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Every Day Items With Unusually Diverse Uses

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You may have dismissed it as an old wive's tale or a silly invention that doesn't work, but have you ever tried using toothpaste to dry out a blemish? Or banana peels to remove warts, fertilize tomatoes, peppers and roses? Eating bananas, by the way, is thought to improve your ability to fall asleep as well as help those dry eyes of yours.
There are real reasons why every day items can work in a myriad of ways to promote healing, benefit your health and well being, as well as encourage the recycling of materials; or divert you away from buying so many commercial products and just use what you have on hand.

For example, instead of buying commercially sold air fresheners, using a combination of lemon and baking soda will eat up odors in a jiffy.
Here's the recipe:
Combine 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a bowl with 2 cups of water. Let the mixture fizz. When the fizzing subsides, stir well. Pour the mixture into a spritzer or spray bottle that produces a fine mist. Spray rooms and voila! Instant odor elimination (this recipe taken from Reader's Digest More Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things, 2009 p. 147).
Personally, the "Jewish Penicillin" really works for me. Being Jewish, I have had it many a time and can tell you, with all sincerity, that nothing eases congestion, fever, sore throat, bronchitis and flu like chicken soup.
Apparently, combination of steam rising from the broth and anti-inflammatory compounds in the broth slow the movement of white blood cells that spur the formation of mucus in the lungs and nose. Garlic contains antiviral sulfur compounds and has been said to boost the immune system.
Now, when it comes to beauty, we are goaded into spending a fortune by Madison Avenue and probably would do well with a little lipstick and petroleum jelly. Yes, you did read that. Petroleum jelly, otherwise known as Vaseline, mixed with just a little lipstick will last longer and give you that shiny look that you may pay much, much more for as a lip gloss.

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