Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Coffee Grounds, Mouthwash, and Cardboard Tubes

Coffee Grounds
1. Sprinkle used grounds around the acid loving plants in your garden, like roses and azaleas. Coffee adds nutrients to the soil and the caffeine encourages roots to spread.
2. Put fresh coffee grounds in a bowl and place in the back of your fridge and freezer. The grounds will absorb bad food odors.
3. Pour used coffee grounds around the area where ants seem to be living. Apparently they are not coffee drinkers and will leave the area. (NOTE: I tried this at my Mom's place and mostly it seemed to wake up those nasty little sugar ants! However, it may ultimately get rid of them. May 9, 2010 - We added more coffee grounds to the area and it seems to have gotten rid of those little ants.)
4. To clean your disposal, pour used grounds down the disposal and turn on the hot water, then turn on the disposal. The grounds will destroy the bacteria lingering in the pipes and eliminate odors.

Alcohol-based Mouthwash
1. Fill a spray bottle with one part mouthwash to three parts water. Spray directly on your plants leaves and into the soil. The mouthwash protects the plants from fungi.
2. Pour 1/4 cup mouthwash into the toilet bowl and let sit for 30 min. The alcohol will make it sparkle while the antiseptic ingredients will kill germs.
3. After shampooing, pour a capful of mouthwash onto your scalp, leave it on for 5 min, then rinse and condition. The mouthwash kills the fungus that causes dandruff.

Cardboard Tubes
1. Bracelet stand. Cover a tube with a pretty wrapping paper and stand it on your dresser. Pile on the bracelets.
2. Place a few paper-towel tubes inside tall boots to keep them standing tall to keep their shape.
3. To prevent nylons/pantyhose from snagging in your dresser, just roll them up and stuff them into toilet paper tubes before putting in your drawer.
4. To extend your vauum's reach, tape a gift wrap tube to the end of your vacuum's hose and flatten the tube slightly to fit behind the furniture or to reach up to the ceiling corners.

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