• Sometimes a tip isn’t about saving time or money, but about a cleaner, healthier solution to a problem. Going green is a trend that’s here to stay. And the wisdom of yesteryear is popping up all over the place. For instance, want beautiful highlights? Get a lemon and get out in the sun. Use the juice to dampen strands of your hair, then as you are out in the sun, they will lighten — no chemicals, au natural!
• Sunburn can be soothed with plain vinegar. For the back, arms or legs, soak a washcloth in room temperature vinegar and lay it on the affected area for 15 minutes, then rinse. For the face, soak a cotton ball and lightly dab on burned areas. — I.E. in California
• Bug bites can be treated with banana peel. Use a small piece of the peel laid white side down over the bite. Secure with a Band- Aid. Leave on at least five minutes. This works especially well for my kids, who seem to think it’s fun. — W.S. in Alabama
• Old farm trick: “I keep a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol mixed with water on my garden cart. If I think I got into some poison ivy, I spray the skin area pretty thoroughly. It’s the oil in poison ivy that spreads the rash, and the alcohol stops it from spreading pretty well.” — J.J. in Florida
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