How To Remove Labels & Other Sticky Stuff The Easy Way!

How To Remove Labels and Other Sticky Stuff The Easy Way!How To Remove Labels & Other Sticky Stuff The Easy Way!

Having trouble with gunk or labels that just can’t be removed from new or used dishes or bottles?  Looking to spend less than hours worth of your time peeling and scraping by hand, even after soaking or using soap?  If you’re attempting to use or reuse containers or bottles but are having trouble removing the labels or sticky stuff attached to them, here is an extremely simple method to remove all of the annoying stuff from your chosen items with none of the work or hassle typically associated with the process:

Materials you’ll need:

Kitchen or utility sink
30 minutes of time


1. Fill your sink with warm or very warm water (the warmer the better, but do NOT use hot water as this can be bad for many bottles, plastics or some fragile items!).

2. Toss in one heaping scoop of Oxiclean and stir with a spoon, bottle, etc until fully dissolved.

3. Place any item that needs a label or sticker material removed into the Oxiclean / water solution.

4. Wait 30 minutes.

5. When you return, the gunk will be floating at the edges of the water and the stickers will be floating about in the solution.  Simply wipe the bottles off if necessary or wash &/or rinse as usual and you’re ready to use your now fully degunked or delabeled items!

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30 Surprising Ways To Use A Bar of Soap

30 Surprising Ways To Use A Bar of Soap30 Surprising Ways To Use A Bar of Soap

Soap has so many more surprising uses than simply being used to wash your hands.  And the good news is that most of us always have some on hand ready to be used.  The alternative uses for soap around the home are abundant from telling you if you have a gas leak to being used as a homemade insect repellent.  Check out our list of 30 surprising ways to use a bar of soap that you have probably never thought of!

1. Gas Leak Finder

Soap is one of the best ways to determine whether or not you have a gas leak and where it is located.  To see if your gas pipes are leaking, rub wet soap all over the sides of pipes or cylinders.  If the soap bubbles anywhere, you have a leak.

2. Wood Lubricant

Rub a nail or screw with bar soap before hammering or screwing it in and it will keep the wood from splitting. Use a bar of soap to lubricate all screws, saw blades and nails before using them and it will make the metal go through the wood easily and much faster making the work get done more efficiently and saving you time.  Rubbing soap on handsaws will also result in straighter and more precise cuts.

3.  Gardening Glove Replacement

If you have work to do in the garden but cannot find your gardening gloves, soap will work to keep your nails clean.  Keep soil from getting under your fingernails by rubbing a dry bar of soap under the tips of your nails and on top of them.  The soap will keep the dirt out and your fingernails from staining and will often kill many forms of bacteria as well.

4. Leather Softener

New pairs of leather shoes often have stiff leather that can wear on the feet until the leather has been softened and broken in.  A bar of soap will naturally soften the leather quickly so the shoes are more comfortable to wear.  Just rub a slightly softened bar of soap onto the inside of the back of new leather shoes and the leather will soften up and be comfortable to wear after just a few applications.

5. Unsticking Zippers

If you have a zipper stuck you can easily fix it by rubbing a bar of soap along the zipper teeth so it will glide smoothly and will not get jammed.

6. Air Freshener

Soap is a natural air freshener.  You can pack it with you in your suitcase when you travel to keep your clothes smelling fresh and can store it in your car, drawers or even gym bags to keep clothes smelling great.

7. Unsticking Windows and Drawers

A bar of soap will work wonders on windows and drawers that get jammed partway between opening and closing.  Simple rub the soap on the sliding elements on windows and drawers and they will glide easily.

8.  Plumbing Leak Finder

Soap is a great ally in finding plumbing leaks.  If you know you have a leak, or even suspect that you do, instead of replacing the entire pipe to know you have the leak pinpointed, you can just rub a bar of damp soap along the pipe, fully covering it, and then turn on the water.  Bubbles and suds will form wherever a leak is present and water is being lost.  Then you can simply patch that spot and you will be good to go.

