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.

Hacks For Powdered Drink Mixes

Transporting Powder Drink Mixes

There are many types of drinks that come in powder form, among them are protein drinks, weight loss drinks, hot chocolate, lemonade, fruit flavored drinks, etc. One problem that comes up is how to transport them for individual servings when you aren’t at home. The answer just may be in a baby formula dispenser, or a pill storage tower. See pictures below.

The two pictures below are powdered baby formula dispensers. They have three or four sections in them to put the correct amount of powdered formula for each bottle that you need to fix while you are away from home. The powder drink mixes may be transported in these also. You could put a different flavor in each section if you wished to.

Baby Formula Dispenser Powder Baby Formula Dispenser

The picture below is a pill storage tower to transport pills in. Each different color is a different section and unscrews from the one under or on top of it, which ever the case may be. There are so many because there are some pills that need to be taken three times a day and others that need to be taken four times a day and so forth. But they are also good to put powder drink mixes in them to carry with you. The main drawback is that there is only one lid for the tower. The bottom of each section after the first one is the lid for the next section. You can carry as many flavors as you want for as many sections of the tower that you want to take with you. The second picture below is a 3 ounce storage container to take salad dressing in in your lunch. It works really well with powder drink mixes too.

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Mixing Powder Drink Mixes

Are you tired of your pitcher getting so many bubbles in it while you are mixing the powder in it for your flavored drink? Well, I have a solution for you. All pitchers have a pouring spout made into them.

Plastic Pitcher

Once you have put the powder in the bottom of the pitcher and have added the initial water necessary to mix the powder in it, the rest of the process just makes more bubbles the more water you add to it. To eliminate the bubbles, simply turn the water on about half force, not full force, and let it flow down the pour spout and on down the side of the pitcher that you are mixing the drink mix in until the pitcher is full. There will still be some bubbles, but not as many as if you had run the water into the pitcher full force not using the spout.

Extending The Amount Of Drink

There is a way to extend or add to or increase, whichever way you want to put it, the amount of your drink without watering it down. After you mix up each drink, you can pour it into ice trays and freeze it. Once it has frozen, you can then put them in a one gallon freezer bag for later use. Label on the bag what flavor the ice cubes are. The next time you drink that flavor of drink, you can use the ice cubes made from the drink to keep the drink cold. As the flavored ice cube melts, it only adds to the drink itself and does not water it down.

 

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.

 

When Grief Takes Over

To My Readers,                                                                                                                              I am sorry that I have not posted anything since I wrote the blog last week titled Dealing With Loss And Grief (in blogsbymamma.com). Little did I know what I would have to deal with myself. I honestly thought that I would be able to handle what had happened and still be able to function. Of course I knew that there would be times when I would be overly sad and even cry about it. What I did not realize was that it would hit me so hard.

The sudden death of a family pet is always hard to handle. When a pet is sick and the family knows that there is no way for the pet to get well, they know that death is going to be coming. They have time to try to prepare for the inevitable. Don’t get me wrong, knowing that the death is inevitable does not eliminate the empty feeling and the feeling of loss. However, when the death is unexpected and due to the pet being hit and killed by a vehicle, the loss seems so much worse.

When my friend’s parent’s dog met this fate last week, while my friend was keeping the dog, I experienced this in a way very unfamiliar to me. I don’t know if it is because of my age or what, but last week I lost almost all sense of time and days. I thought that I had only missed a couple or three days of posting. I was absolutely shocked when I looked at the website and found out that I had not posted anything since the initial post about the accident and how to deal with the grief. The post was meant to help others that may be going through it. I never thought that I would be posting it for myself, but I now realize that that is exactly what has happened.

Please accept my apology for that happening, but I could not help it. Hopefully I am over the initial shock and can get back to my obligations. I am certainly counting on that being the case. There will still be times that I will feel sad, but I will do my best not to let it take over me like it did last week. I will get back to a schedule tomorrow. I didn’t want this post to appear further down and be missed.

DIY Ice Melt Recipe – Dawn and Rubbing Alcohol Hack – Myth or Fact

Look at the picture. Anybody would definitely hope that this recipe will work. Obviously you would have to make more that just 1/2 gallon in order to dissolve all of this ice.

There is a video after the recipe. It shows the results on one person’s test. I do know that many ice melt products will not work if the temperature is too low. I have no idea as to the temperature restrictions for this particular hack, and whether or not there are any period. Just thought that I should mention that in some cases there are temperature requirements for some products to work. After you watch the video you can decide for yourself. Decide for yourself is what I usually say when I try to present both sides. I’m not meaning to be sarcastic or smug or anything, just that everybody has the right to decide whether or not to try something new that they find out about.

Icy Steps And Sidewalk - To Melt It

SIDEWALK ICE MELT: For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish washing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks.

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I Googled for any fails on the Dawn and Rubbing Alcohol Ice Melt recipe. Pinterest had this one:  from One Good Thing by Jillie

Try this very stupid idea and get your skates ready: For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish washing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks. 

Apparently this was a fail, the same as the video above.

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From networx.com:

We Tested It: Homemade Driveway Deicers

Posted by Philip Schmidt | G+ | Jan 13, 2012

Disclaimer: These solutions were tested only for effectiveness at melting ice. Some may be harmful to plants, animals, paving surfaces, cream-colored carpets and other things you might care dearly about. The idea here was to find out what works in a pinch. If you need to deice on a regular basis, I recommend that you find a good, environmentally friendly ice melt product, or forget the melting altogether and just use a bit of sand for traction—and take your shoes off before going in the house.

