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You know, some of the best things I have learned have come in the form of "tips" from others. I thought it might be fun to start a thread sharing some of our best tips with each other.

Here goes.....

I receive hundreds of return address labels from different groups, as I am sure the rest of you do too.

I always carry a stash of these labels in my purse. Why? I use them on anything that ask for filling out your mailing addy ~ bank deposits/withdrawals, raffle tickets, drawings at stores, etc. That way I don't have to stand there and try to write my info legibly. And it really does save time.

Okay, your turn to pass along a tip.

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I heard this on TV, helpful when rescue workers find a victim with no identification but carrying a cell phone:

Enter the name ICE in your phone's address book. Under this heading, enter YOUR emergency contact person's information. "ICE" stands for In Case of Emergency.

Format and type out a list of the medication and dosages you take. Carry this list with you to your medical appointments - the staff can make a copy to keep with your records and you don't have to struggle for not only the correct spelling of the medication, but the correct dosage, as well.
Keep Benadryl in your first aid kit - and keep a first aid kit in an easy to access place.
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I have another one, when making meatloaf, put all ingredients into a gallon size zip lock bag, squeeze and mush until it's all mixed up then put it in a pan/crockpot to bake, no messy hands.

Becky Snowflake...you had some great tips!!!

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When you buy new shoes and find them just a tad bit too tight, you can stretch them out by filling a water proof, sealable bag with water about half way, putting it in the shoes and then freezing them over night. The expansion of the ice will stretch the shoes just alittle but enough to make them comfortable to wear.

I will fill a water bottle about half way, then lay it on it's side in the freezer overnight. Then in the morning I can add enough water to fill the bottle and I have ice water for several hours this way.

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To clean bar b que grills or oven racks I have a very easy hint.

Put the item in a large plastic garbage bag. Add one cup of amonia and tie the top of the bag shut. Leave overnight. The next morning you can spray most of the crud off. Very little scrubbing is needed if any. Should you have something that is extra bad like the burner covers on a gas stove(sometimes crud builds up on them and we don't notice) it may take 2 treatments but believe me this works. It has saved me many hours of scrubbing :!:

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The best silver polish there is is crest toothpaste. Works wonders on jewelry and silver coins.

Another good one this time of year. Use bounce fabric softener sheets for bee repellant, going for a hike? Pin one to your shirt or put them under lawn chairs or decks, anywhere.

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I love this one and use it at least twice a week, as onion odors seem to really "cling" to my skin.

After cutting onions, grab a stainless steel spoon and turn on the faucet (cold water). Under the running water, rub your hands on the spoon. This gets rid of all the onion smell.

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My friend sent this email to me. Don't know if they work or not.

> GREAT THINGS TO KNOW (Just print and stick in your kitchen drawer)

> >1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair

>2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish

>3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes

>4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair

>5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see

>the dead skin and blackheads if any

> >6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea

>7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water

>8. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste

>9 Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!

>10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too

> >11 Bee stings - meat tenderizer

>12. Chigger bite - Preparation H

>13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H

>14. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures

>at most hospitals)

>15. Stinky feet - Jell-O!

> >16. Athletes feet - cornstarch

>17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub

>18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section

>and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this


>19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain

>yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if

>they eat it!

>20. Peanut butter - will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a


>filter paper

> >21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray

>22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in

>your garage for your hubby

>23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls

>24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch


>watch them slide on

>25. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar!

> >26. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the

>microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color


>your choice!

>27 Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a

>rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak

>28. Preserving a newspaper clipping - large bottle of club soda and cup of

>milk of magnesia, soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!

>29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!

>30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste

> >31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the


>32. To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it

>will absorb into the towel.

>33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!

>34. Baked on food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener

>and the static from the towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it.

>Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, soak overnight!

>35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!

> >36. Dirty grout - Listerine

>37. Stains on clothes - Colgate

>38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup

>39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola, it will also remove grease stains from the

>driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!

>40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for

>24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.

>41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox, or 2 Bayer aspirin,

>or just use 7-up instead of water.

> >42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered

>which is the freshest, so you "squeeze" for freshness or softness? Did you

>know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday,

>Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color

>twist tie. They are:

> >Monday = Blue,

> >Tuesday = Green,

> >Thursday = Red

> >Friday = White and

> >Saturday = Yellow.

> >So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is

>Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue-

>Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to

>remember. I thought this was interesting I looked in the grocery store and

>the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the

>plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday!

>Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you



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A memo was sent to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away.

Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside. It really works. The yellow jackets just veer around you.

1. All this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer! It will chase ants away - lay a sheet near them. Also repels mice.

2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.

3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.

5. Eliminate static electricity from your television/computer screen.

6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8. To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.

9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce

inside empty luggage before storing.

12. To freshen the air in your car - Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan.

14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.

17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.

18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.

19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.

21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh.

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When my sister had her 'big' heart attack, it was the wake up call to stop smoking. While she was in the hospital, her daughters did everything they could to remove the smell of smoke from her clothes and house.

The funny part is that they used about 12 boxes of Bounce. We found them in the silverware drawers, in the place you put the tapes in the VCR, they were every place. But, they worked, you couldn't smell smoke.

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