15 Amazing Uses for Cucumbers

Any medical claims here were obtained by doing a little bit of research. I am not medically trained in any way and do not claim to know the validity of any of the medical claims.

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Here are some amazing uses for cucumbers. The picture is from www.rareseeds.com

Cucumbers

WHO KNEW CUCUMBERS COULD DO ALL THIS!!!

Spice up your 8 glasses per day of water with a slice or two of cucumber. It’s wonderfully refreshing, but there are amazing benefits to cucumber as well. Cucumbers are cooler than you think …

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1. Fat busting: Did you know that cucumbers are fat busters and they have a  photochemical in them? Just think about it. When women have swollen eyes they put cucumber slices on their eyes. Why do they do this? Because the cucumbers make the collagen in your skin tighten, thus the lack of puffiness. You can lessen the visibility of problematic cellulite by rubbing it with a cucumber. You can do this anywhere on your body. This is also true for wrinkles. Don’t spend hard earned dollars on miracle creams when cucumbers can do the same thing for chicken feed so to say. When your little one has had a rough day and been crying for hours, you can rub a cucumber under their eyes for a short while and remove the puffy evidence of their crying so long.                                                                                                                

2. Defogger: Don’t get annoyed about the fog on the mirror after your shower. Just rub a slice of cucumber on the mirror before you hop into the shower. It serves a two fold purpose, you have a fog free mirror and a pleasant smelling bathroom. The nice smell helps to boost your mood. Now you’ll be ready when the kids get up with all of their demands for your time.

3. Headaches: Since cucumbers have a high amount of B vitamins, sugar, and electrolytes, they help to beat that headache that’s been threatening to take over. You only need to eat some cucumber. They also replenish the nutrients missing in your body to help you avoid a hangover the next morning when you have had a little too much wine with dinner. Just eat a half of a cucumber before you go to bed.

4. WD-40 replacement: Cucumbers can help to get rid of a squeaky hinge simply by rubbing some on the hinge. Now you won’t have to worry about tearing your house or garage apart yo find the WD-40, just to get rid of a squeak. No more worrying about waking up the baby when you look in on her and the door to the baby’s room squeaks really loudly.

5. Crayon on the walls: Cucumbers make good erasers for the occasional art work on the walls by the budding artist in the family. When the next Picasso draws the next great painting on the wall with the crayons, just rub an unpeeled cucumber on the art work to erase it. But it might be a good idea to take a picture of it first. That way little junior won’t get too upset when he realizes his masterpiece is gone. This method will also work for pen mistakes.

6. Halitosis killer: When you put a slice of cucumber in the roof of your mouth and hold it there with your tongue for 30 seconds, the photochemical in the cucumber will kill the bacteria that is causing your bad breath. This is the same photochemical that helps hide cellulite and reduces the puffiness in your eyes.

7. Tarnish remover: Store bought tarnish removal creams could pose medical issues for the kids as well as yourself. The odor is fairly strong and could cause breathing issues. Not so with cucumbers. When you rub the tarnished area with the cucumber, be it the stainless steel kitchen faucet or any of the stainless steel appliances, it leaves a pleasant smell, the tarnish is gone, the item is streak free, and there is an added benefit for your hands. The cucumber leaves your hands feeling really soft.

8. Energy booster: When you’re feeling tired in the afternoon, don’t go spending a lot of money on energy drinks or Starbucks. All you need to do is grab a cucumber and eat it. The carbohydrates and B vitamins in it are just enough to give you a longer-lasting and healthier boost of energy than anything else that you can waste your money on. This includes soda, coffee, and those health hazard energy drinks.

9. Got The Munchies?: To keep from starving to death and for energy European trappers ate cucumbers. Did you know that? I sure didn’t, before researching cucumbers and their uses. You can eat a cucumber as a healthy choice when the munchies hit, if those big burly manly men can eat one to keep from starving and to give them extra energy. if your theater doesn’t offer healthy alternatives to munching on butter soaked popcorn, slice up some cucumbers and take them in a small plastic container, instead of giving in to the theaters unhealthy offerings.

