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    Wednesday
    Apr162014

    Tip of the Day: Easy Oven Cleaner

    A simple way to clean your oven without using an oven cleaner is to place an oven-safe pot or bowl filled with water inside. Heat on 450º for 20 minutes, and the steam will loosen the dirt and grease. Once your oven is cool, wipe off the condensation and the grease will come with it.

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    Monday
    Apr142014

    Tip of the Day: Picture Perfect

    If you only have a few frames to hang, you’ll love this clever trick to make sure you drill the holes exactly where you want them. Photocopy the back of the item you want to hang, and tape it on the wall. Then just drill into the paper wherever the hook or hole is on the photocopy! This is an especially good tip when mounting things that need multiple screws in very specific places, like wall-mounted electronics.

    This tip comes from our new book, "Who Knew? Household Shortcuts"! It's on sale now at QVC! Click here to buy:www.bit.ly/whoknewqvc

     

    Sunday
    Apr132014

    Tip of the Day: Surprising Declogger

    Kitchen sink clogged up? Here’s another way you can get it clear without commercial drain cleaners, which contain harsh chemicals that can destroy your pipes. Instead, slip three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain and turn on the hot water for just a few seconds. The tablets will fizz up and get to work on the clog. After 15 minutes, run the water again and the drain should be clog-free.

    This tip comes from our new book, "Who Knew? Household Shortcuts"! It's on sale now at QVC! Click here to buy:www.bit.ly/whoknewqvc

     

    Friday
    Apr112014

    Tip of the Day: Low-Cost Cuticle Cream

    Did you know that cuticle cream contains almost the same ingredients as lip balm? Whether you did or not, you’ve probably noticed lip balm is much cheaper! Find a scent you like and apply directly to your cuticles to keep them healthy and prevent hangnails—at a fraction of the cost!

    This tip, and more ways to stretch your cosmetics budget, can be found in our new book "Who Knew? Everyday Cost-Cutters!" It's on sale now at QVC -- click here to buy it. 

    Thursday
    Apr102014

    Tip of the Day: Get to the Roots

    Help strengthen your plant’s root system with hydrogen peroxide—the extra pump of oxygen from the peroxide prevents root rot and over-watering. Just mix a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with 2 cups water, and water your plant with the solution. Its disinfectant properties will fend off bacteria, mold, fungus, and other nasty soil-borne diseases.

    This tip comes from our new book, Who Knew? Household Shortcuts! It's on sale now at QVC! Click here to buy it.

    Wednesday
    Apr092014

    Tip of the Day: Nourish with Nutmeg

    This nutmeg-milk scrub provides a double whammy of skin nourishment: Nutmeg works as an astringent, exfoliant, and anti-inflammatory (good-bye blackheads and acne), while the milk’s lactic acid works as a peel to eliminate dead skin cells. To make the scrub, combine nutmeg and milk until the mixture resembles a paste. After washing your face with a cleanser, massage the nutmeg scrub onto your skin in gentle circular strokes. Exfoliate for five to 10 minutes, then rinse.

    This tip comes from our new book, Who Knew? Household Shortcuts! It's on sale now at QVC! Click here to buy it.

    Tuesday
    Apr082014

    Tip of the Day: Keep Your Fridge Odor-Free

    One of the best ways to eliminate odors from your refrigerator is to hollow out a grapefruit or orange, fill it with salt, and place in the back of the fridge. Leave it there until the salt gets completely damp, and then throw the whole thing out and replace.

    This tip comes from our new book, Who Knew? Everyday Cost-Cutters! It's on sale now at QVC! Click here to buy it.

    Monday
    Apr072014

    Tip of the Day: Keep Bugs Off Plants

    Sometimes, getting rid of insects is as easy as making it hard for them to get where they’re going. Smear petroleum jelly around the base of plant stems, and ants and other crawling insects will slide right off, protecting your plants.

    This tip comes from our new book, Who Knew? Household Shortcuts! It's on sale now at QVC! Click here to buy it!

    Sunday
    Apr062014

    Tip of the Day: Clean Dog Toys

    Keep your pets’ playthings clean and free from bacteria and germs by tossing them into the dishwasher alone (without dishes) once a month. But hold the detergent: Just turn the temp to hot, and the heat plus the water pressure will completely sanitize plastic or rubber toys. And not only will a quick wash help ensure that Fido stays healthy, it’ll also prolong the life of the toys and keep your floors, carpets, and furniture clean too.


    This tip comes from our new book, Who Knew? Household Shortcuts! It's on sale now at QVC! Click here to buy it!

    Saturday
    Apr052014

    Tip of the Day: Baby-Proof a Socket

    It’s impossible to carry an entire baby-proofing kit with you every time you travel, but you can put a literal Band-Aid on the situation in hotel rooms: Use Band-Aids to cover open outlets! You’ll still need to keep an eye on babies and toddlers playing nearby to make sure they don’t peel them off, but will at least have the peace of mind knowing that the outlets aren’t left bare.

    This tip comes from our new book, Who Knew? Everyday Costcutters! It's on sale now at QVC! Click here to buy it!