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Clean The Grill With An Onion

Clean your grill without chemicals or a lot of elbow grease! Simply use half an onion! Onions have natural antibacterial properties and help deep clean the grates. First, get the grill nice and hot to burn off any remaining food. Next, cut an onion in half and pierce it with a long grill fork. Scrub

Stargazing Tip

Give your eyes plenty of time to adjust to the darkness. It takes a few minutes for your pupils to dilate to let more light in, and the light detectors in your retina take half an hour or more to adjust, boosting your sensitivity to low light. So if you’re using a skywatching app on

Camping Made Easier

Sled - Plastic

Use a plastic snow sled with a rope lead to haul your camping gear from the car to your site.

DIY Sunburn Soother

For sunburn relief, mix 2 teaspoons tomato juice with 1/4 cup buttermilk and apply to the affected area. Rinse after half an hour.

Keep Critters Out!

Rodents - Mammal

Keep critters away from trash cans by mixing 2 tablespoons dish soap, 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper, and 1-quart warm water. Spray liberally over cans. Raccoons, especially, hate the smell of many spices and oils, including mint and cayenne pepper.  

Natural De-Icer

Used coffee grounds - Farmers' Almanac

Sprinkle leftover coffee grounds on your freshly shoveled walk or driveway to help melt the ice—it’s a natural and environmentally friendly way to add more traction underfoot.

Make Cooler Corn!

Corn - Stock photography

Make corn on the cob in a cooler! It’s a unique way to feed a crowd at your next cookout. Simply shuck your corn and place the ears in any size clean, sturdy cooler (not styrofoam). Add boiling water (2 quarts per 12 ears) and snap down the lid. Let sit for 30 minutes, drain,

Check Your Noontime Shadow!

Beachgoers facing sun with shadows behind them.

Here’s a fun experiment to do around the time of the Summer Solstice: Be sure to look at your noontime shadow — it’s your shortest noontime shadow of the year!

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