Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

Jewelry Cleaner. Photo by jonesies


  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dish detergent
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 piece aluminum foil


  1. Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
  2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).
  3. Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dishwashing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
  4. According to wire-sculpture.com, “this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem.”.




Plantar Wart Removal

I have had a plantar wart before. On my heel. When I was a teenager…I remember walking on the ball of my foot one whole summer. It was like having a small rock embedded in my foot. PAINFUL!!!

Fortunately, it’s long gone but this remedy fascinated me. I can’t believe how, again, apple cider vinegar is used as a topical skin remedy.

I’ve posted the link to the full entry below. These pics, while not pretty, are nothing compared to the final stages of removal. I confess, though, that seeing the wart ‘dying’ throughout the process is very satisfying (if it’s weird, it’s me).

Anyway, if you have one try this out and let me know if it works. If I had one, I’d be upstairs doing it right now!

Good luck!!


Acupressure for Spring Allergies

Everyone seems to react to the onslaught of pollen in the air this time of year. While we’re all smiling to see the outside world coming alive again with buds and blossoms, the itchy eyes and sneezing can be a pain.

While OTC medication can and do work, I found some links on Pinterest where you can use some pressure points on your body to assist in the relief of these symptoms.  While they may not be as immediate or long lasting as the meds, I think they are worth a try – considering they cost nothing and are all-natural.

Recently, I tried rubbing my thumb, first counter-clockwise then clockwise, one minute each in the centre of my right palm to relieve neck tension. I must say this worked very well and, since I do seem to carry tension in my neck (as a lot of people do), this is a handy dandy – not to mention discrete – way of alleviating neck pain!

Give it a try! Certainly can’t hurt 😀 http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=acupressure%20allergies

Mint – NOT Good for Breathing Problems!

mint2I’ve recently learned from a friend that you should never use mint (tea, gum, breath mints, etc.) if you have asthma or any kind of bronchial problems. It happened when I offered her a mint on the way to sporting event and she indicated that mint constricts your airways and actually makes it harder to breathe! While I, personally, don’t have breathing problems, I wanted to check this out further and, indeed, it was true.

A prime example is most throat lozenges. They come in a variety of flavours: cherry, lemon, berry, etc., but not mint. They do use eucalyptus, which is the same thing that’s used in topical rubs for children and in the liquids that are sold for vaporizers. Eucalyptus is very beneficial in expanding your airways and soothing your lungs so that is completely understandable.

But no mint? I was floored 😀






1. Beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
… 4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer’s Glue – paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.
6. Shiny Hair – use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn – empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn – Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
11 Bee stings – meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite – Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes – Preparation H
14. Paper cut – crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet – Jello
16. Athletes feet – cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails – Vicks vapor rub
18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won’t hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter – will get scratches out of CD’s! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain – Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
25. Heavy dandruff – pour on the vinegar !
26. Body paint – Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27 Tie Dye T-shirt – mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping – large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD’s!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax – Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food – fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall – Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
36.. Dirty grout – Listerine
37. Stains on clothes – Colgate toothpaste
38. Grass stains – Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains – Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.
42. Gatorade is good for Migraine Headaches (PowerAde won’t work)
43. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you ‘squeeze’ for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.
They are:

Monday = Blue,
Tuesday = Green,
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow.