Baking Soda ...
1. Facial scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub on skin in a circular motion. Rinse clean.
2. Freshen your mouth. Put one teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water then swish, spit and rinse.
3. Treat insect bites. Make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply to affected area.
4. Clean brushes and combs. Remove oil build-up and hair products by soaking combs and brushes in a small basin of warm water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in it. Rinse and allow to dry.
5. Soothe your feet. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a warm bath. Let feet soak and gently scrub.
6. Clean the microwave. Apply baking soda to a clean, damp sponge and scrub out the microwave. Rinse well with water.
7. Clean the oven. Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven. Spray baking soda with water and let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub and wipe away residue.
8. Hand wash dishes, pots and pans. Add 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda (in addition to your regular detergent) to the dish water to help cut grease and remove foods left on dishes.
9. Clean sponges. Soak smelly sponges in 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water.
10. Polish Silverware. Make a baking soda paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Rub onto silverware with a clean cloth or sponge and rinse thoroughly.
11. Clean floors. Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a bucket of warm water. Mop floor and rinse clean.
12. Clean furniture. Apply baking soda to a damp sponge and rub lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
13. Remove oil and gas stains. Sprinkle baking soda on stain and scrub with a wet brush.
14. Boost liquid laundry detergent. Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to laundry to help clothes get cleaner, fresher and brighter.
15. Clean shower curtains. Sprinkle baking soda directly on a damp sponge. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean.
16. Clean cloth diapers. Dissolve 1/2 cup of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and soak diapers thoroughly.
17. Clean batteries. Baking soda can neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. because it is a mild alkali. To clean, disconnect the battery terminals. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and apply with a damp cloth and scrub corrosion from the battery terminal.
18. Freshen your fridge. Place an opened box of baking soda in your refrigerator to neutralize odors.
19. Deodorize trash cans. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your trash can to help cut smells and odors.
20. Extinguish fires. For small cooking fires, turn off the gas or electricity if possible. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire.
21. Fruit and veggie scrub. Sprinkle a little baking soda on a damp sponge, rub on fruit/veggies and rinse.
22. Remove marks from walls. Create a paste with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and use to scrub walls and remove crayon and other marks.
23. Remove grunge from grills. Sprinkle baking soda on your grill and scrub with a brush. Wipe clean with a damp rag.
24. Septic care. Regular use of baking soda in your drains can keep your septic system flowing freely. One cup of baking soda per week will maintain a good pH balance in your septic tank.
25. Clean baby toys. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water. Soak toys and rinse well.
26. Clean counters. Sprinkle baking soda on your counter and scrub with a damp sponge. Wipe clean with a damp rag.
27. Deodorize and clean dishwashers. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher and run as usual.
28. Freshen rugs. Sprinkle baking soda on rugs and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Shake rugs clean or vacuum off.
29. Brighten dull floors. Dissolve 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of hot water. Mop and rinse for shiny floors.
30. DIY bathroom scrub. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add a little vinegar to give it a creamy texture and use to clean your tubs and sinks.
31. Brush pet teeth. Sprinkle baking soda on a toothbrush and use to safely brush your pet's teeth.
32. Sunburn relief. Mix baking soda with a little water and apply to sore areas to soothe pain.
33. Fight dandruff. Massage scalp with a handful of baking soda to slough off dry skin.
34. Deodorize garbage disposals. Pour baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water.
35. Freshen breath. Mix a little baking soda in a small cup of water and gargle to freshen breath.
36. Clean toothbrushes. Soak bristle end of toothbrushes in a mixture of 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup baking soda. Let sit overnight and rinse.
37. Make fluffier omelets. Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for every 3 eggs.
38. Deodorize lunch boxes. Between uses, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in lunch boxes to absorb odors.
39. Repel rain. Sprinkle baking soda on your windshield and wipe away to help repel rain.
40. Remove insecticides. Fill your sink with water and mix in 1/4 cup of baking soda. Wash fruits and vegetables in the water to safely remove insecticides.
