Saturday, July 20, 2013

Handy Hints


Hint 1: 

Mouthwash fights germs in your mouth, so why not in the 
Rest of the bathroom? Pour 1/4 cup alcohol-based mouthwash 
(the cheap, generic kind) into your toilet and let sit for 
A half-hour. Swish around with a brush, then flush. It will 
Sanitize and deodorize the bowl.


Hint 2: 

Put baking soda in a salt shaker and keep near your shoes. 
Before putting the shoes away, freshen them up by sprinkling 
Baking soda in them. This is especially effective for 
Sneakers and running shoes.



Hint 1: A sore throat can be a minor but annoying ailment, 
Don't you agree? Here is an old fashioned sore throat 

- One tablespoon honey, any kind
- One tablespoon vinegar, preferable apple-cider vinegar
- Eight ounces hot water

Mix all ingredients in a mug and sip slowly, but don't let 
It get cold. Use as often as needed.


Hint 2: This book has man anti-itch remedies that can be made 
Right in your own kitchen. Here is one:

Add two teaspoons olive oil to a large glass of milk for a 
Soothing bath oil. (Please be careful you don't slip in bath)

Hint 1: 

Freshen the air each time you go to the bathroom, with this 
Handy trick. When you get out a new roll of toilet paper, 
Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil in the card-
Board tube of the toilet paper. This will release the scent 
Of the oil each time the paper is used. You can purchase 
Essential oils online and from many grocery stores or specialty 


Hint 2: 

Put two caps full of vanilla extract in a coffee cup, then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. Within twenty minutes the whole house smells like Heaven. It's actually a common realtor trick. 

Vinegar for Fresh Smelling Laundry
My husband is a runner and his clothes get really smelly. 
They were making all the laundry have an odor. I used several 
Different brands of detergent, but his clothes still had an 
Odor. I finally started adding one cup of household white 
Vinegar to each load of clothes. No more odor! All the 
Clothes come out smelling great and no more sweaty smell 
To my husband's sports clothes
Hint 1: Peel garlic with ease

To make peeling garlic easier, especially if you need a lot, 
Put the individual cloves in a bowl and cover with very hot 
Tap water. Give the mixture a few stires with a whisk, and in 
A couple of minutes, the skins will soften and loosen. This 
Will make them a cinch to slip off.


Hint 2:

Whether you're feeding a crowd or just your family and don't 
Want bacon that is curled, try this:

Place strips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated400 degree oven until crisps, about 15-20 minutes. Two bonuses: No need to turn the strips and the cleanup is a breeze.

Spray Pans With "No Stick" Spray in Dishwasher
When spraying your baking and frying pans with no stick 
Spray, open your dishwasher door and place the item on it. 
Spray your cooking pans as desired and simply close the 
Dishwasher door. No oily mess to clean off the counters 
And items on your counter in the general area and especially 
Not on the floors making an extreme slipping hazard. 

Close the door and easily clean it all up the next time 
You run your dishwasher through the cycles leaving a shiny 
Clean inside door and no residue to clean while trying to 
Prepare your food saving time, energy and money by not 
Having to purchase as much cleaning supplies. Simple and 
Easy, try it and guaranteed you will use this trick often, 
I know I do! 

Hint 1: I stopped buying plastic wrap because I use to get so frustrated when it would stick to itself. I can't wait to buy some, and try this trick.

Store the box in the freezer, the cold temperature will make it less sticky.

This is a great trick if it really works!


Hint 2: Spray less cleaner

Spraying less glass cleaner on a window or mirror will make 
Cleaning up faster. Too much spray causes you to work more and is the a big reason for streaks on glass and mirrors. 

Spray directly on to your paper towel or cloth, much more 
Efficient and faster.

