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These have floated around the internet - do they work? We all get them, maybe even print them off - but if you are like me, I forget where they are when actually need these tips. So I decided to put them all together, in one place - MaryCarol

*Kill Mold with 20 Mule Team Borax - handy if have a flood
*Kill Roaches & Ants with Borax Powder
*Kill mold spores with white Vinegar
*Uses for Bounce
*Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide
*Bee Stings & a Penny
* 5 Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do
*Recognizing a stroke
*Warm drink after a meal
* Uses for Coffee Filters - who knew?
*Killing mosquitos with Listerine
*Killing Fire Ant Colony with Soda
* 41 Tips - Fix it with common household products
* 28 Household Tips

Bleach only kills mold at the surface. the smell is nasty & it can make you very sick or kill you. we called a mold specialist after our neighborhood was flooded. after the water receded, it got real hot out. between the heat & the wetness, the mold grew fast. It was gross. the mold specialist told us to mix 1 cup of 21 mule team laundry detergent to every 1 gallon of very hot water. MIX WELL. wipe off the surface mold the best you can. then you can spray, paint, roll,or throw it on wherever there is mold. let it dry. it will leave a white colored residue. after it's dry you can wipe residue away or vacuum up. it will soak into any porous surface & it kills the mold at it's source. doesn't harm plants or pets. we sprayed it on the entire basement & subfloor to the main floor. it worked great for us and the other neighbors that used it.. no more mold & NO respiratory issues. it smells good too. If you have no utilities, like after a flood, heat the water on a grill in a large heavy pan. WORTH THE EFFORT!!

Better than using dangerous bug sprays, you can get powdered borax "Roach Puff" at Lowe's in plastic container made for easily "puffing" the borax along baseboards, under sinks, inside kitchen cabinets, even to "puff" behind walls during new construction - will not harm pets or you. The roaches walk through the powdered borax, take it back to their nests, and everyone dies. I have known people who live in roach country - like Florida - who have the huge 3 or 4 inch outside roaches.  They mix the roach powder with a little milk, put in something like a mayo jar lid, set it outside at night - the roaches eat and die. Hate ants coming inside your home? It takes a little while, but if you put down some Roach Puff where they travel, they too will get it on them and take back to colony - and they all die - MaryCarol

So, how can you get rid of mold in a safer, more inexpensive way? Reach for a bottle of vinegar. White distilled vinegar can kill 82 percent of mold, and is effective in removing any mold-associated odors.
Mix three parts vinegar with two parts water. Pour into a spray bottle, shake well and spray on the unsuspecting mold. You'll be amazed by the results.

Bounce This Along
My mail carrier told me that the US Postal service sent out a message 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 insects just veer around you.

All this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer!

1.  It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It 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 mos quito season.

5.  Eliminate static electricity from your television (or 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 t he 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 lose 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 wi ll keep them smelling fresh.

22. Wet a Bounce sheet, hose down your car, and wipe lovebugs off easily with the wet Bounce.

23. Use to dust furniture - dust clings to bounce, doesn’t go into the air and you can throw it away - makes room smell good.

Peroxide, who knew? *
 (Safer and Healthier than Bleach)

 This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana (a doctor's wife), and I want to share it with you. She was over recently for coffee and smelled the bleach I was using to clean my toilet and countertops. This is what she told me...
  I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little ole bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. What does bleach cost?

 My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide. Have you ever smelled bleach in a doctor's office? NO!!! Why? Because it smells, and it is not healthy! Ask the nurses who work in the doctor's offices, and ask them if they use bleach at home. They are wiser and know better!

Did you also know bleach was invented in the late 40's? It's chlorine, Folks! And it was used to kill our troops. Peroxide was invented during WWI in the 20's. It was used to save and help cleanse the needs of our troops and hospitals. Please think about this.

 1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe.) No more canker sores, and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.
 2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.
3. Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dish-rag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.
4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry.
 6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

 7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

 8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, and then blow your nose into a tissue.
 9 If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through.  You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, so it's not a drastic change.
11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

 12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour it directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors. There is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this.

Bee Stings & a PENNY

It might be wise to carry a penny in your pocket while working in the yard......... BEE STINGS !

A couple of weeks ago, I was stung by both a bee and hornet while working in the garden.  My arm swelled up, so I went to the doctor. The clinic gave me cream and an antihistamine. The next day the swelling was getting progressively worse, so I went to my regular doctor. The arm was Infected and needed an antibiotic.The doctor told me - ' The next time you get stung, put a penny on the bite for 15 minutes'.

That night, my niece was stung by two bees. I looked at the bite and it had already started to swell. So, I taped a penny to her arm for 15 minutes. The next morning, there was no sign of a bite.  We decided that she just wasn't allergic to the sting.

Soon, I was gardening outside. I got stung again, twice by a hornet on my left hand. I thought, here I go again to the doctor for another antibiotic. I promptly got my money out and taped two pennies to my bites, then sat and sulked for 15 minutes. The penny took the string out of the bite immediately.

In the meantime the hornets were attacking, and my friend was stung on the thumb.

Again the penny. The next morning I could only see the spot where the hornet had stung me. No redness, no swelling.  My friend's sting was the same; couldn't even tell where she had been stung.  She got stung again a few days later upon her back---cutting the grass!  And the penny worked once again.

Wanted to share this marvelous information in case you experience the same problem. We need to keep a stock of pennies on hand .

The doctor said that the copper in the penny counteracts the bite.  

