet province' as this will adversely affect my bone disease. If you live there, would you give me any advice you have. Thank you and God Bless.
Robin lives in Washington, Iowa. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Scott. They have two daughters, Jessica and Caitlinn, both of whom are grown. The oldest, Jessica, and her husband, just had a baby, Robin's first grandchild.
Grease Stain on a Leather Purse
How can I get pizza grease off of a soft, olive, leather pocket book? Thanks for any help.
Disposing of Used Cat Litter
How do I dispose of used cat litter?
Sugar Free Easter Egg Filling
Does anyone have a recipe for sugar-free butter cream or cream Easter Eggs? I used to buy them from a friend who made these eggs for her church, but she has passed away and no one has the recipe. The eggs were excellent for diabetics.
Computer Not Detecting Audio Output Devices
I recently updated my computer from Windows XP to Windows Vista Ultimate. The problem that I have is that when I hooked up all the wires even the speakers, it said that no audio output device is installed. Can someone help me?
Keeping Pastries from Falling
Does anyone have the secret to high-rise puff pastry? When I take my savory and sweet pies, etc. out of the oven, they fall. What can I do to keep that beautiful high-rise look. Thank you.
Homemade Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner
I bought my house 5 years ago and the previous owner had dark stains of some sort throughout the whole house on the beige carpet. I've shampooed many times, but the stains always seem to come back. Is there a homemade remedy someone has used that works better?
Tape Adhesive on Fabric
I used that sticky hem tape on some cotton duck curtains and now it's peeling off and I'd like to remove the sticky. Can I use something like Goo Be Gone on it? Is there something better?
Black Soot on Walls
How do you clean black soot from a grease fire off textured walls?
Wipe Down Your Leather Sofa Weekly
Include your leather sofa in your weekly house cleaning. A basic vacuum and wipe over will reduce oil and dirt build up.
Creamy Lemon Parmesan and Garlic Salad Dressing
So easy and tasty! Mix together lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in milk, adjusting the amount or adding a little water to make the dressing as thin or thick as you like.
Link: Screen Cleaner for Animal Lovers
This is a link to the very best, safe, and absolutely free, computer screen cleaner for animal lovers:
Fixing Emerson Cassette Player
Ever since receiving my brand new Emerson stereo system as a Christmas gift, I have not been able to play cassette tapes because they all sound like chipmunks singing really fast. Any suggestions out there, or perhaps another website or forum site?
Earth Worms to Soften Soil
I have always been an avid gardener without any chemicals. I was anxious to 'get started' in my large garden upon moving into a new home, but our soil was rock hard.
Valentine Treat Boxes
Heart-shaped boxes in which to present a Valentine cookie or other treat. Using the diagram as an example, draw a template the desired size. Cut two of these heart-shaped pieces from the fronts of recycled cards.
What Breed is My Dog?
We know our dog has German Shepherd in him. They said he was mixed with a Husky, but I'm not sure. What do you think?
Get Craft Supplies From Your Garden
Why not use garden twigs and other litter to make some nature crafts. It's a free resource and what's more, you can create some really unusual designs for the home - a great way to bring the outdoors into your living area!
Growing an Apple Mango Tree
How do you grow an apple mango tree?
Cranberry Juice From Jellied Cranberry Sauce
I tried it the other day when I needed some cranberry juice, so, I tried it in the blender with one can of cranberry sauce and 3 cups of water, and it tasted great, it had a foam at the beginning, but, overnight, the foam was gone. The juice is still good tasting and clear.
Colored "Stained Glass" Window
We used to live in a century old church in southern Alberta. One summer I taught a 6 year old girl in the community how to draw, then I took her drawing and put it on one of the windows with gallery glass.
Repairing Water Damaged Plaster
I have to repair an area on the inside window frame, where the plaster fell off after a water/rain leak. The leak is now fixed, but I have to replace the plaster for an area of 72 inches long and 4 inches wide. What is the best way to do this?
