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Thursday, March 12 , 2015

Homemade Blemish Buster

Oh no! Where'd that zit come from? Acne belongs back in high school…not on your face the day before a dinner party, family event or job interview. You can buy strong medicine to keep your skin clear, but it's hardly worth the expense and skin-drying harshness for the occasional breakout. Here's what to do…

Make a paste using equal amounts of cornstarch and rubbing alcohol—one-half teaspoon of each should be enough—and put it on the pimple to dry it out. Leave it on overnight and the zit should be history in the morning.

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Wednesday, March 11 , 2015

Unstick Stuck Stacked Glasses

That was a great party you threw, and you whipped through cleanup in no time at all—except to save steps, you nested your tall glasses together. Now you have some unique glass sculptures that will not pull apart! Here's what to do…

Submerge the bottom glass in hot water, which will expand it...then pour ice-cold water in the top glass, which will contract it. Once you have the hot-and-cold thing happening, you should be able to pull the glasses apart easily.

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Tuesday, March 10 , 2015

Don’t Plant Your Garden Wrong

Depending on what climate you live in, you might be getting ready to sow some seeds or plant some seedlings! Here's the word on what to put where, based on how much sun you get.

If a section of your garden is bathed in sunlight, consider growing corn, melons, peppers and/or tomatoes. They thrive in the sun.

If a section of your garden doesn’t get much sun, consider growing lettuce, pumpkins and/or spinach, which all thrive in the shade.

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Monday, March 09 , 2015

Ink-Removing Formula

Did you forget to cap a pen and now it has left its mark on your gym outfit, upholstery or other fabric? We've got a homemade stain-removing formula for you to try.

First, try some easy remedies on that ink spot…

If it's a colored piece of fabric, soak the stained area in milk, then toss in the washer. You can also douse the ink stain with rubbing alcohol. Let it sit for five minutes, then launder as usual.

For all fabrics (and if you don't want to use harsh bleach on your white shirt), spray a good two-second spritz of hairspray on the ink mark, then launder the clothing as usual.

If the ink blot is on upholstery, soak the spot with rubbing alcohol or vodka. The stain should dissipate within a few minutes. Caution: Be sure to test an inconspicuous area of the fabric with the alcohol. The spot should dry completely (no water stains or rings) after an hour or two.

If none of the above simple solutions work, here’s our heavy-duty ink-removing formula...

In a bowl, combine one tablespoon of milk, one tablespoon of white vinegar, one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of borax powder (available at supermarkets in the laundry detergent section).

For ink-stained clothing, cloth napkins, etc., sandwich the stained area of the fabric between four thick sheets of paper towel. Dip a sponge in the mixture, and pat it on the area of paper towel covering the stain. (You want the liquid to reach the fabric, but you don’t want to put it directly on the stain.) After about three minutes, remove the paper towels, and sponge the stained area with cool water. Repeat the entire procedure until the stain is gone. When it is, launder the item as usual. (You may need to professionally clean a removable upholstery cover.)

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Wednesday, March 04 , 2015

Watch How to Fix a Sticky Iron

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Hate ironing? If the underside of your iron tends to stick to your clothes when you use it, try this trick. Wait until the iron is cool...that's important! Then put some baby powder on a cloth and coat the iron's bottom. Once it's coated with powder, turn on the heat and watch the powder disappear. At this point, the iron should no longer be sticky. To be sure, test the iron on an inconspicuous part of any delicate garment that needs to be pressed. It should glide over silks and other delicate, catchy, clingy fabrics—with the greatest of ease!

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Wednesday, March 04 , 2015

Instant Fatigue Fighter

We hear it all the time. People are constantly tired. They lack energy. They have no get-up-and-go. For the most part, their days start early in the morning and end late at night, with all kinds of obligations and tension in between.

If you fit the above description, it may be time to rethink your life and make some changes. While you're contemplating ways to be kinder to yourself, here's an instant fatigue fighter to help you get through the afternoon.

Energy lines directly connected to internal organs and body functions run through your earlobes. To activate this acupressure fix, use your thumbs and index fingers to rub your earlobes for about 15 seconds. It should wake up your entire nervous system.

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Tuesday, March 03 , 2015

Put THIS on Your Face?!

Don't spend a lot of money on a fancy clay facial. You probably have this in your cabinet right now to use instead.

For a pretty pink facial, apply a thin layer of Pepto-Bismol to your face. Leave on until it dries completely, then rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. The claylike mineral in Pepto-Bismol (and similar products) is bismuth subsalicylate, which acts as a cleansing agent and helps draw out skin's impurities.

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Monday, March 02 , 2015

Quick Dryer Fix

Dryers are so full of hot air. And all this energy eventually disappears out a vent while your clothes take a long beating. Here's a trick to cut drying time considerably…

Toss in a dry hand towel with each dryer load. The dry towel will absorb moisture from the wash, then dry quickly and continue to absorb more water.

Is your dryer sluggish? You probably know not to cram it with too many items. But an average load of clothes or towels should be dry by the end of one cycle. If they're not, you could have an airflow problem. Read this before you buy a new dryer.

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Monday, March 02 , 2015

Eat This Before You Go to the Dentist

Who doesn't love going to the dentist for some heavy-duty tooth-and-gum work? Here's a bit of natural help to heal your sore mouth after all the drilling is done.

Three days before you go to the dentist, start eating pineapple. Have a serving of fresh pineapple or a cup of canned pineapple in its own juice, and drink a cup of 100% pineapple juice every day. The enzymes in pineapple should help reduce pain and discomfort. They can also help speed the healing process.

Continue the pineapple regimen for a day or two after the dental work is completed.

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Thursday, February 26 , 2015

Watch the Best Way to Heal a Foot Sprain

Did you know that if you ice an injured joint too much, you could do more harm than good? Watch here the correct way to heal a sprain, including the proper application of ice that will reduce inflammation the fastest.

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