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These tips and tricks have been compiled from sources thru internet. We are not doctors and cannot confirm that these trips and tricks work and are safe - please research and check them out first before you try them.



  •   Place an unripe avocado in a  closed paper bag with an apple. The avocado will be ripe in a few days.


  •   Drip proof your candles by  filling a bucket with 1 gallon of water and 1 cup of salt. Submerge the  candles for 24 hours in the salt water. The coating created by the salt water  keeps the drips inside the candle.
  •   If your handheld can opener does  not cut as well as it used to, insert the edge of a 3" wide strip of wax paper  between the blades and turn the handle as usual. The wax paper creates  friction and takes away rust and grime.
  •   When knitting, when you stop put  a cork on the ends of the knitting needles. This prevents dropped stitches.
  •   Dental floss works great to tie a  stuffing bird legs or other meats together.
  •   To remove food that is stuck to  the inner surface of your oven, apply a paste of 1/2 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Let sit 10 minutes and rub with a damp cloth. Baking soda  dissolves gunk, while its abrasives make it possible to wipe away grime.
  •   To remove coffee stains, leave denture cleaning  tablets in stained coffee cups with water for a few minutes.
  •   When the whites still are a little dingy after  using your detergent, add 1/2 cup of concentrated lemon juice to the wash load  and launder as usual. Lemon juice does not break down the clothing fibers as  bleach does, and is a natural whitener.
  •   Cover grease spots (like from  fried foods) with baby powder and let sit for three hours. Then shake off the  powder and launder . The absorbent talcum granules will soak up traces of  grease.
  •   To slip proof your steps, pour a  solution of one gallon hot water and 2 Tbls liquid soap over the steps. The  heat melts the ice and the soap leaves behind water-repelling molecules that  will prevent new ice from forming or refreezing.
  •   To refresh potpourri, pour 1/4  vodka into a spray bottle and spray liberally over the potpourri and stir to  saturate every piece. The odorless alcohol breaks down the potpourri's  hardened surface and exposes the layers beneath.
  • To get rid of ants: sprinkle cinnamon, bay leaves, cayenne pepper or baby powder in problem areas and along baseboards and windowsills.
  • To get rid of cockroaches: sprinkle equal parts of baking soda and confectioners’ sugar in problem areas.
  • To get rid of mice: place cotton dipped in peppermint oil near problem areas. Used kitty litter is another repellent.
  • To get rid of mosquitoes: mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water placed on your deck or balcony or dab lavender oil on your wrists and elbows.
  • To get rid of flies: small sachets of crushed mint placed around the home will discourage flies. So will a potted sweet basil plant.


  •   Use a shower curtain as a waterproof tablecloth  or blanket during a picnic.


  •   If you can't fit an odd-shaped eye or lip pencil  into a standard pencil sharpener, use an emery board to file it down to a  point.
  •   After you peel citrus, keep the citrus peels in  the freezer. For your next bath zap them in the microwave a few seconds and  put them in a cheese cloth then submerge them in your hot bath. The smell of  citrus calms the areas of your brain activated by stress.

Uses for Vodka (yes Vodka!)

  • To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves adhesive.
  • To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
  • To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.
  • Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.
  • Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, and then blot dry
  • Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
  • Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
  • Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill them.
  • Pour 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup water in a Ziploc freezer bag. Freeze for a slushy, refreshing ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.
  • Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.
  • To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
  • To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
  • Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
  • Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.
  • Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.

    And silly me, I've only been drinking the stuff!!!

Cinnamon & Honey

Facts on honey and cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a "Ram Ban" (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, in its issue dated 17 January, 1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:

  • HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. For those who have already had an attack, doing this process daily, keeps them miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss o f breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.
  • ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily, morning, and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.
  • BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.
  • TOOTHACHE: Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be applied three times a day until the tooth stops aching.
  • CHOLESTEROL: A mixture of two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.
  • COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.
  • UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.
  • GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
  • IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.
  • INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.
  • INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural Ingredient which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
  • LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increases and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.
  • PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.
  • SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected areas cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.
  • WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
  • CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.
  • FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 PM. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.
  • BAD BREATH: People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.
  • HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restore hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!


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