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Here is a simple way to condition your hair. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to dissolve sticky residue left by shampoo.
Kill moss on where ever it grows with household bleach liquid. The bleach will not harm plants or grass. Bleach turns to common salt so does not harm the environment.
To sharpen your scissors, cut on a piece of foil a few times
Here is a good tip to tenderise meat. Soak in vinegar over night. If you add a small amount of vinegar when cooking older beef or chicken to make the meat tender and give it a delicious flavor. You can buy all sorts of white wine, red wine vinegar that add a wonderful flavor to meat. I always add about an egg cup full to all my meat dishes
Try taping a slice of garlic to the wart. Be sure to first protect the surrounding skin with petroleum jelly Samantha also came up with another treatment. Rub the wart with the inside of a banana skin. The inside of the banana contains potassium apparently and this will get rid of the wart
Get rid of roaches. Combine equal parts boric acid and sugar, mix well. Sprinkle in crevices and, if
building or remodeling, between walls before putting up plaster board.
Put the powder in jar lids or saucers and place behind the fridge and under sinks.
Caution: Keep mixture away from children and pets. If ingested in large quantities, or even in small amounts over several days, boric acid can be harmful
An onion can provide many natural benefits. If you have been stung by a bee or mosquito. Cut an onion in half and hold it on the sting. It will take the pain away, and cool the sting. The onion is also great for an earache, just slice it in half and put it over the ear hole. Leave it there for a half an hour at a time or till the pain subsides. An onion can also help your sinus' drainage. It is a natural decongestant. Just make some onion juice, you do this by slicing up slices of and onion and put sugar in it. 1-2 TBL spoons, let set for 1/2 hour till juice forms and spoon it out. Swallow, it is not too bad. One onion can be "juiced" many times. This is a great tip for a pregnant woman who has a cold and can't take medicine.
Brush your teeth with Baking soda to remove stains and whiten teeth. Do this about once a week. It really works.
To get relief from the symptoms of a cold, cough, influenza and catarrh. Make an infusion of any or all of the following;
1oz of Coltsfoot
1oz of elderflower
1oz white horehound
in 2 pints of water and simmer until reduced by a half. When cool add half a teaspoon of cinnamon
Drink slippery elm tea (usually bought as a powder) mixed with cayenne pepper, honey and a little warm water twice a day
Grated horseradish is good as a decongestant
To make your dish soap work twice as hard and to make your dishes sparkle, add 1 or 2 drops of lemon essential oil to the dishwater with your soap
To keep your bread box and other food containers fresh clean and hygienic. Clean the breadbox and food containers with vinegar-dampened cloth to keep fresh-smelling and clean
To keep table linen from creasing, install a wooden or metal rod just beneath a low shelf and hang the linen on hangers padded with cardboard tubes, from finished rolls of kitchen towel.
Fold and store bed or bath linen in sets, rather than by size. That way you can grab a complete set when you want it instead of having to pick through several stacks.
Milk Stain Mix one teaspoon of a mild detergent (a mild non alkaline non bleaching detergent) with a cup of lukewarm water Blot the effected area Mix one tablespoon of household ammonia with a half cup of water Blot the effected area Repeat step one and then, sponge with clean water
Blot dry
Removing all air from plastic bags before freezing will help preserve flavor and appearance of their contents and will keep ice particles from forming. You can remove the air simply by scrunching up the end and putting a straw into the bag and sucking the air out. When you have got as much of the air out twist the top and seal. Brush fresh meat with olive oil before wrapping for the freezer to keep it moist and prevent any drying out.

