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by Judy Wolfram

     

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Here are tips and ideas to help you save time and money:

--Polish or clean your stainless steel sink with vegetable oil on a paper towel. Rinse with hot soapy water. Rinse again.

--Want to keep your gray hair looking good and feeling good too? Use a moisturizing shampoo and a conditioner each time you wash your hair. Other tips for gray hair: Set your hair with rollers to give it a  smooth, controlled look. Use shine spray or serum to restore luster. If you have yellowing, counteract it by using a purple shampoo or conditioner (try L’Oreal Nature’s Therapy color confidence blonde brightening shampoo.) To help eliminate smoke and pollution included in discoloration of gray hair, give it a monthly rinse with lemon water. Mix the juice of one lemon for every two cups of water. All of the above will save you money if you do it yourself, not to mention that you will look fabulous.

--What to do with old medicines? Check the expiration dates on your over-the-counter remedies. You don’t have to pitch every-thing that is past the dates. Most of them will still be okay for another 12 months, but if your aspirin smells like vinegar, pitch it right now. Call your doctor or pharmacist for help with dated medications or the ones that have no expiration dates. It’s a good idea to jot down the dates of any purchase of medication of any kind. Keep a small notebook in your medicine cabinet.

--Your candles will burn down slower and cast longer if you freeze them first. Just pop them into some sort of plastic bag (I use bread bags) and leave them in a day or so.

--The freezer works for onions too. Before you cut into one just wrap it and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes or so. When you take it out and cut it, no tears should appear.

--To prevent biscuits from getting too brown on the bottom, use a heavy, but shiny pan. It works.

I hope that some of these tips will help you a little bit. My thought for the month is: Don’t forget to spray your pets with a spray bottle that is half water and half vinegar. Fleas and ticks will say, ”ugh.”

 

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