9. Itch Relief

Rub a damp bar of soap on any itchy area from insect bites and the itching will be relieved.

10. Check For A Tire Leak

Looking to repair the puncture on your tire, but are having trouble finding that slow leak? If no obvious screw, nail, etc. is visible, it’s possible that the object is either hiding or has been forced back out of the tire.  In this case, you can mix up a solution of water and soap and slosh the mixture about to get some sudsing and then pour this solution over the surface of your tire.  Where there is bubbling, you will know you’ve found the source of your leak!

11. Crafts

Soap is excellent for crafting.  Use a bar of soap as a sculpting medium to practice shaping and creating sculptures without spending money on clay.  As the soap is soft, it can be sculpted, imprinted and carved away.  A great idea for young kids!

12. Sled Track Lubricator

Rub a bar of soap on sled runners for a much slicker ride.  Just be sure to remember to steer away from oncoming objects!

13. Removing Floorboard Squeaks and Fixing Squeaky Doors

Rub soapy water in between the floorboards to get rid of floorboard squeaks. Place a piece of moist soap between the doorframe and hinges for squeaky doors, and move the door back and forth several times to work it in and rub soap directly onto the hinges.  The squeak will be gone!

14. Shaving Cream and Shampoo Substitute

Soap is excellent as a homemade shaving cream and shampoo.  To make your own hydrating shaving cream with soap mix together a solution of one part hot water to one part grated soap.  You can add essential oils or coconut oils to this mixture for an even smoother effect.

15. Keep Glasses From Fogging

Keep your glasses from fogging up in cold weather by rubbing soapy water over glasses and then wiping them off.  It will keep them fog-free.

16. Homemade Pincushion and Needle Lubricator For Easy Sewing

Make a homemade pincushion from a bar of soap by gluing a piece of fabric all around the bar of soap until it is entirely covered and then using it as a pincushion.  The soap will also lubricate the pins and needles and they will go through materials easily.

17. Hem Line Marker

Use a bar of soap to mark hemlines and other fabric parts before sewing.  It will wash away when you are done.

18. Loosen Tight Rings

Ring stuck on your finger or having trouble going on and off?  Just rub soap over the finger and the ring will slide on and off when the hand is washed.

19. Soot Preventer

If you are going to be cooking out over an open fire using a cast iron pan, rub a bar of soap along the bottom of the pan before putting it on the open flame.  The soap will make clean-up a breeze and prevent any soot from accumulating on the pan.

20. Wallpaper Remover

Getting ready to remove your wallpaper?  Rather than using expensive chemicals to strip the adhesive or using a professional steamer, grab a bar of soap instead.  Flake off the pieces of soap and mix them with clean hot water.  Add flakes until you have a thick and creamy mixture.  Apply this mixture to the area using a damp sponge and wait several minutes – you will be able to peel back the wallpaper with ease.

21. Jewelry Cleaner

Need to clean your jewelry?  Forget going to the jewelers and take out a bar of soap instead.  Make a solution of one cup water and a ½ cup of shredded bar soap. Place your jewelry in this mixture and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush.  Rinse and allow pieces to air dry and they will look like new!

22. Homemade Fruit Cleaner

Vegetables should always be washed before eating due to the pesticides and materials that may be on them during transit or while they were growing that have not been washed off.  You can make a homemade fruit and vegetable wash using ¼ cup of shredded bar soap with two cups of cool water and one tablespoon of vinegar. Allow fruits and vegetables to soak for 5 minutes, then rinse well and store,

23.  Prevent Dripping Watering Cans

When watering your plants you can prevent dripping from the spout by rubbing moistened soap under the lip or spout of the can.

24. Pre-treating Clothes

Instead of spending money on pre-treatments for clothes that often do not work that well, use a bar of soap on the stain instead.  Simply wet a bar of soap and rub it on the stain before washing.

