With four kids, I have spent plenty of time in doctor offices, tutors, and other assorted appointments. I don’t mind waiting when the waiting room is full of magazines that I ordinarily don’t get to read. My favorite articles are those “Dear Heloise” types. You know. The home remedy ones. Kind of like the 10 green living hacks from Jean Nick of Rodale?
I sit and leaf through the magazines with that “wow, I -would-never-think-of-that -myself” look. So, I thought I would share some of my new finds fromthe month’s Good Housekeeping magazine:
To shine gold or gemstones, simply fill a dish with unsalted seltzer and a drop of dishwashing soap. Drop in your babble, and the bubbling action of the seltzer and foaming of the soap will clean your jewels. The editors caution not to use this home remedy with costume jewelry, silver (darn), pearls, and turquoise.
According to Heloise, you can use toothpaste to shine silver.
How to Keep Under Arm Stains from Coming Back.
The editors suggested using a stick rather than a roll on since fabric appear to absorbs more of the chemicals from the roll on. Even better, they suggested to apply the deodorant on the night before. Soap won’t take away its effectiveness. However, you should shave.
I happen to use Lafe organic deodrant, but I use the roll on. I guess I am going to have to move to the stick. What do you use? Stick or Roll on?
De-Stink Clothes with Odors:
My sons’ polyester shorts always smell no matter what I wash the clothes in. Detergent, soap nuts, even Tide with bleach! (Yes, I have resorted to the all out chemicals.) Am I the only one who suffers from smelly polyester?
Good Housekeeping suggested to remove mild odors, to add a cup of baking soda to the wash. For stubborn stench such as arm pit odor to dilute 3 tablespoons of salt in a quart of water. Soak the clothes for an hour and then wash as usual.
Use a Frisbee as a plate holder
The editors suggested to buy Frisbees to use as under plate supports for parties. At the end of the party, you simply give them away as gifts.
My green take is to fish inside my kids’ toys. They have a ton of Frisbees from this and that function. Want to re-purpose them? Consider using them as colorful outdoor supports for your plates as Good Housekeeping suggested.
Heck, you could even re-gift to other children who want to take them home. Less clutter at my house.
Join the Conversation
- Add your own house remedy in the comments. I know that I barely touched the proverbial iceberg with home remedies.
- Have you tried any of the above home remedies? Do they work?
- Do you have a problem that my reader experts can create a home remedy solution for you?
Um, I am probably going to be in a waiting room tomorrow since Son #3 might have broken his toe. I hope they have good magazines. *Sign*
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