Sunday, February 22, 2009

Print It & Calendar It - It Won't Always Be Winter

I found a tremendously helpful book at a library book sale - "Joey Green's Magic Brands" by Joey Green (also authored "Clean Your Clothes With Cheez Whiz) Rodale 374 pages No price given on the book, but I paid 50 cents.

Spray mosquitoes, flies, gnats with a can of hair spray. Boing! They're all knotted up on the ground.

Uh, oh! You missed one and it bit you? Dissolve two AlkaSeltzer tablets in a glass of water, dip a paper towel in it and put the towel on the bite site for 20 minutes.

Poison ivy or insect bites -- make a paste of Arm & Hammer baking soda (look for it in your refrigerator -- 8 out of 10 American refrigerators have it in them) apply it to the bite site and let it dry. Chances are that by the time it is, you won't feel the bite.

Soothe sunburn, windburn or prickly heat by dissolving a half a cup of Arm & Hammer baking soda in a tepid tub and have a nice soak.

Not useful for us personally, but interesting none-the-less -- Arm & Hammer baking soda (in industrial amounts) increases the effectiveness of sewage treatment plants! It helps maintain a proper pH and alkalinity in biological digesters, helping make trouble-free operations of both anaerobic and aerobic treatment plants, boosts sludge compaction and methane gas production while reducing biological oxygen demand and controlling sulfide odors AND it's environmentally safe. (I just type 'em; I don't necessarily understand 'em.)

Keep away wasps, bees and yellow jackets from the picnic table -- coat a few small pieces of cardboard with maple syrup and put them around the perimeter of the yard or picnic site. They'll go to them and not for you.

Gardening in Mosquito Country? Tie a sheet of Bounce fabric softener through a belt loop on your pants or duct tape a piece onto your clothes. They'll go elsewhere.

Change dyed blonde hair that turned green in a swimming pool back by rinsing the hair with club soda.

This is just for fun -- make a poor man's lava lamp by filling a glass with club soda and dropping in two raisins. The carbonation will ake the raisins bob to the surface and then sink, over and over. While the carbonation lasts, that is ...

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