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To remove stubborn streaks and film from a car windshield, try rubbing with

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To remove stubborn streaks and film from a car windshield, try rubbing with kerosene and wiping with crumpled... Read More »

To remove surface mildew from leather goods, wipe the leather with a soluti

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To remove surface mildew from leather goods, wipe the leather with a solution of equal parts alcohol and... Read More »

To remove tarnish from brass, bronze, or copper, dip a lemon slice or rind

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To remove tarnish from brass, bronze, or copper, dip a lemon slice or rind in a little salt... Read More »

To remove the film from inside a wine glass, fill the glass with a strong s

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To remove the film from inside a wine glass, fill the glass with a strong solution of ammonia... Read More »

To remove the residue from tape or labels on glass, saturate the sticky par

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To remove the residue from tape or labels on glass, saturate the sticky part with mayonnaise, oil, or... Read More »

To remove ugly stains on clothing from car batteries, make a paste of dry s

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To remove ugly stains on clothing from car batteries, make a paste of dry starch and cold water,... Read More »

To remove wax buildup in furniture hinges, scrub the hinges with a small pi

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To remove wax buildup in furniture hinges, scrub the hinges with a small piece of steel-wool soap pad.... Read More »

To remove white marks from wooden furniture, rub on a little toothpaste (no

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To remove white marks from wooden furniture, rub on a little toothpaste (not the gel type) with your... Read More »

To remove white water spots on leather, cover them with a thick coat of pet

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To remove white water spots on leather, cover them with a thick coat of petroleum jelly. Leave the... Read More »

To repair minor scratches on a car, “color” the scratch with a wax crayon a

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To repair minor scratches on a car, “color” the scratch with a wax crayon and buff with a... Read More »

To repair small defects such as old nail holes in the surface of a wall, pl

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To repair small defects such as old nail holes in the surface of a wall, place some spackling... Read More »

To repoint a chimney, scrape out all the loose mortar from the outside of t

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To repoint a chimney, scrape out all the loose mortar from the outside of the joints. Then mix... Read More »

To revive cookies that have become hard and dry, place them in a closed tin

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To revive cookies that have become hard and dry, place them in a closed tin with a piece... Read More »

To rid a car of stale smoke odor, leave shallow containers of ground coffee

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To rid a car of stale smoke odor, leave shallow containers of ground coffee in the car. Ventilate... Read More »

To salvage a Formica countertop with a chipped edge, cover the edge with st

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To salvage a Formica countertop with a chipped edge, cover the edge with stainless steel edging (available at... Read More »

To sand moldings or other curved surfaces, make a cylindrical sand pad by s

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To sand moldings or other curved surfaces, make a cylindrical sand pad by slitting a short length of... Read More »

To save on energy and hot water, make it a practice to take quick showers r

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To save on energy and hot water, make it a practice to take quick showers rather than baths. Read More »

To save space in your recycling bin, open the bottoms of tin cans as well a

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To save space in your recycling bin, open the bottoms of tin cans as well as the tops.... Read More »

To saw thin sheet metal without distorting the edge, clamp the metal betwee

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To saw thin sheet metal without distorting the edge, clamp the metal between two pieces of scrap wood... Read More »

To season a cast-iron pot, boil potato peelings in it for 1 hour.

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To season a cast-iron pot, boil potato peelings in it for 1 hour. Read More »

To season a new cast-iron pot, rub the inside with vegetable oil and place

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To season a new cast-iron pot, rub the inside with vegetable oil and place it over low heat... Read More »

To set a hinge more deeply, loosen the hinge from either the door or the ja

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To set a hinge more deeply, loosen the hinge from either the door or the jamb, chisel away... Read More »

To slow tarnishing, store your pewter in a warm area and behind glass.

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To slow tarnishing, store your pewter in a warm area and behind glass. Read More »

To soften a water-based glue that has hardened in the container, add a few

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To soften a water-based glue that has hardened in the container, add a few drops of vinegar. This... Read More »

To stain decorative barn boards, wet the area you want to color and rub in

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To stain decorative barn boards, wet the area you want to color and rub in wood ashes until... Read More »

To start a draft going in a fireplace, light a crumpled piece of newspaper

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To start a draft going in a fireplace, light a crumpled piece of newspaper and hold it at... Read More »

To stop a dog from digging, dig a hole where Fido likes to dig. Place sever

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To stop a dog from digging, dig a hole where Fido likes to dig. Place several small, inflated... Read More »



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