alternative uses http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/15398/all en-US 15 Refreshing Ways to Use Mint http://www.wisebread.com/15-refreshing-ways-to-use-mint <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-refreshing-ways-to-use-mint" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5974262259_a99bb9972c_z.jpg" alt="peppermint plant" title="peppermint plant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As far as herbs go, peppermint is wholly underused in my humble opinion.</p> <p>But recently I&rsquo;ve started picking up the herb when I stock up on the usual suspects for my fridge, like basil, rosemary, and cilantro, and I have to admit that I&rsquo;m totally stoked by all the applications mint has.</p> <p>Primarily I use it to make a water-based metabolism-boosting drink that also features lemon and fresh ginger. But even after two or three pitchers per week, I have lots of mint leftover in the bunch. This abundance has forced me to discover other ways to use it up. Here are 15 of my favorites. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-uses-for-garlic-that-deserve-a-round-of-applause">15 Uses for Garlic That Deserve a Round of Applause</a>)</p> <h2>1. Keep Mice Away</h2> <p>I live in New York City, and when I was thinking of planting a garden in the backyard, I was advised to plant a bed of mint because it deters rats. Same goes for household mice. The vermin despise it, and they&rsquo;ll steer clear of any area it&rsquo;s in.</p> <h2>2. Relieve Cramps</h2> <p>Mint has natural digestive properties that help relax tract muscle and relieve cramping. So when your tummy hurts, mix mint into a soothing liquid drink like hot tea or warm water spiked with lemon.</p> <h2>3. Soothe Your Feet</h2> <p>The refreshing, tingly sensation you experience when you eat mint comes from the menthol it contains. To give your feet a pick-me-up, chop up a cup of mint leaves and combine with a cup of sea salt and one-third cup of olive oil. Scrub away.</p> <h2>4. Reduce Headache Pain</h2> <p>Use mint to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-beat-a-killer-headache-with-stuff-you-have-around-the-house">reduce headache pain</a> the same way you would to relieve cramps. Infuse your hot tea with mint or add mint to a glass of water and drink it.</p> <h2>5. Prevent Infections</h2> <p>Mint is known to slow down &mdash; and sometimes completely stop &mdash; bacteria and fungus from growing in the body because of its antibacterial properties. A diet that includes mint may give your body the boost it needs to ward off certain infections, like athlete&rsquo;s foot, for instance.</p> <h2>6. Open Up Your Airways</h2> <p>Have a stuffy nose? Put mint in a pot of boiling water or hot tea and breathe in the spicy menthol to open up your passages. It works much like Vicks VapoRub, only peppermint is cheaper and all natural.</p> <h2>7. Relieve Stress</h2> <p>Mint has been linked to feelings of calmness and reduced levels of stress.</p> <h2>8. Potential Cancer Preventative</h2> <p>Studies are ongoing, but <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/peppermint">peppermint may help prevent</a> certain types of cancer, including those that affect the skin, lungs, and colon. The research is currently inconclusive, but hopefully there will be sufficient evidence in the future that will give us another weapon to fight the deadly disease.</p> <h2>9. Spice Up a Salad</h2> <p>Want to add a little zing to your summer salad? Tear up a few leaves and toss them in with your other greens, fruits, and veggies for a surprise that&rsquo;ll make your taste buds sing.</p> <h2>10. Make Grooming Products</h2> <p>With mint oils you can give a fresh scent to homemade soaps and shampoos that will save you lots of money over store-bought products. You can usually find these essential oils in a craft or natural food store.</p> <h2>11. Add to Ice Cubes</h2> <p>If your mint is in danger of rotting, put one leaf in each cube of an ice tray and freeze for later. Add a minty cube to water, lemonade, and iced tea for an instant refresher.</p> <h2>12. Refresh Your Face</h2> <p>Add mint leaves to a large bowl of cold water and let them steep for an hour or so in the fridge. Take it out, submerge your face, and experience the refreshing rush of this natural cleanser.</p> <h2>13. Freshen Your Carpet</h2> <p>Sprinkle a mixture of dried mint and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">baking soda</a> on your carpet, let it sit for an hour, and then vacuum it up for a room that smells fresh and fantastic.</p> <h2>14. Make an Air Freshener</h2> <p>Mix mint with other fresh flowers and herbs for a homemade potpourri that will leave your house smelling bright and clean. For an easy mint potpourri recipe, try <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ehow.com/how_7353502_make-mint-potpourri.html">this pick from eHow</a>.</p> <h2>15. Refresh Your Breath</h2> <p>Add mint oil to a baking soda/peroxide mixture to create a tasty homemade toothpaste that will freshen your breath and whiten your teeth.