Good Uses with Household Stuff:

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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 eliminate static shock when you walk across
your carpet, spray the carpet with a liquid fabric
softener solution. Dilute 1 cup softener with
2 1/2 quarts (2.5 liters) water; fill a spray bottle
and lightly spritz the carpet. Take care not to
saturate it and damage the carpet backing.
Spray in the evening and let the carpet dry
overnight before walking on it.
The effect should last for several weeks.

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 shiny.


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


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.

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.

Are Coffee Grounds Safe
to Consume?

Drinking coffee has been linked to a number
of health benefits, including a decreased risk of
type 2 diabetes, stroke and some types of cancer.

While it may seem safe to assume that consuming
coffee grounds may yield similar benefits, many
doctors caution against it.
Coffee beans contain
compounds called cafestol and kahweol,
which can increase blood cholesterol.

These compounds are
typically removed by paper filters when coffee is
brewed but remain in the grounds.
One study
looked at the effects of consuming about
0.25 ounces (7 grams) of coffee grounds per day.
After three weeks, the blood cholesterol of
participants increased by an average of 26 points.

Some recipes for baked goods, meat rubs and
sauces call for coffee grounds.
Using coffee grounds this way is probably
fine as long as you don’t consume them often.

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
Leave on for 10 minutes before showering.
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
caffeine and diterpenes, 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' colors.

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 setting.
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 soften.

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.

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 pet 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.

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