When you call an 800 number for customer service ( credit card, bank, Computer help desk, etc) and find you're talking to a customer service representative overseas (India, Philippines, etc), you can ask, politely, to speak to a customer service representative in the United States. If your request is not immediately honored politely ask again, politely to speak to a customer service representative in the United States. You should be connected to a representative in the United States. If not you may have to remind them the law requires them to connect you to a customer service representative in the United States if you ask.
Save money on AA Batteries. There are 32 AA batteries in a 6 volt lantern batter, which cost about $6.00. If you pry the top off a 6 volt lantern battery you will have 32 usable AA batteries. A video of the process is available at www.filecabi.net.
Testing batteries - to test if a battery is actively charged, hold the battery with the positive post pointed up, raise the batter a couple of inches over a hard surface, drop the battery, negative side down.
- If the battery does not bounce and stands up, it is charged (Good)
- If the battery bounces and falls over, it is not charged (Not Good)
First spraying cold water on the affected area until it is cool. Then, spread egg whites on the affected are. Allow the whites to dry and form a protective layer. Depending on the severity of the burn, repeat the process every hour until there is no more pain, or go immediately to the hospital. Egg white is a natural collagen; continuing to place egg whites on the affected area at regular intervals for two or three days, will assist in reducing the effect of the burn.
Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.
Plain White Flour--who knew? - Covering a burned area in plain white flour for 10 minutes will reportedly prevent skin damage and do away with associated pain. It is recommended to completely cover the burned area with a an ample coating of flour for at least ten minutes. Using cold flour is reportedly more effective than room temperature flour. Reportedly flour fill dramaticly reduce if not prevent blistering.
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.
To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The wax should fall out.
The emergency assistance number worldwide for mobile phones is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network dial 112 and your mobile phone will search any existing network to establish an emergency connection for you, and this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. (Program it into your phone.)
If you have a vehicle with a remote keyless entry system and lock your keys in the car, use you cell phone to call home and have someone activate the unlock button on the second set of keys for the vehicle. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person called press the unlock button, holding it near their phone on their end. This should unlock the doors or the trunk.
Your cell phone battery has a reserve. If your cell battery is very low, dial *3370#. The phone will restart with a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time. (Program it into your phone.)
Locate your mobile phone's serial number by dialing *#06#. A 15-digit code will appear which is unique to your phone. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone get stolen, you can provide this number to your service provider and they can block your phone so it will be totally useless, even if the thief changes the SIM card.
Cell phone companies charge for 411 directory assistance calls. If you dial (800)FREE-411, or (800) 373-3411 you can get the same service, sponsored by McDonalds, free. (Program it into your phone.)
When you receive a call from anyone and dial 90# while they are on the line, you give the requesting individual full access to your telephone line, which enables them to place long distance calls billed to your home phone number. Inmates in prison and scam artist are taking advantage of this. You may receive a call from an individual identifying himself as an telephone company technician conducting a test on the telephone line. They will indicate to complete the test you should touch nine(9), zero(0), the pound sign (#), and then hang up. (Do not do this!)
DO NOT CALL to list you cellular or land line telephone on the Do Not Call registry call 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to restrict from tele-marketers. For more information go to https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx
WD-40 will remove tomato and lipstick stains from clothing, stains from stainless steel sinks and appliances, splattered grease on a stove, crayon from walls, black scuff marks from the kitchen floor, all traces of duct tape, give floors a 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery, camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors, removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill, protects silver from tarnishing,
Using WD-40 will keeps glass and plastic shower walls and doors free of water spots and keeps bathroom mirrors from fogging,
To clean a toilet, drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.
To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass, vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
To clean a thermos bottle, fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour.
To remove Crayon marks on walls, take a damp rag, dip it in baking soda.
To remove Crayon marks on walls, spray on WD-40 and wipe off immediately,
To remove Crayon marks on walls brush Colgate tooth-past over the area,
To remove permanent marker on appliances or counter tops use rubbing alcohol on a paper towel.
To remove blood stains on clothes, pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and wipe until clean.
Using vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal strokes for inside lets you tell which side has streaks.
Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.
To polish jewelry, drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
To clean artificial flowers, pour salt into a paper bag, add the flowers and shake vigorously.
Colgate toothpaste also cleans and polishes gold and silver jewelry. Use a toothbrush to apply and scrub the jewelry and then rinse it off.
To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top or, fill the pan with water, add a fabric softener sheet and let it soak overnight. Food will just wash away.
Colgate tooth paste works very well to clean leather and vinyl tennis shoes.
