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The Dollar Stretcher
by Gary Foreman > Columns > The Dollar Stretcher

Dollar Stretcher Tips - April 17, 2014

Bug Be Gone!
Spray your screens with Skin So Soft from Avon and watch the bugs scram! This makes the house smell nice with every breeze, too! ~Skylar

Hair Conditioner
I use vinegar as conditioner for my hair. It also controls my dandruff. I work a few ounces into my scalp and hair. Leave it in for a minute and then rinse well. ~Lara

Cheap Hairball Cure
Instead of buying the expensive hairball remedy products from your cat's vet, use plain petroleum jelly. Put a quarter size dab on their front paw and push it in a little so. They will promptly find a corner to groom/lick it off. ~Nina

Avoid Dryer Repairs
My dryer element just burned out because of lint blocking the vent. Be sure to clean out the long hose and the vent to your home outside and don't forget to clean your dryers inside lint catcher each time you dry clothes. It's a lesson learned. ~Connie in NC (via iPhone)

Easy Sheet Folding
When folding sheets, make the first fold lengthwise down the middle. If you are making the bed by yourself, you won't have to go around to the other side to verify that the lengths are the same on both sides. You just use the fold down the middle to guide you. ~B.

Stains on Sensitive Fabrics
Here's an old stain remover tip. If you have a stain on a fine fabric and feel that only bleach can remove it, try this. Instead of immersing the item in bleach water, dampen a rag in bleach and wave it over the stain. Often just the fumes are enough to do the job. ~L.

Oily Skin Solution
I have very oily skin. My pores have been clogged since I was a teenager. I tried all kinds of products and they just dried out my skin but didn't remove the clogs. Recently a skin care specialist suggested that I exfoliate every day using cornmeal mixed with just enough olive oil to make a paste. I massage it gently onto my face, and then wipe off with a damp cloth. My pores have greatly improved for the first time since I was 12, and my skin is soft and smooth! A little goes a long way. A tablespoon of cornmeal is enough to last for weeks. ~Lacey

Wood Scratches
If a stained wood surface gets a scratch and you can see the lighter wood underneath, all you need to do is get a walnut. Using the meat of a walnut, rub it across the scratch. The oils in the walnut will hide the scratch. I've used it on oak, cherry, and walnut finishes with wonderful results. ~P.

Nasty Pot Cleaning
Here's a tip for getting crusty or burned on food from your pots and pans without damaging the surface. Sprinkle in baking soda to cover the bottom of the pan. Add water to about 1/2-inch deep. Then add 1/2 cup vinegar. The mixture will fizz. Heat the mixture. Simmer this in shallow pans, but go to a boil for deeper pots. Turn off the heat and leave the pan sit overnight. In the morning, you'll find the crusty stuff lifted up from the bottom and cleaning is a breeze. ~Hollee

Clearing Acne
We have a 20-year-old grandson living with us. He has really bad acne. I was looking for something to help him when I read that basil is an antiseptic. I boiled three tablespoons of basil in one cup of water for ten minutes. Then I lowered the heat to a simmer for a short time. I finally removed it from the heat, left the lid on, and cooled it. After straining it, I put it in a bottle. He washes his face two to three times per day, uses a pad to apply the basil water, and lets it dry. He is very faithful to this routine and his face looks fantastic! There is no need for anything else! We use basil from the spice aisle in the grocery store. We do keep this mixture in the fridge. It doesn't smell bad or color his skin. ~Mary Ann

Stopping Squirrels
I live in an old attached house and squirrels were getting into my attic from next door. The brick wall between us was stepped at the peak and there was no way to close the small gaps where each brick met the roof. I got tired of trapping squirrels until I finally heard about dried blood meal. I got some from a local nursery and sprinkled it generously along the common wall. Although it is odorless to humans, the smell repels squirrels. It can also be used to keep squirrels from digging in the garden. Since rain washes it away, it has to be reapplied often when used outside. ~B.

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