10. Frugal facial: If you are a frugal person, then this hack is for you. Slice up a cucumber and boil it in a pot of water, let the chemicals inside of the cucumber mix with the steam. After removing the pot from the heat, simply lean over the pot, and let the steam hit you in your face. This will make your skin more radiant and healthy, and you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

11. Shoe polish: Would you ever have thought that a cucumber could polish your shoes? Well, guess what? It can. All you need to do is to cut a slice off of your cucumber and rub it on your shoe. Not only will it shine your shoes, but it will also repel water.

12. Pest control: When you happen to be unfortunate enough to have pests in your garden, never fear, the awesome cucumber is here. Put three or four slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and place them in your garden. You won’t smell it, but the chemicals in the cucumbers has a reaction that pests hate. For a whole year, the reaction will drive them from your garden. You only need to replace the cucumber slices periodically.

13. Sunburn: For those of you that love the sun and can’t stay out of it, and for those of you that have little ones that are always getting their sun screen off, this hack is for you. You and/or your little ones are not always protected by your sunblock. If by chance either one of you ends up getting too much sun, and you got too sunburned, but you don’t have any aloe, help is just a cucumber away. All you need to do is rub some cucumber on the sunburn. There are some doctors that even use cucumber to treat irritated skin and sunburns.

14. Blood pressure: In researching uses for cucumber, I found out that cucumber has been used to treat high blood pressure for a long time. If you have high blood pressure, add some cucumbers to your daily diet. Research is also being done into the use of cucumbers for lowering cholesterol.

15. Constipation remedy: As strange as it may sound, cucumber seeds are a natural diuretic. Next time you are constipated, try eating a cucumber. Add a cucumber to your daily diet if you are one of those unfortunate people that suffers from constipation all of the time.

 

Hacks You Should Know About

Here are some hacks that will help out in multiple areas of your daily life. You should know about these because they are really awesome.

I bet there are a lot of you that have empty CD spindles with lids. Use them to take bagels to work or on a picnic. They are perfect for it. Picture is from www.pinterest.com.

Bagle in CD Spindle

When you break anything glass and aren’t sure whether or not you got up all of the splinters when you swept up the glass, there are two alternatives that you can choose from to make sure.                                                                                                                         The first alternative is to take some damp paper towels and wipe over the area and make sure that nothing comes up on the paper towels. If anything comes up, then repeat the process until no glass shards come up on the paper towels.                                                 The second alternative is to take a strip of heavy duty packing tape and go over the area lightly. I say lightly, so that if there are any glass shards that cling to the tape you won’t cut your hand. If there are any shards, repeat the process until the tape comes up with no glass shards on it.

Heavy Duty Shipping Tape can be used in many ways. Some are listed below. The picture is from products3.3m.com.

Heavy Duty Shipping Tape

To keep from having to buy expensive lint remover roller refills, just tear off some heavy duty shipping tape. The glue is probably stronger on the shipping tape than on the lint roller anyway.

Use the heavy duty shipping tape to clean down in the crevices of your furniture. You can fold it up to make it go in the cracks easier. You will probably be surprised how much dirt the tape brings back up with it.

Use the heavy duty shipping tape to clean around your baseboards, window sills, and doorways. The strong glue can pick up dirt that dust rags can’t.

I used to take the end of a new roll of tape, where the piece of paper is so that you can find the starting edge, and fold some of the tape over and over it to make a holder so that you could always get the end very easily. After discovering the bread tags, I no longer have to go to all of that trouble. Now I can just use a bread tag, after I get my next bread with a tag and not a twist tie. I got the picture off of Google.

Bread Tab Tape Holder

In an earlier blog, I mentioned other uses for bread tag or clips. This one I just heard about today, and found the picture tonight  on Google. It’s says wikiHow on the bottom of it.

Bread Tag Repair For Flip-Flops                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If you have a pair of flip flops that are broken due to a split in the sole, use a bread tag to fix it. It fits around the toe piece perfectly. Glue the tag to the flip-flop right under the bottom of the toe piece. If you are afraid that just one won’t do the trick, then put a second one on it.

