Toasty Lotion

Here’s a great tip for solving the discomfort of applying cold body lotion in the winter.

My bathroom is heated, but when I rub in lotion after a shower, I freeze. I found that if I lay the bottle of lotion in the shower when I get in, the hot water warms it up.

No more cold lotion. Audrey



Super Glue For Super Nails

I apply Super Glue to my fingernails, just like nail polish. I work with my hands, fixing things and doing crafts, and have very weak nails.

With a layer of Super Glue, my nails look shiny and healthy, and the protection really keeps them that way. Cathey



Banish Flaky Facial Skin

For years, I’ve been plagued with flaky skin along my forehead, eyebrows, and nose. Expensive beauty products and procedures didn’t help at all.

A young nurse practitioner at my dermatology clinic suggested this trick:

Fifteen minutes before showering, I apply dandruff shampoo to the affected areas—straight out of the bottle; leave it on to be rinsed off in the shower.

It works! This treatment was and continues to be a miracle worker for me!



Get to the Bottom of It!

I discovered this method when I came to the end of my favorite, and quite expensive, tube of lotion. This works on any thin, plastic tube of product that you are able to cut through with scissors (toothpaste, face cream, lotion, hair products, medications…)  Never throw away an “empty” tube of product without doing this first.


Once the container appears empty, stand the tube on end, as though you’re trying to drain out every last bit of product.

Using scissors, cut horizontally through the tube about 2-3 inches above the cap end, cutting the tube into two separate, not necessarily equal, pieces.

Notice how much product is hiding in the tube!

Use your fingers to transfer all of the product into the cap end of the tube.

To reseal, simply place the top half of the tube over the original cap end.  It may not be a perfect fit but you will be able to squeeze them together securely.

Push the new “lid” down as far as possible onto the cap end of the tube, creating a much shorter “mini” tube, as pictured below.

To use any remaining product do not use the original cap but remove the new “lid, or tube half” to reach in with your fingers.

You can get your fingers right to the bottom of the tube for several more days, or even weeks, of product use.

No more wasted product!

You’ll really be able to “get to the bottom of it”.

Cheap Detangler

My daughter has curly hair and it constantly gets tangled. Instead of buying expensive detangling products I take a spray bottle, fill it with water and add one or two squirts of cheap hair conditioner.

It works just as well to comb out tangles as the expensive brands.




Clog-Free Hairspray

I discovered this quite by accident after having to unclog the nozzle on a can of hairspray for the gazillionth time.

After using a can of hairspray—assuming it is not clogged and sprays well—run water over the nozzle area. No need to rub or wipe it. Dump off any excess water, but DO NOT dry.

Do the same to the inside of the lid. Both the top of the can with the spray nozzle and the inside of the cap should have droplets remaining on the surfaces.

Replace the cap tightly. (If the cap has a little hole in the top, cover it with tape before doing this.). That’s it.

I have gone weeks between sprays and have not had a clogged sprayer for years. The water does not affect the hairspray at all, it just keeps a high moisture level in the cap so the spray in the nozzle can’t dry out.

Emergency Earring Fix

I recently lost the back to an earring while at work. I made an emergency replacement, that has lasted several wearings now.

I cut a small piece from a wide rubber band—about 1/4-inch long, then pushed the hook of the earring through it snugging it to the back of my ear. It worked great and did not show. Maybe too great, because I keep forgetting to buy a proper replacement! 


DIY Deodorant

Due to the heavy toxins in store-bought deodorants, I’ve wanted to stop using it for years, but didn’t know what the alternatives were. Recently, I stumbled on a recipe for homemade deodorant.

It has three ingredients:

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons unrefined, organic coconut oil

Mix the ingredients together well, then heat in the microwave for 20 seconds to melt and mix again. Allow to cool and set.

To use, apply to underarms with fingers.

I’ve been using this homemade deodorant for months now and I’m thrilled. It works as an antiperspirant

and also prevents odor. 

The best part? The recipe makes 6 oz. for roughly $1.30 in supplies. For 6 oz. of the clinical strength deodorant I’d been using, I would’ve paid approximately $28.25. Plus, I use way less of the homemade than I did the store-bought deodorant, which means I’m saving even because I am using less. Carmel