If you use liquid Tide to paint designs on your wall, they will dry clear and only show up under blacklight.�€ 

“Substitute Coca-Cola for water in brownie recipes. The brownies come out yummy and so moist.�€ 

“Here in Louisiana we have insects called love bugs because they fly while mating. We have trillions of them in the air at a time. When they splatter on your hood and windshield, they are almost impossible to get off.  Unless you remove them immediately, they pit the paint and chrome.  However, if you wet down your car and then rub the dead insects with a wet sheet of Bounce, the love bugs come off.�€ 

“Spray Pam Cooking Spray to fix a squeaking car door or hard-to-turn can opener. Wipe off the excess oil with a dry cloth.�€ 

“Clean soap scum and hard-water stains from shower doors and walls by mixing one teaspoon of Downy Fabric Softener in a gallon of water. Use to solution to wipe down the shower doors with a sponge.�€ 

“Filling a vase of cut flowers with 7-Up or Sprite instead of water makes the flowers last longer and look better.�€ 

“To remove the stinger and provide immediate relief from a bee sting, simply apply a liberal coat of Preparation H to the area.�€ 

Safe and Effective Mosquito Repellent
A safe mosquito repellant is 2 ounces of water and 
2 ounces of pure vanilla extract. Put in a spray bottle. 
They "hate" the smell. Make sure you use pure vanilla 
Extract and not imitation vanilla extract. 

10 Things to do with Old Coffee Grounds & Tea Bags

10 Things to do with 

Old Coffee Grounds & Tea Bags


Remove cooking odors:

Both coffee grounds and tea bags are excellent deodorizers

and can work wonders on your hands after chopping stinky

foods like garlic, onions and fish.

Clean your floors:

Looking for an all-natural way to keep wood floors and furniture

shiny and clean? Look no further than your morning cup of tea!

Due to its tannin content, twice-brewed tea is perfect for adding

extra luster to your wooden decor on the cheap. As an added

bonus, you’ll also ditch the cleaning product smell and

still get results you’ll love.

Keep pests away from your garden:

Noticing ants, slugs and other pests hanging around your garden?

Sprinkle coffee grounds around problem areas to keep pests at bay.

Clean your pots & pans:

For squeaky clean pots and pans without the elbow grease, rub 

spent coffee grounds onto dirty cookware using a scouring pad.

The added abrasion will help to remove stuck-on messes 

without harsh chemical cleaners.

Add to houseplants:

Both coffee grounds and tea bags have loads of nutrients that 

help houseplants thrive. Due to high acidic content, coffee grounds

are perfect fertilizer for acid-loving plants such as tomatoes, 

carrots, roses, rhododendrons and azaleas. The antibacterial 

content of tea bags helps to gently clean while wafting away 

odors and perking up your skin – making these common kitchen

leftovers perfect for your next mani-pedi party.

Keep your fridge fresh & clean:

Skip buying baking soda for deodorizing your fridge, and use a

small container filled with coffee grounds instead!


You already know a splash of coffee can stain light-colored clothes.

But have you ever thought of using your morning cup to 

create a homemade dye?

Clean your face:

Both coffee and tea are loaded with beneficial properties that 

sooth irritated skin and brighten a dull, tired winter complexion.

Shine your shoes:

We’ve heard of using citrus scraps and even banana peels to 

shine your shoes. But what about the leftovers from your morning cup?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Natural Gnat Killer

Natural Gnat Killer

What you will need:
1 small jar or bowl
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbs water
1 drop of mild liquid dish washing detergent such as Dawn.

Pour apple cider vinegar into the jar/bowl. Add water then add just one drop of mild liquid dish detergent. Set the mixture in the area where gnats are a problem. The gnats are naturally attracted to the vinegar and the drop of soap kills them.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Amazing Uses Of Beer

Skin Conditioner

Amazing Uses Of Beer - Skin Conditioner

For the unaware, beer can be used as a skin conditioner. No, applying it straight to your body won’t work. Fill up your bath tub with water, empty a bottle of beer, and lounge in it for a good conditioning session. This will soothe your skin and condition it in all the right ways.

Meat Marinate

Amazing Uses Of Beer - Meat Marinate

This one has caught on like wild fire the world over, and beer has suddenly replaced buttermilk as a marinating base. Beer has all the acidic qualities and the right tinge of taste needed to enhance the meat’s flavour, and pouring it all over your barbecue coal makes it even better than it already is!