25. Protecting Objects When Painting

Going to be painting a door or wall soon?  You can protect windowpanes, hardware, switchblades, knobs and glass doors by coating them with soapsuds.  If the paint splatters outside the area you want painted, the paint splatters will settle on the suds instead, and both can be washed away together with no residue left behind.

26. Pick Up Broken Glass

Had a glass break somewhere or a lightbulb break?  Call on soap to the rescue.  Simply rub a damp bar of soap over the area where glass has broken, then shave off the surface where the glass has latched on to the soap to use it for future use.  For a lightbulb that has broken, simply place a soap bar on top and turn it.

27. Loosen Stiff Locks

Have a lock that you are having trouble opening or getting the key into? Just lubricate the key with soap and it will relubricate the lock and make it work smoothly again.

28.  Preparing Homemade Newspaper Logs

To make your own newspaper logs for the fire, simply roll old newspapers tightly together and tie firmly, then soak them in soapy water and stand them on their ends to drain and dry out.

29. Windowsill Cleaner

Clean dirty windowsills by running the wet edge of a bar of soap along them.

30. Insect Repellent

Soap makes an excellent insect repellent, and one that is not loaded with pesticides as many commercial insect repellents can be.  Rub a bar of soap in a small bowl of water until the mixture becomes sudsy.  Then place this mixture into a spray bottle and spray it all over the undersides of your plants and it will deter insects from attacking or taking shelter on them.  To keep deer and rabbits out of your garden, use a strong-smelling soap and place these in sachets all around your garden which will keep them away all year long.

Making Soap From Scratch: How to Make Handmade Soap:

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How To Make Homemade Dry Shampoo

How To Make Homemade Dry ShampooHow To Make Homemade Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo recipe is perfect for days when you have no access to a shower or want to skip the shower and still have grease free hair that looks wonderful.

2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Cornmeal
2 Tablespoons Ground Oatmeal
A salt shaker type container to store dry shampoo

1. Use a blender to grind up the oatmeal. You are looking for it to be fine enough to go through a salt shaker, so be sure to blend it for enough time.
2. Add the remaining ingredients to the ground oatmeal and you have an excellent dry shampoo that can be used any time you want.
3. Pour the mixture into a container for storing. A salt shaker style container works excellent for this purpose.
4. To apply, sprinkle some of the dry shampoo mixture onto your hand or onto your head directly. Rub the mixture into your hair as if you were shampooing it, concentrating on the scalp and areas where your hair is greasy. This is where the ingredients gather the oils on top of your head.
5. Go over a sink, tub or trash can and brush the mixture out of your hair. Be sure to use a bristle brush to get all the materials out completely.
6. Style your hair as usual. Your hair will not only be grease free but will look like you just showered and will style naturally.

You can find a pre-made dry shampoo here:

You can find a proper container to store and dispense the mixture from for easy pouring here:

Dry shampooing only takes a few minutes and is a great way to keep your hair healthy and shiny and looking great.

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Aloe Vera Health Benefits

Aloe Vera Health BenefitsThe Benefits of Aloe Vera

• Halts the growth of cancer tumors.
• Lowers high cholesterol.
• Repairs “sludge blood” and reverses “sticky blood”.
• Boosts the oxygenation of your blood.
• Eases inflammation and soothes arthritis pain.
• Protects the body from oxidative stress.
• Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates in coffee/tea.
• Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
• Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders.
• Reduces high blood pressure naturally, by treating the cause.
• Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients.
• Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns.
• Natural first aid, makes bandages and antibacterial sprays obsolete.
• Halts colon cancer, heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract.
• Ends constipation.
• Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics.
• Prevents and treats candida infections.
• Protects the kidneys from disease.
• Functions as nature’s own “sports drink” for electrolyte balance.
• Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance.
• Speeds recovery from injury or physical exertion.
• Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair.

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Prescription Drugs That Can Rob Your Body of Calcium

Prescription Drugs That Can Rob Your Body of CalciumPrescription Drugs That Can Rob Your Body of Calcium

These specific common over-the-counter and prescription drugs are known for robbing the body of calcium.  If you are taking any of these, look into a calcium supplement to replace lost calcium in the body.