Whenever I am hammering a nail is somewhere, I always remember the time when I was trying to put boards down, in the attic where I lived, so that I could store stuff up in the attic. For a pretty good time, I was doing fine, next thing I knew I had whammed my finger with the hammer while my finger was on the top of the nail. The flat top of the nail cut into my finger really bad. My finger started bleeding and wouldn’t stop. I got up to get out of the attic and my foot slipped and my whole leg went through the ceiling right in the living room. Not a very good day. I started using a pair of pliers to hold the nail, whenever I was hammering one in after that. Then I started using a clothespin, because the clothespin would hold on to the nail by itself. There was not a chance that I would miss the nail and pliers holding the nail and hit my hand. I Googled to find a picture of a clothespin holding a nail and found the one below. The picture is from www.realsimple.com. There is also a device at hardware stores with different size slots in it to hold different size nails.

clothespin holding nail

Believe it or not, there are other things that ice trays can be used for besides ice.

Make freezer pops for the kids. Pour fruit juice of drink mixes that have been mixed up into the ice tray. If you catch them just before they freeze you can put plastic spoons in the individual cubes as handles. Put them into water as ice or the drink that the cubes were made out of, so when they melt, they won’t dilute the drink.

cool aid in ice trays

Put coffee into the ice trays for when you want ice coffee, the frozen coffee wont dilute the iced coffee like actual ice cubes will.The picture is from cookinfordummies.wordpress.com

coffee ice cubes

You can put individual eggs into each cube area and freeze them to use whenever a recipe calls for eggs. After the eggs have frozen, put them in a freezer bag and take out however many you need as you need them. It will save a lot of time by not having to crack the eggs at the time you need them. The picture is from www.littlethings.com

cracked eggs in ice tray

You can use the ice trays to hold little miscellaneous things in your junk drawer, or different jewelry items in your jewelry drawer.. Picture is from www.pinterest.com and from thekrazycouponlady.com

ice tray with misc junk  jewelry in ice tray

You can also use ice trays in your sewing box. Picture is from www.nationalquilterscircle.comwww.nationalquilterscircle.com

bobbin-ice-trays-resized

I hope some of these hacks will come in  handy for you.

 

 

 

Binder Clips Hacks, Colors of Bread Ties and Tags, Fresh Produce Codes

Some people may not know it, but produce stickers tell what type of environment the produce was grown in. The colors of bread tags and ties tell what day the bread was made. The codes for the colors are given below. The middle two picture show the color codes for bread tags and ties as well as a way to recycle the bread tags in the office, the computer room or on the computer desk. The last part shows binder clips, and some of the hacks possible by using them.

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The picture below is from http://www.amazing-stories.net/found-out-what-the-small-stickers/2/

When you know what the codes stand for, even if there isn’t an explanation as to what type of produce it is, it won’t matter. There are three different types of codes that tell what environment the fresh produce was grown in. The types are Organic, Conventional, and GMO.

A 5 digit code that starts with the number 9 means that the produce is Organic and was grown naturally not using and chemicals. 9 Is Fine

A 4 digit code that starts with 4 means that the produce was grown using chemicals and pesticides. Whenever I know that produce was grown the conventional way, I always wash it before I eat it. I feel safer that way. After I wash it, I figure I can eat it without becoming ill from it.

A 5 digit code that starts with an 8 means that the produce is a product of GMO engineering. In other words, it is a Genetically Modified Organism. 8, I hate.

 

Produce Stickers Codes

3107_PLU_code_orange       mango-conventionally-grown-PLU-code-4959

The mango above is not organic.  It is conventionally grown.  I don’t like that word choice because it sounds so… normal.  It is a sad state of our farming practices when it is “normal” to spray food intended for human consumption with poison.  No wonder people continue to get sicker.   If you see on the label a number beginning with a 3 or 4, that food could contain poisons like pesticides and herbicides and could have been grown with synthetic fertilizer from petroleum.  I would much prefer a mango that had a PLU code starting with a “9″, which is “fine”.

If an apple is conventionally grown and starts with a 3 or 4, I wash the apple, then peel the skin off and discard.  There are probably poisons sprayed on the skin and I do not feel right about feeding that to my family or myself.

Apples

3 or 4

If we buy 3 or 4, we are sure to wash the food thoroughly before cooking or eating.  The orange peel above could be saturated with poisons, so I would not use the peel in any recipe.

