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Old 01-23-2009, 02:00 PM   #81
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I thought some of the comments were funny as heck and some just not true. I have always used WD-40 as a lubricant. I use it on squeeky door hinges, hinges and joints that don't move smoothly, and other things needing lubrication. I don't know where they got the idea it isn't a lubricant. It is to me.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:03 AM   #82
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DQ, actually WD-40 was origianlly developed as a water displacing solution to prevent rust and corrosion. It got the name wd-40 because is was the 40th water displacing formula that they developed that actually worked.

Oh, and my kitchen tip: When you bring home fresh herbs, snip off the bottoms of the stems, place then in a small glass of water, cover with a zip-top back and place in the refrigerator. They will last much longer this way.
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:15 AM   #83
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Here is a tip for those of you that like Swede ( Swedish turnip, yellow turnip )
Place the whole swede in a microwave and cook on full power for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the swede. Let it cool before peeling. Slice or mash to serve.
It cooked beautifully and there was no chopping up to do.
I tried 2 medium carrots the same way and cooked them for 7 minutes on full power at 650 W.
The result was very good and hussle free.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:00 AM   #84
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Yakuta, when I lived in Hawaii, red soil stains were the bane of my existence. CLR was the only answer to the problem. We have very hard water here, and for the most part treat it with monthly Culligan treatments. But I still have to fill a sink with bleach and water (for regular mildewy stuff) once a month, and CLR every other month to get rid of mineral deposits.
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:30 PM   #85
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To remove ink color from cloths, first rub it with lemon and keep it 15 min then wash it with detergent.
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:55 PM   #86
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house smell musty or lingering food orders? set out bowls of vingar. over night everything will smell better.
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Old 01-30-2009, 06:56 PM   #87
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house smell musty or lingering food orders? set out bowls of vingar. over night everything will smell better.
This is true! And it works really well if you've burned something or set your stove on fire. A couple of bowls of vinegar will absorb all the "burnt" smell by the next morning.
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:20 PM   #88
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Lemon juice or white vinegar work great for streak-free glass cleaning. Of course you have to use newsprint to wipe it off for best results.
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:28 PM   #89
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Lemon juice or white vinegar work great for streak-free glass cleaning. Of course you have to use newsprint to wipe it off for best results.
Thanks Dave, I haven't heard that one in years. It was my dad's favorite way to clean windows..
old memories the best..
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:35 PM   #90
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Lemon juice or white vinegar work great for streak-free glass cleaning. Of course you have to use newsprint to wipe it off for best results.
Thanks. I will have to give it a shot.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:35 PM   #91
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Salt containers:

If you use Morton's salt in the round container (or anything else with a metal spout, pinch the tip of the metal spout and bend it back just slightly. It makes it very easy to re-open the salt and you won't gouge in between your fingernails if you've been washing dishes for a while.


Speaking of fingernails, gouge a bar of soap will all your fingernails before doing your gardening or weeding. Dirt can't get in and when it's time to wash your hands, the soap instantly transforms from dirt barrier into well ... soap.
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:37 AM   #92
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Double duties for a microwave and sponge:

If you have a sponge that needs cleaning and disinfecting, wet it to a point where it is almost dripping. Microwave for 2 minutes (do not leave the room when doing this).

After the sponge is finished, leave it in the microwave a few minutes, and let the steam loosen the and lingering crud that might be on. Works better than a bowl of water and gives you a reason to use the microwave instead of pouring boiling water on the sponge.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:52 AM   #93
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Double duties for a microwave and sponge:

If you have a sponge that needs cleaning and disinfecting, wet it to a point where it is almost dripping. Microwave for 2 minutes (do not leave the room when doing this).

After the sponge is finished, leave it in the microwave a few minutes, and let the steam loosen the and lingering crud that might be on. Works better than a bowl of water and gives you a reason to use the microwave instead of pouring boiling water on the sponge.
will have to try this, have too many sponges to clean.
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:29 PM   #94
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if oil pours down on floor... put some flour on it and it will come off easily...
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thanks for the ant tip. i am in dire need of it now!!
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Soak Cloves of garlic in warm water for 10-15 mins the skin wil come out easily.
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:18 AM   #97
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thanks for the ant tip. i am in dire need of it now!!
where is the ant tip?

i just bought boric acid which is supposed to work well on ants!!
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:37 AM   #98
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If a couple of you are truly interested in ant tips... The real deal on how to get rid of them is a product by Ortho called "Ant B Gon" dust. This stuff is the bomb.

It does not keep them from coming in the house (I have a spray called "home defense" from Ortho that keeps them out), but the powder stuff will straighten out any of them I find out doors. Have an ant hill? Gone... Have ants making little mounds in the gaps between paving stones or sidewalk stones? Gone... This stuff works GREAT!

I have ten acres of a lot of things I try to get a long with. Ants are not one of them. I use this Ortho stuff cause it does work.

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Old 07-22-2009, 12:58 PM   #99
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I heard that ants won't cross a line of cream of tartar. I have not tried this trick before as I do not have ant problems living in the city, but rumor has it that it works!
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I heard that ants won't cross a line of cream of tartar. I have not tried this trick before as I do not have ant problems living in the city, but rumor has it that it works!
the boric acid, sugar and water slurry seems to be working but just in case i got terro liquid trays.
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