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Thursday, April 29, 2010
For pans with stubborn stuck on food (please tell me I am not the only one that burns food from time to time??):
Pour some cola into the pan to cover the burned part, then put the an on the stove, and bring to a boil. Next, let the pan and cola cool, then just wash in soapy warm water. The burned food will be lifted from the surface of the pan by the phosphoric acid in the soda (makes you stop and think, doesn't it?) Just rinse and your pan will be good as new (well, almost.)
Getting Rid of underarm stains.
White t-shirts and underarm stains simply don't look good together. To get rid of those stains, try some aspirin. Dissolve 8-10 aspirin in warm water, then soak the underarm of the shirt in the solution for about 30 minutes. Wash the shirt after that as normal, and the stain should disappear.
Getting rid of moldy spots on outdoor resin furniture.
Lemon juice and salt should get rid of the stains on your outdoor furniture--getting them ready for summer time fun! Just rub a paste of the lemon and salt on the spots, rinse ad set in the sun to dry.
Save money on Fabric Softener.
Instead of buying fabric softener at the store, try adding about 1/2 cup of baking soda along with your detergent to your laundry. You should have softer, brighter clothes without the perfume smell of the commercial softeners.
Say goodbye to wrinkles (talking laundry here, not so much the face, sorry)
Wrinkled laundry coming out of the dryer? Try this tip next load- wash the clothes in warm water, rinse them in cool water. Then, put a dry clean towel in the dryer with the clothes. They should come out wrinkle-free!
And if you want to have unique "green" party favors at your next party, the ADF also packages tiny baby trees that can be used as gifts for your guests, or sent directly as gifts for $2 each.
Think green and help the planet this Arbor Day without spending your green!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Did you know that May 1st is National Free Comic Book Day? It is! This means Free Comic Books at your local comic book store. There will be giveaways for superhero comics, classics, and the newest and greatest in comic book land.
To find a comic book store near you, visit ComicShopLocator.com, and for more info on National Free Comic Day, go to FreeComicBookDay.com.
image courtesy of FreeComicBookDay.com.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
For Scrapes and Skinned Knees: The oil in banana skin will soothe and promote healing.
For Plant Fertilizer and Nutrient: Let a banana peel air dry, then crumble the dried banana peel and place it in a paper bag. Let the banana peel sit at room temperature for about two days. Mix well in the soil around plants to give them an extra potassium boost!
Polish Your Silver: Put banana peels in a blender and blend till they are a creamy mixture. Then, polish your silver with the mixture and smile at the shine!
Polish Your Shoes: Rub the inside of the banana peel around your leather shoes to give them a shine. Wipe and buff with a soft cloth for a perfect shoe shine. The inside of banana peels have oil and potassium..two things found in most commercial shoe polish that you would buy at the store, minus the chemicals. So you save money and go greener at the same time!
Dust the Plants: Banana peels are great for dusting your household plants, and leaves them shiny and moist.
Soothe Stings and Bites: I have heard that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a bee sting or red ant bite will help soothe. ** I have not tried this personally, so would love to hear back from others who have tried this tip**
Warts: It has been said that the potassium from inside the banana peel will help warts go away when you rub speel on warts. **Again, have not tried this one, and would love to hear from others that have tried this**
Whiten Your Teeth: I love this one. Rub your teeth with the inside peel of a banana skin with a bit of salt on it. It is said to make a difference in a few days. Word of caution here: Do not use salt on your teeth everyday as this will erode tooth enamel. Rather, do this every three days or so. But rubbing the banana peel on your teeth before brushing daily (sans salt every day) is said to help whiten teeth naturally after about two weeks.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
If you are not sure what to do with that refund, why not start an emergency savings fund with the money? Or add to one you have already started.
An emergency fund may not seem like a fun way to spend your heard earned refund, but it should be a top priority for everyone. Skip the splurging today, and save for tomorrow's unexpected (and often unwelcome) surprises.
And don't forget..Starbucks is giving away free coffee all day April 15th. Just bring in your own mug, and they'll fill it for you with fresh hot coffee!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
1. Forget the shopping cart. Pick up a shopping basket to help you stay on track and just get the minimum items you need.
2. Looking for a protein for your dinner meal? Skip the pricey cuts of meat and poultry, and choose a whole roasted chicken, or better yet, make a dinner with eggs as your protein! They are cheap, versatile and a great source of protein as well as vitamins A and D.
3. Bring a list and stick to it. Definitely not any new advice here, but very important to follow this rule. Why? Shoppers that spend 30 minutes or more wandering around the grocery aisles tend to spend much more than they had originally planned to. And leave with more things han they really need.
Get in and get out. Quickly.
4. Always check your basket/cart before heading to the check out. Try to pick one item that is in your shopping basket that you can do without and put it back! This will help keep your impulse purchases in check.
5. Sales on healthy staple items like beans, soup, whole-grain cereals and frozen vegetables are a good thing usually. If you can, stock up on extra of these kinds of healthy foods whenever you find them on sale.
6. If you prefer to buy organic, but can't always afford the extra price for organic fruits and vegetables, remember thin skinned fruits will generally absorb more chemicals. So spend more for the organic fruits and veggies such as peppers and apples, Then you can save some money by buying non organic thick-skinned produce, such as oranges and bananas, since you peel it anyway.
Source: Yahoo Health
Monday, April 5, 2010
1. Give your dryer the week off and hang clothes to dry.
2. Turn your TV off an hour (or more) earlier than you normally do, and save electricity.
3. Walk where you can instead of driving this week.
4. If you are getting rain in your area this week, collect some of that water and use it for plants, garden and lawns next week.
5.Do not buy any cleaning products this week. Use vinegar and water to clean windows, tile, counters and floors. Use baking soda for bathtub cleaning.
6. Do not buy paper towels this week. Make your own cloth napkins from old clothing, towels, washcloths, etc. Throw them in with a full load for washing later and reuse next week.