Uses for hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is cheap and has multiple uses. Combined with baking soda and Dawn dishwashing liquid, it makes a great stain fighter for sweat stains on T-shirts. Simply apply 1/2 teaspoon of Dawn on each underarm section of the shirt, 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide on each side, sprinkle on some baking soda... Read More
HONOR DAD WITH TRUE GRIT(S) ... AND SAUSAGE
Back in 1916, Woodrow Wilson wanted to make Father's Day a national holiday, but according to The Associated Press, the U.S. Congress, "fearing commercialization," declined to make it one.
Stroll by any number of stores these days, and the "World's Greatest Dad" coffee mugs, ties and BBQ aprons tell it all:... Read More
Store brands top latest sunscreen ratings
In Consumer Reports' latest Ratings of sunscreens, Up & Up (Target) Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50 and Equate (Wal-Mart) Ultra Protection Lotion SPF 50 earned the highest scores in tests and were among the least expensive. Some of the priciest sunscreens that were tested offered less than their labeled SPF... Read More
The High Cost of Procrastination
Is there a nagging little voice reminding you of some important task you've been postponing? With a little practice, it's easy to shut that voice out. But did you ever notice that -- eventually -- those little undone things come back to haunt you in a big way?
They say that the lessons that... Read More
Auto dealers make money in a variety of ways
DEAR BRUCE: How come automobile dealers are still in business when they claim they sell cars below dealer's invoice? -- H.W., via email
DEAR H.W.: You raise a very interesting question, and clearly the answer is that they can't continue to sell cars below dealer's invoice and stay in business. What they don't... Read More
With Generic Drugs, You Gotta Speak Up
I want to tell you about a shocking encounter I had recently at my local Rite Aid pharmacy. But first, a little background information.
For years, my doctor has prescribed two preventive-type medications. Both are generics, and together they have cost me about $24 for a 30-day supply for quite a... Read More
The Good Fairy Brings Good Luck
Q: This is a photo of a metal figure that belonged to my aunt. It always fascinated me when I was a child, and when my aunt passed away, my uncle gave it to me. He said he knew how much I liked it and thought my aunt would want me to have it. It stands 12 inches tall and is marked "J.M.R. -- 1916."
It is in... Read More
A $3,000 car can be worth protecting
DEAR BRUCE: You have said many times that it doesn't pay to keep collision and comprehensive insurance on an automobile when it's worth less than $3,000. While I'm sure $3,000 doesn't mean anything to you, it means a lot to me. In the event that my car is wiped out, I'd have a tough time coming up with that kind of... Read More
Make your own laundry detergent
Dear Sara: I have your recipe for dry laundry detergent. Would you please give the ounces for the boxes of products used? -- Ginny, email
Dear Ginny: I've shared many laundry detergent recipes through the years. Most are a variation of the following:
Powdered Laundry Soap
2 cups finely shredded Fels-Naptha or... Read More
Real BBQ flavor from your oven
All the recipes for barbecue, all the TV shows featuring he-man (and she-woman) pit masters, all the debate about the virtues of apple wood versus hickory -- in short, all the talk about "barbecue culture" may be leaving out one essential: you!
If you live in an apartment or don't have a grill (much less a pit... Read More
Don't get clipped with mowers and tractors
Consumer Reports' latest mower tests show that Honda is on a roll for performance and value. Testers also found some bargain-priced riders, including two new models from Troy-Bilt that turn on a dime and are as close as your nearest Lowe's.
Vets Get Mortgage Deal
America becomes most patriotic between Memorial Day and the July 4th holiday -- a time we remember to thank our currently serving military and those who served their country in the past. It's also a time to remember that veterans get a very special deal on mortgages through the VA loan program.
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Is Your Collection Worth Anything?
Dear Mary: I have many complete sets of McDonald's Happy Meal toys, all of them in their original sealed packaging. How do I value this collection to sell? -- Stan, email
Dear Stan: Collecting vintage toys can be very lucrative. Happy Meal toys are a popular collector's item, but prices can... Read More