</p> <p><em>Have more usual uses for mint that we should know about? Please share them with us in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-refreshing-ways-to-use-mint">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-on-budget-while-eating-paleo">How to Stay on Budget While Eating Paleo</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-less-sugar-with-these-10-simple-tricks">Eat Less Sugar With These 10 Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hydration-packs">The 5 Best Hydration Packs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty alternative uses home remedies mint Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:24:31 +0000 Mikey Rox 965735 at http://www.wisebread.com Almost 40 Everyday Things You Can Wash in the Dishwasher http://www.wisebread.com/almost-40-everyday-things-you-can-wash-in-the-dishwasher <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/almost-40-everyday-things-you-can-wash-in-the-dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4841984357_056e22eb5b_z_0.jpg" alt="dishwasher" title="dishwasher" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My normally mild-mannered friend recently had an apoplectic fit when his dishwasher broke.</p> <p>&ldquo;Aren&rsquo;t you being just a little dramatic about this?&rdquo; I asked him. &ldquo;You live alone and you rarely cook. Really, how many dishes are you going to have hand wash until your next paycheck when you can pay for a new dishwasher?&rdquo;</p> <p>My friend, who is a professional organizer who works with hoarders, rolled his eyes at me. &ldquo;What you call a dishwasher, I call a multi-purpose cleaning apparatus.&rdquo;</p> <p>He then proceeded to school me on the fact that an Energy Star rated dishwasher can be used to speed clean a variety of household objects with just four gallons of water per load &mdash; less water than hand washing each item! Who knew?</p> <p>Here are some of the things he washes in the dishwasher instead of by hand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashers">The 5 Best Dishwashers</a>)</p> <h2>Plastic Toys</h2> <p>Legos, Frisbees, and action figures can be washed on the top rack. Put small toys into a mesh lingerie bag to keep them from falling to the bottom of the dishwasher and melting on the heating element.</p> <h2>Your Dog&rsquo;s Gear</h2> <p>In addition to the dog dish, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-diy-dog-toys-you-can-make-for-pennies">dog toys</a>, nylon collars, leashes, and harnesses are all good candidates for the dishwasher. (Don&rsquo;t wash leather or rhinestones). Thoroughly and immediately dry metal hardware to prevent rust.</p> <h2>Baseball Caps</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever wrecked a favorite baseball cap by warping it in the regular washing machine, then you&rsquo;ll recognize the genius of washing your sports head gear in the dishwasher using a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Original-Sports-Cap-Washer/dp/B0013FGVW2">cap washer</a> instead.</p> <h2>Other Sporting Gear</h2> <p>In addition to your caps, you can also wash athletic gear like shin guards and padding in the dishwasher on the top rack. When washing athletic gear, do not use detergent and remember not to use the dry cycle.</p> <p>Wash your mouth guard in the silverware compartment.</p> <h2>Personal Hygiene Tools and Supplies</h2> <p>Many people regularly wash their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">toothbrushes</a> in the dishwasher to kill bacteria.</p> <p>Actually, as long as they are made of plastic, you can also wash brushes, combs, and make-up applicators in the dishwasher, too. Just remove all the hair from the brush first for obvious reasons.</p> <h2>Assorted Footwear</h2> <p>Flip-flops, garden clogs, rain boots, and galoshes can all be washed in the dishwasher. Remove any liners first. Really dirty rubber shoes can be pre-rinsed in the shower. (Do this while you are waiting for the water to heat up to save water). Crocs, however, should only be hand washed in cold water.</p> <h2>Assorted Household Vents and Covers</h2> <p>Electrical outlet covers and switch plates are often shockingly filthy. Wash these on the top rack along with plastic fan blades and grilles.</p> <p>Your dishwasher will do a handy job of cleaning all the hard to reach corners of your vent covers and (small) window screens, provided that they fit. Ditto your refrigerator shelves and drawers.</p> <h2>Tools</h2> <p>Tools can be washed in the dishwasher (as long as they don&rsquo;t have wooden handles). Just make sure to thoroughly and immediately dry your tools to prevent rust. Garden tools or pots that have come in contact with chemicals should not be washed with dishes! Do an extra rinse cycle to avoid cross contamination. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher">How to Clean Your Dishwasher</a>)</p> <h2>Cabinet Knobs and Pulls</h2> <p>Intricate knobs from your kitchen or bathroom can be quickly cleaned in the silverware basket. By the way, anything made of brass should never see the inside of a dishwasher.</p> <h2>Canning Jars</h2> <p>A dishwasher is a great way to sterilize <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sanity-saving-ideas-for-canning-jars">glass jars</a> before canning. However, regardless of what random people on the internet tell you, you <em>cannot</em> use your dishwasher to process your preserves! The water does not get hot enough to destroy microorganisms.