HEALTH NEWS - Tips to Try & The Conspicuous Cucumber
•1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. Connected, they ripen faster.
•2. Peppers with three bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
•3. Peppers with four bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
•4. Use a wet cotton ball or Q-Tip to pick up small shards of glass you can't see easily.
•5. Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
•6. Sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper to keep squirrels away.
•7. Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip if you have a clingy skirt or dress.
•8. Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Pour out the hot water and add the sticky substance. It comes out easily.
•9. To warm biscuits, pancakes or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in the microwave with a cup of water. The water will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
•10. To get rid of pesky fruit flies, mix ½ cup apple cider vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid into a cup. Flies will be drawn to the cup and gone forever.
•11. Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so but it works and you don't have to worry about small children or pets.
•12. Remove the fine film on your dryer's lint filter with soapy water and a toothbrush. The film comes from the dryer sheets and may be responsible for burning out the heating unit. If you pour water on a filter laced with this invisible film, the water won't go through. Cleaning lengthens the life of your dryer.
•13. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day. Just one cucumber contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.
•14. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Eat a cucumber. It will provide a good pick-me-up that lasts for hours.
•15. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a slice of cucumber along the mirror. It will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
•16. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent that makes pests flee the area.
•17. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite or wrinkles. Rub a slice of cucumber on the problem spots. The photochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of wrinkles and cellulite.
•18. Rub a freshly cut cucumber over your shoe for a quick and durable shine that looks great and repels water.
•19. Rub a slice of cucumber along a squeaky hinge for silence.
•20. Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in boiling water. The chemicals and nutrients will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that can reduce stress.
•21. A slice of cucumber pressed to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds can remove bad breath.
•22. A slice of cucumber can bring shine to faucets, sinks or stainless steel.
•23. The skin of the cucumber can erase ink, crayon, and marker stains.
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