HELPFUL HOMEMADE PRODUCTS YOU MUST KNOW

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Did you know that there are many products that you use everyday that you can make by using other products found in your home with little effort? I have listed some of these items that you can make to replace the high cost products you buy at the store. You can also use these tips and hints if you run out of the product and you are tight on money.

So, what am I talking about? Just too name a few, you can make furniture polish and all-purpose cleaner out of products that are in your house. How many times have you looked for furniture polish and there is none? By using these helpful hints, you can apply them to your life just in case you run out of a certain product or you may just want to use your own. Either way, you will have the knowledge to make these products on your own. How you use them, well, that is up to you.

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MAKING HOMEMADE FURNITURE POLISH

At one time or another, we have ran out of furniture polish or we haven't had none to use. You don't have to worry about that anymore. Just follow these simple instructions and you will have furniture polish that works just like it came from the store.

  • 4 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons of water
  • 8 tabelspoons of lemon juice or 1 lemon

You want to use a spray bottle of some type. You then mix all the ingredients together inside the bottle. Make sure you mix it for a few minutes. If you want to make more, just double the recipe above. After it has been mixed good, spray it on and wipe it off. The recipe above will give you a decent amount of furniture polish to use.

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HOMEMADE ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER

This all-purpose cleaner can be used just like what you buy at the store. Just like any cleaning product, we eventually run out of it, most times when we need it the much. I have tried this recipe myself and it works very well. It does just as good as other cleaning products. Just follow these instructions and you will have homemade all-purpose cleaner.

  • one quart of warm water
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of bleach

Once again, try to use a spray bottle and mix all the ingredients up. You want to mix them for a minute or two. Once you are done mixing, you can then use your all-purpose cleaner. It does very well on the stove, on counters, and wiping off appliances in the kitchen.

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HOMEMADE FLY TRAP

I don't know about you, but I have had a big issue with gnats and flies this year. Every time that I think I no longer have them, they begin to appear like magic. I have bought fly traps all summer long and I believe others have been having issues as well because they are always sold out of them. But now, I have the ingredients to make my own fly traps and that is what I am using now. Here is what you need.

  • 1 glass drinking cup
  • plastic wrap
  • apple cider vinegar

Make sure you use a glass cup. You have to make sure it is apple cider vinegar because it attracts the flies. They love the smell. You need to fill the cup up with the vinegar. Fill it nearly half full. Take the wrap and wrap the entire top. Make sure there is no way out on the sides. Then, take a pencil or pen to poke holes in the top of the wrap. The flies will enter, but they won't find their way out. This works really well. I have caught more flies with this then the traps I bought at the store.

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HOMEMADE TOILET CLEANER

We can use these tips when we run out of the regular product. Eventually, we all run out of our cleaning products or forget to buy them. You can use this recipe to clean your toilet. Just be careful of the reaction that it will make when the ingredients combine. Keep away until it clears out.

  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of baking soda

You want to sprinkle the baking soda around the toilet bowl first. Then, you will add the vinegar to the outer bowl also. Make sure you keep your head clear of the bowl area. A chemical reaction will probably occur. Wait 15 seconds then proceed cleaning the toilet bowl. You want to add it directly to the bowl and not in a spray bottle. Once you have stood clear, use a toilet brush and clean.

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CARPET FRESHENER

I have always found these ingredients very useful around the house, especially if you have pets. With the rising cost of all these products, it is much cheaper to make your own products these days. Of course, you need the ingredients to make it, but in the long run, you can save all kinds of money by using these recipes. Here is the one for carpet freshener.

  • 3/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of perfumed talcum powder
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.

Once again, you will need to mix them all up for a minute or so. Once you are finished, sprinkle on your carpet. Let it stand for a few minutes and them you can vacuum it up. If you want a stronger sent, add a touch more of talcum powder. This is very good to keep around if you have pets. It works really well..