41. Fresh smelling drawers. Pour some baking soda into a sock and tie the top in a knot. Keep the filled sock in your drawer to help keep it fresh smelling.
42. Check soil acidity. Soil needs to be acidic for plants and vegetation to grow properly. To check if your soil is acidic enough, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with 2 cups of water then stir in 1 cup of soil. If the mixture bubbles, then your soil is acidic enough.
43. Relieve itchy skin. Sprinkle baking soda in a bath tub filled with warm water and add 1/4 cup of baby oil to help soften and relieve itchy skin.
44. Deodorize drains. To deodorize sink and tub drains, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water.
45. Freshen patio furniture. Sprinkle patio furniture and cushions with baking soda before storing them for the winter to help them stay fresh smelling until summer.
46. Resist split ends. Add a little baking soda to your conditioner and lather in your hair to clean and help prevent split ends.
47. Poison ivy relief. Mix baking soda with a little water and apply to affected area to soothe skin.
48. Unclog drains. Pour one cup of baking soda followed by one cup of hot vinegar to unclog a drain.
49. Keep away weeds. Sprinkle baking soda on cracks in your driveway and sidewalk to help prevent weed growth.
50. Deodorize the cutting boards. Sprinkle cutting boards with baking soda, scrub and rinse.
51. Razor burn relief. Rub a paste of baking soda and water on irritated area.
52. Clean finger and toe nails. Dip a nail brush in baking soda and scrub to clean nails and soften cuticles.
53. Make bubbling bath salts. Mix 2 1/2 cups baking soda, 2 cups cream of tartar and 1/2 cup cornstarch. Mix together and store in a container. Use 1/4 cup in each bath.
54. Remove calluses. Massage a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water on heels/feet to smooth rough calluses or heels.
55. Deodorize recyclables. Sprinkle baking soda on top as you add to the container. You can also sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge, wipe clean and rinse.
56. Remove odor from hands. Remove the smell of fish, onion or garlic with a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water or liquid soap. Rinse off and dry.
57. Exfoliate elbows and knees. Make a paste with baking soda and water and rub on elbows and knees to remove dry skin.
58. Revitalize your feet. Soak tired feet in a basin fill with warm water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
59. Chlorine remover. Rinse hair with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 pint of water to remove dullness or discoloration in hair caused by chlorine.
60. Remove odor from carpets. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let sit overnight and vacuum up in the morning.
61. Relieve body odor. Mix a cup of baking soda in a bathtub filled with cool water will help cause body odor causing bacteria to go away. Bathe as usual.
62. Fill holes in the wall. Mix white toothpaste and baking soda together. Fill in the holes and allow to dry.
63. Freshen the smell of your car. Fill your ashtray with baking soda to neutralize and freshen the air in your vehicle.
64. Polish chrome. Make a paste of baking soda and water, dip a rag in it, rub it on chrome and wipe off for a shiny polished look.
65. Deodorize your wash. Smelly clothes can be neutralized with 1/2 cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle of your wash.
66. Remove water rings and spots. Make a paste with baking soda and water and combine with a little toothpaste. Dip a soft cloth in the paste and rub away rings and spots from wood.
67. Freshen up fireplaces. Clean all ashes out of your fireplace and place a bowl filled with baking soda inside of it to remove unwanted odors.
68. Remove bean bloat. Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda in your water when soaking beans to remove what causes gas and bloat when eating them.
69. Remove hair buildup. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda in with your shampoo and wash as usual to remove unwanted buildup.
70. Whiten teeth. Dip your toothbrush in baking soda before every brushing and brush teeth as usual to white teeth naturally.
71. Freshen closets. Place an open box of baking soda on a shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh.
72. Remove sauce stains. Make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub on plastic containers stained with red sauces to remove stains.
