1)  Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hair spray and they will take a quick dive.

2)  Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.

3)  Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

4)  For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn Dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze.

5)  Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is)

6)  Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like A store receipt BLUE!)? Use rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

7)  Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!

8)  Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

9)  Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on. [Don't do this on a hot bulb!] Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

10) To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new!

11) To easily remove burnt food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop.

12) Spray your Tupperware with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.

13) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

14) Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

15) When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.

16) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.  OR
     Take a lime, mix it with tequila, etc., chill and drink. You might still have the headache, but who cares?

17) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

18) To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

19) Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march.

20) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

21) When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

22) Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips. OR
Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete's sake. You are probably lying on the couch, with your feet up, eating it anyway.

23) Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer.

a.  *Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait 20 minutes, brush & flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.

b.  *Clean a vase. To remove stain from bottom of glass vase/cruet, fill with water & drop in two Alka   Seltzer tablets.

c.  *Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.

d.  *Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

     *Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then run the hot water

24) Homemade Heating Pad
Get rid of nagging aches and pains with this simple homemade heating pad. Just take a clean sock, fill it with 4 or 5 cups of uncooked rice and tie off the end. Whenever you need pain relief, just pop the sock in the microwave. Watch it carefully - it shouldn't take more than 20-30 seconds to heat. The warm sock conforms to your body, making it a great remedy for aching shoulders and neck.

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