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WINDOW CLEANER

You can usually get window cleaner fairly cheap, but what happens when you run out and have no way to the store? You can use this helpful recipe to clean your windows and all other glass surfaces. It is really easy to make. You want to be precise on this recipe, so I will give you two options for sizes.

  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1 quart of water

This one is for a larger quantity of window cleaner.

  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 gallon of water

I have used this recipe and it does work good. In the past, I always used this for my car. Window cleaner adds up and you really use a lot of it in your car during the winter. That is why I added two different sizes. With winter vastly approaching, you can keep yourself stocked up on window cleaner with these ingredients.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • DRAINS- When it comes to dealing with drains, you can boil hot water and pour it down the drain. The hot water will usually eat through most things clogging the drain.
  • STAINLESS STEEL CLEANER- All you need to make stainless steel cleaner is 1 quart of water and 2 1/4 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix them together in a spray bottle for a few minutes and then it is ready to use.
  • FABRIC SOFTENER- This is a product that I always run out of. You can use a 1/2 cup of vinegar as a natural fabric softener to any full load.
  • UNDILUTED WHITE VINEGAR- Undiluted white vinegar has many natural uses. You can add it to hard to clean pots and pans. Just add water and let it soak. You can use it for cleaning as well. It is good for cleaning counters, appliances, and bathroom sinks and toilets.

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Rochelle Frank profile image

Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

Thanks for the good ideas. Commercial cleaning products are WAY too expensive.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thank you for your comment Rochelle. They get more expensive as the days roll on. For someone in business, they can experiment with these products and make their own if they wish.


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kripkrip420 5 years ago from In relation to what?

A lot of great information in this hub! Thank you! Voted up and useful!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thank you so much for stopping by kripkrip. I figured we all may need to use this from time to time. Have a good weekend.


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

Very good advice. I have nothing stronger than dish soap in my home. You can clean almost everything with vinegar or baking soda! Voted up and useful!


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blairtracy 5 years ago from Canada

Great hub! This information will definately come in handy. Thanks.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I use fresh mint to get rid of flys! just hang it in the house somewhere and it does work! I think I read it on another hub, and its terrific! we seem to have had a lot of flys this year too, wonder why? and Vinegar seems to be the wonder worker! rated up! cheers nell


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

This is a great help hub.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Great advice regarding the use of homemade natural ingredients. Another tip...use newspaper to wipe windows after spraying. It leaves no lint behind and seems to repel dirt for a while longer. Voted useful and up!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

These are some super ways to save money doing things we nearly all have to do. Especially like the homemade flytrap and carpet freshener ideas. Thank you lyricwriter!


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Gypsy48 5 years ago

Very informative hub, will definitely try some of these tips.


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Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

Great Hub, lyricwriter. This one's a definite "bookmark"! Voted up, useful and interesting. Have a great Sunday, and thanks for the tips! :)


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Darknlovely3436 5 years ago from NewYork

Great hub, informative, vote up, I hate cleaning my stove i must say, however, any little tips to make the job easier, i usually for it..

profound.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Thank you for putting together so many useful tips! I hardly ever use homemade products for cleaning but I will definitely try these tips. It seems to be easy to make them and if one can save some money it is even better! Baking soda and vinegar sounds very useful! Voted up, useful, interesting,

Tina


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

I couldn't keep house without Soda, Vinegar, and Ammonia. Wonder if your fly trap would work for mesquitoes? Good informative Hub, I voted this UP


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Thelyricwriter! You have saved the day as well as some money in my wallet. I have been dealing with these pesky flies as well!

Funny thing is, I have most of these products already. Thanks to you, I can put them to better use. Voted up, up and away!


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Zoe Amadeus 5 years ago

The Fly trap is certainly interesting. Others sound useful too, I've known some of them but some are new! Thanks for posting :)


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Thank you for the inexpensive, easy recipes! Even using a couple handmade products like this will save money.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi TLW, what great ideas and it's using everyday products - that must mean saving money!