Amazing Uses Of Beer - Polisher

Have loads of flattened beer from last night’s party? Don’t throw it away. Leave it out in the open, completely flatten it out and use it as a solution to polish your furniture. Beeracts as the perfect polisher to make your wooden furniture shine and glisten as good as new. It can also be used to polish your gold jewellery. Beer tends to wash away the layer of dirt and muck that forms over the jewellery effectively.


Amazing Uses Of Beer - Fertilizer

Beer is a yeast product, which also happens to be a very good fertilizer. Pour the leftover beer into your garden and do your plants some good. It acts as a natural fertilizer without any harmful chemicals, and gives enough oxidants and other vital elements needed for your plants’ nourishment.

Hair Shampoo

Amazing Uses Of Beer - Hair Shampoo

One of the most widely known uses of beer is its hair softening ability. Take your flat beer and pour it over your head while slowly massaging it, like a shampoo, and you’ll find your hair glistening and fluffy in no time. There are beer shampoos available in the market, but we would recommend you to do it the old-school way and stick to your bottled one!

Beer Batter

Amazing Uses Of Beer - Beer Batter

A perfect substitute for your baking powder, add beer to your batter, make a good mixture, and dip the chicken and let it fry! The beer adds its distinctive flavour, and makes for a good crispy crust that we crave for over our fried muchies. Club this with the beer marinate and you very well have a party-winning starter right there!

Cure Stomach-aches

Amazing Uses Of Beer - Cure Stomach-aches

A relatively less-known use, but one of the most important, beer can be used to cure an upset stomach. The alcohol in the beer acts as an anaesthetic to ease the pain and let your body do the repairing without worrying you too much. A word of caution, though, don’t use this in case of gastric problems, it does not help.

All-In-One Magic Bathroom Cleaner

All-In-One Magic Bathroom Cleaner 

You will never buy another store bought cleaner again. This stuff is amazing.
What you need:
-1 Professional Spray Bottle (it is worth the extra $1, trust me!)
-8 oz. Distilled White Vinegar
-4 oz. Lemon Juice
-2 oz. Liquid Soap (I use Dawn)
-2 tsp. Baking Soda
-10 oz water

To Mix:
Funnel in all the ingredients, squeeze out the suds, screw on your cap and go make your bathroom sparkle!

To Use:
Clear the surfaces, use toilet tissue to wipe off any dirt, hair, spilled liquids, ect. Using the lightest spray setting, 
spray down everything- sink, counter, mirror, faucets, tub and the whole toilet, inside and out. I let it sit while I sweep
the floor. I then use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the surfaces from the cleanest to the dirtiest. In our house that
means mirror, faucets, sink, tub/shower and then the toilet. Be sure to rinse out the tub/shower really well so it isn't slippery. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013


(And free from chemicals that poison the body)

1/2 litre of alcohol
100 gram of whole cloves
100 ml of baby oil or similar
(almond, sesame, chamomile, lavender, fennel etc)

Leave cloves to marinate in alcohol four days
Stir every morning and evening
After 4 days add the oil
It's now ready to use.
01handyREPELLENT mosquitoes,fleas
How to use:
Gently rub a few drops into the skin of
the arms and legs.
Observe the mosquitoes fleeing the room.
Repels fleas on pets too.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013



Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid o...f armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean”…I ALWAYS have at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile!

But it wasn’t until recently, after doing some IN DEPTH research on the subject, that I came to realize what a “miracle substance” hydrogen peroxide really is! It’s safe, it’s readily available, it’s cheap, and best of all, it WORKS! It works for a LOT of stuff!

Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.

Some other interesting facts about hydrogen peroxide:

It is found in all living material.
Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
It is found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.
It is found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.
Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.

Besides the obvious (cleansing wounds), did you know that it is probably the best remedy to dissolve ear wax? Brighten dingy floors? Add natural highlights to your hair? Improve your plants root systems? The list goes on and on!

There are SO many uses for this stuff that I’ve started replacing the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer because it’s easier and faster to use that way.

I have compiled a rather impressive list of uses for 3% hydrogen peroxide that I hope will have you as thrilled and bewildered as I was!

Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.

Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.

Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I’ve been using it for this a LOT lately!)

Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.

Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.

According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.

Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.

Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.

Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.