Salt and Vinegar

Remove winter-time salt stains from shoes and boots by wiping them with a mixture of vinegar and water.

Wrap it Up

Not enough wrapping paper on hand? Try these “untraditional”  alternatives: brown craft paper (plain or rubber stamped with designs), the Sunday comics, wallpaper scraps, old scarves, or even pieces of fabric.

Color it in

Kids, pets and clumsy husbands can take a toll on your wooden furniture. Fortunately, if you’ve got kids, you probably also have a remedy for those unsightly scratches: crayons. Pick the color closest to your piece of furniture, soften it in the microwave for a few seconds, then color over the scratches. Polish it with a soft cloth—good as new!

Clean Machine

Ever been afraid to look inside your microwave for fear that they layers of caked-on mess might just jump out and grab you? Try this: Mix 2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda with one cup of water in a microwave-safe cup or bowl. Cook on high for 2-3 minutes. Then wipe down with a paper towel. Now you can make your popcorn in peace.

Out, Out Damn Spot

Don’t let a shaving accident ruin your perfectly-planned, light-colored “Hot Mama” outfit. A blood stain can be removed without a trip through the washing machine. Rinse the spot in cold water, then dab with hydrogen peroxide. The stain will disappear instantly… and a hair dryer can take care of the residual wetness.

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This Weeks Tip

No More Icy Veins

Any kid will tell you, there’s nothing worse than cold snow creeping in between your mittens and coat, sending an icy chill right through all the veins in your wrist! But it ALWAYS happens. Solution? Take an old adult sock and put a hole in it for the thumb. Then put it under your child’s coat and mittens. Voila! Just the barrier you need.