</p> <h2>Cleaning Supplies</h2> <p>Clean your cleaning supplies. Along with keeping your kitchen sponges stink-free, scrub brushes, the dustpan, vacuum attachments, and other housekeeping tools can be refreshed by a run through the dishwasher.</p> <p>Wash small waste paper baskets and compost bins in the dishwasher.</p> <h2>Dinner</h2> <p>Although my friend has never <a target="_blank" href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/cooking/bob-blumers-dishwasher-salmon-recipe-00000000022899/index.html?xid=yshi-RS-062012-dishwasher-use">steamed a fish</a> in his dishwasher, he does admit to running a load of potatoes and yams during the holidays. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the real secret behind my latkes.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>What weird things have you washed in the dishwasher?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/almost-40-everyday-things-you-can-wash-in-the-dishwasher">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dishwasher-smells-bad-heres-how-to-fix-it">Dishwasher Smells Bad? Here&#039;s How to Fix It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-the-mouth-14-uses-for-dental-floss">Beyond the Mouth: 14 Uses for Dental Floss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quickly-removing-scratches-from-cds-and-dvds">Quickly Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips alternative uses cleaning supplies dishwasher Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:24:33 +0000 Max Wong 965683 at http://www.wisebread.com Kitchen Hacks: I Can Make This in That? http://www.wisebread.com/kitchen-hacks-i-can-make-this-in-that <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/kitchen-hacks-i-can-make-this-in-that" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3317750818_7491fb9ab8_z.jpg" alt="man in kitchen" title="man in kitchen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When the buzz started building around Pinterest early this year, I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. The last thing I needed was another social network in my life. But I have to say &mdash; Pinterest is a revelation. I make a new recipe that I&rsquo;ve posted to my boards almost every night of the week, and I&rsquo;ve learned lots of cool life hacks that have saved me time and money. One of the neatest parts of Pinterest is finding new ways to use old things &mdash; specifically in the kitchen. Here are some of my favorite finds using what I have laying around for something entirely unexpected. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/another-36-uses-for-tin-foil">Another 36 Uses for Tin Foil</a>)</p> <h2>Buttermilk Ice Cubes</h2> <p>When I buy a carton of buttermilk, I use a cup or two, and the rest spoils in the fridge. To <a href="http://homesteadrevival.blogspot.com/2012/01/freezing-buttermilk.html">make your buttermilk last so you can enjoy every last drop</a>, fill up an ice tray with the leftover liquid, freeze it, and thaw it when you&rsquo;re in need. Each cube equals about two tablespoons of liquid. This is also a great way to preserve fresh herbs in olive oil.</p> <h2>Freezer Jam</h2> <p>Love fresh jam but hate the time-intensive process of cooking and canning? <a href="http://frugalliving.about.com/od/foodsavings/qt/Freezer_Jam.htm">Freezer jam</a> is the solution to that problem. The process is easy. First, wash, hull, and stem the fruit; then mash it in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine sugar and pectin until well blended. Add the pectin mix to the fruit and let it stand for three minutes. Pour the mixture into jars, screw on the lids, and let it stand for 30 minutes before putting it into the fridge or freezer. The resulting jam can be stored in the freezer for up to a year and lasts in the fridge for up to three weeks.</p> <h2>Slow-Cooker Bread</h2> <p>My dad bought my mom a bread machine for Christmas one year. She made three loaves, then put it in her special cupboard where appliances go to die. Waste of money. If she had known how to make slow-cooker bread &mdash; using the Crock-Pot she already had &mdash; my dad might&rsquo;ve used that extra money to win big at the casino and buy me a new car. But I digress. To <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5914675/bake-bread-faster-in-a-crock-pot">make slow-cooker bread</a>, put a pound of ready-made refrigerated or fresh dough in the pot and bake it on high for an hour or so, checking it for doneness &mdash; by sticking a toothpick in it &mdash; at the 45-minute mark.</p> <h2>Tin Can Cake</h2> <p>Instead of rinsing out the tin can from which you just emptied corn and tossing it in the recycling bin, hold on to it &mdash; so you can make the cutest individual cakes ever. The <a href="http://ohhappyday.com/2012/02/mini-cakes-diy/">instructions for making a tin-can cake</a> are exactly the same as any other vessel &ndash; wash it, grease it, fill it, bake it &mdash; except the resulting mini-cake is far and away more adorable.