If you're in a hurry for ice cubes, maybe you are having a party, leave 3 or 4 frozen cubes in the tray and then fill the other partitions with cold water. The new ice cubes will freeze in half the time.
Clean Copper with a paste of equal parts of vinegar, salt and flour
Lime scale is a build up of alkaline residue from the water in your area. All you need to do to clean
it up is reduce the alkalinity with an acid such as neat vinegar or lemon juice.
Your taps, faucets will amaze you when you rub them clean with half a lemon.
If you have only a few items of various types of fabric to wash, you can put them all in the machine together (provided that the colors do not run). However you must wash them as directed for the most delicate fabric that is amongst them. Use less powder. Most manufacturers recommend that you use more than you need. It is better for sales. You can get away with using half as much powder, if not less. If there are suds left in the water after the last rinse, put the items back in the machine for one more rinse but add a cup full of vinegar, into the washing machine
Most bleaches found in the home contain Sodium hypochlorite.Its strength varies according to the manufacturer. Don't use sodium hypochlorite in a hot wash, as it gives off dangerous fumes in boiling water. Because chlorine can damage or destroy silk, wool, leather, elastane or resin-treated fabrics, a bleaching agent with similar properties, such as hydrogen peroxide or sulphur dioxide, should be used.
Don't overlook the natural bleaching effect of the sun on white or pale garments hung outdoors to dry. Unfortunately sunlight is not a practical solution for stained nylon or silk, which turn yellow and rot in the sun.
Use sodium perborate bleach on silk and wool or sodium hydrosulphite bleach, which is a mild bleach and safe on wool and nylon as well as on cotton and linen. Sodium hydrosulphite will also
remove many stains of vegetable and animal origin. A mild bleach for removing stains from
delicate fabrics can be obtained by diluting one part hydrogen peroxide with four parts water.
A powerful solvent, derived from petroleum, used to remove nail varnish and grease stains and to thin varnishes. Never use it on acetate fabrics as they dissolve. Nail varnish remover has oil added to it, which may leave a mark on clothes if it is used as a stain remover. Use in a well-ventilated room if thinning varnish.
Use acetic acid (white vinegar) or citric acid (lemon juice) for stain removal.

Solvent-based, general-purpose adhesives are highly flammable, toxic and may be addictive when "sniffed". Chemical-based adhesives (epoxy resins) are often stronger than the materials to be bonded and can be corrosive, poisonous and flammable. Many adhesives contain cyclic hydrocarbons, which have been linked with cancer.
Water-based adhesives are taking the place of some traditionally solvent-based adhesives. Choose these where possible; not only are they safer, but they are also reversible.
Make a non-toxic adhesive for children with flour and water.
Use one part flour to two parts water, combine them in a saucepan, then simmer, stirring all the time, for five minutes. Allow to cool before using.
White Spirits (Danger)
A colourless solvent made of a mixture of mineral salts. Among its many uses, it is a paint thinner and general-purpose grease remover. White spirit can sometimes be used instead of turpentine and is much cheaper. Flammable and toxic, it dries out the skin's natural oils and may cause an allergy.
Use white vinegar or lemon juice instead of solvents to remove grease stains. There is no alternative for thinning paint. Unless you paint is water based and then you can use water.
Baking soda
Go on then you have heard all the wonderful things that baking soda can do. But what is it. I had to look it up. Another common name for baking soda is bicarb which is short for bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate. There is a difference between baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Have a look at the following site that will give you a mega breakdown of the differences.

Have you ever looked inside your teapot. The gunk that accumulates is frightening. L
To clean your teapot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot, and then wipe away the grime.
Warning: Do not put a ceramic teapot on the hob as it will blow up. J Instead boil the whole pot inside a big pan of water and vinegar and then boil.
If you have trouble with a zipper rub some liquid soap up and down over it. To be honest for men it might not be an idea to do it occasionally just to make sure you never have an embarrassing moment Cure for headaches
Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
another tip is to:-
Eat 10-12 almonds, the equivalent of two aspirins, for a migraine headache. Almonds are far less likely to upset the stomach
Also if this helps....whenever I get sinus headaches or migraines I just push
on the top of my nose right in between my eyes and whatever it is drains out
and my headache goes helps a lot.
Cure for dandruff
Vinegar is poured into the hair, massaged into the scalp, and left to dry for a few minutes. Then the hair is washed. The process is repeated daily until the dandruff disappears, usually within a few days Be amazed by all the other things that vinegar will do click here
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