Author: Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.


Ginger for Burns If you sustain a minor burn in the kitchen, reach for some ginger. Cut off the end and press the exposed area against your burn. Many say ginger works even better than a piece of aloe plant at soothing burns. Burn An-Tea-Dote If you’ve burned yourself in the kitchen, help is close by. Researchers at UCLA found that the tannins found in tea can soothe burns in as little as five minutes. After rinsing and cleaning a minor burn, place a cool, wet teabag directly on the area for relief. How to Ease a Burned Mouth Ow!…

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Brighten Faded Carpet Brighten faded carpet and rugs by rubbing them down with a rag that has been soaked in salt water, then wrung out. You can also submerge throw rugs and drapes in a solution of salt water, then wash as usual. See also: Home Repair Hacks: How to Fix 5 Impossible Household Problems Carpet Deep-Clean To make super-drity carpet clean again, try this trick in a well-ventilated area: Mix a cup of ammonia with a quart of water. Rub into your carpet (don’t let it get sopping wet) with a damp rag or mop, and let it dry. As…

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Aloe to the Rescue Aloe is nature’s best moisturizer. If you have an aloe vera plant, you are in luck. Simply cut off a leaf and gently rub the gel inside the leaf onto those sore blisters. If you don’t have a plant, rummage through your beach bag for a sunburn-soothing aloe product and apply liberally to shingles sores. Baking Soda Itch Soother You know that box of baking soda in the pantry? It’s about to become your new best friend. With just the right amount of water, you can turn that baking soda into a cool paste that takes…

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Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Foot Mask This foot mask is almost good enough to eat! In a food processor, pulse together a quarter cup of rolled oats and a quarter cup of brown sugar. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in a quarter cup of honey, one tablespoon of lemon juice, and one tablespoon of olive oil. Divide the mixture into two Ziploc bags, and place your feet in the bags. Massage the paste into the feet, and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Super-Moisturizing Foot Mask If you have extremely dry skin, try this ultra-hydrating overnight…

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Mice Hate Mint Mice hate the smell of mint! To get rid of mice in your home, head to the healthfood store and grab some peppermint essential oil. Dab it on cotton balls and place wherever you see the mice. Or, add a few drops to a spray bottle of water and spray around your home each day to keep mice away. DIY Rodent Spray It won’t surprise you if you’ve ever smelled them, but mothballs repel rodents, too. To use them to get rid of mice or rats around your home, place five of them in a Ziploc bag…

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Baking soda Easy DIY jewelry cleaner Baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide is a great cleaner for lots of household objects, and it’s also a safe and effective cleaner when it comes to cleaning gold, silver, and costume jewelry. For best results, make a by adding drops of hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda, then rub gently on your jewelry. Rinse off and wipe dry. It gets rid of dirt, grime, and body oils, and leaves your gold and silver sparkling. Quick and easy way to clean silver jewelry If your silver jewelry is starting to look a little dull or needs polishing,…

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Super-Power Your Potpourri If there’s a bad odor in your bathroom, your potpourri has to work overtime. Hide a charcoal briquette in your potpourri bowl and it will absorb foul odors. Not only that, it will absorb moisture, which will help stop mold and mildew build-up in the bathroom (just make sure to use briquettes that haven’t been soaked in lighter fluid). Then, you can enjoy the beautiful scent of your potpourri even more. See also: The Secret to a Clean Bathroom Use Vodka to Keep Potpourri’s Scent Longer As we told you in our podcast on getting rid of…

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Can the Corns and Calluses Painful corns and ugly calluses can put a cramp in your style, especially in the summer. Flatten them with this easy tip. All you need are bandages, petroleum jelly, and an emery board. Every night before you go to sleep rub a little petroleum jelly on the corn or callus and cover with a bandage. Then, in the morning, file gently with the emery board. Repeat the process every day until they’re gone, usually in about 10–14 days, and make sure not to use the emery board for any other purpose, like filing your nails.…

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Keep Raccoons, Skunks, and Possums Out of Your Yard Besides being pesky mammals, raccoons, skunks, and possums have something in common—they hate light. Keep the outside of your home well-lit, and they’ll stay way. This is also a good tip if you have a dog: Make sure you turn on the light before you let your dog out in the yard at night, and give skunks and other creatures time to amble away. How to Keep Animals Out of Your Trash To keep raccoons, possums, skunks, or other critters out of your garbage, regularly spray the side of your cans…

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Best Baking Soda Substitute Besides baking soda, a number of other kitchen items are capable of removing odors. Our favorite? Vanilla extract! Pour a little vanilla extract into a shallow bowl or bottle cap and set in the refrigerator to absorb odors and make your fridge smell great each time you open it. Deodorize Your Fridge or Freezer Add a shallow bowl of freshly ground coffee, uncovered, to your freezer. Leave for a few days and any funky odors will disappear. You can even reuse the coffee grounds you used to make your coffee this morning! Vanquish Smells with Vinegar…

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