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  1. Kitchen Tip: Cleaning with Baking Soda

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    Little, if any, scrubbing is needed to clean even the dirtiest pots when you use baking soda -- and it is nonabrasive and environmentally friendly.

    Fill pot with 1 to 2 inches of water, and add about 2 tablespoons of baking soda simmer 15 minutes, then scrape tough spots on bottom with a wooden spoon, as needed.

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    Everyday Food, April 2004
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  2. Mosquito Bite Soother

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    Soothe an insect bite or numb a mild burn without freezing your fingertips by using ice frozen in a film canister. Wash canister with soap and water beforehand, fill with water (allowing room for its expansion), cover, and freeze. To use, run cool water over the canister, then uncap, and gently squeeze to loosen the ice.

     

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 4 2002
  3. High Altitude

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    Hard-to-reach areas are a closet's no-man's-land. A spring-loaded pull-down rack, which you can install yourself, solves the problem. A light tug on a handle positioned in the center of the rod brings clothes to you.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  4. At a Glance

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    Windowed boxes (on the left) covered in tweed make it possible to find a specific sweater in an instant. Magnetic catch-and-pull tabs ensure that the lids close tightly.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  5. DIY Fabric Refreshers

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    DIY
    If your upholstery has an unpleasant odor, fluff it up and air it out, or have it professionally cleaned (ask for a "chemical-free" treatment).

    Tips
    Before allowing pets on your furniture, cover it with towels. Change and wash the towels frequently.

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    Healthy Home 2008, Spring 2008
  6. Trim Curtains

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    Short shower curtains look tidy and tailored, and they don't trap dust and moisture. To create the look in your bathroom, cut a fabric curtain 2 inches longer than the desired length, then fold and sew a 2-inch hem. Leave the plastic liner hanging full-length in the tub to contain water from the shower.

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    Martha Stewart Living, September 2006
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