</p> <h2>Mason Jar Smoothies</h2> <p>Did you know that <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/new-uses-for-old-things/you-need-blender-jar-10000000699904/index.html">most standard blender blades screw onto a Mason jar perfectly</a>? When you want to make a smoothie without dirtying the blender <i>and</i> a glass from which to drink it, prepare the ingredients in a Mason jar, screw on the blender blade, pop it onto the blender motor, and puree away. You can use this hack for lots of other blendable items like salsa and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-and-affordable-salad-dressing-recipes">dressings</a>, too. Now they go from blender to fridge with nothing to clean up until the jar is empty.</p> <h2>Canning Lid Eggs</h2> <p>If you like egg sandwiches, you probably grapple with the issue of how to get scrambled eggs to be the exact size as your English muffin or biscuit. <a href="http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/2011/05/what-to-do-with-unused-canning-rings/">Mason jar lids are the answer to keeping the runny liquid contained</a>, so the eggs stay the round in shape, just like the sandwich rolls.</p> <h2>Muffin Pan Hard-Boiled Eggs</h2> <p>Tired of wasting time waiting for water to boil? To <a href="http://www.theburlapbag.com/2012/03/make-hard-boiled-eggs-in-the-oven/">make easier-than-ever hard-boiled eggs</a>, place fresh eggs in a muffin tin in a 325- to 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. In the pan, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">eggs</a> won&rsquo;t bump into each other from vigorously boiling water, so premature cracking is almost nonexistent.</p> <h2>Bell Pepper Dip Cups</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t pull a separate bowl out of the cabinet for your veggie dip. Instead, cut the top off a bell pepper, hollow it out, and serve the dip in <a href="http://www.mundochica.com/comida-divertida/">this fresh, colorful, edible bowl</a> that Mother Nature made.</p> <h2>Peppermint Bark in a Silicone Mold</h2> <p>I love, love, looooove this idea &mdash; and I can&rsquo;t wait to make this <a href="http://www.onceuponaplate1.com/2010/12/peppermint-bark-snowflakes.html">peppermint bark in a silicone mold</a> for my annual holiday party this year. Use a snowflake (or other festively shaped) silicone mold to make homemade bark or chocolates by filling the mold with melted dark chocolate, followed by white chocolate, then topping with crushed candy canes. They look like something you&rsquo;d pay a pretty penny for at a chocolate shop, but I bet they&rsquo;ll taste much better because you made them.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Pumpkin Beverage Cooler</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/275573/pumpkin-carving-and-decorating-ideas/@center/276965/halloween#slide_19">Cut a large pumpkin in half, hollow it out, and fill it with drinks and ice</a>. Easy breezy. Your guests will be impressed.</p> <p><em>What common items are you making in unexpected contraptions? Let us all know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kitchen-hacks-i-can-make-this-in-that">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/milking-it-5-easy-homemade-cheeses">Milking It: 5 Easy Homemade Cheeses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-fantastic-uses-for-apples">23 Fantastic Uses for Apples</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/out-of-the-frying-pan-24-unusual-uses-for-butter">Out of the Frying Pan: 24 Unusual Uses for Butter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink Home alternative uses easy recipes kitchen hacks Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:36:42 +0000 Mikey Rox 954471 at http://www.wisebread.com Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2206957188_186f11f60b_z.jpg" alt="bathroom" title="bathroom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a kid, I used to love using other people's bathrooms &mdash; there was always a new, exotic array of creams, cleaners, and conditioners to stare at, wondering &ldquo;What's this for?&rdquo; (And, in some cases, &ldquo;Why does this [insert: soap, lotion, powder] smell so flipping awful?&rdquo;)</p> <p>These days, I still get a little excited about the products we keep in our bathrooms &mdash; but now, it's because I like discovering alternative uses for everyday things (OK, I still like to know what other people's lotions smell like, too). I've collected tips from around Wise Bread and the web to help you make the most of your bathroom products. So whether you want to get more life out of the stuff you own or are out of something and need to find a substitute, read on for great ways to get more out of everything in your bathroom. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-%E2%80%9Cyuck%E2%80%9D-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom From &quot;Yuck&quot; to Yes!</a>)</p> <h2>Bar Soap</h2> <p>Yeah, you can use a bar of soap to make things smell nice and clean, but it can also help you keep things smelling nice in another way &mdash; if you hang it up outside, bar soap can help <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-a-skunk-without-losing-your-dignity">deter skunks</a>. Prefer liquid soap to bar soap? You can follow this tutorial for turning <a href="http://www.savvyhousekeeping.com/how-to-turn-a-bar-of-soap-into-liquid-hand-soap/">bar soap into liquid</a>. There are plenty more alternative uses for bar soap, too &mdash; like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nine-frugal-suggestions-for-a-humble-bar-of-soap">these nine</a>.