NATURAL WEED KILLER: Pour the hot water from your cold packer along the sidewalks to kill weeds.
STAINED ALUMINUM POTS: To clean aluminum pots when they are stained dark, merely boil with a little cream of tartar, vinegar, or acidic foods.
GREASE SPOTS IN CLOTHING: 1 tablespoon salt to 4 tablespoons alcohol to remove grease spots from clothing with a sponge.
SALTY SOUP: Place a raw piece of potato in the pot and it will absorb the salt.
FISHY ODOR: To remove fish odor from your hands, utensils, and dish cloths, use one teaspoon baking soda to a quart of water.
SOFTEN BROWN SUGAR LUMPS: Put in a jar with a piece of moist paper towel under the lid and store overnight. Or heat in the oven for a few minutes at 350.
ONION TEARS: Peel onions underwater or near a draft to prevent "crying."
DEER AWAY: To keep deer away from your garden, sprinkle mothballs around the perimeter.
RABBITS AWAY: Plant a couple of rows of marigolds around your garden, the rabbits will never come back.
Below is a homemade bug trap recipe that I got from an Amish woman in Indiana. It really does work. Well, it works at drawing bugs into the trap, now, whether it really reduces the bug population in a particular area or whether new bugs just rush in to fill the void is above my paygrade. But it does work. The Amish woman always used green soda bottles, like 7-Up or Sprite. Not sure whether there was a strategic reason for it, whether that just happened to be the soda she drank, or whether it was aesthetics...not too appealing to see a bunch of trapped bugs in a clear bottle.....anyway, here is the "recipe."
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 or 2 banana peels
- Pour sugar and vinegar into the bottle and stuff in banana peels. Fill bottle half way with water. Discard bottle cap, Use string to hang from a low tree branch.