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   Bettijo  And we drink this stuff?

Coca-Cola (or Coke ) is the most recognized brand in the world. The dark, carbonated, sugary beverage has become the most widely consumed drink in the world since WWII. There are many studies and documentaries showing the ill effects of Coke on the human body, but this addictive drink has other, more beneficial uses that the Coca-Cola Company may not want you to know:

16 Uses for Coke

1. Remove stains from china
Soak stained china in Coke for a few hours, and it will remove all the stains.

2. Remove marker stains from a carpet
Pour Coke on the marker stain, and then scrub it with a soapy solution for a quick and easy cleanup.

3. Clean burnt residue off of pots and pans
Pour enough Coke to cover the burnt residue in the pot/pan and let it soak overnight. You’ll be amazed how easily the gunk comes off in the morning.

4. Get rid of grease stains your detergent can’t handle
Pour some Coke into the washing machine with your greasy clothes and see the magic.

5. Diet Coke can fix a bad hair-dye job

Did you accidentally botch up your hair dye? Just soak your hair in Diet Coke for 15 minutes and watch the dye fade away.

6. Strip paint from metallic surfaces
Soak a towel with Coke and leave it on the painted metallic surface for several hours. When you remove the towel – the paint will come off with it.

7. Keep your car battery working for longer
If your car battery’s terminals are covered in corrosion, pour Coke on it and watch how the corrosion melts away.

8. Effective slug pesticide
If your garden is experiencing a slug infestation, pour a Coke into a bowl and leave it outside overnight. The sugar will draw them in, and the acidity will kill these pests.

9. Remove grout from tiles with ease
Pour Coke on gritty tiles and let it sit for a few minutes. The grout should be easily removed now, leaving you with clean tiles.

10. Clean your toilet
Pour a can of Coke into your toilet and leave it overnight. The acidity in the Coke will strip off any nasty residue that accumulated in the bowl.

11. Make old coins shine again
Soak dirty coins in Coke for a few hours and then rinse them – they’ll look like they were minted yesterday.

12. Coke + aluminum foil = clean chrome
Pour Coke on dirty chrome surfaces, and then wipe away with aluminum foil. The chrome will look shiny and new again.

13. Coke makes for an effective insect repellent
Pour a can into a bowl and leave it outside for an hour before you entertain. When your party arrives, move the bowl away and enjoy an insect-free environment. The bugs will be too busy with the Coke to harass your friends.

14. Remove blood stains from clothes
Soak the bloody part in Coke for an hour, and then wash it away. (Repeat if necessary )

15. Get rid of gum stuck in your hair
Soak the gum in Coke for 15 minutes and simply wipe it away.

16. Clean
August 25 at 21:58 EST .

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   Bettijo  16. Clean up oil stains from floors
August 29 at 09:23 EST .


   FlatCityGirl  Hmmmmm . . . that's kind of scary when you think about drinking the stuff. What's it doing to your insides?
Wednesday at 09:35 EST .




   Escaped commieny  Had to get new washer, it says only use HD detergent. What is it? I use a bulk industrial detergent from RESTOCK IT. But the instructions say only use HD ???????????
August 3 at 14:32 EST .

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   Safetydude  Start here and them you can made your own decision.

http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/assets/
1/page/he.pdf
August 3 at 16:51 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Thanks so much, didn't mean beans to me, but DH was a chemical engineer before he started driving in Florida, and he knew all about this, saved and Lowes tommorrow for this, I don't want to ruin the new washer,bless you.
August 3 at 17:34 EST .

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   Bettijo  The Difference between Spices and Herbs
We often hear the term "herbs and spices". As any amateur chef knows, herbs and spices are vital ingredients in many dishes. They add flavor, aroma, color, texture and even nutrients.

Both spices and herbs are parts of plants (fresh or dried ) that are used to enhance the flavor of foods. They've also been known to preserve foods, cure illness and enhance cosmetics.

Have you ever stopped for a moment to think what the difference is between the two?

The difference between the two is the part of the plant they are obtained from:

Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant
Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit. This includes the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds.
Examples of herbs include basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and mint. They are often grown in temperate areas compared to spices. They have great medicinal value and are also used in the preparation of cosmetic products.

Spices are usually dried before being used to season foods. Some examples are cinnamon, cloves, ginger and pepper. Unlike herbs, they are grown in more tropical countries. They've also been known to preserve foods. Some spices have medicinal value, for example turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties.

Despite the above clarification, according to the American Spice Trade Association, spices are defined as "any dried plant product used primarily for seasoning purposes". This really broadens the definition of spices, allowing it to include herbs, dehydrated veggies, spice blends and spice seeds.

Below is a short list of 5 herbs, then spices, along with their reported nutritional/health benefits.

