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Bug Bite Relief

Got a bug bite that itches? Soak a cotton pad in Witch Hazel and apply to the bug bite. Wait a few minutes and the itch will be gone!

Create An Orange Tea Light

tea light candle in an orange

Create a lovely tea light for your Mother’s Day brunch table using an orange! Simply flatten the orange a bit with your hand, then using a sharp paring knife, cut a shallow hole in the top of the orange. Insert a tea light and you have a beautiful table decoration! Tip and image courtesy of

The Proper Way To Wash Your Hands

Don’t rinse and run! Here’s the proper way to wash your hands to avoid the spread of germs. Wet hands. Soap up (any soap will do), and lather for 20 seconds. Be sure to scrub fingertips, backs of hands, wrists, between fingers, and under fingernails. Rinse, and towel dry.

Reuse Those Wine Corks

Reuse wine and champagne corks as plant markers. Write the name of the plant on the cork with permanent marker, push it onto a metal skewer or chopstick, and place it in the soil next to the appropriate plant. 

Revive Champagne With A Raisin

To bring the bubbles back to your bubbly, simply drop a single raisin into a glass or bottle of champagne or sparkling wine. The carbon dioxide remaining in the wine will adhere to the fruit and release it back into the drink. 

Remove Gravy Stains

Spilled gravy on your favorite shirt or holiday tablecloth? Here’s how to get it out: blot up as much of the liquid as possible (don’t rub!). Then mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup liquid dish soap. Work the mixture into the stain, then let it soak for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water

Reusable Storage

Don’t throw away the empty cardboard six-pack bottle carrier. Use it to store garden tools, crafts, glue, pencils, holiday trinkets, and other items!

Cleaner Fireplace Clean Up

Prevent ash from spreading through the air when cleaning out a fireplace by using a water-filled spray bottle. Lightly mist the ashes before you shovel them.

Pumpkin Art: No Carving Required!

Didn’t get around to carving this year? No worries! Simply use permanent markers or paints to draw right on your pumpkins and gourds—your house number, a Jack-O-Lantern face, ghost face—get creative! Note: after Halloween is over, only give wildlife portions of the pumpkin that are marker-free.

Clever Halloween Lunchbox Idea

Surprise your kids with these mini Jack-O-Lantern treats in their lunchboxes! Simply draw faces on the skin of oranges or mini tangerines with a permanent marker (wash and dry the fruit first for best results). Let ink dry completely before packing.