I can't wait to try the fly-trap!

Brilliant and voting up, many thanks for sharing my friend, best wishes MM


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Awesome money-saving ideas and creative suggestions for making homemade products, thanks so much for sharing these with us. I always keep baking soda and vinegar handy so now I have some more recipes to try out. Voted up!


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA

Great Stuff LW, Up and Useful!


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anjperez 5 years ago

these are great ideas. i could really use this. ingredients are kitchen available. very easy to prepare. bookmarked. (,")


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Suzanne, thank you for stopping by, for your time and vote I will mention as well. Your right, they will clean about anything. Worth noting. Take care.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Blairtracy, I appreciate your consideration sweetie. There is always a time and place when we run out of one of these items and most of us have baking soda in the fridge. If it need cleaned, it needs cleaned. For myself, if the dollar store is clothes, it is an hour and a half walk to Wal-Mart. Thanks, but I'd rather not! Thanks and take care.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Nell. I will have to try that. I never thought of mint. I don't know about the flies but they have been bad this year! Everyone that I talk to has had issues with them this season. I welcome the colder air cause I am tired of them flying in my nose, ears, and biting on my legs. Stupid flies:( Take care my dear Nell. See you soon.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Writer20, hey there my poetic friend! Thanks for coming by and for your time. Hope all is well with you. Glad you came by and thanks. Best wishes.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A super hub with super ideas. The carpet freshner was a new one for me so thank you for that. The fly trap is one I didn't know either, I loath flys even just one.

I use vinegar for many things it is great also for soaking the shower head in. It eases aches and pains and relaxes if you pour some in your bath water.

Voted this one up, it not only saves money but helps the environment too.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Alastar, thanks for your comments my friend. I believe all of us can find these products beneficial, short term or long term. Thanks for coming by and take care.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Peggy, thanks for coming by. That is another great tip. Your expertise is always welcome. Thanks for your time and vote:) Best wishes


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Gypsy 48! Glad you came by. Yeah, try them and see what you think. Most of us already have some of the ingredients around the house. A penny saved is a penny earned.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Zen! Thanks for the bookmark and everything else my Kentucky neighbor. Hopefully everyone can find something on here useful. Be good!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Darknlovely, I agree. The stove and pots and pans, I hate it. I just recently discovered these tips a month ago and decided to give them a try. They work very good, especially the all purpose cleaner. I put some on and take a green scrub pad and it comes right off. Appreciate you stopping by.:)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thoughtforce, glad to hear that. They are cheaper then a bottle of cleaner at the store. Even if they are more, in the long run, you will easily save it. I urge everyone to atleast try it and I am glad you are willing too. Thanks for the votes, comment, and your time.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Superb ideas lyricwriter! Thank you for sharing...I use the hot water to clean drains often! Voted UP!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Mary. It may work. Perhaps, use a glass bowl if you have one. Cover it up with the wrap and see if it works. I really don't know. Thanks for coming by and I will see what I can find.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Dexter, thank you for the comment, your time, and your vote. You are right, most of us have these products. The fly trap works better then the ones that hang on the ceiling.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Zoe, thanks for coming by and for your time. The fly trap works great. I have tried everyone of these and the cleaner, fly trap, glass cleaner, and carpet freshener works very well. The others work good also.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Randomcreative, thanks for the comment. You are right, you can save money and time by using these easy to use recipes. I save money any chance I get. I am now a vinegar and baking soda guy for cleaning.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

