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Lemon juice lifts ink stains

Lemon juice lifts ink stains
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Soak an ink stain in lemon juice for five to ten minutes before laundering in a normal cycle. The juice’s citric acid is a natural stain fighter that breaks up the ink on clothing.

Flour cleans hair

Flour cleans hair
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Sprinkle flour into your hair and shake throughout. The flour absorbs excess oils, leaving you with a fresh-looking mane.

Pillowcases protect delicates in the laundry

Pillowcases protect delicates in the laundry
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The washer can pull fragile jumpers and pantihose out of shape. Toss them in a pillowcase. Close the case with a rubber band, place in the washer, and run the machine on a gentle setting.

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Vinegar loosens bumper stickers

Vinegar loosens bumper stickers
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For pesky stickers that won’t budge, soak a paper towel in vinegar. Place it over the sticker for five to ten minutes. The vinegar will weaken the adhesive.

Sugar removes grass stains

Sugar removes grass stains
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Enzymes in sugar help break down the chlorophyll that causes green stains. Mix ¼ cup sugar with just enough warm water to create a paste. Apply to the stain. Let sit for 30 minutes before washing.

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WD-40 wipes off crayon marks

WD-40 wipes off crayon marks
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Kids turned your wall into a canvas? Spray crayon marks with WD-40 and wipe with a clean rag. It will not damage paint and most wallpaper (remember to test on a small, hidden area first).

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Milk polishes leather

Milk polishes leather
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To clean patent leather (the glossy type used for belts, shoes and purses), dip a soft cotton cloth into milk. Gently buff the leather in circular motions to moisturise. The milk’s enzymes and fat soften and polish the leather. Buff again with a clean, dry cloth to remove remaining milk residue.

Vegetable shortening removes lipstick stains

Vegetable shortening removes lipstick stains
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Rub a dab of it into the lipstick mark, and launder as usual. The oil acts as a solvent to loosen the stain.

Milk of magnesia replaces deodorant

Milk of magnesia replaces deodorant
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Milk of magnesia is commonly used as deodorant in humid, tropical environments. Normally taken as a laxative, it has antibacterial properties that make it difficult for odour-causing bacteria to flourish. Apply with a cotton ball.

Sponges preserve soap

Sponges preserve soap
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To help a bar of soap last longer, leave it on a sponge next to the sink or in the shower. The sponge will prevent slime and drips by helping soap dry faster.

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