• Keep the pets in mind as you decorate and prepare for Easter. Flowers and candy can be tempting and toxic to our furry friends. Cats especially take to plastic grass, which can obstruct their digestive system. And, as the ASPCA reminds us: “While live bunnies, chicks and other festive animals are adorable, resist the urge to buy them — these cute babies grow up fast and often require specialized care!”
• Sewing Tip: Run your thread through a sheet of fabric softener to prevent tangling.
• Are you in the process of pulling flower pots out of the shed? You can remove salt deposits from clay pots by mixing together equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray down the pot inside and out, and scrub with a plastic scrubbie. Rinse and let dry before using.
• “Spray your trimmer line with vegetable oil before installing it in the trimmer to keep it from jamming.” — C.L. in Louisiana
• It’s spring at the farmer’s market: Look for great deals on in-season mangoes, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, asparagus, artichokes, broccoli and cauliflower, as well as spring onions and lettuces. Also, get ready to stock the freezer, as March is National Frozen Food Month.
• DIY rust removal: Try soaking the item in vinegar for an hour. Use baking soda as a mild abrasive. Or cut a potato in half, sprinkle the cut side with salt, and use it to rub off rust.
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