Rubbing Alcohol

The freezing point of standard 70-percent rubbing alcohol is -20 degrees F, so it works pretty well as a deicer. In fact, alcohol is used in many deicing products for car windshields. 

Windshield Washer Fluid

Works pretty well, as you might guess, given it’s normal purpose. Washer fluid contains a small amount of methanol, and most solutions have a freezing point around -20 degrees F. It quickly melts ice and stays slushy for a long time. However, this is toxic stuff, and even though there must be untold quantities of it going into our storm water systems each year, it can’t be a good thing to use heavily around the house.

On this website, even thought alcohol worked,  there was no mention of the combination of Dawn and alcohol together. I don’t know whether or not to count this as a fail, that being the case.

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from topix.com:

How to make homemade ice melt for steps, sidewalks (works great)!

FreezeOut

London, KY

#1 Jan 25, 2013
If this freezing rain has your steps, porch and sidewalk icy, this homemade ice melt will work great using items you probably already have.
3 INGREDIENTS:
1. One quart lukewarm water.
2. 3 drops dish washing detergent
3. 1 ounce rubbing alcohol

Mix all 3 ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Coat icy surfaces with this mixture and the ice will quickly be gone. If you don’t have a spray bottle, the ingredients can be poured on the ice.

Judged:  X for 76  a check mark for 72  and a light bulb for 4

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Tina

Barbourville, KY

#2 Jan 25, 2013
FreezeOut wrote:
If this freezing rain has your steps, porch and sidewalk icy, this homemade ice melt will work great using items you probably already have.
3 INGREDIENTS:
1. One quart lukewarm water.
2. 3 drops dish washing detergent
3. 1 ounce rubbing alcohol
Mix all 3 ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Coat icy surfaces with this mixture and the ice will quickly be gone. If you don’t have a spray bottle, the ingredients can be poured on the ice.

This works great. I did it this morning. I just put mine in a gallon jug and poured it over my porch and steps. Melted off in just a few minutes.

Judged:  X for 58   a check mark for 17

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I visited quite a few other websites, but none of them mentioned the dawn and alcohol mixture. From what I read, as long as the temperature was above a minus 20 degrees, alcohol would melt the ice. But there was no mention of adding the dawn to it. The tests that I copied from those done on the topix.com website gave the results of those that reported in on the judging. I included those numbers. I was only able to use the X mark as there was no symbol for a check mark, so I just wrote the words “a check mark for” and put the number beside it. As you can see there were way more X s than there were check marks.

My conclusion is that dawn and rubbing alcohol is a myth that only works in theory, and that it does not actually work in real life. If in the future, I find out that i was wrong, I will post the results that mad me change my mind. I have been researching this for a few days now to bring this post to you.

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.

How To Fix A Shrunk Shirt and More

  1. Want to fix a shirt that has been shrunk. Here’s how. Put the shirt in a bowl with iced water and one cup of hair conditioner. It will restore it to it’s normal size.

 

2. DIY- EASY OVEN RACK CLEANING
If your racks need cleaning, check out this handy tip!

DIY - Easy Oven Rack Cleaning

For any woman out there wondering how to easily clean oven racks…. Tub full hot              water and throw in few bounce sheets and leave it over night! This is without even              scrubbing!!!

 

3. Baby powder will easily untangle jewelry chains. Just sprinkle baby powder on the           chain and use a safety pin to pull it apart.

 

4.  Use delivery pallets to make various pieces of furniture. You can cut them and                make shoe organizers out of them. Put one in each family member’s closet and in              the mud room or utility room.

Where I live, some of the maintenance men actually fashioned a courtyard with the            pallets being used for the tables. It turned out looking right nice for being outside.

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5.  Miracle Cleaner

Into a spray bottle mix:
2 oz. Dawn dish washing liquid
4 oz. Lemon Juice
8 oz. White Vinegar
10 oz. Water
Now make your house sparkle!
*Please test it first before using on delicate surfaces. This is powerful stuff! If your               shower has a bad build-up of soap scum and crud it may take a time or two to get that       shine.

 

 

 

 

 

TWELVE SURPRISING USES FOR VICKS VAPORUB

About Kelly Bagnasco

Kelly Bagnasco is a great resource for many things; these include great recipes, handy DIY projects, and life hacks that tell about numerous uses for many things. She has given me permission to use any of her posts that I think would be useful for my readers. She has been a blogger that I have followed for years. I even have made a website just for many of her great tips and information about the various uses for things from foods to everyday items that most people have around the house. You will see many of her posts on this website. She is so concise that there is not much else I could say to enhance any of her posts.


TWELVE SURPRISING USES FOR VICKS VAPORUB
12 Surprising Uses For Vicks VapoRub
Courtesy of Kris and Barbara for the information
1. Decongest Your Chest
The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.

2. On Your Tootsies
Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Your cough will subside.
3. Achy Breaky Muscles
Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it over the aching area.
4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus
Rub VapoRub on your toenails if you suspect you have a fungus. Within days, the nail will turn dark—this means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As your toenail grows out, the dark part will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet. Keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse nail beds of any remaining bacteria.
5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching
To prevent Miss Kitty from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.
6. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent
If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.
7. Headaches Be Gone
Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain.
8. Humidify Your Sleep
Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Ensure your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.
9. Paper Cuts and Splinters
To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.
10. Ticks and Bugs
If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.
11. Reek-free Racehorses
Professional racers smother VapoRub under the nostrils of racehorses on race day. The strong stench deters the stallions from the alluring odor of the female pony and keeps them focused on the race.
12. Go Away Mosquitoes (love this one!!!)
Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and mosquitoes will steer clear. If you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve itching.