I got some of this off of Google with the following  Reference:  http://energyfanatics.com/2009/04/24/fruit-label-organic-genetically-engineered/

I Googled what GMO means and this is the first result.

Genetically Modified Organisms
     GMO Tomato     This picture is from theodysseyonline.com
If you’ve shopped in a natural foods store in recent months, you’ve no doubt seen products bearing the label “GMO-free” or “contains only non-GMO ingredients.” The acronym GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, which refers to any food product that has been altered at the gene level.
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The picture below is from 710keel.com. You will notice that the colors of the twist ties are the same as the colors of the bread tags in the picture below this one. We all probably grew up believing that bread was baked everyday. The colors and days of these twist ties and tags tells us otherwise. This way we will know what are the best days to go buy bread. You just need to know what time the bread delivery comes that day, so you won’t get there before the bread has even been delivered. Since bread is not baked on Wednesday, if you buy bread on Wednesday, it is day old bread. The same goes for Sunday. But I would think that Sunday would be obvious though. Even growing up, I don’t think anybody ever thought that bread was baked on Sunday.

Bread Twist Tie Colors

The picture below is from theideaking.blogspot.com. These are bread tags.

Bread Color Codes

The picture below is from hubpages.com. This shows a really unique way to recycle the bread tags. You can use them to identify the numerous cords that are necessary to use any computer and all of its’ attached machines such as a printer, the speakers, a DVD burner and so on.

Bread Clips

 

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The first picture below is from www.buzzfeed.com. This is a really nifty way to make sure that whenever you have to disconnect your computer, or any of the machines that are attached to it, the cords will not fall behind the desk.                                                                       Here is a link to a video on the topic of hacks using binder clips  <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/prG3qWjp4Nk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

The second picture is from www.instructables.com. The binder clips make a good phone holder.

Binder Clips Hacks Binder Clip for Phone

The picture of the cord organizer idea is from www.unorganizedmommy.com.

The toothpaste tube holder is from www.survivalkit.com. The idea can be used on any type of squeeze tube.

Binder Clips - Organized Cords   Binder Clip - Tube Holder

The above pictures

Hacks For The Microwave

These are hacks that you use in your microwave.

  1. To clean your microwave very easily:

Take one lemon and cut it in half.                                                                                             In a small bowl put 1/2 cup of water.                                                                                         Squeeze both halves of the lemon in the water and put the squeezed lemon halves in too.   Put in microwave for 3 minutes.                                                                                               Take out of microwave and swish the mixture around.                                                       Put it back into the microwave and let it sit for five minutes.                                                    Remove from microwave and wipe it out.

2. Second version – put a small bowl of water in microwave for two minutes and wipe out.

If you need to heat two things in the microwave at the same time, but they won’t both fit. Put a glass upside down in the microwave and put the second thing on it and heat it up.

3. A third way to easily clean the microwave is to put a handful of wet paper towels in the microwave for about 4 or 5 minutes. When the towels cool down, just use them to wipe off the softened up food.

4. I have heard that if you cut both ends off of an onion and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds then when you cut it there won’t be any tears.

5. It is possible to steam a postage stamp off of a letter in the microwave. All you have to do to steam it off is to put a couple of drops of water on it and put it in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. The stamp will come off very easily.

6. If you have crystallized honey in a glass jar, take the lid off,  put it in the microwave for about two minutes and the honey will be back to normal.

7. To make lemons or limes super juicy, put them in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds. They will come out easy to squeeze and very juicy.

8. To make peaches or tomatoes easy to peel, put them in the microwave for 30 seconds and them let them sit for about two minutes. The peelings will easily come off.

9. When your brown sugar gets all clumped up like a rock, you can make it become soft again. Dampen a paper towel and close it up tightly in the box. Put the whole thing in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. The sugar will soften up.

10. For easy heat compresses, take a wash cloth or a hand towel and wet it. Put it in the microwave for about one minute. It will come out nice and hot to be able to use it as a hot compress.

 

Hacks For House In Cold

The first hack is a very important one.

