January 19, 2018
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Sweeping up solutions

By: Irene Hilsendager
January 19, 2018

For a cheap and effective bath oil, mix sunflower oil with either crushed lavender or rose petals. Let stand a few days before using.

To revive hairbrushes and combs, soak them in a pot of warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda or ammonia.

Did you know if you lose a contact, turn off the lights and turn on a flashlight? The lens will reflect the light.

If gloves bother you while working in the garden or yard and you hate getting dirt under your fingernails, just rub your nails over a bar of soap before starting work.

Laundry detergent makes a great hand cleaner for very dirty hands. To freshen your feet, rub a few lemon slices over them.

Trouble getting your nail polish bottle open? Dab a smidgen of vegetable oil on the threads of the nail polish bottle and the cap won’t stick.

Did you know playing with your pet is known to reduce blood pressure, improve your mood and reduce stress? This works with any small animal except dust bunnies.

For bad sunburn, make a paste of baking soda and water and apply or sponge the sunburned skin with apple-cider vinegar. This hint was picked up in the Armed Forces—many bottles of vinegar were stolen out of the mess hall.

The easiest way to remove a splinter? Put a drop of white glue all over the splinter, let it dry and then peel off the dried glue, the splinter usually sticks to the glue.

If you want to make a bar of soap last longer, unwrap it before you use it and let it dry out. If it has a nice fragrance to it, drop it in your lingerie drawer and your undies will have a great scent.

To keep your cuticles nice and soft, massage olive oil and any vegetable oil to prevent hang nails.

Did you know that by soaking a cotton ball in vinegar and applying it to a bruise, it will reduce the blueness and speed up the healing process.

Did you know that by storing slivers of soap in a clean nylon sock, you could make a self-soaping washcloth for the tub or shower? Just tie a very tight knot at the end of the sock.

Sometimes sunless tanners leave marks on your knuckles and cuticles, to get rid of the stain, just moisten a cotton ball with nail polish remover and dab away.

Does your child cry when it is time to remove an adhesive bandage from them? Take a blow dryer on low for about 30 seconds and melt the adhesive, which makes for removal easy.

Razor burn hurts! Just apply a thin layer of plain yogurt for three minutes and rinse with cool water. The lactic acid in the yogurt soothes the skin.

Did you know you could shine shoes with lip balm? Put a little dab in front back and each side and buff with a tissue. I recommend this only in a pinch.

Did you know your jeans could play tennis? If your new jeans are too stiff, no need to wash them; just throw them in the dryer with three tennis balls for 15 minutes on a low setting and those jeans will be so comfy.

Does your mascara go on clumpy? Just roll the tube between your hands for a minute and the heat from your hands will dissolve any clumps in the mascara.

Did you know you could remove cooking oil stains from clothing with regular shampoo? Just make sure it doesn’t have a built in conditioner.

Did you know toothpaste removes stubborn black marks on linoleum or vinyl flooring?

Remember, these are just tips. Use at your own discretion.