10 products with hidden powers

Toothpaste can do more than keep your teeth their whitest, and oatmeal isn't just for breakfast. Here are some common household products you can put to interesting (and money-saving) uses.

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May 26, 2012 4:32PM

Duct tape is also fantastic when applied in heavy layers over the mouth of your mother-on-law...

May 26, 2012 11:36AM
Where is the full "Applications you won't find on the label" article? Why do you make it impossible to find?
May 26, 2012 10:44AM
Beer quenches your thirst and makes you feel good. It also can make friends have a good time.
May 26, 2012 7:55PM
When my brother was 6 he tilted a skillet of hot grave that was on the stove and all of it went in his face. Our mother had a gallon pitcher of fresh milk (on the farm type milk with lots of cream in it) and threw it in his face, to cool it down. The Doctor said he would be serverley scared for life. After it healed there was no scaring at all, you could not tell he had the accident. We all said the milk did the trick. So what do you say.
May 26, 2012 6:01AM
Before you toss your used dryer sheets try this.  Use them to dust around electronics but even better remove the grease on or around your stove.  You will be amazed and wonder why you never tried this before.  Good bye scrubbing, thank you 'USED DRYER SHEETS'
May 26, 2012 12:40PM
here is the list of things i use and do:

toothpaste-put on zits, clean all jewelry EXCEPT PEARLS. great on silver. plain white fills holes in walls. clears automobile lens covers.

white vinegar-windows, doors cleans drains and toilets. makes yellow finger nails white again cleans tubs and shower doors, pour in dishwasher in the rinsing agent holder. sanitizes mops and buckets

apple cider vinegar- kills yeast infections in dog and cat ears. also kills yeast in ladies. windows, doors and grease and grime. i keep a small bottle of apple cider vinegar full strength for my dogs ears when they get nasty. works better than any expensive meds.

vicks in the jar- tablespoon in pot of boiling water and breathe in opens you up instantly. on the chest, under the nose and a glop in the bathwater under the hot water when it is filling up . also vicks will curb foot fungus.

also goto the local auto shop or walmart supercenter and get a jug of Purple Power. this stuff will clean EVERYTHING. smells good and it is super concentrated so mix with water. no more soaking greasy burnt on food and stuff. i spray this on and thats it grease is goodbye!super cheap too. like 7 dollars for a huge gallon jug it will go for a long time. i do flea marketing and i buy storage lockers. its amazing how much more money i get for things when they are clean. great for stoves refrigerators etc.

May 26, 2012 12:41PM
One thing not mentioned that I have used successfully for years is Rum as a mosquito repellant. I will get attacked by mosquito's where no other person will. They love me. So I just rub my exposed skin with straight plain white rum and they leave me alone. Works every time. As an additional bonus I go back to the rum and treat a glass of fruit juice with it for an internal treatment.
May 26, 2012 10:18AM
All of this may be junk. BUT!  I used Duck tape to remove Warts that over the counter medication did not remove.  I also remover a mole like growth of my forehead.  Before doing this I had it checked for cancer.  Side effects:  You get strange looks walking around with Duck tape on your face.
May 26, 2012 11:56AM
Dryer sheets are great for keeping bugs away while working in the yard, especially mosquitos. Just tuck one in your pocket, or rub one over your neck, arms or any exposed area. Bugs hate that smell!
May 26, 2012 9:02PM

While in the Marines stationed in Georgia the gnats were thick, we use AVON "Skin so Soft" and they stopped bothering us.

May 26, 2012 11:12AM

Biggest one for cystic acne sufferers: Coconut Oil. I have tried everything and my Dr. wanted to put me on Accutane. No way! I heard coconut oil was good for skin so I made a mix of coconut oil and cinnamon and use it to wash and exfoliate my face in the shower. My skin has cleared and my scars have lightened up. This stuff is a miracle.


I also use it when I get out of the shower before I dry off on my body. My stretch marks have slightly diminished in the little while I have used it and my skin is OHHHH so SOFT!


-Vingegar- I use it for everything. Dont buy Jetdry, pour vinegar in your dishwasher. Does the same thing. I use is as fabric softner also. Its great for cleaning windows also.


-I dont buy chemial Comet, use baking soda....it works just as well.


These tips are not only great on your pocketbook, they are GREEN! :)

May 26, 2012 11:29AM
You can put vinegar on a sunburn to ease pain. It doesn't smell too great, but it is well worth it. It takes the heat right out from your skin.
May 27, 2012 11:26AM

To get rid of Fruitflies, take a cup of vinigar (doesn't have to be a lot), cover the top with Saran Wrap and poke a pinhole on the top and place it on the countertop or where the problem is. The Fruitflies will crawl inside and subsequently drown.


Also, if you take cups of beer and bury them, ground level, in your garden, slugs and snails will be attracted, fall in and drown. (However, they may crawl out a few times to pee) JK. This is a great way to grow veggies without having to use chemicals of any kind.

May 26, 2012 8:55PM
In the winter and summer my heels crack so badly that they will bleed sometimes. I used to use Bag Balm, but now use Vaseline instead. You slather it on and then put on some clean white sweat socks. Takes about 3-4 days and you will never believe the difference. I swear by this, so does my husband.
May 26, 2012 11:30AM

Dryer sheets also work good for keeping mice away. We used to have problems with mice getting into our pop-up camper when we put it away for the winter.  One of my dads co-workers had suggested to put dryer sheets throughout the camper. So we tried it and we've been doin it ever since and we've never had mice problems since!---- We just take a box of dryer sheets and spread them throughout the camper and then in between the canvas as we close it up.  Also we spread a box of moth balls on the ground around the perimeter of the camper!

May 26, 2012 4:08PM
My mom taught me whenever you get a burn in the kitchen, never put grease on it as it just fries the skin. Instead make a paste with baking soda and water and spread on the burn. Leave it alone until it dries and falls off naturally, a little at a time. I've done this all my life and can say it really works. No scarring or blister and redness is gone in a couple of hours. Also, it soothes the burning sensation.
May 26, 2012 8:21PM
I was visiting friends out of town and did some laundry before I left to go back home.  THey don't use fabric softener drier sheets so I googled and go this tip:  include a wet washcloth with several spots of any kind of hair conditioner with the dryer load.  This works the same way as the ingredients that smoothen your hair will also reduce the wrinkles and static electricity in the dryer.

I may just use that from now on!  No more buying drier sheets!

May 26, 2012 8:36PM
Vick's Vapo Rub applied daily to a fungus toenail, bandage.  It's gone in a week!
May 26, 2012 9:27AM
Baby oil on a rag will wipe away shower scum onyour shower glass and metal. Amazing.
May 26, 2012 8:16AM
I use Vinegar a great deal.  Put it in the rinse water of your rug shampooer (if you rinse) and it takes the soap out.  Also, a spoon full of vinegar in a little water cuts the gas pains in your stomach. When washing throw rugs, I rinse them in vinegar and it creates a sort of stain resistance (also rugs after you shampoo as stated above).  I used to put some vinegar in a solution with some mouthwash and soap detergent to keep the flies off my horse.  I use it in an ear wash for my dog .. It kills bacteria.  I would never be without it!
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