August 3, 2017

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Several books on a table.

Cleaning Smoke Odor from House Fire in BooksAfter a fire, ridding your home of the smoke odor can be a daunting task. Books can easily harbor the lingering smoke smell for a long time. This is a page about cleaning smoke odor from house fire in books.


Place Empty Bottles in Garden Pot - planter with plastic bottles in bottom

Fill Planters With Plastic BottlesTo save money on filler dirt for you potted plants, use plastic bottles to fill up the extra space. This is a page about filling planters with plastic bottles.


Someone itching their skin from bug bites.

Getting Rid of Tiny White Biting Bugs?If you have small white biting bugs in your home, it would be best to exterminate them as soon as possible. This is a page about getting rid of tiny white biting bugs.


Keeping Ants out of Hummingbird Feeder - Wrapping tape around a hummingbird feeder.

Packing Tape to Keep Ants Out of a Hummingbird FeederUse packing tape to prevent ants from getting into your hummingbird feeder. This is a page about packing tape to keep ants out of a hummingbird feeder.


Individual Pumpkin Bundt Cakes - a stack of finished cakes on a plate.

Individual Pumpkin Bundt Cakes RecipeMake a special little treat with these pumpkin bundt cakes. This page contains an individual pumpkin bundt cakes recipe.


A house on fire.

Cleaning Collectibles Damaged in a House Fire?Water and smoke damage can lessen the value of collectibles. This is a page features advice about cleaning collectibles damaged in a house fire.


Sewing Machine Needle

Sewing Machine Needle Won't Move Using Pedal?If your sewing machine's pedal has stopped working, you may need to replace it or have the pedal repaired. This is a page about sewing machine needle won't move using pedal.


Close up of a yellow jacket and its nest.

Relieving Itching From Yellow Jacket Stings?Yellow jacket stings can be itchy and painful. This is a page about relieving itching from yellow jacket stings.


German nymph

Tiny Bugs In My HouseIf you have many tiny bugs in your home, it may be necessary to call an exterminator. This is a page about tiny bugs in my house.


Egg Crates for Veggie Storage - Potatoes and onions in egg crates.

Use Egg Crates for Veggie StorageSome smaller vegetables can be stored in an empty egg carton to keep them separate from other vegetables. This is a page about using egg crates for veggie storage.



A bottle of conditioning spray for dogs.

Conditioning Spray for Tangle-Free DogsWe have shitzu puppies, and their hair is a lot of work to keep away the knots. We have to brush their fur everyday. I keep a bottle with 1 tablespoon of conditioner and a cap full of vinegar mixed with water. Shake well, spray on their fur and brush. It keeps knots out and makes the coat shiny.


A lemon being wrapped in newspaper for storage.

Keeping Lemons and Limes FreshIf you want to keep your lemons and limes fresh longer, just a grab an old newspaper. Cover the fruit with the newspaper before putting them in the fridge. The freshness of your lemons will last a long time.


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Dish Detergent and Grits for AntsI have 2 ways. I used to live way out in the country and have ants everywhere and both of these worked every time. And they are very safe.


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Soapy Water for AntsWhen we lived in Texas, I discovered that soapy water was the most effective tool against fire ant mounds. I used one gallon (recycled milk jug) of hot water and added about a teaspoon of dish liquid. Pour over the mound and it will be gone within 24 hours!


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Cinnamon for AntsI tried nearly every product on the market to get rid of ants that made hills in cracks on my garage floor. The ants actually caused my garage floor to heave because they burrowed deep into the cracks and made hills.


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Non-Stick Spray for Killing AntsIf you are dealing with the tiny black ants, I use non-stick spray to kill them around the sink. That way I don't have to worry about it getting any on the dishes.I really like this, it kills them dead with one spray. I also spray the rim of the dog food bowl to keep them from getting in.


A collection of used motor oil and filters.

Proper Disposal of Motor OilThere are many local auto shops and recycling centers that will accept your used motor oil and oil filters so they can be properly recycled - refined, reconditioned or reprocessed. It is completely free to you. Do not toss into the trash can or recycle can at your home.


A tabby kitten.

Sammy (Kitten with Tabby Markings)She is 7 weeks old. She loves to sleep all of the time and she loves to be rubbed on her tummy. If you try to lay down she will crawl over you so she is up against you and curl up right on your chest. She is so awesome.


A portion of almonds in a silicone muffin cup.

Muffin Cups for Portion ControlMuffin cups hold a portion of nuts or other snacks. This will help you control your weight.


Dead flies in a bowl of bacon grease.

