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DID YOU KNOW, that a lot of normal household items have other uses
Before you head to the drugstore for a high priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals; try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They will clear up your stuffy nose.
Drinking 2 glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately, without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers.
Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.
Achy muscles from a bout with the flu? Mix 1 tbs. horseradish in 1 cup olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 20 min., then apply it as a massage oil, for an instant relief from aches.
Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve 2 tablets in a glass of water. Drink at the onset of symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins relieving the infection almost instantly, even though it was never advertised for this use.
Use cranberry juice as a urinary tract cure as well. At the onset of symptoms, drink one 8 oz. glass of juice and continue this several times throughout the day. You should have clear urine by the second day.
Eliminate puffiness under your eyes the way the models do. All you need is a dab of Preparation H. Carefully rub it into the skin, avoiding any contact with the eye. The hemorrhoid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.
Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.
Easy eyeglass protection. To keep the screws on your eyeglasses from falling out, put a drop of clear nail polish on the screw before tightening.
Honey remedy for skin blemishes. Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and cover with a band-aid. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile and speeds healing. Works overnight.
Sore throat? Mix ¼ cup cider vinegar with ¼ cup honey and take 1 tbs. six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria. Honey soothes and makes it taste better.
Coca-Cola cure for rust. Forget about buying expensive rust removers; saturate an abrasive sponge with Coke and scrub. The phosphoric acid in the Coke is what gets the job done.
Cleaning liquid that doubles as a bug killer?? You got it!! If you are "bugged" by bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets; grab the Formula 409. One spray will knock them dead.
Smart splinter remover. Pour a drop of Elmer’s Glue All over the splinter. Let it dry and peel it off. The splinter should stick to the glue.
Hunt’s Tomato Paste as a boil cure. Cover the boil with the tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes will soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head so it can be lanced.
Balm for broken blisters. If you break open a blister, just dab a bit of Listerine on it. A powerful antiseptic.
Vinegar helps heal bruises. Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.
Quaker oats for fast pain relief. Don’t have it for breakfast! Use it to help the arthritis pain. Mix 2 cups Quaker oats and 1 cup water in a bowl. Warm in Microwave for 1 min., cool slightly and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief.
Kill fleas on your pet. Add a few drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid to you pet’s bathwater and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritation. Goodbye fleas.
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Dog out in the rain?? Cure for the wet fur smell, rub your dog down with a dryer sheet and it will make your dog smell springtime fresh.
Cat have ear mites? All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your cat’s ear. Massage it in, then clean the ear with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat’s skin, smothers the mites and accelerates healing.
Vaseline cure for hairballs. To prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat’s nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass through the digestive system.
Here’s one that came to me, not by a reader; but a waitress where I was having lunch. I asked for a piece of plastic wrap for my dessert and when she brought it out to me she asked if I knew how to keep it from sticking to itself. I had to admit I didn’t. Simple, put the roll in the freezer, it will stick when it warms up a little.