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by Judy Wolfram

     

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Did you know that . . .

--If you have stains on your light colored fabric or upholstery, you can pour enough cornmeal on the stain to cover it and let it set for 15 to 30 minutes and then just vacuum up the grains and the stain?

--A nutcracker makes an excellent tool to remove caps from containers that are hard to open? Just clamp the nutcracker around the top of a glue, nail polish or beverage bottle and twist. You will be amazed at the extra gripping power you get.

--If you need a funnel and don’t have one, you can use an ordinary ziplock bag? Use one that you have already washed out and saved to reuse again. Put whatever you have to be funneled into the baggie, tip all of the contents enclosed to your left, snip off the right hand corner, hold it over the container you are filling, and watch how easy it works. You can wash it out, put it in a special place and use it when you need a funnel again. Put a paper clip on the cut right hand corner and take it off when the baggie is over the container to be filled.

--If your flashlight has gone dark or your smoke alarm doesn’t work when you test it, you don’t have to replace the batteries right away? Instead, take the batteries out of whatever device they are in and clean the terminal ends with a pencil eraser. Clean the inside of the battery compartments also and then put the batteries back into the device and check to see if they work. Sometimes this procedure works quite well.

Hope these hints help you save some money. Till next time, remember that a laugh is a smile that explodes.

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