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    Wednesday
    Apr232014

    Tip of the Day: All-Purpose Orange Cleaner

    We love this go-to orange cleaner—it works great on all kinds of surfaces such as countertops, sinks, greasy stoves, and more. All you need are the peels of several oranges, plain white vinegar, water, a spray bottle, and a glass jar with screw-top lid (a Mason jar works perfectly). Place the orange peels in the glass jar, cover with vinegar, and leave for several weeks in a cool spot. Then transfer some of the mixture to a spray bottle and add two parts water. Shake to combine, and it’s ready to use. Your family will love the scent!

     

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    Tuesday
    Apr222014

    Tip of the Day: Homemade Pedialyte

    When your little ones are recovering from a tummy bug, you can help them feel better sooner with this homemade (and natural!) version of Pedialyte. Mix together 1 quart water, ½ cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons sugar, ¾ teaspoon baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Serve once their vomiting has stopped for a few hours. Make sure to contact a doctor if any problems persist.

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

    Sunday
    Apr202014

    Tip of the Day: Say Goodbye to Horseflies

    Are giant horseflies driving you crazy? Next time you go outside, rub mouthwash on your body and enjoy the serenity of a fly-free experience.

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

    Saturday
    Apr192014

    Tip of the Day: Nourishing Hair Mask

    Your hairstylist just called to reschedule your appointment, but you’ve just had it with your split ends! This simple moisturizing hair mask will rescue your locks and buy you a few days until you can get yourself into the salon chair. Whisk together an egg yolk with 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil and 1 tablespoon honey. Massage the mixture through damp hair, paying special attention to the ends. Then cover hair with a towel or plastic wrap, and wait 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

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

    Friday
    Apr182014

    Tip of the Day: Power Shower Spray

    Stay on top of mold and mildew by keeping this daily shower spray within easy reach of all family members. Mix one part vinegar with 10 parts water in an empty spray bottle and you’re ready to go. Bonus: You don’t have to worry about a toxic cleaner hitting the baby’s bath toys.

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

    Thursday
    Apr172014

    Tip of the Day: The Cleanest Carpet

    For a cleaner, brighter carpet, sprinkle on a small amount of salt before you vacuum. The salt provides a mild abrasive cleaning action that will clean the carpet without hurting the fibers.

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

    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.

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

     

    Tuesday
    Apr152014

    Tip of the Day: Solution for Loose Batteries

    If you have an electronic toy whose batteries are loose due to a missing spring, don’t throw it away or pay to get it fixed. Simply ball up a small amount of aluminum foil and put it in the spring’s place. The aluminum will conduct electricity in lieu of the spring.

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

    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