To prevent your pipes from freezing, let a little bit of water keep dripping from the faucet, but don’t let it just go down the drain. Take a clean container and catch the water in it and then use it to water your inside plants.

catching water so pipes won't freeze

If you have a crawl space under your house. you can purchase insulation for your pipes to help keep them from freezing up.

For those of you that are new to trailer living, you should put a skirting around your trailer and you might consider putting the Styrofoam insulation on the backside of the skirting for even more protection from the cold. It will not only help with the pipes, but it will help some with the floors not being quite so cold. You can also use throw rugs to help keep the floors a little warmer.

If you are good at sewing or crocheting, and you cannot afford to purchase lined drapes, you might think about making covers for the windows for at night. It will help keep the warmth inside and the cold outside. These can be hung on sturdy tension rods if the covers are very heavy. These are held inside the windows by very strong springs.

Tension Curtain Rod

If the covers are not very heavy, you may be ale to get by with the smaller extension rods. These hold really light weight curtains, or pieces of plastic just draped over them. You use small nails to secure them close to the woodwork on the window.

extension rods

I have used light weight curtains, but they only helped a little bit to keep some of the cold from blowing in. What I liked the best was using sheets of very thick plastic. I used the kind commonly used for drop cloths when painting. I secured it with heavy duty shipping tape. I put it up at all of my windows except for the kitchen. I had to have at least one window that could be raised in case of a smoke emergency when cooking.

Besides putting plastic up at the windows, I also used weather stripping around my doors to keep the drafts out. That worked really well for me. The type I used was similar to the picture below in that it was a very thin metal strip that was also nailed to the door, it was sort of like tin, but it also had a strip of felt next to the wooden door frame right under the metal stripping. It was basically just the top piece that was nailed to the door frame after the felt was nailed to the door frame. That way, when the door closed, the piece of metal would rest on the felt strip that was attached to the door frame. It made a very tight seal. It had to be replaced every couple of years though, where different things would get caught on the door going in and out.

Door Weather Stripping

I hope these cold weather hacks help at least a little bit.

Sensible Hacks To Help Keep You Warm In The Winter

Here are a few sensible hacks that cost little or no money to start doing.

When you cook anything in your oven, when you are done, just leave the oven door open. The picture is from http://www.fastcodesign.com/3045845/samsungs-clever-new-oven-door-can-open-halfway

door open on oven

While the oven is cooling down it will also be warming your house up a little bit. It’s free heat. You have already used the oven and the heat will be wasted if you just close the door to the oven when you are done.

After you are done with your shower or soaking in a hot tub, if your mirror is fogged up, then there is heat that can come out in your house when you are done in the bathroom.

bathroom mirror fogged up

Leave the door open while the bathroom cools off. It’s free heat. The bathroom has already been heated up during your shower, don’t waste the heat. The picture of the foggy mirror is from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/110690103314860974/

You may not believe it, but even when you use a small toaster oven, you have heat that can go out in your kitchen and the rest of your house just by leaving the door open after you are done. Once again (broken record here) it’s free heat. Granted it’s not much, but it’s free. You can at least heat up your hands if they are cold.

Draft dodgers are a good way to keep the cold out and the heat in your house or apartment. I had one that went under the door. There was a dodger on both sides with a piece of flat material that went under the door connecting the two sides. It worked really well. I used it for years, until it fell apart. I need to find another one. See picture below. The picture is from https://www.dealsplus.com/Home-Garden_deals/p_74-off-dual-draft-dodgers-for-doors-and-windows-free

Double Draft Dodger

If there are areas in your house that have cold floors you can put a rug down over them. A cold floor lacks heat. When you have a rug there, the rug absorbs the cold from the floor and keeps your feet somewhat warm when you walk on those spots.

Houses that have floor vents in each room can be kept a little warmer by closing some of the vents. Say you have a four bedroom house and each room of necessity has a floor vent in it. One of the bedrooms doesn’t get used. Well, that bedroom is having heat pumped into it and nobody is even there to benefit from it. Close the vent and the heat that would have gone into that room bypasses that room and goes to the two rooms on either side of it. That way, both rooms will be warmer. There is a little knob on one side that you can push to close the vent. In the picture below, the little knob is on the far right side in the last slot by the rim of the vent. It doesn’t stick up very far. See picture below. The picture is from https://ali522.wordpress.com/tag/floor-vents/

floor vent picture

You can take advantage of the sun during the day. On really sunny days, open your blinds, shades, or drapes and let the sun come in. If you have insulated drapes, they can be open during the day and closed after the sun goes down. The insulation will keep the cold out quite a bit. You will be surprised at how well it does. Yes, the drapes may cost more at first. However, they will reimburse you over and over again for what they cost by the savings that you will have in the heating bill.