73. Melt the ice. Sprinkle baking soda on icy steps and sidewalk to help melt ice and provide traction.
74. Remove sweat stains. Make a paste of baking soda and water, spread on stain, let sit for an hour and wash as usual.
75. Acne clearing mask. Make a paste of baking soda and water, spread on face, let sit for 5-7 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
76. Clean retainers or dentures. Sprinkle baking soda on a toothbrush and brush retainers or dentures then rinse under water.
77. Clean burned on food off pots and pans. Fill pots and pans with hot water, sprinkle in a few teaspoons of baking soda, and let sit for 10 minutes before washing.
78. Remove odors from vacuum cleaners. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and vacuum up to remove odors inside your vacuum.
79. Remove grease stains from garage floors. Sprinkle baking soda on the grease to absorb the oils, scrub and rinse.
80. Clean marble. Add 3 teaspoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water. Dip a clean cloth in the water and wipe down marble.
81. Clean shoes. Make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to shoes, scrub with a sponge or rag and wipe off.
82. Freshen stuffed animals. Sprinkle baking soda on toys and let sit for at least 15 minutes before brushing or vacuuming off.
83. Deodorize cars. Eliminate odors settled into car upholstery and carpet by sprinkling baking soda onto fabric seats and carpets. Wait at least 15 minutes, and vacuum up.
84. Clean and deodorize toilets. Add a cup of baking soda to a toilet, let sit for and hour and flush to clean and freshen.
85. Clean stinky pets. Sprinkle baking soda on your pets fur and brush through to help deodorize fur and hair.
86. Sweeten tomatoes. Sprinkle baking soda in the soil surrounding your tomato plants to give them a sweeter flavor.
87. Repel bugs. Sprinkle baking soda along basement windows and under sinks to repel cockroaches and ants.
88. Deodorize kitty litter. Cover the bottom of the kitty litter pan with baking soda and fill as usual. You can also sprinkle baking soda on top of litter.
89. Protect your garden. Sprinkle baking soda around your garden and vegetables to keep rabbits and other animals from eating them.
90. Fix stiff brushes. Boil brushes in 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda.
91. Deodorize smelly dish rags. Soak dish rags in a warm container of water and baking soda.
92. Make modeling clay. Mix baking soda with 1/4 cup of water and 1 cup of cornstarch until it reaches a clay like consistency.
93. Deodorize pet bedding. Sprinkle bedding liberally with baking soda, wait at least 15 minutes then vacuum up.
94. Freshen the air. Mix baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts, place in small breathable fabric bags and place around your house.
95. Relieve jelly fish stings. Apply paste of baking soda and water to a jelly fish sting to draw out the venom.
96. Relieve diaper rash. Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda to baby's bath water to help relieve diaper rash.
97. Freshen up stinky shoes. Sprinkle baking soda into shoes when not in use. Shake out before wearing.
98. Longer lasting flowers. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in your vase with fresh cut flowers to help them live longer.
99. Unclog stuffy noses. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the water in your vaporizer to help clear stuffy sinuses.
100. Freshen linens. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle in your washing machine for fresher sheets and towels.
101. Relieve heartburn. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 cup of water and drink to neutralize stomach acids.
Coffee filters .... Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing... even the large ones!
1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.
3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
11.. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..
13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.
14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."
15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.
16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.
17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.
18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.
19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.
20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.
22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
23. Use them to sprout seeds.. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.
24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..
25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.
Not just for coffee!
In 1953, a fledgling company called Rocket Chemical Company and its staff of three set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry, in a small lab in San Diego, California.
It took them 40 attempts to get the water displacing formula worked out. But they must have been really good, because the original secret formula for WD-40®—which stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try—is still in use today.
Convair, an aerospace contractor, first usedWD-40 to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion. The product actually worked so well that several employees snuck some WD-40 cans out of the plant to use at home.
A few years following WD-40's first industrial use, Rocket Chemical Company founder Norm Larsen experimented with putting WD-40into aerosol cans, reasoning that consumers might find a use for the product at home as some of the employees had. The product made its first appearance on store shelves in San Diego in 1958.
