Helpful Hints

As you fill your home with ‘HomeMade In America’ Keepsakes, take a little time to attach a tag to the underneath side or even hang a pretty tag if necessary telling about it. Include the value. Take pictures of them then save in your safety deposit box with the information. Someday these will go into the hands of your children. They will appreciate these efforts.

My ‘old’ childhood friend, Billie, writes:
Don’t buy expensive cleaner for that wood stained fireplace or stove glass . The cleaner is free, abundant and easily within your reach..the ashes. Just heat water, don rubber gloves, grab an old rag, (and I mean old, you will toss it in the trash) dip in the water then the ashes and start rubbing. It works perfectly. After the glass is clean use newspaper for the final touch.

A personal discovery;
I have snagged, even ruined new panty hose with my rough hands more times than I want to admit. While walking down the cosmetics aisle, I came upon the gloves (which you wear at night) and a light bulb went off. Why not wear them to put on my hose? No more snags! Remember to put the gloves on again to take the hose off. The old brain still serves me after all!

WD-40 Well, Who Knew…?

I had a neighbor who had bought a new pickup. I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I’m impressed! WD-40 who knew

Water Displacement t #40 . The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a “water displacement” compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40. The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts. Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.

When you read the “shower door” part, try it. It’s the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. It’s a miracle! Then try it on your stovetop… Voila! It’s now shinier than it’s ever been. You’ll be amazed.

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.
2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4) Gives floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making it slippery.
5) Keeps flies off cows.
6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7) Removes lipstick stains.
8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
9) Untangles jewelry chains.
10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
18) It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
20) Gives a children’s play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21) Lubricate s gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31) Removes splattered grease on stove.
32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35) Removes all traces of duct tape.
36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37) Florida ‘s favorite use is: “cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.”
38) The favorite use in the state of New York WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39) WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no ; time. Also, it’s a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40) Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
42) Also, if you’ve discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!
43) If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.

P. P. S. I keep a can of WD-40 in my kitchen cabinet over the stove. It is good for oven burns or any other type of burn. It takes the burned feeling away and heals with NO scarring


This was written by Becky Ransey of Indiana

“I would like to tell you of t he benefits of that plain little old bottle of 3% peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors! don’ t tell you about peroxide, or they would lose thousands of dollars.”

1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes
with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes
daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I bathe)

No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter
without expensive pastes Use it instead of mouthwash
(Small print says mouth wash and gargle right on the

2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of “Peroxide”
to keep them free of germs.

3. Clean your counters, table tops with peroxide to
kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a
little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on
the counters.

4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour
peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. I had fungus on my feet for years – until I sprayed
a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them
(especially the toes) every night and let dry.

6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five
to ten minutes several times a day. My husband has
seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine,
but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

7. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of
peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to
disinfect without harming your septic system like
bleach or most other disinfectants will.

8. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with
your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold, or
plugged sinuses. It will bubble and help to  kill the
bacteria. Hold d for a few minutes then blow your nose
into a  tissue.

9. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to
a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into
your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a
day. The pain will lessen grea! tly.

10. And of course, if you like a natural look to your
hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after
a shower and comb it through. You will not have the
peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages,
but more natural highlights if your hair is a light
brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens
gradually so it’s not a drastic change.

11. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help
rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of
bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten
them. If there is blood on clothing, pour directly on
the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it
and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

13. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors with, and there
is no smearing which is why I love it so much for

I could go on and on.  It is a little brown bottle no home should be without! With prices of most necessities rising, I! ‘m gl ad there’s a way to save tons of money in such a simple, healthy manner.

Send on to others who might need to know the benefits of 3% peroxide.

Send me your useful and handy tips on making life just a little simpler. I would love to put in next month’s ‘Helpful Hints’.