#1. Stain remover.
Combined with lemon juice, salt removes fruit stains from your hands.
#2. Flower cleaner.
Clean artificial flowers by shaking them in a large paper bag with 1/2 cup salt.
To prevent wax from dripping onto the candlestick or the table, soak candles in salt water. Use 2 Tbsp. salt for each candle and just enugh water to cover.
#4. Suds controller.
If detergent is overflowing the washer, sprinkle salt on the excess suds to contain them.
#5. Spill container.
Cover fresh oven spills with salt, let it stand for 15 to 20 minutes, and wipe up.
Kill poison ivy by spraying it with salt water.
On heavy paper, :paint" your design with white glue, then drop seeds onto the glue and let dry. Use different types of seeds for color and texture.
String fresh seeds with monofilament and a heavy-duty needle; let dry.
Coat fresh sunflower, melon, squash, or pumpkin seeds with oil, spread in a shallow pan, season, and bake in a 200 degree oven for an hor or until they're dry.
#1. Shaving cream.
In a pinch, apply a small amount of shampoo to your wet skin and work up a lather.
If you've run out of a gentle soap for hand-washables, use shampoo instead.
Spray both sides of the joint of a squeaky hinge with foamy shaving cream.
#2. Upholstery cleaner.
Rub a fresh stain on upholstered furniture with shaving cream, wipe with a damp cloth, then dry. (Test first in an inconspicuous corner.)
To prevent your bathroom mirror from fogging up during cold weather, spread a little shaving cream on the mirror and wipe it off with a tissue.
Attach sheet music to an old lampshade
, then brush with linseed oil and let dry thoroughly before turning on the light. (Be sure to use a low wattage bulb.)
#2. Wrapping paper
Wrap up a music lover's birthday gift with sheet music.
#3. Book cover.
If you've lost the jacket to a book, cover it with sheet music.
Paper a small room with sheet music, using mildew resistant wallpaper paste.
#1. Exercise equipment
Knead it to strengthen your hands and forearms.
Use it to temporarily plug cracks around windows.
Play with it to calm your nerves-especially useful when you've just given up smoking.
#4. All-purpose cleaner.
Remove lint from clothes, erase pencil marks, and clean computer keys.
#1. Pest control.
Plug small cracks and holes to keep out rats and mice.
#2. Screw tightener.
Wind strands of steel wool around the threads of a screw before you reinsert it into the old hole.
#3. Sneaker cleaner.
A soapy steel wool pad and a little elbow grease will make those dirty sneakers presentable again.
When washing a dog in the tub or shower, put a ball of steel wool in the drain to catch the hairs.
#1. Draft resister.
In the winter line them up along the bottoms of windows and doors for decorative insulation.
Cut open the underside, remove a small amount of stuffing, and insert small valuables.
#3. Hand puppet.
Open the bottom and remove all the stuffing so that your thumb and fingers can reach the head and limbs; rim the opening with elastic.
Split the back or underside of a pair of stuffed animals; remove some of the stuffing and fill with marbles or lead sinkers. Sew up the slit and glue a piece of old rubber glove to the bottom to prevent the animals from slipping.