The secret, low-cost alternative to one of those balls that releases fabric softener during your laundry load? A clean kitchen sponge dampened with liquid fabric softener. Just put it in the washing machine once it’s filled with water at the beginning of the load. It will slowly release the softener, just like the plastic balls do!
This advice definitely sounds like an urban legend, but it’s such an easy way to grow fantastic sweet peppers that you have to try it. A matchbook buried with each pepper plant will transmit sulfur, a great fertilizer for them. To give these nutrient-seeking plants the magnesium they also need, add 2 tablespoons Epsom salts to ½ gallon water and soak the plants with the mixture when you see the first blossoms of the year.
If your pet’s food dish always ends up three feet from where it started by the he’s done eating, make it skid-proof. With a glue gun, make a thin strip of glue around the bottom rim. The hardened glue will make it much harder for the bowl to slide across the floor.
Lemon juice not only smells great, it tastes delicious, too. Mix it with hot water and try it as an alternative to hot tea and coffee. You may find it wakes you up just as well, and your body will thank you.
Here’s a hiccup cure much yummier than the old “drink pickle juice” remedy: Eat a spoonful of peanut butter. Chewing it slowly interrupts your breathing pattern just enough to get it back on track, stopping your hiccups in seconds.
Lipstick can be one of hardest stains to remove—if you don’t use the right stain remover. The grease in lipstick makes it hard to get out of the fibers in fabric, but rubbing alcohol breaks through it nicely. Just apply rubbing alcohol with a damp cloth to the stain, and dab until the lipstick starts to come off, applying more alcohol as necessary. Then launder as usual.