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Wednesday, June 26 , 2013

How to Get Rid of Green Swimming-Pool Hair

Don't you just hate it when you get out of the pool and your blonde hair has a greenish tinge? Take a clean sponge, dip it in red wine and dab it on your hair. Let it sit for a few minutes. The chemicals in a chlorinated pool will be neutralized by the tannic acid in the wine. And since you're just dabbing your hair with the wine (rather than soaking it), you won't change from a blonde to a temporary redhead. Rinse thoroughly with clear, warm water. Or, if you have more aspirin around than wine, dissolve six aspirin tablets in a pint of warm water...massage the aspirin-water mixture into your wet hair for a few minutes...and the green will disappear. Rinse thoroughly with clear water.

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Tuesday, June 25 , 2013

Help for When You Are Feeling Faint

If you're in a very warm room and you start to feel a little faint, get to a sink and run cold tap water over the insides of your wrists until the queasy feeling goes away. If there are ice cubes around, rub them on your wrists. Relief is almost immediate.

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Monday, June 24 , 2013

To Grow Sweeter Tomatoes

Did you know that tomatoes are the most popular homegrown vegetable? You probably aren't surprised. The vine plants are easy to grow in containers on patios or decks or in a simple backyard patch of dirt…and a fresh, homegrown tomato tastes light-years better than what you'd get in the grocery store. Would you like your tomatoes to taste even sweeter? Here's what to do: Lower the acidity of your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda (one-quarter to one-half cup, depending on the size of your plants) around your maturing plants and working it into the soil (about an inch or two below the surface). Do this once a week, and your tomatoes will taste sweeter.

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Friday, June 21 , 2013

All-Natural Fly Repellent

How did those flies get inside? They are tricky little devils! Flies are repelled by the herb thyme—so if you want to keep them outside, fill a plant mister with a cup of thyme tea (brew a teaspoon of dried thyme in an eight-ounce cup of just-boiled water for five minutes…let cool) and spray doors, window frames, countertops...wherever the flies tend to congregate. You can use it every day, if need be—it's free of chemicals and harsh smells. But flies hate it and will think twice before sneaking into your home.

For more help with pests, including natural remedies for bug bites...


Thursday, June 20 , 2013

An Easy Way to Swallow Those Big Pills

You know that gagging feeling you get when you have to swallow a big pill or capsule? Dr. Hans H. Neumann, Connecticut public health physician, gave us this suggestion: Right after taking that pill or capsule (with or without water), take a bite of a ripe banana, chew it well and swallow. Dr. Neumann says, "The banana helps to coat the esophagus and push the pill into the stomach for quick absorption." Obviously, you can't do this trick with pills you must take on a completely empty stomach.

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Wednesday, June 19 , 2013

Amazing Car Trunk Extender

Warm weather means you'll see lots of yard sales when you're out driving, particularly on weekend mornings. But what happens when you notice an irresistible bargain that's too big to fit in your car? Easy! Just keep two old pairs of panty hose tucked in your glove box or a corner of your cargo area.

You can use the panty hose to secure the trunk lid or hatch of your car over that oversized chair or area rug that you couldn't resist. (This works when shopping for big stuff at home stores, too.) Unlike rope or bungee cords, the panty hose take up almost no space and weigh almost nothing. And you probably have a few pairs that are close to unwearable (or you live with someone who does).

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Tuesday, June 18 , 2013

Sweet Potato Sticks Make Great Snacks!

Cottage cheese, yogurt, celery stalks…are you in a low-cal snack rut? Try raw sweet potato sticks! Yes, raw. Simply peel a sweet potato, which may be labeled as a "yam" at your market.

With a sharp knife, cut the peeled potato the long way into three sections. Lay those sections flat, and cut each into four or five sticks like French fries. You can keep the sticks fresh in ice water in the fridge (like you do with other raw veggie snacks). They can be easily mistaken for carrot sticks, but the slightly sweeter taste will be a pleasant surprise.

Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C, and they are completely fat-free. One whole potato has about 100 to 140 calories. If you think eating a bit of raw "potato" will upset your stomach, note that sweet potatoes are a distant relative of the white potato (actually akin to the morning glory), but considered to be a root vegetable. It's similar to digesting a raw carrot.

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Monday, June 17 , 2013

How to Remove Tar from Your Car

If an unexpected section of fresh blacktop recently sprayed some tar on your car exterior, here's what to do. Spritz the tar stain with laundry prewash spray, and let it sit for one or two minutes. Then wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Your car will be tar-free.

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Friday, June 14 , 2013

Indoor Flag Fact

Are you up on your flag-hanging etiquette? According to the National Flag Foundation (www.AmericanFlags.org), if you hang a flag indoors on a wall, do not tack down the bottom edge. A flag should hang as freely as possible.

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Thursday, June 13 , 2013

Eggplant Mask for Oily Skin

Is there anything that can be done for an oily complexion that doesn't involve drying out your skin with harsh chemicals? Of course! Try this natural fix: Purée in a blender one-half cup eggplant (skin and all) with one cup plain yogurt. Smear the mush on your face and neck (but not on the delicate skin around your eyes), and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with tepid water. Follow this yogurt mask with a chamomile tea toner. Brew a cup of chamomile tea and let it cool. Splash it on your face right after your eggplant-yogurt treatment. To tone up your face during the day, fill a plastic plant mister with a cup of cooled chamomile tea and spray your face with it. Keep the mister in the refrigerator so you can use it to "freshen up," especially on hot, clammy days.

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