 5 Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do

For all the folks with cell phones. (This should be printed and kept in your car, purse, and wallet. Good information to have with you.)

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies.

Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:


The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find Yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to Establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

Have you locked your keys in the car?

Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys In the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot From your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other 'remote' for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked  our car over a cell phone!'

Hidden Battery Power

Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time.

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone: *#06#. A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.

If your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

And Finally.....

Free Directory Service for Cells

Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don't have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800)FREE411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.

The "3" steps, STR . Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke .

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S * Ask the individual to SMILE.
T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today)
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.


The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating.

For those who like to drink cold water, this  is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer & arthritis .  It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.


1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the  microwave -Coffee filters make excellent covers. 

2. Clean windows and mirrors.  Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows  sparkling.

3.  Protect China -  Separate your good dishes by putting a  coffee  filter between each dish.

4.  Filter broken cork from wine.  If you break the cork when  opening a wine  bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5.  Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the  skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6.  Apply shoe polish.  Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7.  Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.......This one doesn't work, I had a BIG mess, best to use a small hole metal strainer.

8.  Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9.  Hold tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10.  Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11.  Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as  needed in a coffee filter.

12.  Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows?  Use strips of coffee filters.

13.  Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken  fingers, etc on them.  Soaks out all the grease.

14.  Keep in the bathroom.  They make great "razor nick  fixers." 

15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23. Use them to sprout seeds.. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..

25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.



At a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well.. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don't leave home without it.......Pass it on.

OUR FRIEND'S COMMENTS: I tried this on my deck and around all of my doors..
It works - in fact, it killed them instantly. I bought my bottle for $1.89. It really doesn't take much, and it is a big bottle, too; so it is not as expensive to use as the can of Bug-spray you buy that doesn't last 30 minutes. So, try this, please. It will last a couple of days. Don't spray directly on a wood door (like your front door), but spray around the frame. Spray around the window frames, and even inside the dog house.


An environmentally friendly cure for fire ants has been announced by Walter Reeves on his Georgia Gardener radio program. Testimonials that it  REALLY WORKS are coming in.
Simply pour two cups of CLUB SODA (carbonated water) directly in the center of a fire ant mound. The carbon dioxide in the water is heavier than air and displaces the oxygen which suffocates the queen and the other ants. The whole colony will be dead within about two days.  Besides eliminating the ants, club soda leaves no poisonous residue, does not contaminate the ground water, and does not indiscriminately kill other insects. It is not harmful to your pets, soaks into the ground. Each mound must be treated individually and a one liter bottle of club soda will kill 2 to 3 mounds.


41 GOOD FACTS TO KNOW - from Patty
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 to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads, if any.

6. Shiny Hair = used brewed lipton tea

7. Minor burn - Colgate or Crest toothpaste

8. Burn your tongue? - put sugar on it

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

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

11. Bee stings - meat tenderizer - also for jellyfish stings

12. Chigger bite - use Preparation H - also for puffy eyes

13. Paper cut - crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used at most hospitals instead of sutures)

14. Stinky feet - Jello!

15. Athletes feet - Cornstarch

16. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks Vapor Rub

17. Use Kook 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 stuff)

18. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kook Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won’t hurt them if they eat it.

19. Peanut butter -will get scratches off CD’s - wipe off with a coffee filter.

20. Sticking bicycle chain - Pan no-stick cooking spray

21 Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands - keep a can in your garage for your hubby.

22. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of a doll

23. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on.

24. Heavy dandruff - pour on the vinegar.

25. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in microwave, pour into an empty film container (or something small) and mix with food coloring of your choice.

26. Tie Dye T-shirt - mix solution of kook aid in a container - tie rubber band around sections of the T-shirt and soak.

27. Preserving old newspaper clippings - large bottle of club soda and a cup of milk of magnesia - soak for 20 minutes and let dry - will last for many years!

28. A slinky will hold toast and CD’s

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

30. Wine stains - poor on the Morton’s Salt and watch it absorb into the salt.

31. To remove wax -take a  paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.

32. Remove labels off glassware, etc - rub with peanut butter.

33. Baked on Food - fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also - you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, soak overnight.

34. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it.

35 Dirty Grout? - use Listerine on it

36. Stains on clothes? - Use Colgate toothpaste

37. Grass Stains? - use Karo Syrup

38. Grease Stains? - use Coca Cola - it will also remove stains from driveway overnight. It will take corrosion from car battery.

39. Fleas in your carpet? - 20 Mule Team Borax - sprinkle and let stand 24 hours.

40. To keep Flowers Fresh longer - add a little Clorox or 2 Aspirin, or use 7-UP instead of water.

41. How Fresh is your bread? - When you go to buy bread, have you ever wondered which is the freshest?  Bread is delivered 5 days a week to stores - Each day has a different colored twist tie.


How many of these did YOU know about?

1.  Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them Neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

2.  For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't Refreeze.

3.  To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The Wax will fall out.

4.  Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped In baking soda. Comes off with little effort

5. Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

6.  Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of Scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw Away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would Be much more economical. Now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get 'sharpened'' this way!

7.  Blood stains on Clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!

8.  Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal For inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows On a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

9.  Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on.

10. Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

11. Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

12. To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

13. To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top.

14. Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring In tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.

15. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

16. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's' natural sweetness.

17. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

18. Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces  ......... left over wine? What's that?

19. To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

20. Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So, get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

21. Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

22. When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

23.  A sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a Knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.

Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer

24. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes,! Brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China .

25. Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.

26. Polish Jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.

27. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

28. Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of  White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then run the hot water.

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