Health & Beauty

Know when to toss a pillow

Even pillows have a lifespan. But how do you know when yours have reached the end of theirs? There’s one easy test to tell. Basically, just fold your pillow in half. If it pops back, it’s still fluffy and fresh. but if it stays folded, sorry, it’s too old...

Single-serve toothpaste, bug spray, etc.

Keep toothpaste, etc., in a straw

If you’re planning a camping trip, this is a handy tip to keep small portions of things like toothpaste, lotion, etc., safe and easy to access. Fill a straw (or a portion of it) and then heat the metal ends of needle-nose pliers. Use the heated pliers to  clamp...

Save trees while drying your hands


There is a TED talk about ways we can make the world a better place, including using fewer paper towels when we wash our hands at a public restroom. Instead of grabbing a handful of paper, shake your hands off — a lot — and when you pick up...

A better way to hang a shower caddy

Install a coat hook at the foot of your shower to hold your shower caddy. It’ll not only be easier to reach, but it will also keep drier and have less mildew over time.

Stop that sneeze!


To stop a sneeze, put your tongue on the roof of your mouth

Arm your first-aid kit with a red washcloth


This one is such a great idea I have to share it right now. Keep a red washcloth in your first aid kit. That way, if you’re tending to a child’s cut, they won’t freak out because it’s a red washcloth!

Keep on top of your medicine schedule

Medicine bottle tip

If you have a bottle of medicine you’re supposed to take for an extended period of time, here’s a solution for keeping track of your schedule. Just write a chart on the side of the bottle and mark off the dosages as you take them. Brilliant!

All oiled up

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Is the cold weather doing damage to your skin? If you have rough, cracked cuticles try putting some extra-virgin olive oil on them at night before you go to bed.

There’s wisdom in old pantyhose


This is probably the silliest tip I’ve ever been given, but I feel compelled to share it with you. A friend of mine (who I’ll leave nameless to protect his family) had wisdom teeth removed. The dentist told him to keep ice packs on both sides of his face....

Need a mint?

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A lot of people have probably heard that if you want to check your breath, you blow into your cupped hands and sniff. Well, here’s a better way. Lick your wrist and smell it. I’ve tried this and no question about it, this tip worked for me … I...

Sick of ticks?


Old wives tales to get rid of ticks, such as using a hot match or applying petroleum jelly or liquid soap, simply don’t work. You need to pull the tick straight out with tweezers. Don’t twist it or its mouth will separate and stay in the skin. But if...

Get rid of the dye


This tip is slightly gross, but it does the trick. If someone you know is dyeing their hair and gets dye on their skin, rub it with cigarette ash, then wipe it off with a clean towel. The ash will remove the dye from the skin! A friend of...