Drugs For High Cholesterol
Cholestyramine (Cholybar or Questran), common drugs used to treat high cholesterol, can block the absorption of calcium and fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin D.

Cortisone and Other Steroids
A large class of drugs called glucocorticoids, synthetic versions of the steroid hormones your body naturally produces, include cortisone, hydrocortisone, dexamethasone, and prednisone.  These drugs are prescribed for millions of people worldwide.  However, these drugs cause bone loss by breaking down bones faster than they can be rebuilt.  Even small doses, under 10 mg a day, can lead to osteoporosis without extra calcium intake.

Thyroid Drugs
Large doses of thyroid drugs (Synthroid or others) over an extended period of time can lead to bone loss.

Aluminum Antacids
Nonprescription antacids that contain aluminum (Rolaids, Gelusil, Maalox and others) can cause the body to start storing aluminum instead of calcium in the bones.  This can lead to bone frailty and bone loss without calcium supplementation.

A highly recommended calcium supplement:

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How To Find Your Blood Type

How To Find Your Blood TypeHow To Find Your Blood Type

Knowing your blood type is essential, especially in the case of a medical emergency.  This chart shows who you can give and receive blood from based on your specific blood type.

Blood Type A+
You can give blood to: A+, AB+
You can receive blood from: A+, A-, O+, O-

Blood Type O+
You can give blood to: O+, A+, B+, AB+
You can receive blood from: O+, O-

Blood Type B+
You can give blood to: B+, AB+
You can receive blood from: B+, B-, O+, O-

Blood Type AB+
You can give blood to: AB+
You can receive blood from: Everyone

Blood Type A-
You can give blood to: A+, A-, AB+, AB-
You can receive blood from: A-, O-

Blood Type O-
You can give blood to: Everyone
You can receive blood from: O-

Blood Type B-
You can give blood to: B+, B-, AB+, AB-
You can receive blood from: B-, O-

Blood Type AB-
You can give blood to: AB+, AB-
You can receive blood from: AB-, A-, B-, O-

For those who do not know their blood types and who would like a simple and easy to use at home blood type testing kit that will tell you what your blood type is within a few minutes, you can find the blood type kit we recommend here:

Once you know your blood type you can also begin eating for your blood type as well.  Each blood type has been shown to have certain predispositions to diseases and foods that will be more healing to an individual based on the blood type they are.  For those who are interested in healing their body through foods best suited for their blood type, you can find an excellent book showing what to eat for each blood type here:

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Earthbag Building – The Tools, Tricks and Techniques

Earthbag Building – The Tools, Tricks and TechniquesEarthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks and Techniques

Over 70 percent of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials—straw, cob, and earth—for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, and that rely largely on labor rather than expensive and often environmentally-damaging outsourced materials.

Earthbag Building is the first comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with bags filled with earth—or earthbags. Having been introduced to sandbag construction by the renowned Nader Khalili in 1993, the authors developed this “Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique” over the last decade. A reliable method for constructing homes, outbuildings, garden walls and much more, this enduring, tree-free architecture can also be used to create arched and domed structures of great beauty—in any region, and at home, in developing countries, or in emergency relief work.

This profusely illustrated guide first discusses the many merits of earthbag construction, and then leads the reader through the key elements of an earthbag building:
– Special design considerations
– Foundations, walls and floors
– Electrical, plumbing and shelving
– Lintels, windows and door installations
– Roofs, arches and domes
– Exterior and interior plasters.

With dedicated sections on costs, making your own specialized tools, and building code considerations, as well as a complete resources guide, Earthbag Building is the long-awaited, definitive guide to this uniquely pleasing construction style.

Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer have been involved in the construction industry for the last 20 years, specializing in affordable, low-tech, low-impact building methods that are as natural as possible. They developed the “Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique” of building affordably with earthbags and have taught the subject and contributed their expertise to several books and journals on natural building.

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