In 1960 the company nearly doubled in size, growing to seven people, who sold an average of 45 cases per day from the trunk of their cars to hardware and sporting goods stores in the San Diego area.
In 1961 the first full truckload order for WD-40 was filled when employees came in on a Saturday to produce additional concentrate to meet the disaster needs of the victims of Hurricane Carla along the U.S. Gulf coast. WD-40 was used to recondition flood and rain damaged vehicles and equipment.
In 1969 the company was renamed after its only product,
WD-40 Company, Inc.
In 1973, WD-40 Company, Inc., went public and was listed Over-The-Counter. The stock price increased by 61% on the first day of listing.
Since that time, WD-40 has grown by leaps and bounds, and is now virtually a household name, used in numerous consumer and industrial markets such as automotive, manufacturing, sporting goods, aviation, hardware and home improvement, construction, and farming.
In 1993, WD-40 was found to be in 4 out of 5 American households (it seems everyone has a can or two) and was used by 81 percent of professionals at work. Sales had grown to more than one million cans each week.
In 2003, the new WD-40 Big Blast can was introduced, featuring a wide-area spray nozzle that delivers WD-40 quickly and efficiently over large areas.
In 2005, as a commitment to offering consumers the easiest, most convenient way to get the job done, WD-40 Company introduced the WD-40 Smart Straw®, which features a permanently attached straw. The Smart Straw can solved the number one complaint about WD-40 products losing the little red straw.
In 2006, WD-40 Company introduced the WD-40 No-Mess Pen® to provide millions of WD-40 users a portable, precision-application delivery system of the famous multi-purpose problem solver. TheWD-40 Fan Club also reached an astonishing 100,000 members & a tribute to WD-40’s fanatical fan base around the globe.
In 2008, WD-40 Company listened to its consumers and converted its most popular-size WD-40 cans to WD-40 Smart Straw® cans. The official list of 2000+ Uses for WD-40 also grew for the first time, thanks to the help of WD-40 Fan Club members.
In 2009, WD-40 Company introduced WD-40 Trigger Pro® – a non-aerosol product with the same WD-40 formula – to better meet the needs of its industrial consumers.
In 2011, WD-40 Company introduced WD-40® Specialist® – a new line of best-in-class specialty products under the WD-40 brand geared toward trade professionals.
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floor that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well. (Ya gotta love this one!!!)
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic / terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring.
It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.
Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty Bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers...
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stove-tops.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida's favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.'
38. The favorite use in the state of New York, it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.
Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.
And for the rest of the 2000+ uses ... visit HERE
Information here was taken from the WD-40 website ...
as well as from around the web ...
and from personal experience and uses.
Momma says ...
1. Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.
2. Use a meat baster to “squeeze” your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you’ll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time....
3. To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
4. To prevent eggshells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.
5. Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan and the marshmallow won’t stick to your fingers.
6. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
7. 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 the stovetop.
8. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces and there won’t be any stains.
9. When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won’t be any white mess on outside of the cake.
10. If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato and it will absorb the excess salt for an instant “fix me up.”
11. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
13. Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it.
14. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn’s natural sweetness.
15. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh, but if it rises to the surface, throw it away.
16. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
17. Don’t throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
18. If you have a problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
19. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
20. To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.
21. 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.
22. 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, then run the hot water.
1. Fat busting: Do you ever wonder why women put cucumbers on their eyes to relieve puffiness? The photochemical in cucumbers makes the collagen in your skin tighten, thus the lack of puffiness. Did you know that you can rub a cucumber on a problematic spot of cellulite anywhere on your body to lessen the visibility of it? Did you also know that it has the same effect on wrinkles? Wow, it makes purchasing those fifty dollar creams seem a little silly, doesn’t it? You can also rub a little bit under your kiddo’s eyes after a long bout of crying to avoid that puffy ‘I cried for an hour straight’ look.
