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Removing Skunk Smell From A Dog
If Your Dog Gets Skunked To remove the stink: Mix 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent (make sure it doesn't contain bleach or ammonia). Rub this mixture all over your dog's coat. Prevent...

 

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Painting Appliances?
I have used Melamine paint and a sponge roller on both my frig and a stove hood. Both of them worked well. My frig is now on it's 12th year with white paint. I've also painted a floor and counter tops. On them I used at least two coats of urathane as a topcoat...

 

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Reducing Algae in a Pond?
I don't know if this is within your budget but it has worked for me. I had so much algae that I couldn't see my fish. Having fish and plants I couldn't use anything that would harm them so I got a UV filter. It was rather expensive but it has been working like...

 

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Choosing a Countertop Color
I'd choose the darker one because the lighter one would show stains, like coffee or tea.

 

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Use Fabric Softener in the Dryer
I water my fabric softener down by half and then just put a little on an old facecloth. I've had one container of fabric softener for over a year. Very economical in this day and age and it works.

 

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What Do I Make With Leftover Steak?
You can also use it in a cheese steak sub. Just add some onions and a little cheese whiz with thin sliced steak and top as you like in a sub bun.

 

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Dealing With a Jealous Dog?
Are they both the same sex? If so maybe there is the alpha thing going on. Then you always have to deal with the alpha one first. First treat, first pets, first out etc. The lower ranked dog will not take this as a slight but will be fine with his place in...

 

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Taking Out a Splinter
I've also heard of people putting a little white glue on it and then peeling off the glue and splinter after the glue dries.

 

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Vinyl Flooring On Hardwood Flooring?
I use an all-purpose, heavy duty cleaner called Lestoil for all kinds of things. It cleans scuffmarks off of my kitchen floors and many other sticky type things. I would give that a try. I'd try a little bit full strength on a rag in some out of the way place...

 

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Painting Counter Tops To Look Like Granite?
This is what I did. I used a coat of high adhesion primer on a clean counter top. After it dried I used two coats of black latex and then used a natural sponge with which I dabbed on white paint. I let each coat dry between doing things. I then used three coats...

 

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Melamine Paint for Countertops?
I used a light green melamine on my bathroom counter top and pounced dark green over the top and added one coat of clear coat on top. It has lasted for five years beautifully. If I was to redo it I'm not sure I'd use the clear coat on top as it has yellowed...

 

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Young Teens Dating
Be careful that you don't read too much into this. Sometimes going out at this age means hanging out together at lunch at school or having someone to talk to of the opposite sex. They have a ready made partner at the school dance. This is a natural first step...

 

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Painting Over Contact Paper?
I think you'd better take the contact paper off before you paint. I think the vinyl is a type of plastic and paint will not stick to it. Good luck.

 

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A Skunk Sprayed My Dog
The hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and dish soap works great for the dog but the house still smells. I know from personal experience. Sorry don't know how to help with that. My kids lockers at school even smelled. Connie

 

In Memory of Cujo
Thank you for sharing that. It is a year almost to the day that I had to love my little Buffy girl enough to let her go. I still miss her. She was abused before we got her and I always wondered at her ability to love another human after that but she did love...

 

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Making a Deep Kitchen Cabinet More Accesible?
I know I'm the luckiest woman in the world because my wonderful husband has built me pull out drawers or shelves for all of my lower cabinets. I have bad knees and can't get down or up easily so he made me pull out shelves with a slight edge around three sides...

 

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Insulating Exterior House Foundation?
Insulating the outside might be a problem because of the vapor barrier issue. Banking snow around might be a problem in the spring when it melts. That could be a lot of moisture right at the foundation or could be a problem with the freeze and thaw issue as...

 

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Cooking With Jack-o'-lantern Type Pumpkins?
I've used my pumpkin as a slow cooker. I cut out the top as you would for a jack o lantern and scooped out the inside seeds etc. I then added all of the ingredients for a chicken stew with only a little tiny bit of broth. I then cooked it in a 350 oven for...