I used ceiling fans year round to help keep my apartment cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Mine had lights on it and hugged the ceiling, it did not hang down on a chain. It was not as fancy as the one in the picture, but it did have the five blades and four lights. Heat rises, and by running the fan backwards in the winter, it pushed the warm air back down, thereby helping keep the apartment warmer. The picture is on Google and belongs to Press Electric LLC.com.

ceiling fan with lights

Then there is always the choice of putting on a sweater if you are chilly when you are awake, and adding an extra blanket if you are cold at night. Or like the lady in the picture, you can hold a hot water bottle also. Sweater picture by http://www.dailymail.co.uk/  The picture of the lady in bed with a blanket is from www.blanketcentral.com

 

person wearing sweaterblankets on bed

I hope that these hacks will be useful in helping you to keep warm this winter.

DIY- CAR SEAT CLEANER – Upholstery Hack

This is a before and after picture of how good it works.
NOTE: you might have to do it twice.
Before - After Car Seat CleanerThis works great!

What you’ll need:
* 1 cup of Distilled vinegar
* 1 cup of Club soda
* 1/2 cup of Blue dawn dish washing liquid. (Use more or less if you want!)
* Spray Bottle
* Scrub brush

What to do:
1. Mix everything together in a spray bottle and shake it up really good.
2. Spray on the seats and let soak for 5-10 minutes.
3. Scrub in circular motion with a brush and you’ll notice the stains lift up as you are scrubbing.
4. Take a wash cloth, wet it, and wipe down to remove the soap.

Hacks For Winter

This first section, like it shows is from FOX news. The BY: line says fox5 news: winter hacks. I am just trusting that since it came from a news station and is on Google that it is OK to copy and share it here. Hopefully there will be something in it that you can use. I did not copy the list of related stories.
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5 life hacks to help you in winter weather

Winter Hack For Car
File images from January 6, 2015 show first significant snowfall of last year.

If you haven’t heard already, there is a winter storm coming and many of you are headed out to your local hardware and grocery stores to prepare for it.

Obviously, having a shovel and a snow blower will help you dig out after the storm arrives. Hopefully you have also stocked up on food, water, milk, toilet paper and all of the other essentials needed while you camp out at home while white stuff falls.

While most of you have planned out how you will survive the upcoming weather, here are some life hacks that could make your life easier when the snow finally arrives.

1) Use non-stick cooking spray on your shovel to help the snow come off

We know how backbreaking shoveling your driveway and sidewalks can be, but non-stick cooking spray will help prevent snow and ice from sticking and building up on your shovel and will help make digging easier for you.

2) Use rubbing alcohol and water to de-ice your windshield

When you do dig your car out during or after the storm, instead of blasting your vehicle’s defroster full blast to melt the ice off your windshields, you can make a simple solution to melt the ice instead. Fill a spray bottle with 2/3 rubbing alcohol and 1/3 water. Because rubbing alcohol has a lower freezing point than water, it will help get the ice off your windshield and windows much quicker.

3) Use hand sanitizer to help unlock frozen door handles

That item you keep in your purse or pocket can be also handy for something other than keeping your hands clean. Because hand sanitizer also contains alcohol, dipping your key in it might just be the key to help you from being locked out.

4) Using socks to cover your windshield wipers

If you got extra old pair of tube socks hanging around, using them to keep the snow off your wipers could save you some time getting your car snow and ice-free.

5) Use zip ties to create snow tires for your bike

If you are using a bike to get around in the snow and ice, placing zip ties at even intervals will help you get more traction on the ground.