Pam will remove grease and paint from you hands
Peanut butter will remove ink from doll faces, and labels from glass and plastic bottles,
Remove spills and pet urine on carpets by first blotting the spills with paper towels. Folding several paper towels into a stack and stepping on the will get much of the liquid out. Next sprinkle salt over the effected area liberally and let stand. The salt will soak virtually all the remaining liquid. If the liquid is colored you can see it stain the salt, instead of your carpet
For to remove wax, place a couple of paper towels over the effect area and use an electric iron on top of the towles to heat the wax and draw it into the paper towels.
Brush Listerine on grout to clean and brighten
Kyro Syrup will remove grass stains on clothes,
Coca-Cola will remove stains on driveways, usually over night,
Protect You and Your Friends from a “Worm” Type Virus
As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your computer, it heads straight for your email address book, and sends itself to everyone you have listed, thus infecting your family, friends and associates. This trick won't keep the virus from getting into your computer, but it will stop it from using your address book to spread further, and it will alert you to the fact that the worm has gotten into your system.
Here's what you should do:
First, open your email address book and click on 'new contact,' just as you would do if you were adding a new contact to your list of email addresses.
In the window where you would type the person’s first name, type in 'A'
For the screen name or email address, type email@example.com
Now, this is what will happen:
The 'name 'A' will be placed at the top of your address book as entry #1.
This will be the first entry the worm will see.
When it tries to send itself to firstname.lastname@example.org, it will be undeliverable, because of the phony email address you entered.
If the “worm’s” first attempt fails, which it will because of the phony address, the worm goes no further and your friends will not be infected.
When the “worm’s email to A \ email@example.com fails, you will receive a notification that the email to A \ firstname.lastname@example.org was undeliverable. If you ever get this email notice, you know right away that you have the worm virus in your system and can take steps to get rid of it!
If everybody you know does this, then you need not ever worry about opening mail from family, friends and associates on your list.
Smear peanut butter over the CD surface and wipe it off with a coffee filter to remove scratches
Microwaved water and other liquids do not always “bubble” when heated to the boiling point. While they actually get superheated, they may not bubble at all. What happens is, the water heats faster than the vapor bubbles can form. If the cup is very new, it is unlikely to have small surface scratches inside it that provide a place for the bubbles to form. As the bubbles cannot form and release some of the heat has built up, the liquid does not boil, and the liquid continues to heat up well past its boiling point. It may also occur when heating a small amount of liquid (less than half a cup). Then without warning the superheated liquid may “explode” out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a spoon or tea bag is put into it, causing serious physical injury in the form of 2nd and 3rd degree burns. To prevent this from happening, do not heat small quantities of liquids, heat any liquid for more than two minutes per cup. Placing a non-metallic item in the cup, such as a wooden stir stick, to diffuse the energy will prevent theis from happening. After heating a liquid, let the cup stand in the microwave for thirty seconds, before moving it or adding anything into it.
Budweiser beer is a good hair conditioner
Cool Whip will recondition hair in about fifteen minutes
Mayonnaise will condition hair
Pam cooking spray will dry fingernail polish
Elmer’s glue makes a good facial mask. Paint it on your face, allowit to dry and peel it off, taking with it dead skin, dirt and blackheads,
For skin blemishes, use a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Usually works overnight
Listerine assists in preventing and treating facial blemishes
To get rid of unsightly finger & toenail fungus, by soaking your fingers and toes in Listerine mouthwash. Then rub Vicks Vaporub on the effected nails twice a day. The fungus will disappear in about 2 weeks.
Before the Fire
• Choose an extinguisher that will work on all types of fires. These are usually called “ABC” type extinguishers.
• Choose the largest extinguisher you can handle – bigger is better.
• Read all the directions. Know how to use an extinguisher.
• Get training from your local fire department & practice putting out a fire.
• Keep the instructions so you can review them from time to time.
• Mount the extinguisher near an exit door, out of reach of children.
• Consider having an extinguisher available in every room.
Fighting a Small Fire
• Make sure everyone else is leaving the home.
• Ask someone to call the fire department from outside.
• If the fire is small and not spreading, quickly get your extinguisher.
• Start with your back to the exit, making sure the fire does not block your escape Stand 6 -8 feet away from the fire.
• PULL the pin out to unlock the operating lever.
• AIM low, pint the extinguisher nozzle (or hose) at the base of the fire.
• SQUEEZE the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
• Be prepared! Hold the extinguisher tightly. It will come out with force.
• SWEEP from side to side, moving carefully toward the fire.
• Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire, sweeping back and forth until all the flames are out.
• Watch the fire area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat the process.
• If you have a small pan fire on the stove, put on an oven mitt.
• Turn off the heat at the burner.
• Carefully slide a cookie sheet over the pan. A lid can also be used.
This cuts off the oxygen and allows the fire to go down.
• Leave the pan covered and in place. Do not try to move it.
• Let the pan cool down before you take away the cookie sheet or lid.
• Do not use a regular “ABC” fire extinguisher if a pan on your stove catches on fire. These can spread the fire or tip the burning pan over.
• There are extinguishers specifically designed for grease fires which should be available nears your stove.
• Stand back about 4 feet from the stove.
• Aim the spray can at the base of the flames and spray onto them.
• Spray until the flames go out and you have completely smothered the source of the fire.
• Turn off the heat at the burner.
• Leave the pan in place until it has completely cooled.
• If you are not sure or have never used an extinguisher, your safest choice is to get everyone out and call the fire department.
• If the fire does not go out quickly, or if you feel at risk in any way, leave immediately and let the fire department handle it.
After a Fire
• Even if you believe the fire is out, have the fire department inspect your home to look for hidden hot spots that could flare up later.
For achy muscles 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.
Spray WD40 on arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
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.
Use corn starch
Use Hunt's tomato paste to treat a boil. Cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste and the acids from the tomatoes will soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.
To reduce the blueness of bruises and speeds up the healing process, soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour.
Use Colgate and Crest toothpaste on minor burns
For a burned tongue, place sugar on it
To stop night time coughing apply Vicks VapoRub generously to the soles of your feet and cover with socks. This is more effective than even very strong prescription cough medicines in children.
Cuts \ Open Sores
Sprinkle sugar into the open wound. It will dissolve and form a thing protective skin. Leave it open to the air as much as possible. If you must cover it, place a first aid creme on a band-aid, then sprinkle sugar onto the first aid creme, before placing it on the injury.
Cover Paper Cuts with a small amount of Super-Glue
To disinfect a broken blister or cut, use few drops of Listerine.
WD-40 will sooth insect bites
Use meat tenderizer Bee Stings
Use Preparation - H on Chigger bites
If you get stung by a bee, press a penny against the area stung for approximately fifteen minutes. The pain should go away and there should be little evidence of the sting the following day.
Use WD40 on fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
For a sore throat, 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.
For a stuffy nose, chewing a couple of Altoids peppermints gets the same results as a high-priced inhaler.
Add a large jar of Nestea to your bath water and soak
To cure urinary tract infections, dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly. (Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the same and contains aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeding if you have ulcers.)
Drinking water at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the Human body. Drinking two glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs, a glass of water thirty minutes before a meal - helps digestion, a glass of before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure and a glass before going to bed reduces the possibility of suffering a stroke or heart attack. One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. A mere 2% drop in body water content can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and reduces the likelihood of developing bladder cancer by 50%.
WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures when fishing
To keep cut flowers fresh, add two Bayer aspirins to the water in the vase \ add a few drops of Clorex \ use seven-up in the vase instead of water,
Wrap celery in aluminum foil before placing it the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
Foods that help:
Carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.
Tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are pure heart and blood food.
Grapes are profound heart and blood vitalizing food.
Walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.
Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function.
Celery, Bok Choy and Rhubarb specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
Avocados, Eggplant and Pears promote the health and function of the womb and cervix. Research shows when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers.
Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.
Sweet Potatoes balance the glycemic index of diabetics.
Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries
Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits assist the health of female breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
Onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.
Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.
Bread is delivered to stores on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The producer uses different colored twist ties to color code freshness. Monday - Blue \ Tuesday - Green \ Thursday - Red \ Friday - White \ Saturday - Yellow. Notice the colors go in alphabetical order.
Spraying perfume on light bulbs in any room will create a light scent in the room when the light is turned on. Do not spray the light bulb when it is on.
Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.
Place liquid downy fabric softener in the water reservoir of your “swamp cooler” to soften the water, keep the pad cleaner and put a pleasant aroma throughout the house.
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.
The phosphoric acid in Coca-Cola makes a great rust remover. Saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain.
To discourage pigeons from soiling a ledge or balcony, spray the ledge or rail with WD-40
Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional 'pain relievers.'
To relieve a headache, rub a slice of Lime? on your forehead.
Most headaches can be relieve by applying pressure with your thumb and middle fincer to the center of the web between the thumb and index finger of the opposite hand.