 

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Having a Large Wedding on a Budget?
I don't know if you know this or not but tea lights float. You don't need to buy fancy floating candles. You can also get 10 hour votive candles. My daughter used these at her wedding. They last all night. Connie

 

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Green Slime on Surface of Pond?
I had a very bad algae problem with my pond even with a filter running and lots of aeration. I tried a lot of things but the one that worked was an UV filter. It is an ultra violet filter that attaches to my water line that runs into my filter from the pond...

 

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We've made these by putting a few layers of newspaper into a milk bag. (the kind you get three smaller bags of milk in) We just tape shut and it works beautifully. Keeps the dampness out.

 

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Sponge Walls for a Dramatic Effect When Painting
This is what I did in my living room. I used a plastic grocery bag and just dipped it into a aluminum plate with my paint in it and then just dabbed it on my walls. I used a clay coloured paint over a soft pink to achieve this effect.

 

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Switch To Dollar Stores For Shopping
Just be aware that a lot of the products in these types of stores come from China and their requirements are not the same as ours and you may be getting something that you are not aware of. There have been a lot of recalls because of lead content. What you...

 

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Gift for Both Bridal Shower and Wedding?
Sometimes Bridal Showers have a theme. IE Kitchen, Bathroom etc. Then of course you could get something that goes with that theme. You never have to get things from the registry. That is just a suggestion of things the couple wants and needs. You may come up...

 

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"Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" Float Ideas?
I know this sounds silly but I think it would be fun and make people smile. How about a Christmas tree in the middle with people all around it in rocking chairs or rocking horses or any other rocking thing.

 

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Good Dog For Apartment Living?
I know this sounds crazy because this is not a small dog. Greyhounds make wonderful apartment pets. Rescue one from racing. They DO NOT need much exercise. They are couch potatoes. A five minute walk a day is all they need. They will go for longer walks if...

 

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Making A Bridal Show Gift Cake?
My Sister in law made a beautiful Bridal Shower Cake for my niece using white towels wrapped around a dowel. The towels started with a bath towel on the bottom, then a couple of hand towels and then I believe a few face cloths, all white. She used pretty ribbon...

 

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Smoothing Out Chalkboard Paint
I know for sure that using a foam roller will give you that orange peel effect. I've used it to get that same effect on a frig, so it does not show finger prints. I don't know about regular rollers but it sure does with a foam one.

 

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Homemade Ice Cream Leaves Waxy Film?
Does your recipe have sweetend condensed milk in it? One of my recipes with this gave me the same problem. I just use another recipe now.

 

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Ideas For Leftover Patches?
My Daughters and myself have sewn patches on grey blankets. We call them our fire blankets.They are often taken out to wrap ourselves up in while watching TV or around a campfire while camping. The patches all have meaning for us so it feels like we are wrapped...

 

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Uses for Old T-Shirts
There is a book about what to do with old t-shirts. I'm sorry but I don't remember the name. My daughter has it and has made a beautiful blanket with squares cut from the shirts. It is a wonderful wedding present for her cousin. She found t's that where personal...

 

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How long does it take to make ice cream in an electric ice cream maker?
My electric ice cream maker has an inner chamber that you put in the freezer when not in use. I make ice cream often and starting with cold ingredients I usually only have to have my machine running for 20 minutes. It is than thick and I put it into a plastic...

 

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Vacuum Cleaners That Clean With Water?
I have a rainbow and it works great. You should see all the gunk in the water. I find I don't use it much anymore because I have a central vac. It works great for the car and the van. I did get tired of emptying the water thing. I guess I'm just too lazy. I...

 

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Skunk in My Garage?
WE used Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and a little liquid dishwashing detergent on our sprayed dog and it worked perfectly. Maybe it would work on the concrete as well.

 

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Cloth Diapers or Disposable Diapers?
Don't forget to think about diaper services. When my girls where born more than twenty years ago we didn't want to go the disposable way because of my commitment to the environment but I didn't want all the work either. I wanted my cake and to eat it too. We...