My MM, hope all is well on your side of the world this morning. Your right, it can save money. Think about what we now pay for cleaners? They raise the price on us a few times a year. If we all learned these small recipes, it would effect their bottom line over time. I am dreaming on this one, but saving any money counts.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Cloverleaf, thanks for coming by my northern neighbor. Yes, saving money. I know I have these products around. If you get some time, try them out Cloverleaf. They work really good.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hmrjmr, thanks for the comment and your time my friend. I hope you have found this useful. Be good:)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Anjperez, thanks for coming by my friend. I am glad you can find this article useful my friend. I hope you get to try them. Take care.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Rosemay. Thanks for coming by and adding another great idea. I am the same way about flies. I hate them. I am glad you have found them useful. Hope all is well. I will see you soon.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Sunshine, thank you very much my dear. Your time, vote, and commment is much appreciated.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Wow! I didn't know all these facts. Truly useful and informative. You re awesome!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

I just Love these Helpful Hint Hubs Lyricwriter. I may even try a few. I do need to house clean soon, and how I hate it. These ideas will make it Easier. Thanks for a well written and Informative Hub.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

My friend, you have valuable information for us. It's really homemade product. I thought most of us love something "cheap" but useful and you have it. I really love your tips. Vote up and useful!

Prasetio


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Ubanichijioke, thanks for stopping by. i appreciate your comment and you are a kind heart my poetic friend. Thank you.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks so much for the information. We all need to save money and believe me that stuff that comes spraying out of those aerosol cans can kill you. Better homemade stuff. Incidently all the recipes that require vinegar the vinegar can also be replaced with cheap vodka. I know it can be expensive to use vodka but did read that it also cleans windows and such. I will use the vinegar myself.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

b. Malin, thanks for coming by. I always appreciate your time and comments. Hope all is well. Have a good one and see you soon.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Prasetio, thank you very much my friend. I am glad you found it to be useful. And thanks for your comment and time. Take care.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Gypsy. Thanks for your comment my friend. I never heard of vodka that way, but thanks for adding it to the page. I believe vinegar is the real big winner. It has many uses and it is cheap.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

This is really great. I didn't have time to read all the comments, but these are even more wonderful because they are so much healthier for us and for our environment. I am going to try the fly catcher one tomorrow. Great hub! bookmarking, voted up, awesome and useful!!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Great tips! I have also used vinegar and baking soda for clogged drains. It works pretty well if they're not too clogged. I'm going to try your carpet freshener. I have pets and have tried baking soda. Adding the other two ingredients, especially the scented powder, should work much better. I've heard that vinegar works as fabric softener. I'll definitely do that--so much cheaper. I'm always looking to save money--AND live greener. Lots of votes on this hub from me!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Good practical, time saving and money saving tips here--thanks much! I want to come back and read the comments since it looks like there are other good suggestions.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Homesteadbound, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and glad to know you have found it useful. The fly trap works great. I still don't know why they have been so bad this year? It will get rid of them though.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Victoria, thanks for your comment and added expertise on the matter. I am glad you enjoyed it and thanks for adding your uses as well. I agree, any money is saved works for me. And you are right about being green as well. We could all learn that. We want this place to be around for our babies and grandchildren. Thanks for your time, votes, and comments. Take care.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there RTalloni. Yes, people have added many other great ideas and it has become a very useful article. I thank you for your comment and time. Take care and come back and see us.


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learner365 5 years ago

Great,easy to follow and very useful ideas.Useful and vote up :)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Learner365! Thanks for the vote, comment, and your time. Hopefully everyone can take away something from this. Take care.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Excellent suggestions. I have bookmarked this one.

Voted up and awesome.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Thanks Sueswan. I hope you can find this useful. The comments are useful as well as fellow hubbers have added a few things they know as well. Appreciate your time, comments, and vote my dear:)


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Very useful suggestions - I'd like to add one: We use 1/2 cup white vinegar to the last rinse in our dishwasher. It's far cheaper than purchased cleaners, and easier on the environment. As well, it works beautifully in our very hard water.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

RedElf, thank you so much for coming by and thanks for your expertise. This has become the hub that keeps giving. Very interesting. I never thought about that and it is a great tips RedElf. I appreciate everything RedElf and see you soon.

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