</p> <h2>Bobby Pins</h2> <p>From pulling zippers to holding hems, check out Myscha's piece on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-practical-uses-for-bobby-pins">25 uses for bobby pins</a>.</p> <h2>Comb</h2> <p>I fondly remember <a href="http://nicholasacademy.com/scienceexperiment293combkazoo.html">making a comb into a musical instrument</a> as a kid. Real Simple has seven more <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/new-uses-for-old-things/news-uses-for-comb-00000000029987/index.html">uses for combs</a> &mdash; including using a (clean) comb to create some awesome cake-frosting texture.</p> <h2>Conditioner</h2> <p>Personally, I'm a soap-and-water shaver. But one thing I remember from my days of reading teen magazines was the suggestion of swapping in conditioner for shave cream when you're in a pinch. Since conditioner is, at heart, a moisturizer, it can also be used as a stand-in for lotion, or even to grease up stuck things like zippers or rings trapped on fingers (because, come on, do you really want to cover your wedding ring in butter?).</p> <h2>Cotton Balls</h2> <p>Stylelist has a great list of alternative <a href="http://www.stylelist.com/chris-barnes/5-new-uses-cotton-balls_b_1400319.html">uses for cotton balls</a>; my favorite detials how you can use cotton balls to make daffodils last longer.</p> <h2>Deodorant</h2> <p>The Coupon High recommends a few <a href="http://www.thecouponhigh.net/6-alternative-uses-for-deodorant/">uses for deodorant</a>, including drying pimples.</p> <h2>Floss</h2> <p>Our own Linsey Knerl has already listed 14 great <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-the-mouth-14-uses-for-dental-floss">uses for floss</a>, including hanging photos, precision cake cutting, and even baby delivery (um, don't try that at home?).</p> <h2>Hairbrush</h2> <p>Over at Yahoo! Voices, Angela Vee lists a few different <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/how-recycle-old-hair-brushes-3184448.html">ways to use old hairbrushes</a>. Most of them are for (big surprise) brushing other things, but I especially like her suggestion of using an old brush to work dirt out of messy kids' clothes (or adult clothes, because sometimes, you just have to jump in a mud puddle no matter what your age is).</p> <h2>Hairdryer</h2> <p>I've always liked using my hair dryer as a way to dry clothes in a pinch, but that's a pretty obvious use. For more creative options, take a look at this Instructables guide on <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/13-Unusual-Uses-for-a-Hair-Dryer/">ways to use a hair dryer</a>.</p> <h2>Liquid Soap</h2> <p>If your liquid soap is Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner's), you can dilute it and use it as a household cleaner, add a &frac14; cup to your laundry in place of regular detergent, or even use it as a toothpaste.</p> <h2>Lotion</h2> <p>When I'm having a particularly frizzy hair day (such as every day that I'm on the East Coast), I'll often use a little bit of lotion to help tame the curly beast. Like the aforementioned conditioner, it can also be used when you need to moisturize other things (like hair) or get stuck things unstuck.</p> <h2>Mouthwash</h2> <p>Our Nora Dunn compiled a list of 19 <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-money-saving-uses-for-mouthwash">uses for mouthwash</a>, from treating bruises to cleaning glass. Mouthwash also factors into Paul's secret <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">lawn tonic recipe</a>, which uses other common ingredients that you (hopefully) don't keep in your bathroom, like beer.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Nail Polish</h2> <p>I was first introduced to the magic of nail polish when my 3<sup>rd</sup> grade teacher took a bottle out of her desk to help stop a run in her stockings; all you need to do is paint a little clear polish around the hole. Mikey compiled 14 other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-alternative-uses-for-nail-polish">uses for nail polish</a> &mdash; as someone who has done a lot of sewing, using nail polish to help thread a needle is one of my favorite tips.</p> <h2>Razors</h2> <p>Even though it's probably not great for the blade, I'll sometimes use my bathroom razor to cut loose threads off of clothing. But if you're a straight-razor user, you have several <a href="http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/interior/4280993">more options available to you</a>.</p> <h2>Shampoo</h2> <p>If you've spilled grease or oil on your clothing, try pouring a bit of shampoo on, rubbing it in, and rinsing. This works best immediately after the spill. <a href="http://www.rd.com/home/how-to-use-shampoo-14-ways/">Readers Digest</a> also recommends a bit of shampoo for shining up leather shoes and purses (just rub a little on it with a clean cloth) and washing things other than hair, like delicates or hair brushes.