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Irish Spring Bar Soap:

Eliminate odors in dirty laundry.
Place a wrapped bar of soap at the
bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

Freshen the air in your dresser
drawers or closet, by placing a wrapped
bar of Irish Spring soap in the drawer
or / and closet to keep them
smelling fresh.

Fabric Softener Sheets:

Put a sheet in each dresser drawer to
freshen up the drawer, same goes
for suitcases.

Use fabric softener sheets for an
air freshener.
Put one behind curtains, under
chairs, etc.

Help eliminate odors by placing a sheet
in the bottom of the trash can,
laundry bag or hamper.

And help eliminate odor by putting
fabric softener sheets in shoes.

Us a fabric softener sheet in new books
will keep them smelling fresh, and can
cut down the musty paper smell of used
or old books.

To keep bugs away:
Put some fabric softener sheets under
lawn furniture to repel bees from
your skin.
You can also rub a sheet directly on your
bare skin to discourage would be
buggers from leaving their mark.

Tennis Balls:

Include a couple of tennis balls with
each dryer load, will cut drying time
by 25% - 50%.

Tennis balls also fluffs the clothes to a
delicate softness, especially towels.
A couple of tennis balls will also fluff up
pillows, comforters, etc.

To speed drying time of bulky items
and jeans,add a dry towel to the
wet clothing in the dryer.
The towel will help absorb
some of the excess moisture.


Use Windex and a damp cloth to
keep patent leather clean and


Add a teaspoon of pepper to the
wash load.
Pepper keeps bright colors bright and
prevents them from running too.

Black pepper can also keep the
squirrels from digging in your
garden because of the sting of
the pepper.

Use Cayenne Pepper to keep
raccoons away from your home
and garden.
Fill a one gallon container with water
and then add one container
of pepper.
Stir the mixture, and then add
a few drops of liquid dish soap.
This will help the repellent stay
where you spray it.
Fill a spray bottle with the solution
and keep the rest in the

Spray the pepper repellent around
your plants if you have a raccoon
trying to get your plants and vegetables,
or spray it around the perimeters of
your yard and next to
trash carts or cans.
The pepper will lose its scent after a
few days, so re-spray as

You can also use Epsom salt as
a raccoon repellent.
Scroll down for "Epsom Salt"
for more info.


Stainless steel can be cleaned by
rubbing it with a gritty paste of 2
tablespoons of salt mixed with
lemon juice.
Rinse well and pat dry with a
soft cloth.

Rub 2 to 3 tablespoons of salt onto the stains
inside your glass vases, and then scrub clean
with a damp bristle brush.

Gargle with warm salt water
(¼ teaspoon salt to one cup water)
to relieve a sore throat.

Sprinkle salt on carpets to dry out muddy
footprints before vacuuming.

When silk flowers get dusty, put them
in a paper bag with several tablespoons
of salt and shake gently for 2 minutes
to clean them.

Mix a tablespoon of salt into the water
of a vase of cut flowers to keep them
fresh longer.

To kill unwanted weeds growing in
your driveway or between bricks and
stones, pour boiling salt water
over them.

Refresh household sponges by
soaking them in cold salt water
for 10 minutes.

Epsom Salt:

Use Epsom salt to keep raccoons

To deter raccoons using Epsom salt,
sprinkle Epsom salt around and inside
your garden.
The raccoons will avoid your garden
and most likely will not return.
However, you will need to reapply every
time it rains or about every 2
weeks without rain.

Also, sprinkle Epsom salt on and
around your trash carts or cans to
keep the raccoons away.

It is best to keep your dog and / or
cat away from the areas where you
sprinkle the Epsom salt.

Don't let your dog eat Epsom salt
or drink water that has Epsom
salt in it, because it can disrupt
their digestive system.
Because of the magnesium, it can
cause extreme diarrhea and

Epsom salts can be used on dogs
(External Use Only).
Apply it to specific areas of
the body.
But don't allow your dog to be
immersed in a full bath.

Epsom salt should never be
administered without first
consulting your veterinarian.

Coffee Grounds:

To Eliminate Odors:
Coffee grounds contain nitrogen, which helps
eliminate a foul smelling sulfur gas from
the air when it’s combined with carbon.
In other words, coffee grounds can help absorb
and eliminate odors.
Place a bowl of coffee grounds in your fridge
or freezer to neutralize odors.

