• When hammering a nail, try this save-yourfi nger trick: Use a clothespin to hold the nail steady, and then use your hammer to drive it in. Hammering into the wall? Push the nail through a strip of cardboard, and then hold the cardboard over the right spot. No more banged up fingers or thumbs!
• “Exfoliation can be easy if you already have a bag or jar of Epsom salts. Soak in a warm bath and rub the salts over your skin to gently scrub dead skin away. A little essential oil might help, too!” — D.D. in Florida
• Got plastic packaging that is a pain to get open? Use your can opener. Run it around the sides to break into your packages. It works!
• To easily get keys on a keychain, use a staple remover to create an opening to slip the keys on. It is very effective and will keep you from getting frustrated.
• A great use for those old knee-high stockings ( no runs!): Stuff with a mix of crystalized kitty litter and scent-boosting beads you can find in the laundry aisle. Stuff these in stinky shoes to freshen and deodorize. The litter wicks away moisture from sweaty feet and deodorizes, and the scent boosters last for a good long while.
• “Need a new look for a favorite sweater? Change out your buttons. It’s such a small thing, but makes a big change in look!” — E.L. in Massachusetts
• Skunk run-in? Try this mix before you buy pricey de-stink shampoos at the pet store. Mix a quart of 3 percent peroxide, a teaspoon or two of dish soap, 1/4 cup of baking soda and quart of room-temp water. Apply to pet, and work deeply into the fur. Massage in for five minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
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