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25 Natural Household Tips to Make Life Easy

Updated on June 22, 2017
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She's a woman on a mission. Audrey Hunt donates her time helping others to discover their personal power through nature's lessons.


Get Ready To Discover Natural Ways To Fix Household Problems

Hold on to your hat my friends! You're about to find natural solutions for a great many problems in your home. These handy tips will delight and surprise you. Best of all, you'll save time and love how easy these 25 natural household solutions are.


No More Moldy Bread

To keep bread from molding, place a clean dry paper towel under the bread in its original bag when storing it.

Do Your Part - Use Environmentally - Friendly Products For Cleaning

When I was a young homemaker I would have given anything to have a notebook full of tips on hand to help me with cleaning and household problems. About all I had back then was "Heloise." And of course PC's were still in the future My mother would often come to my rescue with tips used by my grandmother. These tips are still used today with great results.

In fact when you use natural products for cleaning and other problems you are doing your part to help keep our planet clean.

With today's hectic pace and never enough hours in a day to complete everything, good useful problem solving tips around the house is in demand more than ever. We want quick and efficient results. We also want to spend little to nothing for these miracle products.

With society being more environmentally aware of toxins and chemicals, the more natural, the better. I put the word out to my relatives and friends as well as using my own collection of handy hints and this is what I've come up with.

May your answer to a cleaning prayer be discovered here - the natural way.

Solutions For Frustrating House Problems

These mind-blowing tips are some of my personal favorites. I think you'll find them helpful too:

  • Got holes in your white walls? Simply dab a small amount of white, non-gel toothpast into the hole and you'll never notice it again. Honest!
  • Protect your walls from cracks. My daddy taught me this one. Before you drive a nail into the wall, place a piece of tape over the spot and you'll avoid cracking the wall.
  • Peppermint for those pesty pests. I've been using this tip for several years and love it. Plant mint close to your home (it grows rapidly and everywhere.) Mice, moles, rats, gophers and squirrels are just some of the annoying critters that will stay away.
  • Weird smells in your car? This is one of my favorite tips. Just take a sheet of fabric softener, place a couple under the seats and in the trunk. Mmmmmm.
  • Mosquitoes. Speaking of fabric softener, to keep mosquitoes at bay, stick a sheet of bounce fabric softener in your pocket, sleeve or shoe and they will leave you alone.
  • Here's how to ice-proof your windshield. Mix one part water to three parts white vinegar and spray on the windshield generously. It will keep your windshield ice free.

Goodbye to Rough Lips

You can get rid of dead skin on your lips with this all-natural exfoliating rub made from ingredients in your own kitchen.

Mix a drop of sesame or olive oil with brown sugar. Rub the delicious mixture gently over the lips to remove flacky skin.

Finsh by applying a small amount of petroleum jelly to the lips.

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Got Stains? Surprising Tips For Annoying Stains

Use what you have right in you kitchen to remove stains.

  • Remove gum. Take a piece of ice and rub on the gum until it hardens. Gently remove the gum with a dull knife and launder.
  • To remove ketchup or tomato stains. First remove the excess with a dull knife, then dab with a damp, warm sponge. (This next step sounds wrong, but it's not.) Apply a little bit of shaving cream to the stain and let it dry. Then wash as usual.
  • Too much mustard? Check the fabric to make sure it's colorfast, then apply a small amount of hydogen peroxide to the stain and let set for a few minutes. Wash immediately.
  • What to do if you stain clothing from cooking oil (any kind.) Wash in regular shampoo. (Avoid buit in conditioner.)
  • Old or unknown stains. Run down to the closest health food store (or go on-line) and pick up vegetable glycerin. Apply some to the stain, let it set for about an hour and then launder.
  • Removing rust stains. First wet the spot with lemon juice, then sprinkle with salt. Allow to stand in direct sunlight for 30 to 45 minutes. Wash the garment and the stain is gone.
  • Wine stains. There are several ways to remove wine stains. This is one I really like. First, blot (don't rub) the stain with a mixture of one part dishwashing liquid and two parts hydrogen peroxide. If that doesn't lift the stain then apply a paste made from water and cream of tartar and let it sit for a while before washing.