For icy door steps in freezing temperatures, take warm water add “Dawn” dish washing liquid and pour it all over the steps. They won't re-freeze.
Ants - Ants will not cross a chalk line, so draw a line on the floor or wherever they tend to march.
Bees - Formula 409 makes a great bug killer for menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets.
Flies - Use zip lock baggies, half filled with water, add 4 pennies to each, then zip then closed. Hang then in areas where flies are a problem. This should solve the fly problem.
Lice - Mayonnaise will kill head-lice.
Mosquitoes - Listerine kills mosquitoes. Spray it around doors and window.
Getting your laundry back on track:
If you have a “top-end” loader, fill the empty washer with hot water, as if you're doing a large load of laundry. Add a quart of bleach, and let the full machine run for a couple of minutes to mix the bleach with the water. Open the top of the machine and let it sit, all bleach-y and full, for an hour. At the end of the hour, shut the cover and let the machine run a complete cycle.
When it's done, start again. This time, when you fill the washer with hot water, add a quart of white vinegar to the water and down the bleach filler channel and let the machine run for a couple of minutes to agitate the water and vinegar. After that open the top of the machine and again, let the hot water sit in the basin for an hour before you let the cycle complete.
Use WD-40 to keeps flies off cows,
WD-40 helps un-tangle horse’s mane to get it combed out easily
When it's done, start again. This time, when you fill the washer with hot water, add a box of baking soda to the water and let the machine run for a couple of minutes to agitate the water and baking soda. After that open the top of the machine and again, let the hot water sit in the basin for an hour before you let the cycle complete.
WD-40 loosens stubborn zippers on clothes and the tracks of sticking windows,
WD-40 helps untangles jewelry chains,
WD-40 - Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell); keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing; removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill; gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide; attracts fish.
Wasp Spray is a great defensive tool. A can of wasp spray can shoot up to twenty to thirty feet away and is a lot more accurate than a can of pepper spray. Wasp spray will temporarily blind an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. It doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray, so you can leave it out at the office or at the entrances at home. By the way, wasp spray will kill snakes and mice.
Your vehicle alarm system can serve as a panic alarm at home. Put your keys beside your bed at night or hold them when you answer the door. If there is a problem hold down the red button and the car alarm will sound to alert your neighbors. Be sure to pass this on to your neighbors and tell them if they hear your car alarm, to call or come check on you.
Dawn dish washing liquid kills fleas instantly. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse the dog well to avoid skin irritations.
The next time your dog comes in from the rain, wipe it down with Bounce or any dryer sheet, give it that springtime fresh smell.
A few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear eliminate ear mites. Repeat daily for 3 days.
To kill fleas in carpets, sprinkle Twenty Mule Team Borax all over and let it sit overnight,
To unclog a drain, drop three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then run hot water through the drain.
Use a package of kool-aide to clean the inside of your dish washer and the toilet bowl. It also aide in the the dishwaher pipes.
WD-40 restores and cleans chalkboards,
WD-40 keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools
Squeak-proof your wipers by rubbing them with alcohol! Wipe the wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This can make badly streaking and squeaking wipers change to near perfect silence and clarity.
Ice-proof your windows with vinegar! Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and spritz it on all your windows each night. In the morning, they will be clear of ice. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water, preventing water from freezing!
Prevent car doors from freezing shut with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil on the rubber seals around car doors and rub it in with a paper towel. The cooking spray prevents water from being absorbed into the rubber.
Fog-proof your windshield with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield and wipe if off with paper towels. Shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers.
De-ice your lock in seconds with hand sanitizer! Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key and the lock and the problem will be solved!
To keep your headlights clear and bright, wipe ordinary car wax on them. It contains special water repellents that will prevent that messy mixture from accumulating on your lights. It will last for about 6 weeks.
WD-40 remove spray paint (graffiti) from vehicles and metal buildings, road tar and grime, bug guts, cleans and restores roof racks, padded leather dashboards, vinyl bumpers,
Spray WD-40 on a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture and allow the car to start
Coca-Cola will remove corrosion from battery cases and terminals,
“Water Displacement #40" \ a water displacement compound was developed in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company as a rust preventative solvent and de-greaser to protect missile parts. According to Ken East, one of the original founders, there is nothing in WD-40 that will hurt you. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL. It has a variety of proven uses.
1 Gallon Vinegar
2 Cups Epson Salt
1/4 Cup Dawn (Original Blue) Dish Soap
Spray in the morning, after the dew has evaporated. Let set throughout the day. The sprayed weed or plant should be dead by night-fall.