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Here are some more super ideas that will make your life easier:
Here are some quick tips that I have found useful:

– Vinegar. Well, I have sung its praises before here and just this past week, found yet another use for it when I had some unwanted pests in my kitchen. Fruit flies. I searched and searched and couldn’t find the usual suspect of a source (old fruit, etc) and although I wiped things down they still hung around my sink and drove me nuts. So, I headed to the internet and sought my solution. Before you roll your eyes and think that I fell into the trap of “I read it on the internet, so it must be true” I wanted you to know that I did, in fact, try this and found it to work! There are some other things I found that were listed as benefits to vinegar that I haven’t tried, but am willing to – once I have, I will dutifully report my findings, I promise!  So, the solution for ridding yourself of fruit flies is simple. I used a small ramakin dish but any small bowl will work. I put approximately 1/4-1/2 inch of apple cider vinegar and a splash of dish soap and then placed it on my kitchen window sill. In an hour or so, there were about 10 lifeless bodies in the bottom of my dish. I dumped the solution and redid to leave overnight. I repeated this until I didn’t really have any other pests around. Quick, easy, and to the point. Click HERE for more great IDEAS

– Have you ever tried to make a cutlet of meat (where you tenderize it and “hammer” it to a thin state) and used a thin zip bag? Or even tried to chop/crush nuts without an actual chopper? Well, I have and have been disappointed with the results of the strength of the bag. Enter my tip. Use a cleaned out cereal bag. These are seemingly made from a tougher plastic than most other bags I have come across and in the end, whatever I had IN the bag to crush or flatten, has not leaked out onto the counter top.

– Baby bottle drying rack. Speaking of cleaning bags, how do you let them dry once you have given them a quick rinse? I use a baby bottle drying rack. I picked one up at a yard sale and have found that I can use it for a couple of things because in my house many things have to have more than one purpose. In addition to using it as a bag drying rack on my kitchen counter, I also use it in the winter to help dry mittens and hats that my wee ones have worn while playing in the snow. I no longer have use for it as a bottle dryer, but rather than get rid of it, I repurposed it!

– Manila Envelope – Need a small gift bag, but don’t have one? Take and cut the top off of a manila envelope, punch two holes through both sides, tie two lengths of ribbon for handles and let you/your child decorate – tissue paper and off you go! I learned this trick when I was doing more paper crafting than I am these days and often used one of those stamp wheels to help in the decorating process. Necessity, in deed, is the mother of invention!

– Brewer’s yeast. When we had a cat, and two ferrets, I used this trick regularly. Go to the health food store and purchase a container of Brewer’s yeast. Sprinkle about 1/4- 1/2 cup per small bag (16-18 oz) of cat/dog food pouring it in the bag at the top. Then re-close, give the bag a good shake to distribute the yeast and food is covered. This helps in keeping fleas and ticks off of animals in a more natural way than flea collars,etc. I would suggest starting with that amount, but then if you need to amp it up a bit b/c you are still seeing problems with pests after using a bag or so, then try to work your way up to about 3/4 – one cup per small bag.XX




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