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Wednesday, March 04 , 2015

Watch How to Fix a Sticky Iron


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!

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.

More ways to boost your energy…


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.

More natural skin-care solutions…


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.

More help with laundry…


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.

Tuesday, February 24 , 2015

Tea for Tired Eyes

Eyestrain is so common today as we stare constantly at screens and work into the late-night hours. Here's a natural way to make your eyes look and feel better.

What better name than eyebright for an herb that can soothe sore eyes, alleviate eyestrain and clear up bloodshot eyes. Mix one ounce of eyebright—the whole dried herb, available at health-food and herb shops—into a pint of just-boiled water. Let it steep for 10 minutes, then strain through a super-fine strainer. Drink a cup of the tea. Use the other cup of tepid tea for dipping cotton pads and placing them on your closed eyes. Leave the damp cotton pads on your eyes for about 15 minutes. Blink…and then see and feel the difference!

More ways to boost your vision…


Tuesday, February 24 , 2015

Take Your Delicates for a Spin

You finally got around to hand-washing that lacy top or silk scarf. Now, after all your careful handling, the last thing you want to do is wring out the garment, which could ruin the delicate fibers. Here's what to do instead…

Give your hand-washed gentle wear a drying headstart by swirling them around in a salad spinner (you might want to designate a spinner just for this purpose). Once the excess moisture is removed, they'll dry a lot quicker when you hang them up.

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Monday, February 23 , 2015

Make Your Own Lip Gloss

We recently came across an old Carmex lip balm pot whose contents had dried out. Well, we weren't about to throw out a perfectly good container! Here's what we did…

We salvaged a clump of remains from our favorite tube of lipstick, and put it in a small microwave-safe glass bowl along with an equal amount of petroleum jelly. Then we zapped the bowl on high for 10 seconds at a time, until the mixture melted (it ended up being 20 seconds in our 1100-watt machine). In between zappings, we stirred the mixture with a toothpick. While it was still warm, we transferred our new lip gloss to the lip balm pot using a small rubber spatula. Voila! Free lip gloss!

If you don't have any old lip balm pots, you should be able to find similar empty containers at your local drugstore.

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Monday, February 23 , 2015

Nutty Way to Fix Stinky Fish Smell

You need to eat more fish! That's what all the smart health experts say. Fish fillets are easy to prepare, and there are many ways to make them taste great. Too bad they can smell so fishy when you cook them up. Here's what to do…

If there's a frying-fish odor when you're cooking fish on your stove top, add one teaspoon of peanut butter to the pan to eliminate the smell. The peanut butter will also add an interesting taste.

Check out this easy, healthful recipe that combines fish and peanut butter.

Caution: If you’re preparing peanut butter fish for guests, be sure none of them has a peanut allergy.

More help with kitchen smells and germs…