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Thank you "snugglepie"
This was also sent in by Elaine Brown
To save wasting toothpaste, place a clothes peg on the bottom of the tube and wind the tube over it.
SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
Add water to shampoo and conditioner to make it go further - this won't reduce their effectiveness.
Simple solution to prevent shampoo bottles slipping in less able hands is to slip a stretchy athletic wrist-band over the bottle and VOILA! No more slipping.
Contributed by Kathy Green
When using powder paints if you put a very thin coating of petroleum jelly on exposed areas of skin the paint will be a lot easier to remove when you are finished.
Thanks to Loretta M. Byrd
In order to prevent wastage, cut plastic tubes (toothpaste, ointments etc.) open before disposal. They can be reclosed by using a paper clip.
Thank you Neville Crocombe.
To prevent pedestal mats which lay on carpet from making for the door, buy half a metre of adhesive backed Velcro, about 1 1/2 inches wide. Cut in half, detach one half of the Velcro and fasten it to its other half. Stick the adhesive side of the Velcro to the underside of the mat down the left and right hand sides. Remove the backing from the Velcro and carefully place the mat in position on the carpet and press down.
No more bending down to put it back!
Thanks to Stan Saunders for this tip.
Everyone is familiar with those soft round blocks used in your cistern, and how annoying they can be when the seem to end up a soft lump. We have found those nets one gets in washing soap tablets a handy hint. Simply place one hanging in your cistern and use them for the 'blue blocks'. If hung from the top fittings they can easily be used to shuffle the block should it dissolve into a lump, no more reaching to the bottom of the cistern. They also make it easy to replace the blocks.
To prevent a mirror from fogging, take a little shaving cream and spread onto the mirror. Wipe well and ... no fog.
Do not throw out the tiny sliver of soap, they can be reused by:-
Thanks to Rebecca May
Margaret Reeve sent in this contribution
Before you go out gardening lightly scrape your fingernails over the soap end. This will prevent dirt from getting under your nails and what little does, it is easily washed away when you wash your hands.
Courtesy of Nancy Stead - thanks.
When using expensive creams or ointments from tubes, especially at the start, don't squeeze the tube. Just hold it in your hand and the warmth will cause the cream to expand out of the tube. This saves waste and will make the cream last a lot longer.
Courtesy of Mr. Geoff Chippendale
A solution of baking Soda (bi-carbonate of soda) can be used to soften ear wax: just use it as you would a commercial pharmaceutical ear wax softener, but at much lower cost.
My GP suggested it, and I have been using it successfully for several years. However, not all GPs approve of it!
WARNING - be very careful when putting anything into ears. Check with your own GP for advice first. For more details on this subject see http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/pa/pa_earwax_hhg.htm
Thanks to Mr. Robert Hartle for this next tip:-
If your hands are dirty, squeeze some washing up liquid into the palm of one hand, add a teaspoon of sugar and then rub your hands together. When the sugar has dissolved, rinse well and your soft white and delicate hands will be restored.
One for the men!
To remove unpleasant odours, strike a match and allow to burn for a few seconds.
Contributed by Brenda Young
Spray perfume onto your hair to avoid skin rashes.
For a good skin avoid tea, coffee, spicy foods, alcohol and tight clothes - that's Saturday night out of the window then!!!!
Apply hand cream before putting on rubber gloves to do the washing up. The heat from the water will help the cream soak into your hands and leave them nice and soft.
To strengthen fingernails, dip them into a salt solution (2 teaspoons of salt to a glass of water) for 2/3 minutes.
To relieve eczema, put some dry oats into a disposable dishcloth (like J-Cloths) and make into a parcel. Hang under the hot tap whilst filling a bath - the water will now be very soothing.
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