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Why Didn't I Think of That
published by The Wimmer Companies, Inc
ISBN 1-882232-15-1

: If wet or hot dishes have left white rings on your table : top, take a clean cloth and rub with a little toothpaste, or : a mixture of salad oil and salt, or a dab or mayonnaise.

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: A strip of sandpaper glued to each of the bottom corners of : a picture frame will keep your picture hanging straight on : the wall.

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: The small glass or metal misters used for house plants can : also be used when ironing for spraying or sprinkling : clothes. The mister gives a fine spray, doesn't over-dampen : clothes and makes it easier to give them a smooth finish.

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: To clear a sink or basin drain, pour a half cup of baking : soda followed by a cup of vinegar, let the mixture foam, : then run hot water.

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: A cup of white vinegar poured into the stem iron while hot : will dissolve any sediment. Be sure to drain the remaining : vinegar, then rinse with water.

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: A few drops of cologne added to the water in your steam iron : will give clothes a fresh fragrance.

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: Add vinegar or household ammonia to water in an old spray : bottle for an economical way to clean dirty windows or : polish household appliances.

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: Use an old toothbrush for scrubbing around faucets in the : bath or kitchen. It also does a good job on hard-to-clean : stove knobs and handles.

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: To extend the lifetime of your mop or broom. Tie a knot at : the end of each mop string for increased wear. Dip a new : broom in hot salt water to toughen the bristles.

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: To clean yellowed enamel bathtubs and toilets, rub the : yellow area with a solution of salt and turpentine.

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: Get rid of rings left by a wet glass on your table or other : furniture with a treatment of 2 tablespoons of white vinegar : mixed into one pint of mineral oil. apply with a soft cloth, : then polish with a clean dry cloth.

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: Another method of removing water rings from a wood surface : is to rub in a little mentholatum and let stand for a short : period. The camphor is what does the job. Polish as usual.

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: For water spots try this: add one tablespoon of baby oil to : one cup of rubbing alcohol. Shake until thoroughly mixed, : then rub over the spotted area with a soft cloth.

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: To get rid of unwanted lint on socks, add a cup of vinegar : to the rinse cycle while doing the laundry.

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: To rid a room of stale, lingering smoke, wring out a towel : soaked in equal parts of vinegar and water and fling it : around your head as you walk through the room.

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: To keep snacks fresh longer, use a clothespin to fasten : opened bags of potato chips, pretzels, etc.

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: White stains on mahogany furniture will disappear if you : apply a thick coating of petroleum jelly, leave it on for a : few days, then wipe off and polish.

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: A thin paste of olive oil and salt will remove marks on : furniture made by hot dishes. Let stand for about an hour, : then remove.

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: Soap, unwrapped and allowed to age a few weeks before using, : will last longer, as all the moisture evaporates. While : aging, store those fresh cakes of soap in the linen : closet...or wherever you'd like a lovely scent.

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: If your vacuum won't pick up hairs left on the carpet by a : shedding pet, dampen a sponge mop and run it over the rug.

: The fur will ball up and become easy to remove.

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: Fleas on the carpet will disappear if you sprinkle table : salt thickly on the carpet, leave it there for several hours : or overnight, then vacuum thoroughly. Or, if you have access : to a cedar tree, break off enough branches to place around : the wall of the flea-infested room.

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: Stubborn candle wax can be removed from linens or carpet by : pressing a warm iron over a paper towel directly on the : spot. Continue until the wax melts and is absorbed.

Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 12-05-94

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