Bonus life hacks:
– Park your vehicle facing east so the sun will help you melt the snow and frost off.
– Waterproof your socks by putting sandwich bags over them.
– Keep cat litter or car mats around to help you get traction for your car if it gets stuck in snow.
– Cover your side mirrors with a ziplock bag to help prevent ice from forming.
– Use a hot water bottle to warm your bed before you get in it.

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For Your Windshield

I am pretty sure that most of you have seen the covers for the windshield to keep the snow and ice off of it. The ones you buy ready made are sort of expensive. I have used thick sheets of plastic and heavy duty packing tape to make ones myself. I buy the plastic sheeting as thick as I can, and then cut it larger than what is necessary to cover the outside of the windshield from side to side. Place the plastic over the windshield very tightly and then tape the excess ends inside of the car on the framework of the windshield. You will need to make sure that the plastic is pulled very tightly for it to work correctly.

I have even used a large tarp to cut strips the size I need to cover the windshield from top to bottom, but making sure to leave at least one of the grommets on each side when cutting the tarp. It is important to leave the sewed sides on the tarp, and as I said earlier, and only cut strips the height you need to cover the windshield from top to bottom. You will need suction cups with hooks on them to put through the grommets. Once you have the cover over your windshield very securely, pull it as tight as you can to attach the suction cups, that are on each side of the tarp, to the inside of your windshield.

For Your Door Key

I have found that since alcohol does not freeze, dipping the key in some alcohol will help to melt the ice inside the lock.

Avon used to have a key that fit all locks that would actually warm up and thaw out the lock.

There are also little fake keys that I bought to put in the lock. These were mainly used while the car was parked over night. I also used them anytime that the car was parked for any length of time when it was raining or snowing. During the day, as long as the sun was shining, the fake key was not usually necessary. They had a little knob on them that popped off for you to take with you so that nobody could steal the fake key. As I haven’t had a car for several years now, I don’t know if the fake keys even still exist though.

For Your Clothes  And Your Bed

For any type of cloth that needs to be used to get you warm, just put it in the dryer if you have one. If you don’t have a dryer but you do have an iron, you can heat up the iron and run it over your sheets and at least warm up your bed before you get in it. This is sort of a modern version of a bed warmer like they used before there was electricity. A bed warmer would be placed in the fireplace for a little while to let it heat up. Then it was used to put it between the sheets to warm up the bed. My Great Grandmother had a few of these since she had seven children. The bed warmers are illegal in most states now days though. You can also use a hot water bottle though, and they are not illegal.

Bed Warmer

Believe me, the warm sheets do feel very comfy and help in falling to sleep faster.

I hope these help you this winter.

 

Some Handy Hacks

Here are some handy hacks that you might use from time to time.

The picture below shows a pool noodle that has been cut and placed on the top area of the side of a door. This prevents little ones from accidentally closing the door on their fingers. Also, by putting it at the top of the door, the little ones can’t reach it and take it off.

Door Stopper

It inevitable that at some time or another you won’t have a clogged drain. This solution comes in very handy. Most households have the vinegar and the baking soda already on hand. Even if by chance you had to go to the store to purchase these two items, it is still way cheaper and takes less time than having to call a plumber to do it. Plus you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you fixed the problem by yourself. I always fee good about myself whenever I can fix something that is not working properly.

For Clogged Drains

Have a headache/migraine? Submerge your feet and hands in hot/warm water and put a bag of frozen peas at the base of your skull. The heat on your extremities pulls the blood from your head relieving some/all of your headache.

Headache Relief

 

Are you losing weight? Is your belt getting too big? Wondering what you can do until you get to your goal weight? I may have a hack to solve your problem. I too am losing weight, and my belt is too big. I don’t want to buy another one until I get to my goal weight.

Believe it or not, I used to be so big, before I started losing weight, I had to put two belts together to even have something to go all the way around me. This was necessary to be able to have a belt to hold the cloth bag that holds my urine drainage bag.

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You have to do some amazing things when you have an artificial bladder, with a catheter coming out of your abdomen, and being hooked up to a 2000 cc drainage bag all the time. I didn’t want people to have to see the bag with the urine in it, and get upset that I couldn’t cover it in some way. I chose to purchase cloth bags that were large enough to hold the drainage bag, and that had handles that I could put a belt through so I could hang it around my waist. I took pictures so you could see what I am talking about.