</p> <h2>Shaving Cream</h2> <p>Well, I know that performers will often use shaving cream as an inexpensive alternative for whipped cream when they want to hit someone in the face with a pie. That might not be the most practical use, but <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-new-use-for-shaving-cream-99998">Apartment Therapy</a> has another great suggestion &mdash; mixing shaving cream with bleach to help keep the cleaner in place when removing mildew from grout.</p> <h2>Toilet Paper</h2> <p>Of course, toilet paper can be used for tissues (and vice versa). But if you really want to get fancy...check out this <a href="http://blog.toiletpaperworld.com/the-5th-annual-toilet-paper-wedding-dress-contest-winner/">toilet paper wedding dress</a>.</p> <h2>Toothbrush</h2> <p>Just because a toothbrush isn't great for cleaning your teeth anymore doesn't mean it's kaput. Used toothbrushes are great for scrubbing hard-to-reach areas around the house, like between tiles or behind the faucet. Or if you're looking for a fun project to do with your kids, try this <a href="http://www.evilmadscientist.com/2007/bristlebot-a-tiny-directional-vibrobot/">toothbrush robot</a>.</p> <h2>Toothpaste</h2> <p>From removing stains to relieving itchy bug bites, Nora Dunn has gathered 20 great <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/two-dozen-uses-for-toothpaste-aside-from-cleaning-your-teeth">alternative uses for toothpaste</a>.</p> <h2>Witch&nbsp;Hazel</h2> <p>You might know the stuff primarily as an astringent, but Paul has detailed 14 other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">great uses for witch hazel</a>.</p> <p><em>What did I miss? Share your favorite alternative uses for bathroom products in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/absolut-repurposing-17-uses-for-vodka">Absolut Repurposing: 17 Uses for Vodka</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease">Are we too clean for our own good?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-onions">10 Great Uses for Onions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Health and Beauty Home alternative uses bathroom shampoo soap Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:36:40 +0000 Meg Favreau 945906 at http://www.wisebread.com Beyond the Mouth: 14 Uses for Dental Floss http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-the-mouth-14-uses-for-dental-floss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beyond-the-mouth-14-uses-for-dental-floss" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/422350861_5c4ca971d6_z.jpg" alt="woman flossing" title="woman flossing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s a common staple in a bathroom cabinet, well-stocked purse, or occasionally the center console of a very hygienic person&rsquo;s automobile. We&rsquo;re talking dental floss, and while it&rsquo;s not as cheap per inch as your typical household string, its uses can be almost identical. In addition to using it to tie things together in a pinch, I&rsquo;ve found over a dozen additional unique ways to use this wonderful stuff. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-money-saving-uses-for-mouthwash">19 Money-Saving Uses for Mouthwash</a>)</p> <h2>1. Unstick Stuff</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve discovered your old photos have become stuck together by moisture or spills, you might try prying them apart gently with some clean floss, running the floss between the two photos. This trick also works for postage stamps; you&rsquo;ll get the best results if you work while they are still wet.</p> <h2>2. Hang Pictures</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1593203,00.html">This Old House</a> credits floss for keeping wall hangings where they belong. (Their general contractor, Tom Silva, likes to use it in place of braided wire; it won&rsquo;t scratch wall paint!) Floss can also be used to hang up holiday ornaments or decorations in your window.</p> <h2>3. Close Connections</h2> <p>Tom also recommends it as a cheaper alternative to Teflon tape, which is commonly used to seal gaps in screwed-together pipe pieces. Simply &ldquo;wind a length around the fitting&rsquo;s threads half a dozen turns before screwing it on.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s handy!</p> <h2>4. Tie a Trunk</h2> <p>The same This Old House article swear by floss as a way to keep trunks from flying up if overloaded with shopping goods or tools. It&rsquo;s recommended that you give it at least 10 loops for added strength. (I also suggest taking it <em>easy</em> on the way home.)</p> <h2>5. Sew a Button</h2> <p>Floss can be easier to work with than thin thread. Keeping it in a small envelope, along with a needle with a large eye, just may save the day the next time you lose a button. Stash the envelope in your purse or wallet in case of emergency!</p> <h2>6. Cut the Cake</h2> <p>Growing up, my great aunt used dental floss to cut perfect pieces of cake. It&rsquo;s great for multi-layer desserts; the lines are clean, and it can be tossed when everything is divvied up! Simply wrap each end of the floss around your fingers, and apply even pressure as you press down on the dessert. This also works for soft cheeses and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">hard-boiled eggs</a>.