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Binding Carpet Remnants

Binding Carpet Remnants
What a great idea! Theres a carpet remnant sale just down the road from me this week, so Ill go over and see what I can find.

 

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Does Mold in Refrigerator Contaminate Food?
I think the first thing to be concerned about is the fact that theres mold in your refrigerator at all! Its really a worry, so you need to find out exactly where it came from, what its on and get rid of it completely. Yes, diluted bleach is a good start, and...

 

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Mice in Car's Fan Housing?
One thing not mentioned above is this. I do hope no one is actually paying for the repairs. Your insurance covers it, I promise. I had a friend that had a squirrel who took up residence in the transmission of a Renault and when he turned the engine over in...

 

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Selling Silver Jewelry at Yard Sale?
STOP! Before you sell it in a yard sale, check your Yellow Pages to find a local business that buys and sells precious metals. Not a pawn shop, a business that buys STERLING silver (they dont buy silver plated jewelry or serving pieces). Find out what theyre...

 

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Washable Marker on a Leather Seat?
Is the marker just washable or is it one for a whiteboard? If the baby wipes dont work, try this ... as ridiculous as it sounds. Take the same marker and write another line on top of the one thats already on the seat. Then wipe it off immediately. It re-wets...

 

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Cleaning a Film on Pyrex?
Try soaking them in vinegar (as previously suggested) and baking soda in a dishpan. Fill them up with white vinegar and then sprinkle in lots of baking soda. I do this when my dishes and glassware form a non-etched film and it works quite well. By using a dishpan...

 

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Table Covers for Graduation Party?
Either will do just fine, but think about this. If you use fabric and make a fine point Sharpie available at each table, guests can write down their names and good wishes for you to keep. Put plastic under the table cloths, though, or youll have a terrible...

 

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Home Remedy For Foot Calluses?
As a diabetic, I have to take special care of my feet. I bought a stone at the pharmacy that is slightly less coarse than pumice. Every morning I just rub it on the places where calluses form on my feet, and then apply a store-brand deep moisturizing cream...

 

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Seasoning Mix for Hamburger Patties?
I use the whole single pack of Lipton Onion Soup in 1) burgers; 2) meatloaf and 3) my version of pot roast, which I will now post on the recipe site. Its soooo easy and soooo yummy!

 

Homemade Green Tote

Craft: Green Totes
Nice idea! I often find used blue jeans at yard sales and church sales for next to nothing. A few years ago, I picked up a pair of childrens jeans, cut off the legs, stitched the bottom up and had a great tote with pockets on the outside for pens, phone, whatever...

 

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Sunken Spots in Pillow-Top Mattress?
Mine started to cave in within the first month, and despite the stores guarantee, they wouldnt replace it (long story). In pure desperation stemming from a lack of funds to replace it, I took an afghan and folded it up just so it covered the crater where I...

 

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Save Those Nursery Monitors
I lived in a beautifully constructed home when my mother was in the last years of her life. Unfortunately, one of the features of the home was steel, fire-proof doors on all the bedrooms. Naturally, I couldnt hear her if she cried out, so I bought 2 sets of...

 

Pudgy (West Highland White Terrier)

Pudgy (West Highland White Terrier)
Theres one thing I simply must add to my posting. If you want a great dog, go to a rescue center or the ASPCA. And if its a purebred you want, all the more reason to go to the ASPCA or a rescue. If you *still* cant find a purebred, find a local breeder and...

 

A jar full of pennies.

Save Those Pennies
I love everybodys thinking, particularly about not passing up cans and bottles in parking lots. My main source of savings, though, is still loose change. A few years ago, I got a coin counter for Christmas. You drop the coins in the top and they spew out into...

 

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Carry an Empty Water Bottle Through Airport Security
Drinking the water out of water fountains, whether here or abroad, isnt as safe as youd think, and *definitely* dont drink the water on planes, because of poor water quality test results. I carry sealed, commercial water. If theyre still sealed, Ive had no...

 

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How Often Should I Water My Garden?
I definitely suggest that you mulch the heck out of the garden! If you lay down a layer of newspapers, about 3 pages thick, and then cover with bark, if its available in your area, it will really cut down on the amount you need to water. Watering early in the...

 

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Removing Poop Odor from Garden?
Id think that a nice dose of lime will sweeten the earth. It can be hand-cast easily. Just tote a bucket of it around and spread it as you would chicken feed. I know its impossible to keep the pups out of the garden, and fencing is very expensive, but try this...

 

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What is the Title of This Movie?
Perhaps it was Lost World.

 

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Painting Nicotine Stained Walls?
Ive found that using microfiber cloths work beautifully using just plain water! Naturally, youll need to change the water frequently, and do have more than a couple of cloths ready for the job. If you want, you can use them on a Swiffer handle. Just tuck the...

 

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Thawing Shrimp?
Rather than running them under cool water, I fill a bowl with room-temperature, not cold, water and just place the shrimp into it for about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and they should be finished thawing by the time you have the cocktail sauce dished out...

 

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Recipes Using Canned Green Beans?
As has already been posted, green bean casserole, but put chunks of turkey or cubed, pre-cooked chicken breast. Add some crushed croutons, particularly if you can find them 10 for $10, if youd like to avoid the traditional fried onion topping. Just put the...

 

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Frugal Anti-Fugal Humidifier Solution?
I use a cap-full of bleach per 2 gallons of water in each refilling. It doesnt add any odor to the output, and really deters the growth of bacteria and mold. Change the filter if it gets bad, then start using the bleach solution

 

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Candle Pedestals Made from 4x4's?
Decoupage is a great way to dress anything up! You can paint the wood or leave it alone. Craft stores carry all kinds of decoupage papers in lots of different styles. I recommend using Royal Coat (RC) decoupage medium, since Mod Podge takes forever to cure...

 

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Weddings Are Too Expensive for Just One Day
Dear, dear Jenni! If someone asks you if your ring is real, you should certainly answer yes. It is real, isnt it? You didnt imagine it or anything, so yes, its real. Its not anyones business what it cost. What matters is that you have a wonderful symbol of...

 

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Do Rechargeable Batteries Save You Money?
Yes! The electricity needed to charge them is negligible compared to the cost of replacing the batteries every time, (i)plus(/i), youre keeping all those batteries out of the landfill, where they leach mercury and other yummy stuff into the ground. Its important...

 

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Backed Up Sewer Line?
Try baking soda and vinegar. Repeat if necessary. Thats if its backing up into a drain and not into a toilet. I read about this in Readers Digest this month in an article about Zero Shopping. Their sewer was backing up into the shower (triple ugh!), but they...

 

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File Your Computer Passwords
Another suggestion, which prevents anyone, friend or foe, from finding your cards is to 1) use the name of the site, such as Yahoo and add a particular number to the end of it -- yahoo15 -- for instance; or 2) keep passwords in an address book (non-computerized...

 

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Clothes Smell Sour?
Wash your clothes and towels separately. Put a quarter cup or LESS of bleach in with the towels. Thats probably where the odor is coming from. The bleach will kill any mildew spores that have started to grow. Hang up the towels to dry in the bathroom until...

 

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