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August 17, 2015

9 “Old Wives Tales” That Are Actually True

We have all heard the household myths from our moms or our know-it-all friend.  Well there is truth to some of these old wives tales.  Here is a list of ones that actually work and are worth trying.

1.)  Use plants as air purifiers at home:  Yes!  There are even a specific variety that do a great job such as rubber trees, corn plants, bamboo palm, Ficus, Gerbera Daisies, English ivy, peace lily, and philodendrons.

2.)  Use newspapers to clean windows:  It’s true!  The fibers that make up newspaper are much denser than paper towels.  This allows them to absorb liquids and they won’t fall apart as easily.

3.)  Microwave sponges to keep them clean:  Putting your dirty scrubbers in a dish of water add a little lemon juice and  zap them at a high temperature will kill bacteria!

4.)  Use peanut butter to remove chewing gum:  This creamy spread will take out sticky wads that get stuck to your shoes and other places.  Just add a couple of tablespoons to the spot and scrub it off completely with a wire brush.

5.)  Unclog your drain with Alka Seltzer:  If your clog is not too severe, this is a good trick!  Drop 4 tablets and a bit of vinegar and flush with boiling water.

6.)  Remove carpet dents with an ice cube:  This sounds a bit odd, but there is some truth to it!  Leave it in the stubborn hole for a while, then fluff it with a fork to get the fibers looking good as new.

7.)  Fill a hole in the wall with soap:  Yes, if you’re fixing a tiny nick or nail hole in a white wall with a similar color bar of soap, this will work.  Rub the bar of soap over the hole until it is filled in.

8.)  Iron using aluminum foil:  This tip will allow you to smooth both sides of your garment at the same time!

9.)  Use walnuts to remove furniture scratches:  Remove the nut from its shell and rub it over marks in the wood.  The oils from the nut will penetrate the surface fixing the blemishes.

Ginny Moore

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