</p> <h2>7. Hang Your Dainties</h2> <p>While most hotel rooms come equipped with pull-out clothes lines over the shower, some still haven&rsquo;t made the upgrade. Get around this oversight with your own DIY line &mdash; tie it from the shower rod to a high-placed towel bar or cabinet knob.</p> <h2>8. Save Your Baked Goods</h2> <p>If your well-done cookies have a tendency to crumble, use a gentler technique than a spatula to pry them from the cookie sheet. Slowly slide dental floss under the edge of your cookie or biscuit, and work it back and forth between the pan and your baked creation. It takes a bit longer than traditional scraping methods, but should keep your goodies intact.</p> <h2>9. Shut a Suitcase</h2> <p>Zippers and locks are known to fail &mdash; especially on luggage while in the airport. To keep your stuff together in a flash, dental floss can be used to string together flaps and pockets that otherwise won&rsquo;t snap or clasp. With new TSA regulations that make it more difficult to &ldquo;lock&rdquo; your carry-on bags, dental floss can be a lifesaver for those unexpected &ldquo;valet&rdquo; checks that can occur as you board. Use it to add an extra layer of protection for your gear.</p> <h2>10. Crafting for Kids</h2> <p>Little hands have a difficult time making jewelry and beaded arts with standard beading wire or thread. Give small crafters a hand by equipping them with extra-waxy floss. It&rsquo;s easier to grip, and kids can safely make their own lengths with the cutter on the box.</p> <h2>11. Put Your Hair Up</h2> <p>If you find that your hair tie has broken unexpectedly, or a windy day has left you in need of a way to contain, consider <a href="http://gomestic.com/homemaking/30-unique-uses-for-dental-floss/#ixzz1r34f5geG">Gomestic&rsquo;s tip</a> of tying it back with floss. It won&rsquo;t rip or pull like an office rubber band. It will also be less noticeable than a gaudy off-color scrunchie.</p> <h2>12. Help Deliver a Baby</h2> <p>While you&rsquo;ll likely never have to use it to tie off an umbilical cord, it&rsquo;s good to know floss can do the trick. (<a href="http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/04/04/2788150/woman-bound-for-fresno-gives-birth.html">This woman</a> likely could have benefited from a clean length of floss.) Floss can also be used in stopping bleeding by cutting off blood flow &mdash; if nothing else will work, of course.</p> <h2>13. Support Stems</h2> <p>Plants that grow faster than their stems can keep up with may slump over. To keep plants from breaking off, use dental floss to tie them to a stick or stake firmly planted in the ground next to the plant. (You can also keep vines in place on a trellis or awning with this method.)</p> <h2>14. Tie Up the Turkey</h2> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have any kitchen twine, and the thought of using your &ldquo;household&rdquo; string grosses you out, consider a cleaner option &mdash; dental floss! <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/7-amazing-uses-dental-floss-247439.html?cat=6">Yahoo!</a> suggests using it the same way you would your culinary variety to tie up turkey or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-chicken-leg-quarters">chicken legs</a> for perfect roasting or broiling.</p> <p>Floss can almost always stand in for string, but it may not be more affordable or prudent to do so. For those times away from home or when &ldquo;standard&rdquo; string isn&rsquo;t clean enough, consider floss the ultimate solution.</p> <p><em>How have you used floss in a unique way?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-the-mouth-14-uses-for-dental-floss">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quickly-removing-scratches-from-cds-and-dvds">Quickly Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY General Tips alternative uses dental home improvement Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:24:21 +0000 Linsey Knerl 921423 at http://www.wisebread.com Absolut Repurposing: 17 Uses for Vodka http://www.wisebread.com/absolut-repurposing-17-uses-for-vodka <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/absolut-repurposing-17-uses-for-vodka" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/absolut.jpg" alt="Girl with vodka bottle" title="Girl with vodka bottle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="137" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In college, I studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. In a place where you can buy a liter of some of the finest vodka for only $3 and street stands sell bottles of the drink for 50 cents, it's no surprise that I came across some odd uses for the vodka while abroad. Here are ways (besides drinking) to make the most of it. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cocktail-time-great-budget-liquors">Cocktail Time: Great Budget Liquors</a>)</p> <h2>Household Cleaning</h2> <p>Did your in-laws just call giving you a 10-minute warning that they're on their way over &mdash; and you're all out of cleaning supplies? For the following remedies, mix one part vodka to three parts water in a spray bottle for any of the following cleaning methods. Then let sit and wipe clean with a damp cloth.