2. Defogger: Do you get annoyed when you get out of the shower and you have to fight the fog on the mirror? Who has time for that when the kids will be awake at any moment? Try rubbing a slice of cucumber on the mirror before you hop in and not only will you get a fog-free mirror, but you’ll have a nice smell that will boost your mood.
3. Headaches: If you suffer from headaches from chasing your babies all day, or had a little too much wine with dinner and want to avoid a hangover, eat half of a cucumber before bed. Cucumbers are high in B vitamins, sugar, and electrolytes, and they replenish the nutrients missing in your body to help you avoid a hang over or to beat that headache that’s been threatening to take over.
4. WD-40 replacement: Did you know you can get rid of a squeak by rubbing a cucumber on the hinge? Wow, now you don’t have to tear your garage apart looking for that little can with the red straw, and the baby won’t wake up when you slowly open the nursery door to check on him.
5. Crayon on the walls: Take an unpeeled cucumber and rub the crayon off of the walls in the event that your kiddo left you some art. You can also use this technique to erase a pen mistake.
6. Halitosis killer: Take a slice of cucumber and put it on the roof of your mouth. Hold it there with your tongue for 30 seconds. The photochemical that you love for cellulite and puff reduction will also kill the bacteria that is causing your bad breath.
7. Tarnish remover: If you’re finding tarnish on your stainless steel kitchen faucets and appliances? Rub it off with a cucumber slice. Not only will it remove years of tarnish, it will leave it streak free and your hands will thank you, and your kids won’t be put at risk from a dangerous chemical.
8. Energy booster: If you’re feeling tired in the afternoon, don’t give Starbucks your five bucks. Instead, grab a cucumber. There are just enough carbohydrates and B vitamins to give you a longer-lasting and healthier boost of energy than soda, coffee, or those health hazard energy drinks.
9. Munchy madness: Did you know that European trappers ate cucumbers for energy and to keep from starving to death? If those big burly manly men can eat a cucumber to keep from starving, you can eat one as a healthy choice when the munchies hit. Slice some up and take them in a small plastic container to the movies if your theater doesn’t offer healthy alternatives to munching on butter soaked popcorn.
10. Frugal facial: Slice up a cucumber and boil it in a pot of water. The chemicals inside of the cucumber will mix with the steam. Remove the pot from heat and lean over it, letting the steam hit you. Your skin will be more radiant and healthy, and you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
11. Shoe polish: Cut a slice off of your cucumber and rub it on your shoe. It will not only shine it up, but it will repel water.
12. Pest control: Put three or four slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and place them in your garden. The chemicals in the cucumber have a reaction that pests hate. You won’t smell it, but it will drive them from your garden all year long. Replace them periodically.
13. Sunburn: Sometimes sun block doesn’t always protect your little ones from sunburn. If you have burnt little kiddos you don’t have any aloe, rub some cucumber on them. Many doctors even use cucumber to treat patients with irritated skin and sunburns.
14. Blood pressure: Cucumber has been long used to treat high blood pressure. If you have it, add cucumbers to your daily diet. There is also ongoing research into the use of cucumbers for lowering cholesterol.
15. Constipation remedy: The seeds of a cucumber are a diuretic. If you’re constipated, try eating a cucumber. If you suffer from chronic constipation, add cucumber to your daily diet.”
Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.
Some other interesting facts about hydrogen peroxide:
It is found in all living material.
Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
It is found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.
It is found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.
Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.
*Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.
*In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.
*Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.
*Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.
*Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.
*Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean.
*Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.
*Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.
*Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.
*Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.
*Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.
*Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.
*Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.
*Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.
*Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.
*Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.
*According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!
*Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.
*Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.
*Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.
*Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.
*Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.
*Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.
*Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.
*Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.
*Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.
*Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.
*Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.
*Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.
*De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.
I need helpful hints
- like all the time!
Thought someone else might find them useful.
These were taken from various sources around the Internet.
NOT my works.
While I have tried many of these,
I have not tried them all.