Sunday, July 29

Tips for Better Living and a Pic

I took these guys out of the pool skimmer this morning. Good thing I rescued them when I did. I don't think they were long for the world and they were sharing space with a dead mole. Ick. I think they said thanks.


I can't vouch for all of these, but most of them sound plausible. If you can verify any of them, let me know.

Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear...Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Kill fleas instantly...Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

Rainy day cure for dog odor ....Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Did You Know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-- even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer ... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover. Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ....cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.

Vinegar to heal bruises .... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief... It's not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.


panthergirl said...

Those are great! Although I can't remember hearing of anyone having a "boil" (ewww!) since I was a kid. Do people still get those?

Here via michele today!

Mr. Althouse said...

Why not? I'd buy that. I've heard of some of those and there is sound science behind them. Thanks for sharing...

Michele sent me,


yellojkt said...

Those poor frogs. I feel worse for the dead mole.

BreadBox said...

Hi Judy! Michele sent me to tell you about another one: using meat tenderizer on bad bug bites (it denaturizes the proteins in their venomous leavings) --- just don't use it on mucous membranes like the inside of the mouth, or.... it will not be pleasant!

If you are trying the Elmers Glue-All solution to splinters/slivers, make sure that you use a glue that won't adhere too strongly to skin! If you try this with superglue, all you get is a superglued finger!

Bob-kat said...

Some of them certainly sound like they would work don't they? :)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

WOW! Lots of great advice...!
THe only one I am totally familiar with is the Bail Polish on the screws on your glasses...!

But I also know that Adele Davis was a BIG believer in the healing powers of Cider Vinager and Honey!

You seem to get quite a few frogs as visitors, Judy...I seem to remember you have them as "guests"

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Forgot to say Michele sent me today, Judy.

Kay Dennison said...

Cute frog! Great remedies!

Mahala said...

That one frog looks a little like the one I found at work last summer.

Beverly said...

Those sound great! They probably are mostly valid. Some friends at my house said recently that a doctor told them to keep their skin moisturized, they simply needed to close the pores with some kind of oil and the body will moisturize itself. Makes sense. Remember when we used vaseline for everything? I still like their products.

We spend too much on the perfumed items, thinking they'll do the trick, when simple things will do.

Oh, I'm glad the frogs survived. They're such cute guys.

Jennie said...

I'll try anything to get rid of the wet dog smell...I really hate that one. My puppy just ate a Clorox wipe last week and that didn't seem to help any. ;)

Maria said...

I bet you didn't remember to kiss those frogs. I have a very certain feeling that at least one of them was a prince. It's okay though, cuz I think you already have a prince in Mr. Kenju

kenju said...

oooh, Maria, mr. kenju will LOVE that comment!

Carmi said...

Hey Judy. I am always struck by how sensible the "old style" remedies are. My grandmother was indeed right: I remember her following so many of these when I was a kid. She was like a walking encyclopedia for this kind of thing.

Michele says hi, BTW. Dropped in from her site today...I'm thankfully out of that horrid store!

PI said...

Thanks Judy! You have just reminded me why I no longer have pets!

PI said...

PS Definitely Monday!

michelle said...

these are cool.. will have to try the colgate one.. thanks michele sent me

Greg said...

This post is a "keeper", Kenju!


Cravey said...

The top 3 are for reals.

Joy Des Jardins said...

I've definitely heard of some of these, but haven't really tried any. Good list.

Shephard said...

These are great!

Shalomar said...

Hey, thanks for the tips. Hope to read more soon.

Have a great day.


Sandra Ferguson said...

The two for dogs . . . washing in Dawn dishwashing and the Bounce softner sheet, do in fact work.

But as a note, Dawn will only work if the flea infestation is not too bad. Just recently went through this (in our part of Texas it hadn't rained in almost two years--once it started raining, every flea hatched with enthusiasm) The Dawn helped, but actual medication from the VET was necessary. I can tell you from personal experience that the dog's coat will be shiner and healthy when using the Dawn.

The softner sheet will also help control mosquito bites on your pet during the summer months. Those pesky bugs don't like the smell of freshness.

AC said...

Do you reckon the gatorade stops a headache because so many headaches are from dehydration? Sneezing is a sign of dehyrdation too.