Tip Of The Day: Baking Soda

  • Clean combs and brushes in a soda solution.
  • Wash glasses or stainless steel coffee pots (but not aluminum) in 3 tbsp soda to 1 qt water
  • Sprinkle soda on grills, let soak, rinse off.
  • Sprinkle soda on a greasy garage floor.  Let stand, scrub, and rinse.
  • For a pan with a think layer of burned on food, pour a thick layer of soda in it, just moisten with water.  Let stand overnight.  Scrub it clean the next day.
  • Soak shower curtains in water and soda to clean them.
  • Sprinkle soda in tennis shoes, socks, boots, and slippers to eliminate odor.
  • Repel rain from your windshield by wiping it inside and out with a damp cloth cover in gobs of baking soda.
  • Soak dried beans in soda and water to make them more digestible.
  • Freshen carpet and upholstered furniture  by sprinkling with baking soda.  Allow it to sit undisturbed a half hour or so and vacuum.
  • Eliminate water rings on finished wood with a paste of baking soda and toothpaste applied with a soft cloth.
  • Get rid of ants by sprinkling an equal mixture of baking soda and salt where they are coming in.
  • Fill nail holes in a plastered wall with a paste of white toothpaste and baking soda.
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Tip Of The Day: Aluminum Foil

Aluminium Foil
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  • Sharpen your scissors by cutting through 6-8 layers of foil.
  • Shine rusty chrome by scrubbing with a little water on a wadded up piece of aluminum foil.
  • Keep birds out of your fruit trees by hanging twisted strips of aluminum foil on them with fishing line.
  • Eliminate electromagnetic interference if your TV and DVD player are stacked on top of each other.  Place a sheet of aluminum foil between them.
  • Iron more effectively by putting a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover.  The foil will reflect the heat from the iron so both sides get ironed at once.
  • Move furniture with ease by putting small pieces of foil under the legs, dull side down.
  • Clean starch buildup from your iron by running a hot iron over a piece of aluminum foil.
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Tip Of The Day: Alka-Seltzer

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  • Clean a toilet.  Drop in 2 Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait 20 minutes.  Brush and flush.
  • Attract fish.  Fill a tube jig with a piece of Alka-Seltzer and cast off.
  • Remove burned foods from cookware by filling it with warm water, dissolving six tablets, and let sit for an hour or so.
  • Soothe insect bites.  Dissolve two tablets in water, saturate a cloth or cotton ball, and place on the bite for 30 minutes (unless you are allergic to aspirin!)
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