Clever Home Remedies

I love a great tip almost as much as a great recipe. Check out this collection of ideas and give them a try!

TO FRESHEN TOWELS: Add 1 cup white vinegar to a load of towels and wash them on a hot cycle. When the cycle has finished, add 1/2 cup baking soda to the load and wash again on a hot cycle. Dry them and be amazed at their fresh smell and fluff!

TO GET A LUSH, GREEN LAWN: Add 2 tablespoons of epsom salt to every 1 gallon of water and spray over your lawn to get a more green, full growth.

TO KEEP MOSQUITOS FROM YOUR DECK PARTY: Fill a spray bottle with Listerine mouthwash. Spray the deck before the party and enjoy 3-4 hours of mosquito-free fun. (Test for color fastness first!)

TO KEEP WATERMARKS FROM YOUR FAUCETS: Rub clean faucets and handles with wax paper. It will repel water and keep them shiny.

TO REMOVE A STRIPPED SCREW: Place a wide rubber band over the stripped screw and the drill bit will be able to grip the rubber.

TO FRESHEN A STINKY GARBAGE DISPOSAL: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain immediately followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. Allow it to bubble and fizz. Once it's quiet, turn on hot water and allow it to run for 3-5 minutes. While the water is running, cut a lemon into quarters and turn on the garbage disposal. Put the lemon pieces down the disposal, one piece at a time until it is gone. Enjoy a fresh, clean scent.

TO REMOVE STUBBORN GRIME AND STAINS: A few tablespoons of cream of tartar mixed with hot water or hydrogen peroxide will remove stains and rust from aluminum pans. Rub cream of tartar mixed with lemon juice on copper and watch the shine return. Use equal parts cream of tartar and white vinegar (a few teaspoons of each is perfect) to create an amazing non-abrasive cleanser for your kitchen and bathroom.

REFRESH YOUR SUMMER SKIN AND HAIR: Add 2 tablespoons epsom salt to 3 tablespoons olive oil to create a skin scrub. Rub in a circular motion to exfoliate skin and rinse. Mix epsom salt and your favorite shampoo in your palm and scrub your scalp to revitalize your scalp and hair.

Share your own favorite home remedies and clever tips in the comments section!

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