Cleaning drains with natural products

Use This Tip for Fixing a Stuck Zipper

Use lip gloss or pencil lead for a stubborn stuck zipper.  Works like a charm.
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A Few Tips To Make Life Easier

Fix a stuck zipper by rubbing lip gloss directly on the zipper. And if you have a lead pencil handy, just rub the zipper with the lead from the pencil.

  • To help a zipper stay closed, grab a can of hairspray, zip up the zipper and spray lightly with the hairspray.
  • You can also use a bar of soap to keep a zipper sliding nicely. Rub the end of the bar lightly across the zipper.
  • Oh, those black scuff marks. Well they will be gone is you use lemon juice or rubbing alcohol on them
  • To keep towels looking like new - add a cup of salt to the washing machine when they're new. The salt will set the colors so the towels won't fade as quickly.
  • Save on dishwashing liquid. Buy the cheapest brand then add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water while you wash. Those dishes will shine. I also do this with my dishwasher. My silverware and glasses are sparkling clean.

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White Vinegar - A Natural Alternative To Commercial Products

Use White Vinegar (distilled) to:

  • Remove mildew
  • Cut grease
  • Remove wax build-up
  • Deodorize
  • Certain stains
  • Remove mineral deposits from shower heads
  • Clean and polish chrome
  • Remove stickers from glass, plastic or wood
  • Whiten grout (just use an old toothbrush)
  • Remove rust from tools other items. (Let item set for 30 minutes)

Weird Tips That Work Well

I've personally found success by trying the following tips:

  • I can still picture my mother peeling onions with a piece of bread in her mouth, right between her teeth. She claimed it would prevent crying while the onion was being peeled. Try it. It really works.
  • I'm a candle lover (soy or beeswax ). For any type of candle, if you place it in the freezer for 3 hours before burning it, it will last much longer. Who knew?
  • Speaking of freezing, get this. If you freeze your pantyhose before wearing them chances are they won't run. The cold strengthens the fibers. Do this with a new pair.
  • Welcome to the 2 minute face lift. To make a simple yet effective face mask only two ingredients which are both in your kitchen. Grab an egg and using just the yolk and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, whip up using a wire whisk, and apply directly to the face. After rubbing it in, leave on for 2 minutes. Rinse gently with cool water. You'll feel a tightening that will leave your skin feeling refreshed and glowing.
  • I hate it when my tupperware and other plastic containers are left with that ugly stain caused from tomato based sauces. Listen up. To prevent this, spray the inside of the container with non-stick cooking spray.

Uses for baking soda

Bonus Tip - How to Open Plastic Container Wraps

My biggest pet peeve used to be trying to open a bag of potatoe chips. All that has changed with the invention of the dreaded plastic container wraps that incase everything from toys to makeup and more.( You're gonna love me for this tip.)

Ready? Instead of struggling with a knife, hammer, screwdriver or blow torch, use a can opener to release the contents.

Note: Always use caution when preparing any combination of ingredients around children and pets. When removing stains choose a safe, well ventilated area.

Using natural products helps to keep our planet green and clean.
Using natural products helps to keep our planet green and clean. | Source

Final Thoughts

Set aside a certain day and time to begin using some of the tips you find here. Sadly, I have procrastinated in the past using one excuse or another. And if I let an old stain sit too long, it's so much more difficult to remove.

Parents can use these tips as a teachable moment for their children. (Be sure any chemicals you use are safe.) Letting kids help, teaches them about responsibility. It can be fun too. Kid's can use a tip or two for "share time" in school, demonstrating a quick tip.

Make these tips count by using them. Share the ones you like with others. There's no value in aquiring these gems if they are never going to be used. So plan a time to gather up a small stack of items that need to be attended to and give a few of these tips a try.

What is your favorite tip? Share in the comment section below and thanks.

