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Friday, January 11, 2013

Unique "Other Uses"

Every time I come across an "other use" for a product I become more curious -  how do people know this?  I guess it doesn't really matter how it is discovered - just that it has been discovered and we can benefit from it.

"Other Uses" is a great money and time saver.  If one product can be used for more than one purpose it cuts out the need to spend money on an additional product.  If a person is caught in a bind for a solution to a problem, the multi-use product eliminates the time factor in going out and purchasing a product to do the job.  It is a win-win situation.

The "Other Uses" listed below are from MSN Money.  They did the research and testing and give good backup for their findings.  Take a look to see if anything can be of help to you.
Duct tape 
 Discovering a nasty wart on your skin is no fun, but you don't have to travel to the doctor's office to get rid of it. In fact, you can cure it with the same stuff you use to repair broken objects or attach posters to the wall.

Three dermatologists we talked to confirmed that duct tape is an effective method for curing warts -- but don't worry, it's not used to rip them violently off your skin. Instead, just place a piece of tape over your wart and follow a simple routine, says Dr. Barbara Reed, a dermatologist with the Denver Skin Clinic in Colorado and a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado Hospital.

According to Reed, you should leave the tape on for six days, then remove it for about 12 hours. During the time the tape is off, soak the wart and gently scrub it with a pumice stone, emery board or metal file. After 12 hours, re-apply duct tape and repeat the entire process until the wart goes away.

"For some reason, the duct tape just irritates the heck out of it and the wart doesn't like that and your immune system gets fired up, so it really does work," explains Dr. Jeff Benabio, a dermatologist for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. Depending on the size and location of the wart, the duct tape method typically takes anywhere from two to six weeks before it disappears, Benabio adds.

 Getting globs of toothpaste on your personal items is probably something you try to avoid, so what we're about to tell you might seem a little strange: Toothpaste can be used to clean your jewelry.

"Just rub it in and rinse clean," says Erin Huffstetler, the Frugal Living writer for Huffstetler explains that toothpaste is "perfect for gently scrubbing away stains and grime" because it contains baking soda and other mild abrasives.

Feeling a bit skeptical, we tested this method for ourselves using a tube of Colgate to shine up a silver Tiffany bracelet. Lo and behold, it actually worked. Not only was the bracelet shinier, but we could also see the tarnish rub off on a paper towel as we wiped the bracelet. Some may argue the method isn't as effective as buying a professional jewelry cleanser, but toothpaste isn't a bad choice if you're short on cash and want to make a piece of jewelry sparkle.

Huffstetler warns, though, that toothpaste should not be used on anything that has pearls.


Alka-Seltzer is marketed as a way to relieve heartburn and acid indigestion, but the tablets, which contain aspirin, can also help soothe insect bites.

"The aspirin helps to exfoliate the little spot (where the insect bite is) for you, so if there's anything trapped, it allows it to be released," says Benabio, the San Diego dermatologist. "The aspirin itself is also anti-inflammatory, so it can reduce the inflammation."

To use, dissolve Alka-Seltzer in water and apply as a cool compress for 30 minutes, says Reed, of the University of Colorado Hospital.


Pencil erasers

One of the biggest frustrations with wearing earrings is dealing with the backs, which can easily fall off and get lost. And if you lose an earring back, you risk losing your earrings altogether.

A simple solution: Grab a fresh pencil eraser and cut it in half. Voila! You've created two perfectly good earring backs, says Picoli, of BijaBody.

We tested whether this really works, just to be sure, and it was actually quite effective. It might not be the most glamorous solution, but it's a good choice if you're in a bind.

It seems that MSN Money is spot on with their information.  The duct tape use may seem a bit odd - but if it is safe and it works - why not?!?
I have used a pencil eraser as an earring back and it works quite well.  As stated, it is not a fashion statement but it works.
So , we have learned something new.  I hope you keep these things in mind for that moment you need them.  It certainly does not involve life and death situations but they can help to keep it simple.
Meanwhile .... keep it simple and make it real.

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