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Thursday, January 29 , 2015

Use This for Oily Skin

Do you have oily skin? Here’s a natural way to get rid of the slick…

Use witch hazel as a balancing agent. Dab it on your face with a cotton ball first thing in the morning, last thing at night and anytime your face is feeling oily. It’ll make your skin look clear and bright.

More ways to healthy skin…


Thursday, January 29 , 2015

Hands-On Headache Cure

Next time your head starts to ache, instead of popping a pain pill, grab a friend and try this…

Ask your friend to slowly move one thumb down the right side of your back, heading from your shoulder blade toward your waist and stopping to exert gentle but steady pressure for one minute on any tender spots. If you have a minor tension headache, you should feel it dissipate. Human touch is a great healer!

More natural remedies for pain…


Wednesday, January 28 , 2015

Remove Lipstick Stains from Napkins

At your last family party, you put out some nice table linens. But you didn't want to tell your sister-in-law not to wipe her mouth…and now you have lipstick stains all over your napkins! Here's what to do…

For lipstick marks on a cloth napkin, put several layers of paper towels under the stained area. Wet a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol and press down on the stain. Do that a few times to blot up as much of the lipstick as possible. Then launder the napkin as usual.

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Monday, January 26 , 2015

Homemade Deodorant

Are you a big “sweat-er”? Even if you don't perspire profusely, body odor happens to the best of us, especially in the winter when we pack on the layers! Here's what to do…

Fill a clean, empty face-powder container (or any similar-sized plastic container) with baking soda, and apply evenly under your arms using a powder puff or big blush brush. The alkaline nature of the baking soda balances pH levels to neutralize odor…without added fragrance or chemicals.

Ladies…This is a great way to keep smelling fresh through a night of hot flashes.

If you have a real perspiration problem and feel more secure using a commercial deodorant, you can boost its power by applying baking soda over it.

More help with body odor…


Thursday, January 22 , 2015

Renew Your Leather Purse

If your leather jacket, boots, handbag or luggage (time for warm-weather travel!) looks dingy from winter weather or storage, here's a way to make it shine…

Separate two eggs, saving the yokes for a delicious pudding. Dip a clean, dry cloth into the egg whites and lightly coat your leather surface. Let the egg sit for three minutes, then wipe it off with a slightly damp cloth. Then buff immediately with a soft, dry cloth. You can also use this egg wash on your leather upholstery. It'll smile back at you!

More ways to keep leather looking great…


Wednesday, January 21 , 2015

A Trick to Iron Sleeves

Does anyone love to iron? We sure don’t…especially the weird parts, like sleeves! We know you can buy special ironing board attachments to accommodate sleeves, but that’s just one more awkward thing to fold up and figure out where to store. Here’s an easy way to iron sleeves…

Slide a small rolled-up towel into the sleeve. Use a thin linen dish towel for your delicate wear. Now you can iron these appendages without creating a terrible-looking sleeve crease.

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Wednesday, January 21 , 2015

Simple Solution for Food Scraps

If your favorite kitchen food-prep area isn't conveniently located near a waste bin, cooking can be a chore...all that back and forth! You can follow those wise celebrity chefs who use a “garbage bowl,” but we have another solution…

Use a smallish plastic bag—the kind you would get from a drugstore or use in a bathroom waste basket—fold over the edges, and use that as your garbage bowl. (Double up if you want to ensure no leaks.) Chuck into it all your onion skins, chicken fat, carrot peels. When you're finished with your food prep, tie the ends of your “garbage bowl” tightly to contain the odors, and voila! No bowl to clean, and your main garbage bin won't reek of last night's dinner.

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Tuesday, January 13 , 2015

Eat This to Unstuff Your Nose

Is your head cold all in your nose? Are you dreaming of sleep-filled nights when the breathing is easy? Nighttime cold medicines can contain alcohol and often disrupt sleep rather than help you heal. Here's what to use instead…

Just before bed, eat a teaspoon of prepared (or freshly grated, if you can take the heat) horseradish topped with a half-teaspoon of ground black pepper (or more, if you'd like). Breathe deeply as your nasal passages clear…and settle into a deep sleep.

If you can't hack the horseradish, swallow one-half teaspoon of honey with freshly ground pepper sprinkled on it. Don't inhale the pepper or you'll replace the sniffles with perpetual sneezing. Repeat whenever your nose clogs up...and when you need a healthy nap!

Caution: Diabetics and people with honey allergies should not use honey. If your symptoms continue for more than a few days, see your doctor.

Tuesday, January 13 , 2015

Take the Bite Out of Onions

Onions add a unique flavor to dishes…unfortunately they also have a stinky bite! But when we hold the onion from our salads or sandwiches, we miss that distinct onion taste. Here's what we do to sweeten the taste of raw onions.

Cut the onion into thin slices, and put them in a bowl. Then pour just-boiled water over them. Let the slices stand for two to three minutes, then drain and refrigerate until the onion is cold…and sweet.

More ways to make vegetables taste great…


Monday, January 12 , 2015

Handy Cure for Sweater Pills

Your favorite sweater accidentally got mixed in with the regular wash, and now it's covered with woolen lumps and pills. Do not throw it out! Here's what to do…

Gently rub the surface of your sweater with a pumice stone (yes, that thing that smoothes out rough heels). You might need to (carefully!) clip big pills with scissors, but the stone will detach the rest without harming the weave. Your sweater will look as good as new!

Thanks to Julie Edelman, author of The Accidental Housewife: How to Overcome Housekeeping Hysteria One Task at a Time (Ballantine), for help with this tip.

More help with your woolens…