Dryer sheet secret
• This facial mask is good enough to eat. You might have a hard time deciding whether you want the facial or the snack: Mix together one mashed ripe banana with three tablespoons of sugar, and apply liberally to face. Leave it on for about three minutes, and rinse with warm water. Follow with your favorite moisturizer.
• "Use old T-shirts as rags when you polish your silver and brass. They work really well, no scratching! I am doing this now to get everything ready for the holiday entertaining season." – E.L. in Maine
• Before cold weather settles in, remove summer dust buildup by vacuuming walls, baseboards, ceiling ductwork and high shelves. You can extend your reach with the cardboard core of a roll of gift-wrap. Just tape it to the end of your handle attachment.
• "I have a weekly meet-up group of girlfriends. We pick a project to work on each season or so. This season is organizing vacation and digital photos. We each bring a load of old photos or our computer to each others' houses in turn, and have a great time going through them, organizing and putting them in albums. It is less overwhelming to do it with friends. Plus, we have fun!" – R.E. in New Hampshire
• Use a Bundt pan to roast a chicken. Grease insides of pan. Simply season and prepare your bird, then slip the bird upright on the center, cavity down. Then fill the pan with veggies for a complete meal. Roast and enjoy.
• Protect your carpet, upholstery and artwork by drawing the blinds or curtains in windows that get direct sunlight. If you like to get the light and warmth in the cold months, use sheers to filter the light. Over time, even through a window, the light can fade and stain fabrics.
• Use this old trick to keep white canvas sneakers clean: Make a solution of water and cornstarch by mixing a heaping tablespoon in a pint of water. Spray it on the canvas and let dry. It dries on the canvas and creates a barrier so that dirt doesn't stick to the weave of the fabric. You also can use a fabric sealant spray for white and other colors.
• If you hang your pants on a hanger, you may have it all upside-down. Hang creased slacks clipped at the ankles. The weight of the waist keeps creases stiff, and wrinkles out.
• Sweater weather is here! To keep your fuzzy tops in shape, look no further than your medicine cabinet. Use a disposable razor to de-pill sweaters and keep them looking great.
• This fall and winter, if you're dealing with static, keep your cool and grab this hair helper from the laundry room: Rub a sheet of fabric softener over flyaway hairs, and watch that science-experiment hairdo disappear! The cold, dry weather coupled with indoor heating creates a perfect situation for static. The softener effectively banishes it.
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