Monday, May 4, 2009


So You Think Ketchup is Just for Fries...

While surfing the internet, I came across a headline on Yahoo that I just had to click...Five Surprise Uses for Ketchup;_ylt=ArJf5td45EXRuh1haJk2rSkazJV4

Didn’t know ketchup was so versatile.

It is interesting to know that so many everyday products that we use, can be used totally different than what the product was meant to do.

For example toothpaste can polish your silverware to a brilliant shine. No need to buy expensive silver polish...

-Have a grease stain on your clothes? Rub a little dish washing soap on the stain before throwing it into the washing machine...

-Lemon juice and the sun can fade away any tomato stain.

-Vinegar is not only for salads. Your child doodled on the wall with a ballpoint pen and you don’t know how to remove it. Just dab some full-strength white vinegar on the "masterpiece" using a cloth or a sponge. Repeat until the marks are gone.

-Candle wax dripped on your wood table.. Vinegar and your blow dryer will do the trick. Soften the wax using a blow-dryer on its hottest setting and blot up as much as you can with paper towels. Then remove what's left by rubbing with a cloth soaked in a solution made of equal parts white vinegar and water. Wipe clean with a soft, absorbent cloth.

-Have gum rubbed into your carpets, use yummy peanut butter to clean the carpet. Scrape up what you can, using an ice cube to stiffen the gum, then rub a small glob of peanut butter into the fibers, and wipe up the whole mess with a cloth. To get rid of any left-behind peanut butter, just dab it up with a mixture of 1 tsp of dishwashing liquid in 1 cup of lukewarm water.

-Dandruff can be an embarrassing. Try massaging 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinsing with warm water. Follow with a leave-in rinse of 1 teaspoon lemon juice in 1 cup of warm water. Use this daily until your scalp is free of dandruff.

One of the hardest stains to remove is grass stains. Here’s where the vinegar comes in handy. For fabrics (ie jeans) soak in white vinegar. On some fabrics it will work instantly and others it will need to be soaked for up to 2 hours. For non-colorfast fabrics, dilute the vinegar 50/50 with warm water. Note: DON'T use detergent to presoak grass stains- detergent will actually set them in!

Many of these helpful tips I have tried and use on a regular bases. Others I was told about by friends or read on line.

If you have any good ‘tips’ post them in the comment section and I will add them to a blog.

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