Links of Interest ~

Common Home Problems and Solutions - Energy Star

10 must-know household hints

Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don't do it. ~Author Unknown

© 2012 Audrey Hunt


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    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Great idea! Good girl. It's an endless project isn't it? Don't forget natural lemons too - cleans well and leaves a nice fresh scent :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Just saw your comment! I need to! I'm trying to put aside a little time every day for cleaning and organizing. I've gotten so far behind. I'd like to eventually make more room by using up all my cleaning supplies and focus on learning how to clean everything with products like vinegar and baking soda! Working on it!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hello Victoria, my sweet friend! You know what? I have to come back here and remind myself of some of these tips too :) Thanks for the pin and awesome rating. Now, go do some cleaning!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I commented on this month ago, but I'm back! It's such a great hub with great ideas. I just need to remember to try some of these, so I'm pinning it this time. Awesome hub!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Ah, thank you StephStevio8! So happy to see you here. Happy housecleaning and don't forget the white vinegar:)

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Wow! This hub is really cool. It's like having your granny's tips all in one place. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear Integrity - How kind of you. You've no idea how happy your comments make me. I hope your day is terrific - like you!

      QuadsiaP1 - Thank you for bookmarking this hub. Very nice to see you again. You've been missed. Have a great day!

      brenda12lynette - Thanks so much for your generous rating. The bread in the mouth tip really works well. Let me know how it works for you!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Mari - Hi there! You'll love some of these tips. Let me know how they work for you. Thanks a lot for coming by!

      carol7777 - You made my day with your very nice comments. I like using natural products that I have around the house. Good for the environment too. Thanks Carol!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great and useful..We always need a way to solve a problem and you have taken care of many of them..Thanks for a great hub.

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      Mari Koeck 5 years ago

      Great tips! I can't wait to try some of these out around the house.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      mrslagibb - Thank you so much for the vote up. And your tip for stained tea is marvelous. You're a jewel for sharing!

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      Mrs L A Gibb 5 years ago

      A very informative and rewarding hub, no-one will ever get stuck again.Voted up.

      For all you tea drinkers, when your teapot or your cups become stained with tea, dissolve a Steradent (for dentures) tablet to remove those heavy tea stained teapots and cups.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dim - Hello my friend - So glad you liked these tips. If I don't put them out where I can see them, I forget to use most of them :) Thanks so much!

      acaetnna - You are so good for me. Your seet comments always put a smile on my face. Thank you dear one.

      rajan jolly - Thank you so much for sharing your tip on chewing gum to keep the tears away when peeling onions. I have'nt heard that one. A very good and useful tip. You are so kind to vote up and across and to share this as well. I appreciate your support!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      That is an informative hub. I voted up. You rock!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Jlava73 - Oh, I'm so very pleased to hear that you like and will use some of these tips. Thank you so much!

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      I am bookmarking this one. Thanks!


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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      My Scifi Life - Isn't it great to have a few cleaning tips on stand-by for the next time you may need them? I can't tell you how handy they've been for yours truly. It makes my day to hear that you liked my hub enough to share with others. Thanks so much!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      tammyswallow ~ Success - good for you! You've got me giggling at your pantyhose in the freezer - brrrrr. :)

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      brenda12lynette 5 years ago from Utah

      I am trying the bread trick. I bawl like a baby most of the time I cut onions, but I love onions! I also plan on trying some of the cleaning tips! Voted up and very useful!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very many awesome and unheard of tips. I in fact knew just a couple like the ice one to remove gum or the application of soap to let the zipper move freely.

      I'd like to share one which my wife uses to stop "crying" while cutting onions. Chew gum while doing this and you'd be happy to chop them to your heart's content. I'm serious try it.

      Glad you shared this. Bookmarking this Audrey and sharing this too. Voted all the way up and across.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Awesome - I always believe your tips to be the very best. Awesome - thank you.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      WOW!!!! You are a mine of information here. ALL such incredibly good tips.

      I think I need to print this out and pin it to the wall.

      Fabulous hub. Thank you.

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      I don't know how I missed this but it is simply awesome! I know I will put these solutions to good use.

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      My SciFi Life 5 years ago from London, UK

      Excellent suggestions and ideas here - thanks very much! Will definitely bookmark and come back as I can see them coming in handy in a variety of different areas. Shared for others to enjoy also!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Your advice worked! Thanks so much. I was able to save a beloved outfit. Brrr... why am I chattering? I put my pantyhose in the freezer. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear Audrey - No more tears! Peel away. A piece of bread in your mouth keeps your eyes from tearing up. It really works. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Prasetio - Hello. It is always a pleasure to see you and to read your comments. We have been sharing hubs and comments for 2 years. I always look forward to your new hubs and often visit your older ones again and again.