Basil - Rich in Vitamin A and K. Assists with combating bowel inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis
Oregano - Assists with inflammation
Parsley - Protects against rheumatoid arthritis, antioxidant-rich, fights cancer, high in vitamin C and iron
Thyme - Contains the oil, thymol, especially helpful for chest and respiratory problems, also acts as an antiseptic and disinfectant.
Mint - Helps with digestion and asthma
Cinnamon - May potentially lower blood sugar levels, LDL (bad ) cholesterol and triglycerides, especially in people with type 2 diabetes
Ginger - Can stop nausea and may also relieve heartburn and bloating
Chilli - Contains capsaicin which puts the heat in chilies, may lower the risk of skin and colon cancers; shown to suppress appetite and boost metabolism
Cloves - Have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties; they are known for relieving flatulence and can actually help promote good digestion as well as metabolism
Mustard seeds - Contain phytonutrient compounds that protect against cancers of the gastrointestinal tract; believed to reduce the severity of asthma
Bottom Line
Herbs come from the leafy and green plant parts. Spices come from all the other parts.

Suggestion
Reduce your sodium intake by adding herbs and spices to your dishes!
July 27 at 08:08 EST .

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   Bettijo  Dave Hax, the clever YouTuber behind the sneak-more-pizza trick, has another food hack that will make your life undoubtedly easier next time you have to deal with a load of rogue tubers.

To start, simply cut a thin line around the circumference of the potato. Don’t cut too deep, but mind your fingers as you move the blade around. After each potato is cut, boil until done. Cool them off with some cold water and then the magic begins.

No knives, or extra utensils needed, just use your fingers to glide the skin right off. It’s really that simple. Dave Hax appears to be using a small variety of Russet potato but we imagine this trick works with most tubers.





July 26 at 19:17 EST .

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   Dixonnh  Flaming Sword: Dawn Heavy-Duty Degreaser and Dawn Power Dissolver. Where do you buy these products and do you have to buy in large quantities?

(From helpful tip written way down on May 5th )
July 20 at 22:01 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Sorry I took so long. I don't visit much anymore. I get mine from Restockit.com. Yes ,you do have to buy in quantity, but in the long run it saves a ton of money.Buy it, give a small sample to a friend, and they'll be jumping to split that order with you. I don't think either product is made for the consumer anymore. Strictly for commercial users. Bite the bullet. You'll be glad you did. If you do, the dissolver must be shaken well before each use.
July 25 at 16:23 EST .

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   Dixonnh  Thank you Flaming Sword!
July 27 at 22:06 EST .

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   Bettijo  Read this on another site:

I was in Ulta today and a sales lady dropped nail polish. They immediately began poring sugar on it. Did you know sugar makes nail polish clump up and you can sweep it right off the floor? I watched them. No scrubbing at all!
June 29 at 18:28 EST .

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   Bettijo  This scared me so badly, I don't think I will ever bake in Pyrex again!

Is Glass Bakeware Safe Anymore? The Dangers Of Exploding Glass Dishes

http://www.household-management-101.com/glass-bakeware.html
June 19 at 20:04 EST .

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   Balogreene  Interesting. For years now, I've baked in stoneware, use aluminum or cast iron on the stove top, but have a ton of Pyrex I use to microwave. I have the microwavable containers, with a sealed lid and a steam hole. especially for tomatoey things.
June 23 at 22:04 EST .

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   MeiDei  I got very lucky the other day grocery shopping, hitting 3 stores & finding unadvertised specials in each. One was corn on the cob @ 12/$1.00 - [everywhere else 5/$2.00] so this is a reminder of Bettijo's last year's tip to microwaving corn on the cob - in the husk 4 mins. each. After cutting off the stem end & microwaving, I had to roll the husk leaves off & easily remove the silk on the first one. The 2nd one I was able to get the same results as the video showed, which was to squeeze it out cleanly - including the silk - from the tip end. Just a reminder: using a 600-700 watt microwave is 4 mins., using a 1000+ watt microwave I did it at 3-1/2 mins. each. The remainder goes in the compost pile.
June 1 at 21:11 EST .

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   Balogreene  I'm getting new false teeth within the next few weeks. Can't wait to eat Corn on the Cob again!
June 21 at 20:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Here's a link to produce specials by month: http://frugalliving.about.com/od/foodsavings/tp/Cheapest_Pro
duce.htm
June 1 at 14:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  Did you ever buy something and a few weeks later see it on sale? Here's a breakdown by month when items are most likely to be less expensive: http://frugalliving.about.com/od/bargainshopping/tp/Best_Tim
e_To_Buy_Everything.htm
June 1 at 14:07 EST .

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