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1. Fruit and flowers may be preserved from decay and fading by immersing them in a solution of gum arabic and water two or three times, waiting a sufficient time between each immersion to allow the gum to dry. This process covers the surface of the fruit with a thin coat of gum, which is entirely impervious to the air, thus preventing the decay of the fruit or flower. Or spray them with hairspray.


2. Sharpen your own scissors by using them to cut fine grade sandpaper. About a half dozen cuts should do it!


3. Bobbins, thread, and other sewing notions can be hung on a bulletin board with straight pins near your machine.


4. Use iron-on rug binding on men's trousers to prevent "waist-band curing" of trouser tops.


5. Use nylon net to brush lint off dark clothing.


6. To achieve fresher air in the house without paying a fortune for canned spray, squeeze a few drops of a fresh lemon into the dust bag of your vacuum.


7. Close off unused rooms. If you currently heat and cool several seldom-used rooms in your home, you are wasting energy and money. Consider closing the air ducts and doors in rooms used mostly for storage and occasionally for guests. Closing unused rooms may reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent, depending on the proportion of your home's total square footage the closed rooms comprise. Check with the dealer of the heating and cooling system in your home to determine whether closing off rooms has the potential to harm the system.


8. Always have trouble with that one roll of tape and finding the end of it? Stick a button on the end, then when you use it, just move the button.


9. Rub the pure cornstarch type baby powder into your pet's coat prior to brushing/combing, if there are tangles or mats, it will make them come out much more easily.


10. Tea makes a nice inexpensive, yet permanent stain for unstained furniture.


11. Sprinkle cinnamon on aluminum foil and place it in a hot oven, leaving the door open. As the cinnamon heats, the cinnamon will permiate the house.


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12. Spray the inside of a mayonnaise jar white. Store it in the refrigerator as a hiding place for money or valuables.



14. Put a metal spoon into a glass before pouring in any hot liquid - this will prevent the glass from cracking.


15. Soak a cloth in carbonated water and wrap around a rusty bolt and leave for a few minutes. The bolt should loosen right up.


16. Tip for stamp collectors: Place the envelope in the freezer for a few hours. You'll then be able to easily lift the stamps off with a pair of tweezers.


17. Save your change. Empty your wallet, purse, and pockets on a regular basis into a "piggy bank". Occasionally roll the change and take to the bank. It will add up faster than you think.


18. Did you know you can freeze milk? Next time it is on sale, pick up several gallons and freeze it!


19. Freeze candles before using and they will burn longer.


20. The more food in the oven, the more efficient it is. The same goes for your freezer.


21. To keep buttons from dropping off: Dab a drop of clear nail polish onto the thread to secure the buttons. This will harden and make it more difficult for thread to break off.


22. A shot of vodka added to a vase will keep your cut flowers fresher much longer.


23. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers after your food preparations. Just slice and rub a raw potato on the stain and rinse in clear-cool water.


24. Do not store propane tanks in your garage. They may explode when it gets very hot.


25. Brown sugar will not harden if stored in the freezer.


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