You can even keep coffee grounds by
the sink and use them to scrub your hands
after chopping garlic or onions.
The grounds will help remove the smell
from your hands.

To Tenderize meat:

Meat contains muscle fibers and proteins that
can give it a tough consistency.
Tenderizing meat helps break them down,
resulting in a softer texture.
Salt, enzymes and acids are three natural
types of meat tenderizers.
Coffee contains natural acids and enzymes,
making it especially effective at
tenderizing meat.
The acidic nature of coffee can also help
enhance the flavor of meat.

Simply add used coffee grounds to your
favorite dry-rub recipe and apply the rub
to the meat two hours before cooking.
The grounds will get cooked onto the
meat and form a dark, crispy crust.

To help your Hair:

The abrasive texture of coffee grounds will
help strip oils and buildup from your hair.
Pile them on in the shower or, for a much
less messy strategy, just add some grounds
to your shampoo or conditioner.
(Best for those with dark hair as
coffee can also darken hair.

To Exfoliate your Skin:

The coarse particles in coffee grounds work as
an exfoliating agent to help remove dirt and
dead cells from the skin.
Mix ½ cup of used
coffee grounds with 2 tablespoons of olive
oil or coconut oil.
Massage all over body while standing
in the shower.
Leave on for 10 minutes before
This mixture will exfoliate your skin
and may also help to reduce
the appearance of cellulite.

Mix a teaspoon of used coffee grounds
into your facial mask.
It will exfoliate the skin and
the caffeine will smooth and tighten

Coffee grounds can also be mixed with
a small amount of honey and used as an
exfoliating lip scrub.

What’s more, the caffeine in coffee grounds
has potent antioxidant properties that can
help protect the skin from sun damage.

It can also increase blood flow, which aids
in overall skin health.

To Clean the Drains:

Pour used coffee grounds down the sink or
bathtub drain, followed by 3 drops of dish
soap and a pot of boiling water.
This will clean and clear the drain of
clogs and built up grease.

To Fertilize your Garden:

Most soil does not contain the essential
nutrients needed for optimal plant growth.
Also, as plants grow, they absorb nutrients
from the soil, ultimately leaving it depleted
Thus, most gardens need to be fertilized to
ensure that plants have the nourishment
they need to survive.

Coffee grounds contain several key
minerals for plant growth: nitrogen,
calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus,
magnesium and chromium.

They may also help absorb heavy
metals that can contaminate soil.

Also, coffee grounds help attract worms,
which are great for your garden.

To use coffee grounds as fertilizer:

Simply sprinkle them onto the soil
surrounding your plants.

To repel bugs:
Certain compounds found in coffee, such
as caffeine, can be highly
toxic to insects.

Because of this, you can use coffee
grounds to repel bugs.

They are effective at deterring mosquitoes,
fruit flies and beetles, and they may help
keep other pests away too.

To use coffee grounds as an
insect and pest repellent

Simply set out bowls of grounds or
sprinkle them around outdoor
seating areas.

You can also keep pests out of your
garden by scattering coffee grounds
around your plants.

To Repel Fleas:

When you give your dog a bath,
add a tablespoon of used coffee
grounds to the shampoo to help
repel fleas.

Dawn Dish Soap:

Due to its high level of surfactants, Dawn is
successful at removing grease and oil stains,
and food and grass stains from clothes.

You can use Dawn as a facial soap for
oily skin, and to clean your hands.

Use Dawn as a multipurpose cleaner:

Use a few drops of Dawn in warm
water to clean ceramic tile and no wax
linoleum floors, bathroom and kitchen
counters & sinks, tubs and toilets,
woodwork, baseboards, shelves, etc.

Use Dawn as a lubricant on hinges,
and dresser drawers will slide easier
if the parts that stick are rubbed
with soap.

Use Dawn for an icepack:

Fill a Ziplock bag with Dawn half full,
close it, and freeze it.
The soap stays cold for a long
time, and the icepack can be reused.
It will conform to the place you
need an icepack.


Use a slice of soft bread after you’ve swept
and vacuumed the big shards of a broken glass,
and use it to pat down the area to collect those
tiny slivers that remain.
Wear rubber gloves; dispose of the bread
in the trash when you’ve finished.

Cut onions without tearing:

Place a slice of bread in your mouth
while cutting onions.
The bread will absorb sulfides that
causes tears, or also to avoid tears,
try placing a slice of bread over
the handle of the knife
before cutting onions.
Which ever one works best for you.