</p> <p><strong>1. Shine and Polish Most Surfaces and Jewelry</strong></p> <p>Porcelain, glass, chrome, stainless steel, and most metals can be polished with the help of vodka. (Always be sure to test an out-of-sight spot on any surface you're unsure of.) And don't try to clean any sensitive jewelry, like pearls, opals, and porous jewels with vodka.</p> <p><strong>2. Remove Soap Scum</strong></p> <p>Whether it's on your bathtub, shower, sink, or faucet, soap scum can be easily removed with vodka.</p> <p><strong>3. Clean and Kill Mildew</strong></p> <p>You know the pink mildew that builds up on your bathroom caulk? The vodka's alcohol will kill it.</p> <p><strong>4. Clean Mirrors and Windows</strong></p> <p>Vodka works wonders in removing everything from toothpaste to hairspray from your mirrors and things like kids' fingerprints and dog-nose prints from your windows.</p> <p><strong>5. Remove Glue (and Other Sticky Stuff)</strong></p> <p>When the price tag glue on your newest purchase stubbornly refuses to budge, dab a bit of vodka on it and let sit for a few minutes before rubbing off with a wet washcloth. It even works on bumper sticker adhesive.</p> <h2>Plants and Pets</h2> <p>Vodka is useful for cleaning and killing problems caused by plants and pets.</p> <p><strong>6. Kill Weeds</strong></p> <p>Dandelions can be killed with the help of vodka. Mix a half a cup of vodka and four cups of water in a bottle and thoroughly spray the weeds in your yard. Make sure the sun is bright; the alcohol and sun will work to dehydrate the weed and kill them for good.</p> <p><strong>7. Kill Pests</strong></p> <p>Next time you trap a bee in your windowsill, spray some vodka/water on it to kill it. And aphids can be killed on plants by spraying the plants with a well-diluted vodka solution (one teaspoon of vodka for each cup of water is best).</p> <p><strong>8. Remove Pet Odors</strong></p> <p>If your cat or dog stunk up your carpet, spray the spot with one part vodka to four parts water, and let dry.</p> <h2>Laundry</h2> <p>Vodka dries without an odor and is extremely useful in doing your laundry. Here are two ways it helps.</p> <p><strong>9. Remove Stains</strong></p> <p>Treat ink, lipstick, and grass/plant <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-homemade-stain-removers-that-kick-butt">stains</a> with a bit of vodka. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before throwing in the washing machine with the rest of your laundry.</p> <p><strong>10. Clean Mildewy and Moldy Towels</strong></p> <p>If your bath towels, washcloths, and kitchen towels are smelling a little rank, put a half to full cup of vodka in with your regular wash to remove the smell.</p> <h2>Personal Hygiene</h2> <p>You probably don't feel the most hygienic after drinking too much vodka, but the alcohol can actually be used in several hygienic ways.</p> <p><strong>11. Use as a Toner</strong></p> <p>Most toners contain a large percentage of alcohol. So, if you're in a pinch, apply vodka to your face with a cotton ball before showering.</p> <p><strong>12. Cure Dandruff</strong></p> <p>Cleanse your hair with a mixture of rosemary and a few tablespoons of vodka to prevent and cure dandruff.</p> <p><strong>13. Make Mouthwash</strong></p> <p>This <a href="http://ecosnobberysucks.com/2011/04/simple-tasty-home-made-mouth-wash-recipe/" title="mouthwash recipe">mouthwash recipe</a> calls for vodka, baking soda, water, Stevia, and herbs. I've also seen similar recipes that omit the baking soda and Stevia, and instead use cinnamon, vodka, and water. Try experimenting to find the best proportions for you. Just be sure to avoid swallowing.</p> <h2>Medicine</h2> <p>These are at-home alternative medicine treatments. Always consult your physician before trying to treat an ailment with a non-prescribed treatment.</p> <p><strong>14. Treat Earaches and Toothaches</strong></p> <p>In Russia, mothers used to put vodka in their children's ears and mouths for earaches and toothaches. I would never try this on my kid, but if the dentist can't see you until tomorrow, vodka treatment might be worth a try.</p> <p><strong>15. Treat Cold Sores</strong></p> <p>Supposedly, by treating your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-and-treat-cold-sores">cold sore</a> with a bit of vodka, the alcohol will dry up the sore.</p> <p><strong>16. Relieve Jellyfish Stings</strong></p> <p>If you're at the beach and would rather avoid a <a title="Friends: &quot;The One With The Jellyfish&quot;" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICUwFfadp00"><em>Friends</em> moment</a>, grab the vodka and pour it over the sting instead.</p> <p><strong>17. Relieve Poison Ivy</strong></p> <p>If you've brought vodka on your camping-trip-gone-awry, use it to remove the plant's oils that cause the reaction.</p> <p><em>Have you ever used vodka for something other than drinking? What for? And did it work?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/absolut-repurposing-17-uses-for-vodka">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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