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Handy Tips: alternative uses for common products.

 
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Not sure if this is the correct forum for this, but it seems we all have little tricks and tips up our sleeves, and there should be a place to share them.

I am starting with standard toothpaste...(my apologies if this product is considered toxic gick) I have just discovered that this item is an ideal cleaning and polishing medium, for all sorts of things!  I had heard it may clear haze off the plastic lens covers for headlights; an issue with my 2005 Van.  Well, I am not sure how much difference it made on the headlights, but I accidentally got some AROUND the headlights, and was shocked at how shiny the finish was when I rinsed the toothpaste off, so I continued.

Damp cloth, small dab of toothpaste, rub it in, and magically all the baked on bugs, sap and other crude vanishes leaving an incredibly shiny finish, once rinsed with water.  No polish, no buffing, no drying - just rub on with the damp cloth and rinse off, including windows, mirrors, bumpers....the works.  When you think about it, toothpaste does contain very fine grit, to polish and clean your teeth - I assume, similar to the fancy "cut/polish" pastes available for automotive care, and likely toothpaste is whole lot LESS expensive and/or toxic.

To be clear, I am not one who normally washes their vehicle (less than once a year), only when the grime is deep enough for moss to start growing and the stuff starts turning green on the van!  But I highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking of selling a vehicle - less than a third of a tube of toothpaste any you will have a show room shine.  I am still coming up with a host of other things I can "clean" with toothpaste...who knew?
 
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Rice is a natural dehydrator. You may use it for preserving anything that needs low moisture.

Vinegar is great for so many things. Use it diluted in your hair as a hair softener, use it for pickles, add it to preserved food, use it for cleaning rust.

Sodium bicarbonate is good against bad odors, like the smelly sneakers.

Olive oil is a great fuel for candles, with little smoke and odor.
 
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