      I'm glad these tips were helpful as well as natural. Blessings to you!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      ChristyWrites - Hi Christy. Using fabric sofener (Bounce) in the car will give off a nice fresh scent. And you're right about saving money. Also the scent lasts much longer than car fresheners. Thanks for coming by.

      @angela brummer - Isn't that pantyhose tip something? Who experiments with something like this? It isn't something I would try. I can't picture myself finding a run in my nylons and then running to the frig and tossing them in the freezer to see if that helps.

      @Green Lotus - ...and after using the sesami seed and brown sugar on the zipper, you'd also have something for your sweet tooth on hand :-) And I'm still wondering how someone comes up with these tips. Hugs!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Deb Welch - Knowing that you will be using some of these tips brings a smile to my face. Glad you read this and took time to comment!

      @manusphor - Nice to see you here. Don't forget to keep these tips nearby. They never seem to be around when you need them. :-)

      @ktrapp - I love it! You have my attention. Here's a reminder about the fabric softener. It seems that the "bounce" brand works the best to keep mosquitoes at bay. I'm on top of the world with your comments!

      @Martie Coester - How's everything in South Africa? May I come and play someday? You're always a breath of fresh air. Thanks for the pin and more!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      KDDubarry03 - Thanks for finding the baking soda helpful. And another thanks for reading this and leaving me a comment.

      @drbj - You are "true blue" for coming by and commenting. And I remember testing the piece of bread in the mouth tip when I was still pretty young. Sure enough, it worked then and it works now. So start peeling those onions my dear friend!

      @MelChi - You so welcome. I hope you use some of these tips. Thanks.

      @Molometer - I've got another tip for you for tenderizing meat. Papaya seeds! Just cut the papaya in half, scoop out the seeds and rub them on the meat. Let set in the refrigerator for 2-4 hrs with seeds on the meat. I learned this from the natives in Hawaii.

      @iamaudraleigh - Hi Audra. I love hearing that you found my hub so useful and clever. Maybe I'll share more in a future hub. Thanks so much for the vote up and sharing!

      @Sylvia's Thoughts - How are you dear lady? Glad you could find a new tip or two here. I think I'll drop by and see what's new on your hub block.

      @WD Curry111 - Oh, I want to thank you for this tip. " If the wall isn't white, and you have to paint over it, a soggy Wheatie (the cereal) will work well and can fill a bigger hole permantly. Let it dry, and you will have to chisel it out. That's such a good tip.

      And as far as going to Florida in the winter- be on the lookout for an old black Mercedes with a little old lady behind the wheel :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Victoria Lynn - A sheet or two of bounce faric softener inside the car smells so fresh and nice. I also use them inside my shoes to keep the closet smelling good as well as the shoes. Don'tcha just love new tips?

      @kelleyward - Oh those pesty mosquitoes! Be sure to purchase the "bounce" brand. For some reason, it works much better than knock-offs. You're so sweet to pin this hub and to vote up. Thanks !

      @Hyphenbird - When I found an easier way to open those terrible plastic packaging items I just had to share. Glad you could use this one.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Wonderfully practical tips, vocal coach, you are a star. There is so much useful info for a household filled with three kids and their foibles! I thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I have to try the bread thing! I am so tired of crying when I chop onions!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub, my friend. I am glad to follow all your tips here. Voted up and shared. Take care :-)


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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Sandyspider - Ha ha - so am I. This works well, I put one in my shoe and one in my pocket or wherever. Thanks Sandy!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Wonderful tips. I will have to try the fabric sheet one. I am a mosquito magnet.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      thoughtforce - Hi there my friend. Thanks for pinning my hub. I appreciate that. I'm so glad you liked these tips. I use the fabric softener in my shoe and in my pocket all summer long...and absolutely no mosquitoes.

      Isn't it grand?

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      VC this on is bookmarked. Now where were you when I couldn't unzip my jacket last month?!

      I'm off to slather on some sesame oil and brown sugar :) Cheers!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great tips I had no idea about the pany hose in the freezer! Who would have thunk it?

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like that you include tips of other hubbers here too. I am going to try the fabric softener in the car idea, it will save buying air fresheners! Well done and so useful too.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Mommiegee _ Nice to hear that you like my hub and found it useful. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks.