Ralph (Mixed Breed Cat)
Ralph is a half calico and half stray. He's about 8 or 9 years old. We have a wood pile behind our house, for the fire place in the winter. One day I noticed this beautiful calico cat walking around our house. So I went outside and befriended her.
Mindy is a 2 year old minpin I got from a pet shop 2 years ago. He loves to jump, go for walks, chase cats, he is full of poop. He is one of the best pets I have ever had.
This may be used to marinate both steaks, chicken, and kabobs. It contains an acid ingredient for tenderizing so they may be used on less tender steaks. To get the full benefit, marinate overnight.
Easy and delicious. Microwave brown sugar, syrup, butter and salt 2 minutes on high, stir and cook 2 more minutes on high. Add baking soda and stir well, pour over popped corn.
Use Thin Wash Clothes for Swiffer
I bought a basic 'swiffer', not the battery operated kind. Instead of buying the wet sheets, I use thin wash cloths. I wet them with detergent water, and squeeze it out and they fit on perfectly into the little holes.
Organize Your Sewing and Craft Supplies
I use clear envelope multi-pocket organizers (like shoe organizers) and hang them in the closet and behind the door in my small sewing room. When I need to get a particular craft item, I can easily see it through the clear plastic.
Reasons To Save Your Receipts
I have started saving my receipts for 3 reasons: Once while using my debit card, and another time when I wrote a check, more than the right amount was taken out of my checking account.
Removing Sticker Adhesive from Books
I love to buy books but I can't afford them at full price. I go to yard sales and pick up current books at the fraction of the cost. Sometimes, these books have sale price stickers on them which are a mess to remove.
Use Less Ground Beef In Recipes
A lot of recipes call for 1 pound of beef. Hamburger helpers, tacos, etc. To get an extra meal I use 3/4 of a pound of meat. I get the same flavor but more bang for my buck. So that way a 3 pound pack of beef will be good for 4 meals.
Fix Overly Brown Cookies with Zester
I got my cookies a little too brown on the bottom again. This time I took my file I use for zesting, and just filed off the burned part on the bottom of the cookie. As long as they don't look like charcoal, this works great!
This yummy Valentine's Day salad is easy to make. It doesn't require many ingredients either.
Ice Proof Car Windows with Vinegar and Water Spray
When the temperature is going to go down below freezing, spray a 3 to 1 solution of water and vinegar on your vehicle's windows. It keeps them ice proof.
Old Fashioned Chocolate Cream Fudge
This fudge is not smooth and creamy (equals slimy to me), it is the old fashioned stuff that was made before marshmallow creme. It is absolutely delicious and the grainy texture is not from the sugar not dissolving, it's made to be this way!
Vinegar and Water on Hardwood Floors
I learned the hard way. Do not use Murphy's Oil Soap or any other type of cleaner for your hardwood floors. If you have done this and now find streaks and dullness, then it's time to resort to the ultimate weapon.
Combine salmon, cream cheese, and Worcestershire sauce and mix well. Shape into ball or log. Roll mixture of pecans and parsley. Roll up in plastic wrap.
Cleaning Multiple Litter Boxes
I have 5 cats of my own plus a foster cat, so I have a lot of litter pans to clean. I keep an old Oxiclean bucket with the litter scoop inside a small wicker trash can next to each batch of litter boxes, on every floor of the house.
Recycle Christmas Trees for Garden Supports
To further recycle your Christmas Tree (after giving it to the birds, of course!) is to use it in your garden during the growing season. In past years I've used mine for supports for green beans or morning glories.
Home Remedy For Sinus Headaches
Whenever I get a bad sinus headache, I take a piece or two of clear medical tape and stick them onto my forehead. The tape needs to be held on both ends so that it is a little taut.
Protecting Shirt When Coloring Hair
When coloring my hair I usually use an old towel clipped tight around my neck to keep the color from my shirt. I am a retired beautician and have the plastic apron but they get hot. Here is what I came up with that is way more comfortable and saves a towel.
Touch Lights for Power Outages
Another idea for power outages: I buy those touch lights. They are battery operated, and you press them to get a soft glow. Often they are used for night lights or inside closets.
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