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    Default Medicinal Remedies from Household Products

    Hello all,

    I haven't tried them all but some of these remedies are tried and
    true. My dad was a pharmacist for over 50 years and he always
    believed in old fashioned home remedies and would recommend them to
    many of his customers. Our local paper even did an article on him
    years ago and told how he saved folks $$ on prescriptions and over
    the counter meds by sharing his home remedies. And since this group
    is about saving $$ I thought I'd share some with you all. I'm sure
    many of you can add to this list.


    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

    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 with the flu?
    Mix 1 Table spoon 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 advertised for this use.
    ( Note : Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the same.. and
    contains aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeding if you have

    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 Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the
    screws before tightening them.

    Coca-Cola cure for rust ...
    Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive
    sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid
    in the coke is what gets the job done.

    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

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

    Heinz 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

    Kills fleas instantly...
    Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your
    dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid
    skin irritations. Goodbye 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.

    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.

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

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    Other uses for toothpaste

    Thanks, Linda, for your great medicinal remedies. The one on
    toothpaste reminded me that toothpaste is also great for hiding tiny
    holes in walls. Just remember to buy a color that matches. (Learned
    this in the college dorm, and can personally confirm that it works

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    Re: Other uses for toothpaste

    Here are other hints to use with Toothpaste.

    If silver jewellery gets black apply toothpaste and rub it very well.

    Compact discs sound great, but they scratch so easily. However, don't toss a scratched CD until you try my homemade scratch remedy.
    Many scratches can be wiped away with ordinary white toothpaste. Gel will not work, so be sure to use only plain white toothpaste and follow these steps:
    1. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste onto a clean sock or any cloth that is lint-free.
    2. Then, on the shiny, nonlabeled side, rub the toothpaste on the CD, starting from the inside of the CD and working outward like the spokes of a wheel. Remember, wipe it on inside out, never back and forth.
    3. Once the entire underside is coated, take a clean, dry part of the sock and wipe away the toothpaste, again using spokelike strokes -- from inner edge to outer edge.
    4. Don't use water. Just continue wiping until the paste is gone.
    This process works great for minor scratches on DVDs and game CDs, too.
    Clean a gold wedding band by dipping a toothbrush in water, then into a dollop of white toothpaste (regular paste, not gel). Scrub the entire surface of the ring, inside the band and out. Don't use the same toothbrush for teeth and jewelry, though. Rinse with tap water and dry with a soft cloth.

    Diamonds should be cleaned a little differently. The band can be cleaned and polished with toothpaste, but check to see if the diamond is loose first. You can do this by holding the ring between the thumb and middle finger, then gently tapping with the index finger. Hold the ring to your ear and tap--if the ring rattles, the diamond is loose. Clean the actual diamond (sapphires, rubies and other precious stones also) by scrubbing with a toothbrush using one part lemon ammonia to 10 parts water. Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.

    Gold chains can be cleaned with the lemon ammonia solution as well. Use a toothbrush and brush the solution onto both sides of the chain on top of a soft cloth. Never sleep with a gold chain on, as this can cause tangles and even breakage.

    Porous stones such as jade, onyx and emerald require a different type of care than a diamond. Make a sudsy solution of baby shampoo and water, then scrub with a toothbrush. If the stone is in a gold setting, the toothpaste cleaning method can be used, but follow that up by cleaning the stone with shampoo and water. Again, rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.

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    Re: : Medicinal Remedies from Household Products

    These are awesome tips! I need to run to the store for some Listerine now!

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    Re: Medicinal Remedies from Household Products

    I had to add this since I love folk remedies, and will try pretty much all of them. If they worked for my ancestors, they will work for me too!

    A while ago I had this aggravating wart on my thumb. I read somewhere online (101 uses for vinegar I think) to put apple cider vinegar on your wart and wrap a band-aid on it. Well I improvised since I didn't have any band-aids, and used a cotton ball dabbed in vinegar and wrapped a piece of tape around my thumb. The next morning, my thumb was pickled (lol) but as it dried over the day, I saw where the seed of the wart had turned black. The following day, I was able to take a pair of tweezers and remove the seed painlessly. Pennies for cotton, tape, and apple cider vinegar beat the heck outta over the counter remedies any day!

    P. Potter
    Hillsborough, NC

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