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Get clean and Spark Points

Did you know you can track "Heavy cleaning" and "housework" in your fitness tracker? So you can get motivated to clean the house knowing you'll get extra fitness minutes!

- Submitted by SALAM4545 3/1/2014 in Around The House | 1 Comment

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Clean something to music

Find something in your house that you don't clean on a regular basis, like lampshades, cabinet tops or doors, washing walls, etc., and put on some music and clean and sing your way to remove your stress. Sing loud and clean hard, and you'll be stress free and will have accomplished something good at the same time.

- Submitted by DANNYSWIFE01 2/15/2014 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Cotton

The cotton that comes in vitamins or medications is a good thing to save. For example if you run out of cotton balls or never buy them the cotton from the medicines or vitamins is great for removing nail polish when you are doing your fingernails or toenails. It isn't wasted this way. emoticon

- Submitted by 2010TWEETYGIRL 7/14/2012 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Stop an Ant Invasion—

Figure out the ants’ main points of entry—windowsill, doorway, baseboards—and sprinkle those places with any of the following...
Cayenne pepper, Chili powder, Cinnamon, Sage, Whole cloves, Bay leaves, Cream of tartar, Salted cucumber peelings, Dried peppermint leaves or peppermint oil
Distilled white vinegar
Lemon juice and peel—mix it with water and wash the kitchen floor, Baby powder, Uncooked white or brown rice
You can also sprinkle the above items in food pantries or cupboards.

- Submitted by PMFISH 5/13/2011 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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To Sharpen Scissors

If you have scissors that are not cutting good. Here is a trick that I learned with aluminum foil. Fold a piece of aluminum fold in half a few time to make a square. Then starting at one edge, take the scissors and start cutting the foil a few times. It sharpens dull scissors really nicely.

- Submitted by SRIVERS1 8/29/2010 in Around The House | 0 Comments

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Laundry Dance Party

When I'm folding laundry, I turn the TV onto an upbeat music channel and blast the volume (I usually only do this when home alone!). I find myself dancing to the music and moving the whole time I'm folding, not just standing in one spot! Instead of folding lots of piles on our bed, then putting them away, I put etch item away as I fold/hang up items to keep moving!

- Submitted by MRSPOULOS 8/19/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments
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