Bacon Grease Bug KillerLeave a bit of bacon grease out in a bowl where you have an insect problem. They will be attracted to scent, go in, and get trapped in the thickness. I found this out by accident when I left bacon grease out on the counter. We had a flying insect problem... And now we don't! ;)


A dog being bathed in a kiddie pool outdoors.

Beat the HeatI live near Portland, Oregon and we are in the midst of a heat wave. We usually have temperatures in the 80s at this time of year, but today it is forecasted to be 105! Many people, including myself, don't have built in air conditioning. Here is what my family is doing to keep cool.


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Sweet'N Low for Killing AntsI read a hint about Sweet'N Low on ThriftyFun a month or two ago as I have a problem every spring with ants coming into my kitchen. I sprinkled two packages of Sweet'N Low on the window sill where they were coming in and have not seen any ants since.


Picture Tile Coasters - butterfly tiles

Picture Tile CoastersDo you need a beautiful, inexpensive gift? Picture tile coasters are wonderful gifts no matter what the occasion is. Newlyweds may enjoy coasters with pictures of their wedding and new parents may enjoy coasters with pictures of their new bundle of joy. Picture tile coasters make great Christmas gifts, or birthday gifts.


How to Change Your Motherboard and Build a Computer - inside of computer - locate front panel cables

How to Change Your Motherboard and Build a ComputerToday it is easier than ever to change your computer's motherboard. In the past you needed to set the motherboard's dip switches and install the processor and fans. However, today's motherboards come assembled with the processor and fan. There is no need to set the dip switches.


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DIY Ant Killing SolutionsThese are great homemade options for those who dislike using premixed pest control.


Heart Balloons Greetings Card - finished card

Heart Balloons Greetings CardThis card has celebratory balloons in the shape of hearts for someone you love. Make this delightful greetings card in a jiffy. It will be well appreciated.


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Corn Meal for Killing AntsUse dry corn meal sprinkled where you see ants. They were coming up through the edge of the carpet and tile so I lifted the corner of the carpet enough to see them coming through a tiny hole. I put a small amount (less than 1/2 teaspoon) of corn meal on the tile and brushed it into the hole and carpet. It only took that one time and they have not come back in months now. I don't know why it works but it did for me.


An inflated balloon for removing lint from a couch or other surface.

Balloon for Lint RemovalEasily remove fuzzies and hair from a couch, sofa, bed, or chair with a balloon. Simply blow up a latex balloon and tie at the end, then rub over upholstery for a quick and inexpensive way to clean. Much less time and money than a lint roller!


Spaghetti with Clams in pan

Spaghetti with ClamsI prepared this bowl of spaghetti with clams for a bridal shower. Many thought this was fancy but it's really self explanatory to make!


A cutting of forsythia with roots, ready for planting.

Give Living GiftsI wouldn't doubt that many of you have forsythia. I have the Lynwood Gold hybrid. Now is a good time to root cuttings for giving to friends and relatives. They are so easy to root, they will root most anywhere, under most conditions, even in a glass of water.


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Bread Bag to Store Paper Towel RollUse a clean empty bread bag to store paper towels in your car. The towels stay clean and can't unroll.



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Receiving Social Security Survivor Benefits?I have a child who has been on SSI since her father passed away. She just turned 18 on July 7. She is still in high school. My questions are; will she still receive a check for July in August and shouldn't she be still eligible for them for a year since she still in high school?


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Wrapping a Vase with Jute String?I want to wind jute string round a glass vase. Do I put glue on the vase first?


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Kittens Have Runny Eyes?Are kittens that are 5 weeks old, with eyes glued shut and runny, contagious to other older kittens and cats?


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Personalized Christmas Ornament Business Name Ideas?I have a small business of personalizing Christmas ornaments and I'm stuck on what to name my business. I am looking for something catchy that is not too long.


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Using Saved Permanent Hair Dye?Can I use my permanent hair dye after 3 weeks in the fridge?


Fireplace Breast Paint Color Advice - curtains

Fireplace Breast Paint Color Advice?Please could you advise on colours for my lounge? The walls are all white and I was thinking of painting or wallpapering the chimney breast in a colour to complement the curtains which have a top section of red/burgundy colour with a mix of cream and the same red/burgundy of thin lines of flower/ leaves.


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Using a Generic Brother SE425 Memory Card?Has anyone tried a generic memory card for their Brother SE425 sewing machine? What is the best kind that will work?


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Craftsman ZTS 7500 Won't Start?I replaced the battery. My mower doesn't even make a sound when you turn the key. Also, the electronic deck won't raise or lower. It usually will, even when the mower is turned off. I've repeatedly moved and reset all the levers, etc. thinking something was stuck. Any ideas?


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