To remove splinters and stings:

Soak a piece of bread in cool milk, press
out the milk, and apply the bread to the
affected area, and bind it with a band-aid
or a piece of duct tape for a few hours
or overnight.

To soften brown sugar, cookies,
and other baked goods:

Just add a slice of bread to the sugar or
baked goods and seal in a metal canister
or ceramic jar.

To remove splinters and stings:

Soak a piece of bread in cool milk,
press out the milk, and apply the bread
to the affected area, and bind it with a
band-aid or a piece of duct tape for a
few hours or overnight.

Kitty Litter
( Regular, not the clumping kind) :

To remove oil stains:

Pour kitty litter on freshly spilled
oil and it will soak it right up.

Get rid of grease and oil spots
in your driveway or on your
garage floor:

Simply cover them with cat litter.
If the spots are fresh, the litter will soak
up most of the oil right away.

To remove old stains:
Pour some paint thinner on the
stain before tossing on the cat litter.
Wait 12 hours and then sweep clean.

To prevent grease fires:

Keep away the grease fires by adding
a thin layer of kitty litter on the bottom
of your grill.

When you’re stuck in the
or snow:

Keep a bag of cat litter in the trunk
of your car.

Pour some
kitty litter in front

and behind the drive tires.
It helps you gain traction

and get out of the mud or snow.


Baking Soda:

To clean microwave:

Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda
and 1 cup water.
high for 2 - 3 minutes.
Wipe interior with a damp cloth or
paper towel.

Add to Laundry:

Boost strength of liquid detergent
in the wash, by adding 1/2 cup
baking soda.
It gives 'whiter' whites and 'brighter'

Pretreat Stains:

Make a paste with baking soda. Mix 4
tablespoons baking soda and 1/4 cup
warm water.
Work the paste with a toothbrush on
the stains.
For bad stains, let the paste dry for about
2 hours before washing.

Use in the Fridge:

Place a box of baking soda in the fridge
to help keep food fresh.

Candles and Candle Wax:

To get candle wax out of cloth:

Use the dull edge of a knife to scrape
off as much wax as possible.
Place several paper towels on both
sides of the fabric and iron on a low
Change the towels often as the wax is
absorbed into them.

To remove wax from glass:

Scrape away the excess, then apply heat
with a blow dryer set to medium, wiping
off the wax with a rag as it softens.
Wash the area with hot, soapy water to
remove residue.

To remove wax from carpets:

Scrape off excess wax. Lay a damp,
lint-free white cloth over the wax and
apply medium heat with an iron; the
wax will adhere to the cloth.
Use rubbing alcohol to remove residue.
Vacuum up the pieces before they

Place your candles in the freezer overnight
to prevent them from dripping.
They will also burn longer.

To make a candle fit snugly into its holder,
pour hot water into the candle bowl,
let it heat up a bit, and then pour the
water out and stick the candle
in immediately.

To predict the weather:

Just blow out a lit candle.
If the wick smolders for longer
than usual, rain is on the way.
If the wick goes out quickly,
look for fair weather.


Bug Bite:

To relieve itching, cover the bite with
a little toothpaste.


To relieve the pain, run the burn under cold
water and apply toothpaste to the area.


To dry up, apply toothpaste to
the affected area.

Cold Sore:

To heal, dab a little toothpaste on
the sore before bed.


To remove tough dirt, rub your hands
with a little toothpaste and rinse.
You can also use a little toothpaste to
polish your nails.
Dab toothpaste on a toothbrush and
brush your nails and rinse.

Other Household Tips:

You won't lose shoelaces in the wash
if you string them through the
buttonholes in a shirt and tie
the ends together.

Dust Mop:

To clean a dust mop without the
mess, slip a large paper bag over the
head of the mop, secure the top, and
shake so the dust falls into the bag.


An automobile snow brush is
perfect for
cleaning under
a refrigerator.


Never offer your pets any food that's
spoiled or moldy.

Food that's unsafe for humans is also
unsafe for pets.

If your dog has a water dish outside
and always knocks it over,
substitute an angel food cake
pan for the dish.

Put a sturdy stake through the pan's
center hole and into the ground,
and even a frisky dog won't be able
to knock it over.

Never offer your dog or cat pork bones,
chicken bones, or fish bones.
These can splinter into sharp pieces
and catch in their throat.