 

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Popcorn Strings?
I did that for years until we got a pup that could not resist.

 

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I Hate My Wallpaper?
You can paint over wallpaper but you must prime it first. You can then use latex paint. I've done it with no problems. I used " Fresh Start" primer. It is a high adhesion primer. It lasted for 10 years until we redecorated again. We then took it off and put...

 

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Biting Nails
Good luck with your son. I bit my nails when I was a child and no matter what my parents did I could not stop. They tried bribing me, embarrassing me, painting my nails with that awful stuff and even red nail polish so I'd notice my nails but nothing helped...

 

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Slimy Washcloths?
Another thing to keep in mind is to make sure towels, face clothes, dish clothes etc should be hung to dry completely when finished using. This helps to eliminate the slimey problem before it starts. I've done this for years and have never had the problem at...

 

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Keep Bedding Sets Together
Another version of this is to fold both of the sheets with one of the pillow cases and put into the remaining pillow case. Everything is together and easy to see.

 

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Growing Lilacs in the Mountains?
I live in Ottawa, Canada, and believe me we have a lot of snow and very cold temperatures. We also have lilacs so there must be some types that would work for you.

 

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Strong Smell From New Leather Furniture?
I'm just wondering if it is a burgundy color? My Mom got one this color and had to return it because of the smell. She was told others have had to return this color as well.

 

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Reviving Dry Erase Markers?
I use rubbing alcohol to remove the lettering from my dry erase board so I'm questioning using it to reconstitute the markers themselves. I could be wrong though, only questioning.

 

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Stink Bug Smell on Dogs
This works for skunks. Maybe it would work for this as well. Take 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (available from any drugstore), 1/4 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate for you science types) and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap, such as Ivory. Mix and...

 

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Good Dog Breed to be a Running Companion?
Grey hounds do not have the stamina to be a running companion. They do make wonderful pets. We have one and he is wonderful. They love to run but only very short distances, and you'd never be able to keep up. They are 45mph couch potatoes. They are also very...

 

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Preserving Old Photos?
The only thing I know about photos is to be sure anything that comes anywhere near the pictures is a special acid free product. That includes paper,plastic etc.

 

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Onion Soup Alternative?
Thank you Karen. I had found one bouillon granular but now it seems to have disappered from my stores shelf. I know they do exist so I'll keep trying. I had found an alternative onion mix at a bulk food store but it was very salty. I'll try this. Thanks again...

 

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Painting or Staining Subflooring?
I have done this on my dining room/family room floor using melamine paint (oil based paint). I painted the whole floor, which in my case was chipboard, with a very soft green/grey. I then used 1/4 inch painters tape to mark off 12 inch tiles in a grid pattern...

 

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Keep Kids From Using Too Many Bandages
Sounds like a good idea except not for my girls, now 22 and 19. They've always liked typical girl or guy stuff. They both have spiderman t-shirts and superman t-shirts that they wear now. I sure liked your ingenuity.

 

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Low Purine Diet for Someone With Gout?
I was just talking to a friend yesterday about this very thing. She said to avoid all canned fish. Hope this helps. Connie from Canada

 

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Making Cookies for People With Allergies
Just be careful of any legal ramifications. I commend you for your idea.

 

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Keeping Mashed Potatoes Hot
I'd recommend only doing this for a couple of hours ahead. Our Thanksgiving is earlier in Canada and I tried it this year but we where having so much fun with our extended family that we turned down the turkey and ate hours after I had intended to and the potatoes...

 

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Box Lunches That Boost Grades
I agree with the choices you suggested but just be aware that many children are allergic to peanuts and peanut butter. Check with the school to see whether it is allowed.

 

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Sharing Thankful Thoughts
Along the same lines, when my children where young we had happy time. At each suppertime we took the time to share what had made us happy that day. We did this everyday to remind us that no matter how bad our day was there was always something to be thankful...

 


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