      @TheRightWord - I'm asking myself the same question. What did I do before the Internet? :-) No wonder I was so dumb.

      Couldn't find any answers anywhere. Thanks so much!

      @Ttoombs08 - I'm giggling as I read your comments. And very glad you like my hub. Thanks for directing your bachelor brother here. Thanks so much!

      @Crystna1985 - New tips are always helpful aren't they? My mother used so many - we were pretty poor and didn't always have money for store products. Thankyou.

      @tammyswallow - Hello you wonderful woman! I just knew I'd find you here. Your support and loyalty is spoiling me. When I wrote these tips and learned about the shaving cream I ran into my son's bathroom, took his, and immediately got to work on a tomato stain from 2 days ago. It worked! Thanks Tammy!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Lord - I'm just thrilled to find that you needed the vinegar tip to prevent ice on the windshield. I used it last winter and was amazed. You are so kind to come by and give me support. Thank you!

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Awesome tips. Thank you, vocalcoach.

      Voted up, pinned and bookmarked :)

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Stop the presses - this is absolutely invaluable information. As soon as I have the chance, and I mean SOON, I am going to plant some mint to annoy some little critters that come around. And if the fabric softener sheet in my pocket or shoe keeps mosquitoes away I will be forever indebted to you.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dee - How good it is to see you again. I like your story about how you outsmarted those rats. Good job! I hope you'll think of yours truly whenever you use that list of terrific problem solving tips! Thanks Dee for the vote up and more.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Marcy - Wonderful to see you here my friend. Be sure to let me know how the plastic ware turns out after you use the non-stick cooking spray.

      Hope your day brings you joy. Thanks so much!

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      manuspohr 5 years ago from Massachussets

      This Hub is very nice! voted up useful. Thank you for shared. :)

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      Deb Welch 5 years ago

      Liked this Hub. Awesome Baking Soda. So many helpful ideas - Thank you. I will use them. Voted Up.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      Who thought household tips could be so entertaining? I really like the one about patching holes. If the wall isn't white, and you have to paint over it, a soggy Wheatie (the cereal) will work well and can fill a bigger hole permantly. Let it dry, and you will have to chisel it out. It is amazing what you can learn when you go off to college.

      To prevent ice on your windshield? Come for a long visit to Florida.

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      Sylvia Van Peebles 5 years ago from Southern California

      Hi VC! Thanks for all the wonderful tips! Some I knew already, some I had forgotten, and some are brand new!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      tillsontitan - Love your opening comments beginning with the WOW! A hint about the peppermint. It grows like a weed - branches out everywhere. But the moles hate it.

      I'm impressed to find that your son knew about the fabric softener. He must take after his mom. :-)

      Gee, golly, shucks I sure want to thank you for the generous ratings and reasons for them. I like knowing why a person rates and you're the first one in 2 years to add that in a comment.

      Very impressive. And now, you're getting a visit from me!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Just Ask Susan -

      Hey Susan. I have had such good protection from using "bounce" fabric softner - one in my shoe and another in a pocket. Make sure it's the bounce brand. I've not heard of any other brand working but bounce.

      And the hairspray on the zipper is amazing. Thanks for stopping by and you're welcome!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Clever, clever, clever!!! So many fix-it ideas here! toothpaste, mint to keep the rodants away, and hairspray to keep zippers closed...brilliant! Voted this up and shared!

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great tips for solving problems around the house.

      It makes me smile when I learn something new like this. Sometimes the obvious only becomes so when someone points it out. Never knew about the meat tenderizer aspects of baking soda.

      Thanks Tammy for sharing this hub by vocalcoach.

      Voted up and all the buttons.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      These tips are fantastic - thanks so much for sharing!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Sharon's Slant - I tried everything to remove tomato based stains from my plastic ware and nothing worked. Then I found this solution and boy was I a happy camper.

      Thanks for sharing and voting. Most of all, thanks for being here.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      These are super practical tips, Audrey, thank you. And some of your suggestions are so weird I know they must work. Especially the one from your mother about holding bread between one's teeth while peeling onions. Absolutely news to me.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      I am definitely gonna start those tips on baking powder. Well done! Thank you for sharing!


