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Amazing New Helpful Household Hints!

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How many of these did YOU know about?   

    A sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a
   knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. 
                                    
  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.
                          
  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. 
                          
  To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for
  a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The
  wax  will  fall out.
                          
  Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped
   in baking  soda. Comes off with little effort.
                          
  Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt
  BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
                           
  Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of
  scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw
  away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would
  be  much  more economical. Now a box of S.O.S  pads last me indefinitely!
  In fact, I  have noticed that the scissors get 'sharpened'' this way!
                                             
  Blood stains on clothes?  Not to worry!  Just pour a little hydrogen 
  peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood.   Works
  every time!  (Now, where to put the body?)  
                          
    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.
                                              
  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.
                          
  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.
                                               
  Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least  3
  hours prior to burning.
                                             
  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! Works like a charm!
                          
  To easily remove burnt on 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 stove top.

  Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring
  in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.

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

  When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the
  corn's natural sweetness
                                               
   Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your
   forehead.   The throbbing will go away.
                                              
   Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for  future
    use in casseroles and sauces ........  Left over wine? What's that? :)
                                                
  To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area
 and  you will experience instant relief.
                                             
  Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So,
get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
                         
  Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still,
  leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
                                        
  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.
                                             
  Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer........  Clean a toilet.
  Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.
  The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China
                                      
  Clean a vase - To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
                       
  Polish jewelry - Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the
   jewelry for two minutes.
                                          
   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.


1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber.  Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower?  Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds?  Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long.  The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool?  Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite.  Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache?  Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes?  Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?  Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa?  Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams - AS WELL AS DIVAS!!!

11. Just finished a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints?  Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?  Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake?  Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!