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September 28, 2010
Vinegar for Removing Mildew from a Tent
Try using white vinegar. It is great for mold/mildew removal and for preventing in the future. For heavy mildew, use full strength vinegar, or mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts vinegar for light mildew.
Removing Mothball Odor
To remove mothball odor from an old trunk use cheap coffee. Just put it in a nylon that you tie or just sprinkle into the trunk. I did this to a 1800 trunk that even smelled up glassware. It really works.
Vinegar Soap Mixture For Gnats
This tip came from desperation. We had an infestation of gnats while we were off for the weekend. The house was thick with them. After the chemical sprays that didn't work forced us out of the house, I turned to Google.
Securing Kitchen Garbage Bags
Tired of having the trash bag pull off the rim of the can when you toss something a bit heavy in the can? Take a piece of elastic from the sewing basket and make a large "rubber band."
Clean Aluminum with Vinegar
Remove dark stains on an aluminum pot by boiling a mixture of 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 1 cup hot water.
Steam Clean Your Microwave
Some time ago I heard that microwaving your moist dishcloth for 2 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave) will sanitize it. I have begun doing that every evening following dinner dishes, but there is an added bonus.
Backpacks for Storage
I found that all the old school backpacks can be put to use as storage for under the bed and in corners of bookcases and such. They look nice and they can hold a number of things in them.
Keep Your Social Security Number Private
Those of us who have Medicare cards know our social security numbers are on them. I had always wondered about that, since it is not a good idea to carry your social security card with you.
Protecting Skin From Metal Discoloration
If your skin is turning greenish-black from the metal of a watch, you can protect your skin from it by painting the backside of the watch with clear nail polish or cut corn pads to fit the size of the back and stick them on.
Keep Food On Separate Sides
When cooking, making sandwiches, etc, my boyfriend and I had different tastes. I always put "his" dish, sandwich, brown bag lunch, etc, on the left side of the counter, table, or fridge, and "mine" on the right.
Use Thrift Store Dishes At Parties
When you go to a meeting that requires you bring food, shop at the thrift store or Goodwill for platters. You can usually get them for a buck. Then when you bring your baked item, use it for that one time.
Use Plates In Oven For Heating Food
If you need to heat something up in the oven, but can't find a flat pan, here's what you can do. Take an ovenproof plate or saucer and put a piece of aluminum foil on the plate.
Making Quick Curtains With Sheets
When I have a sheet that is too nice to use in dog kennels, I make it into a double sided small window curtain. If you have a smaller window in your home, garage, or office, this idea would be perfect since you don't need a large amount of material.
Haircuts at Home
Save money by cutting children's hair at home. Toddlers usually only need a trim. Remember, practice makes perfect.
Using Baking Soda and Vinegar on Carpet
Get old, dark stains out of your light-colored carpet once and for all. Pour, don't sprinkle, apple cider vinegar all over stain. Immediately after, drown puddle of vinegar with a mound of baking soda; it should be fizzing.
Free Nesting Material for Birds
Provide nesting material for songbirds - for free! Make a basket out of wire. I recommend a smaller mesh than chicken wire - half-inch "hardware cloth" works well. Include a mesh lid to keep the contents from blowing away. What are the contents?
Blend together until mixed. Pour into frozen pie shell. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until center is set.
Wild Horses (Unalaska, Alaska)
No one knows how they got to the island; there are many stories, of course. These horses are completely wild, living free under the quilt of God's graces here in the Aleutians.
Photo: Standing Out
Using Life Savers candy, I made an abstract photo using a few red and one white lifesaver. It can be used to convey various meanings, but "standing out" or "being different" is what I was going for.
Farmer In The City
My dad was raised on a farm. But he has spent most of his adult life in the city. When a church friend needed someone to take care of their animal while they were away, he was the natural choice.
Removing Set-In Yellow Stains on Collars
How do I remove yellow collar sweat stains from a white shirt?
Old Cemetery Gate (Colorado)
I took this photo of a cemetery gate, it's near Central City, Colorado. Some of the graves here are very old. Such a scenic and peaceful spot in the Colorado Rockies.
The sun was really bright outside so I grabbed my camera. I went outside it was about 5:30 and the sun was really bright. So I took a pic and loved how the sun shown through the tree and the colors looked.
Calculating Child Support
I wanted to know if someone can give me advice. My BF currently pays child support for his kids, but they tell us if we get married because of my income they would make him pay more child support and they would garnish my income tax return.
When I moved into my house 25 years ago, there was a wild rose bush growing by the back brick wall, I clip it back every year, and every year it delights me by blooming beautiful red roses.
How can we prevent dishwasher detergent residue?
How do you get rid of scum on glasses that have been washed in the dishwasher? It has been gradually building up, and now the glasses look like they've never been washed. Regular hand washing doesn't help.
Painting a Design on a Guitar
I want to paint on my guitar. How do I transfer a design onto it so that I can paint it?
Permanent Marker on 100% Polyester
How can I remove green marker from a soccer uniform that is 100% polyester?
How to Make Home Made Paper You Can Plant
How do I make homemade paper plates? I am looking to make plates out of recycled materials and add seeds to the mix so that they are plantable plates.