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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Cool ideas. Some I knew and many I didn't. That can opener idea for those awful packages is worth a mint!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Wow this is a fantastic hub! I'm bookmarking this one. I especially needed the tip for Mosquitoes right now in Oklahoma! Voted up, Pinned, Take care, Kelley

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is great! I do the toothpaste in the wall thing. I'm going to have to try the dryer sheets in the car. Think they would work in the house, too, to get rid of that "cat smell"? Have to save this hub for future reference. Awesome!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Pamela99 - Hello my friend! Like I said in my hub, I can still see my mama standing over the kitchen sink, peeling an onion with a piece of bread in her mouth. That was over 50 yrs ago! She must have learned that from my grandma. How on earth did they figure out a solution like this a 100 years ago?

      Thanks so much Pamela!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      This is such a great hub and I enjoyed reading it! I will pin this since it is to good to be forgotten. Who knew about toothpaste on the wall, fabric softener in the shoe and bread in the mouth? A fantastic list of useful tips, loved it!


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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent tips! I have been looking for something that will remove tomato stains forever. I didn't imagine shaving cream would do the trick. I am going to get a can. Great hub!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      teaches 12345 - Thanks for being my first reader. I'm so glad you found these tips useful and are keeping them close at hand. Have a great day!

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      Crystna1985 5 years ago

      This Hub is very helpful! voted up useful. Thank you for posting:)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      These are wonderful. Everyone starting out on their own could use these. I can't tell you how many times my 20 something son has called and asked me how to do something! Next time, I'll point him and my 40ish bachelor brother to this site. Voting up and more! :)

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      TheRightWord 5 years ago from Sunny California

      Great tips! What did we do before the internet?

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      Mommiegee 5 years ago from Alabama

      Great Tips! Thanks so much for this hub!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      I'm with Tillsontitan,

      Great tips and easy to follow. I was smiling like a boy with some common sense tips the one for the car was so needed. White vinegar is cheap and so useful. Thanks for sharing!


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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      These are sooooooooo good. Some I've heard of and even use...other are wonderful news.... the peppermint and pest is one I learn not long ago. I live "in the country"....we keep the "pest spraying" man with a job. But recently I found evidence of mice in my garage and heard that they will get in your car.....horrified is not even close to what I felt. Rat poison or traps did not seem to help. I got one of those electronic sonic things....helped a little and then a little research I found about the peppermint. I found some strong peppermint oil...put a dab on cotton in several place in garage and my car and in the house (cause I was afraid they would try to get in somehow).... problem solved. They are gone. I check everyday for droppping....tell-tale sign...nothing. It does work.

      I am trying the hairspray on a zipper.

      Voted up, useful, awesome. And, I'm printing it out and hanging in my laundry room for easy reference.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      So clever - and these are such basic things we should know! I'm with Sharyn - the spray in a plastic container is a real discovery! I'm so tired of having them stained (forever!). Great hub!!!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Where's that WoW button? There are so many tips here I'll have to read and print this to keep it handy. I must admit my favorite is about Peppermint and moles (I wrote about moles just recently). I'm gonna get me some of that!

      I know the fabric softener for mosquitoes works because I just used them at my son's house (he told me about them).

      This is a great and useful hub. Voted up, useful, funny (because of the short comic interlude) and interesting cause we are all interested in quick remedies.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love reading hubs that are so useful. Hairspray on the zipper .. who would've thought. When I go shopping tonight I'm going to grab an extra box of fabric softener sheets .. mosquitoes love me.

      Thanks for all these great tips!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      These are GREAT tips Audrey. Here are my two favorites: your momma's bread in the mouth; and spraying a plastic container with cooking spray to avoid stains. High votes and sharing too!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      This is a terrific hub, so full of practical ways to fix problems that we have from time to time. I knew a few of these, but I certainly learned some great new tips. I had never heard of the bread in the mouth for peeling onions. Definitely voted up!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      teaches12345 - You're my first reader! Glad you're keeping these tips handy. Your comments are so important to me - especially on a brand new hub. So thanks and I appreciate the vote up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am keeping this hub handy. I am in need of the quick fix for the zipper. Great post and one that many will find useful. Voted way up!