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  • Make your own whitening and gum disease fighting toothpaste from 1 part salt, 1 part hydrogen peroxide, and 1 part baking soda. Dentist approved.
  • To get the smell of onions off your hands, use baking soda and a few drops of dish-washing liquid.
  • To make bathing your dog or other animal easier, use an old shampoo bottle and dilute the amount of shampoo you want to use with water, simply squirt and scrub. 

  • To get hard water stains off of glass, scrub with dry steel wool. If used wet steel wool may scratch. Never use steel wool on tinted glass.
  • Use toothpaste to fill in small tack or nail holes in your walls.
  • Use different sized paintbrushes to dust in crevices.
  • Use a pumice stone to get hard water stains out of your toilet.
  • Use one part rubbing alcohol to 3 parts water to clean windows and mirrors.  It cleans as well if not better than brand name cleansers and dries faster, leaving fewer streaks.
  • To prevent your front loading washing machine from getting a mildewy smell, or to remedy if its already happened, put on your rubber gloves and mix 1.5 cups of bleach with a 1/2 cup of trisodium phosphate (a.k.a. "TSP" but make sure it's real trisodium phosphate and not a substitute) in a glass mixing bowl or cup.  Take an old rag and dip it in the solution you've made and wipe around the rubber seals of the front loader, getting in all the cracks and crevices (TSP does not need to dissolve completely).   Next, dump the rest of the solution directly into the bucket of the machine and run it (empty) on the hottest cycle your machine has.  You don't want to have to do this too often because bleach eventually causes rubber to become brittle and break down, so in the future, remember to leave the door of your front loader open slightly when not in use to avoid getting the mildew build up and smell. 

  • To re-crisp stale (soggy) crackers, potato chips, etc, put in dehydrator for a half hour or so, or in the oven on it's lowest setting.
  • To get the last bit out of a condiment bottle, make sure the lid is on tight then hold by the bottom and swing around several times, like a pitcher winding up for the throw. Centrifugal force will pull the contents to the top of the bottle.
  • To recrisp limp celery, soak in ice water for several minutes.
Car Care
  • From the book Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean by Linda Cobb:  To make your own windsheild washer fluid, mix 1 quart of rubbing alcohol with 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid laundry detergent.  This mix works winter and summer and is good down to 30 degrees below zero. 

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