Reducing the Noise from Laundry Cart Wheels
I am the administrator/owner of a nursing home. Our laundry collects dirty linens and clothing in large barrels which are on wheels. It has long bothered me that when they make collections the noise from the wheels is horribly distracting. Is there something you can do to quiet wheels?
Substituting Skim for 2% Milk in a Recipe
I have a recipe that calls for 2% milk. I only have skim milk. What do I do?
Removing Soot from Photos
My MIL had a house fire quite a few years ago and she pulled out some photos recently that had some soot on them (not a lot, just a little stained). I was just wondering if anyone knows a way to get soot off?
Tub Surround Damaged by Cleaner
Is there any way at all to improve the looks of my new tub surround? I put something on it to take off some markings by cutting pieces of paper towel, squirting some Krud Kutter stuff on and then putting it over the spots.
Painting Kitchen With Cherry Cabinets
My kitchen cabinets are red cherry. What color should I paint my walls?
Name Ideas for Cleaning Business Reflecting Military Background
I am an army veteran and the wife of a soldier. I am thinking about opening up a cleaning service, but I can't seem to come up with a name. But mostly, I would like to incorporate something military in the name. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Tape Alternative to Bandaids
I have a friend that's having bad reactions to Bandaids. We are trying to find something to keep ouches covered. I can't find a strong enough tape to hold just gauze on. Any suggestions?
Difficulties Getting Teen Up and Ready for School
My 14 year old son is a bear in the morning. I tell him to wake up early so he can get his stuff done and out the door for school. Instead he wakes up late everyday and argues with me about his hair (wants me to help fix it) and everything else.
Mixing Paint Colors for Model Building
I'm painting a model airplane. What colors do I need to mix to make the color "steel"? Your feedback, please!
Growing Mimosa Trees from Seed
Is it easy or difficult to plant a mimosa tree from seeds? I collected some seed pods just outside of my city (in VA) and want to plant them, but I would like some tips. Also, how do I find out if my city or area of the country prohibits or discourages propagation of mimosa trees?
When Should the Child of a Deaf Parent Begin Learning Sign Language?
My friend asked me this question: A child is born to a deaf dad and hearing mom. Which is more important? That they learn sign language before English? Or learn both at their own pace?
Internet Service Worse Since Verizon Purchased Alltel
This inquiry is concerning Verizon's recent purchase of Alltel Telephone Co. I live in a rural area of central Virginia and until recently was using the service of Alltel Telephone Co. with an air card for my computer.
Starting a Trumpet Vine From Seed Pods
I know that seedpods can be used to start a new trumpet creeper vine, but what if you took the new pods from a vine before they have dried? What is the best way to keep the seedpods until they are ready to be planted? Thanks!
Convert Human Bandanna to Fit Dog
Instead of spending a fortune on doggie scarves, buy bandannas for humans and cut them diagonally. Either cut the diagonal with pinking shears or cut with regular scissors and hem.
Gidget (Domestic Short Hair)
Gidget is a 3 year old Domestic Short Hair cat. Gidget was an abandoned kitten that I rescued when she was only 8 weeks old. She was dumped along our road along with another kitten. They stayed together until the other kitten ventured off.
Fry is a two year old Tabby. My son brought him home. He likes to play with his toys. He is very loving and fun to be with we love him very much
Gwen is 4 years old. We rescued her, she was roaming in our old apt. complex. She likes to sleep of course! But, she enjoys a lovely meal. She is always crying loud when she's hungry.
This is fairly easy and it taste so much better than Hamburger Helper!
Preventing Cats From Scratching Furniture
I am having new furniture delivered soon. How can I get my two cats to not scratch the furniture? They have scratching posts. They are part Siamese. Thanks!
Spiced Pork Chops
Combine salt, cumin, coriander, garlic, and 2 tablespoons oil in a small bowl and coat mixture on both sides of the chops.
Italian Tortellini Soup
In a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker, combine all ingredients except basil and tortellini; mix well. Cover; cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours.
Recipes Using Dried Pinto Beans
I have an abundance of dried pinto beans. Any suggestions on how to use them?
Alfie (Westland Terrier)
My little Westie 'Alfie' just finished his juicy bone and is licking his lips!
Why Fruit Trees Fail to Produce
Many factors can affect a tree's ability to bear fruit, some of which are completely out of your control. Weather, for example. An unexpected late frost can damage blossoms or young fruit, and cause your entire crop to fail.
Parakeet's Beak Long and Deformed
My parakeet's beak has grown long and deformed, what could this be?
Autumn Leaves Bookmark
With the fall leaves turning already, what better thing to make for the long winter reading list than this easy and fun bookmark!
I am canning leftover vegetable soup. I have a 6 qt. Elite platinum digital pressure cooker. It holds 4 pt. jars. I need to know how long to set it for.
Cleaning Curtains Without Taking Down
I have a question about the machine for cleaning curtains. I'm looking for a special machine which is able to clean the fabrics right on the windows. It can be either for wet cleaning or chemical cleaning?
Keeping Wasps Away From Your Home
Is there anything I can spray my porch with to repel wasps? I have had a hard time since we built it. They treated it with linseed oil if that helps. Sometimes there is a hundred at a time. No pest control people know what to use.
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