10 Alternate Uses For Brand Name Products

baking_soda1In today’s struggling economy it seems like we’re all looking for ways to save a back and cut back here or there and stretch what we have to it’s maximum potential. So I thought I’d lend a tip from personal experiences and experiments as well as a little ingenuity with the additional assistance of  some reference material to help you maximize your budget with items you probably already have in your household cabinets, pantries, refrigerator, medicine cabinets or garage. You’ll more than likely be amazed at all the things you can do with products you already own. So read on and discover some of these neat tips that you can apply and try them for yourself.

  • Parsons Ammonia Clean Jewelry

Soak in equal parts of ammonia and warm water for ten minutes. Then rub gently with a cloth or soft brush and allow them to air dry. Not recommended for use with pearls.

  • Heinz KetchupRemove Tarnish

By rubbing a dab of ketchup with a cloth or sponge, you can remove tarnish from copper. Repeat again if necessary.

  • Alka-SeltzerUnclog A Drain

You can unclog a sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait about 10 minutes, then run hot water.

  • Reynolds WrapRemove Rust Spots

Rust spots can be removed from chrome car bumpers by dipping a crumpled-up piece of aluminum foil in small bowl of Coca-Cola. Simply wipe over the rusty spots using a little “elbow grease”.

  • Gold Medal FlourMake Play Dough

Add 50 drops of food coloring (of your choice) to two cups water. Then add two cups of flour, one cup salt, one teaspoon Cream of Tartar and two tablespoons Wesson Corn Oil. Mix well. Place on stove and cook over medium heat for three minutes (or until the mixture holds together). Then turn it onto a cookie sheet (wax paper) and knead to the proper consistency. Let cool. Store in an airtight container.

  • Maxwell House CoffeeRepel Ants

Sprinkle dried coffee grounds outside doors, cracks or other places where ants are known to enter from. Coffee deters ants. They won’t cross through the coffee line.

  • Alberto V05 Hair SprayRemove Ink Stains

Stains can be removed from clothes, vinyl or skin by spraying Alberto V05 Hair Spray on the stain. Blot with clean cloth or sponge until the stain comes up. Then wash clean. (May not work on real difficult stains or heavily set stains)

  • Aunt Jemima Original SyrupRevive an ailing house plant

Add two tablespoons of syrup at the base of the plant once a month.

  • Real Lemon Lemon Juice (from concentrate)Clean a microwave oven

Add four tablespoons Real Lemon to one cup water in a microwave-safe four-cup bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe clean. Use on regular basis.

  • Vaseline Petroleum JellyRemove chewing gum from hair

Apply a small amount of Vaseline petroleum jelly on two fingers and work into hair where gum is stuck at. With a little effort, the gum should slide ride off. Shampoo afterwards.

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Here’s another alternate use post from this blog that can be a money saver:

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5 Things You Never Knew That Your Cell Phone Could Do

Cell Phone Secrets – You May Want To Know

That Could Save You Money, Time & Stress

cell phoneHere’s some important and useful information that just might come in handy for all you folks out there in today’s real world with cell phones. I strongly recommend that you print this post and keep it in a handy location (maybe your car, purse, wallet, desk, bulletin board, etc) for future reference – Very Good Information to have with/near you. There are a few things that can be done in times of dire emergencies or unforeseen circumstances. Your mobile phone can actually be a ‘lifesaver’ or an emergency ‘survival tool’. Check out some things that you can do with it …..

1st – In an Emergency

The Worldwide Emergency Number for Mobile is 112.

If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency –
Dial 112 – and the mobile device will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and surprisingly, this 112 number can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out for yourself.

2nd – Keys Locked in your Car?

Does your car have remote keyless entry?

This just might come in handy someday – One good reason to own a cell phone – If you lock your keys in your car and the spare keys are at home, you can call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person on the other end press the unlock button – holding it near the mobile phone on their end. – Your car will unlock! This saves (time and gas) someone from having to drive your keys out to where you are. Distance is no object – You could be hundreds of miles away and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote‘ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk). Give it a trial before actually being in this situation!

3rd – Hidden Battery Power

Imagine your cell battery is very low – To activate your mobile phone press the keys *3370#.

Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the device will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged back up when you charge your cell phone next time!
This could really be a lifesaver also!

4th – How to Disable a STOLEN Mobile Phone

To check your mobile phone’s serial number – key in the following digits on your phone: *#06#.
A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.If your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you have the peace-of-mind knowing that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. Just thinking that if everybody did this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

5th – Free Directory Service for Cell Phones

Cell phone companies/providers are charging (actually stinging) us $1.00 to $1.75 or more (you may actually be paying a monthly contract fee just for this service) for each 411 information call when there is really no need to – other than greed. Now most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option – Simply Dial: 800-FREE-411 or 800-373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now and start saving!
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Here’s a link to another related post on this blog…free411.img_assist_custom

FREE 411 Directory Assistance – Now More Choices!

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There is also another FREE directory service out there – 1-800-YellowPages or 1-800-935-5697

From ANY PHONE, there’s just one number to find restaurants, shops, hotels and more. Search local and nationwide listings by name, or search by category. No matter how you search ….. ….. It’s FREE.
You don’t even have to be an AT&T customer. Make sure you are never caught without this number – Program this number into all your phones NOW!

This number is in effect in the following states now. Get FREE directory assistance in AL, AR, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NV, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX and WI. You may want to check to see if your state has been added yet.

This is the kind of information people don’t mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends.