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Relieve a sore throat

Mix one tablespoon of mustard with some lemon juice, a tablespoon of honey, and teaspoon of salt. Put the mix in a pot with some water and bring it to a boil. Now let it cool. Gargling with this concoction can help to cure that sore throat in the blink of an eye.


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Do you have sticky or dried adhesive left on a container or item with a price label that had been left on and you want to remove it...
I had an old beer tray with dried adhesive from a masking tape price that had been on it many years ago. What was left was dried adhesive. This was probably 15 - 20 years ago when I learned about it. I applied a thick smear of old peanut butter on it and left it on for 3 days. When I wiped it with a damp towel. the dried adhesive was totally gone! Of coarse I had a distinct mark due to the adhesive protecting it all those years from sun fading.
Peanut butter works better than chemicals because it will not effect plastics or painted surfaces.



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Keep Your Cup Holders Clean With Cupcake Liners. Add some cupcake liners to your cup holders, and when they start to get dirty, remove and replace them!



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Mask microwave stench
Can’t get the smell of the fish you preheated out of your microwave? Pour a bit of vanilla extract in a bowl, then nuke it on High for one minute.

Let your vacuum do double-duty cleaning

How to make your house smell good and do the floors at the same time? Soak a cotton ball with your favorite perfume, then drop it into the vacuum cleaner bag. As you do your regular chores, the vacuum will gently release the scent into the room.

Freshen a freezer failure

When a power outage makes your freezer stop working, you could be left with the smell of spoiled food. Get rid of the scent by pouring fresh coffee grounds—even used ones will do the trick—in the freezer overnight.

Take an extra-luxurious shower

Tie a few eucalyptus branches together, then hang them on your showerhead, behind the stream of water. Your steamy shower will release the aromatic oils, giving you an invigorating wash time, according to blogger One Good Thing By Jillee. Eucalyptus oils can help respiratory issues like asthma, colds, and sinusitis, so try this next time you’re sick. The scent will stay fresh for about a week.

Make fridge fragrance

You already know baking soda can neutralize fridge odors, but here’s a new trick: Dampen a cotton ball with vanilla extract and leave it on a refrigerator shelf to add a pleasantly sweet fragrance. You could also try dabbing lemon juice on the cotton ball instead.



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How to make Mason Jar Butter

1 pint sized (16 oz) mason jar
1 cup heavy cream (38% fat content)
cold water

1. Pour heavy cream into the mason jar, filling it half-way full. Screw the lid on.

2. Shake mason jar for approximately 5-7 minutes. After the first 2 minutes you'll have whipped cream. Keep shaking until you hear that a lump has formed inside, and shake an additional 30-60 seconds after that.

3. Remove the solids from the jar. The remaining liquid is buttermilk. You can save that for other recipes, or discard it.

4. Place the solids into a small bowl. Pour cold water over the butter and use your hands to squish it into a ball. Discard water and repeat rinsing 2 times more.

5. At this point you have butter. You can add in things like salt, honey, and herbs to create flavored butters, or serve in its pure form as is.



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The CDC now says all Americans should wear masks — here’s a simple DIY approach

Here’s what you need to make the mask in 10 minutes, and a video demonstration via YouTube:

• Clean flat bed sheet with side hems (100% cotton, tight weave)
• Scissors
• Measuring tape (or an 8.5-inches-by-11 piece of paper to approximate)
• Large paper clip (or other malleable metal strip like floral wire or pipe cleaner) to make the nose pinch.
• Safety pins (or stapler)

Your finished mask should look like this:


You can reuse the mask. Place it in boiling water for five minutes. After you turn off the heat, “carefully remove the mask with tongs and place it on a clean paper towel,” Schrock says in the video.



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