Here’s a little hack that I am doing for the problem. All you need is a ponytail holder that is the same color as your belt. My belt is brown, so I am using a brown ponytail holder. The pictures are taken with the belt on a bed so you can easily see each step.

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Here’s what you do. Take the ponytail holder and double it up on the buckle end of your belt.

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Put your belt on the way you usually do, and put the end through the loop that is attached to the belt, right by the buckle (The one that is supposed to hold the excess little part of the belt when it is fastened), and let it hang out for a minute.

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Take the extra length of the belt (from where you have been losing weight) and double it back under itself and under the little loop that is attached to the belt.

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Now comes the solution part. Once the belt is folded back under itself and the end of the extra part is under the belt loop, take the ponytail holder that you put on the belt and put it on what is on the end of the belt (where it is doubled over), now you won’t have your belt hanging funny all day.

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The belt is secured and you won’t have to buy another belt until you reach your goal.

Life Hacks That Work Well

Some hacks that I really like to use.

  1. Use a banana and the pealing to fix a scratched CD or DVD. – Peel the banana and take a slice of the banana and rub it all over the CD or DVD. Then rub the peeling over the CD or DVD. The scratches are fixed so that the CD or DVD will play.
  2. When you are out of AA batteries, but you have AAA batteries, no problem. Take a small amount of aluminum foil and stick it on the positive end of the AAA battery and put it into the space where you need the AA battery.
  3. You can make a toilet paper holder out of an empty used CD container.                    1. You need a roll of toilet paper.                                                                                     2. You of course need an empty CD container.                                                             3. You will need to cut the middle circle out of the bottom of the empty CD                        container.                                                                                                                    4. You will need to take the cardboard core out of the roll of toilet paper.                      5.You will need to put the roll of toilet paper into the top of the CD container and              take the toilet paper, where the end is sticking out from taking the cardboard              core out of it, and stick it through the opening that you cut in the bottom of the            CD container, and close the container.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Now you have a toilet paper dispenser that you made yourself. Enjoy it when you take it camping, fishing, or just on a road trip and the restroom is out of toilet paper, then you can use your own.

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4. I have discovered a way to get ice out of the trays fairly easily. We all know that tap water has stuff like chlorine in it. But did you know that it also has calcium in it? I have found that when I keep the ice trays very clean, about a third of it stays in the trays when I try to put the ice into a container in the freezer. However, when I let some calcium build up in the trays, the ice doesn’t stick in the trays quite as badly as when I clean them out. Maybe three or four ice cubes, out of all of the trays, won’t come out. The white residue in the bottom of the ice trays is calcium. I figure that if we actually drink calcium in milk, eat calcium in milk products and take calcium pills, then having a calcium residue in the ice trays isn’t going to do anything adverse to me.

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I also pay attention to how high I fill each tray. I hope you can see in the trays below just how full I get the trays. the trays have seven rows with two wells in each row. I tilt the trays when I fill them. The water hits right in the middle of the top four wells. I let the wells fill from the running water until the water reaches the fifth set of wells down. When it reaches that point, I take the tray out from under the running water and just let the bottom wells be filled by the tilting of the tray. When I do this and they ice is ready to be popped out of the trays, there are just a few ice cubes that don’t come out. Maybe three or four ice cubes, out of all of the trays, won’t come out. This fact is due to not stacking the trays too high, and letting the calcium build up in the trays.

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The picture below shows the approximate angle of the tilt when I fill the trays. They are just shy of being totally upright, tilting down just enough for the water to get into the wells.

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The last picture shows how I stack them in my freezer. I stack three of them side by side and have two layers of ice trays that way. these trays are going from side to side. Then I put two individual trays in on top of the ones you see in the first picture. The second picture shows the last two trays going from front to back on the top of the other two rows of trays.

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If I put three rows on top of each other, then the bottom row of ice trays won’t empty very well. A lot of the ice cubes won’t pop out when I try to empty the trays. About one third of the ice cubes in each tray won’t pop out. I either run some hot water over the bottom of the trays or I just let them sit for a little while until the ice cubes melt a little bit and fall on out. Which way I do it depends o how much time I have.