The picture did not come with this post. I googled to find it. I do not know whose it is.


Kelly Bagnasco is a great resource for many things; these include great recipes, handy DIY projects, and life hacks that tell about numerous uses for many things. She has given me permission to use any of her posts that I think would be useful for my readers. She has been a blogger that I have followed for years. I even have made a website just for many of her great tips and information about the various uses for things from foods to everyday items that most people have around the house. You will see many of her posts on this website. She is so concise that there is not much else I could say to enhance any of her posts.


Poisonous Onion

ONIONS! I had never heard this!!!
PLEASE READ TO THE END: IMPORTANT Before we start: Now many people say this is fake or not all the information is accurate and it does not work but this is a photo of an onion my friend Terri chopped up last night and left in her room, she has been sick for weeks and this is what happened to the Onion, she is feeling way better today. Something turned a brand new onion like this overnight so check it out for yourself…………… these are the claims……..In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu…
Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

Thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmer’s story…but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill… I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened just like that…the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

This is the other note. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don’t know what to blame. Maybe it’s the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn’t eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open.


I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed’s answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.

“It doesn’t even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it’s not really necessary.” He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the ‘victim’ last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it’s not the mayonnaise (as long as it’s not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It’s probably the ONIONS, and if not the onions, it’s the POTATOES.

He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you’ll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you’re asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Kitchen Inspection By Health Department Inspector


I Googled about which was more sanitary to do your dishes with, a dish rag or a sponge. The article below is one that I found that answered that frequently asked question. It really answered a lot of questions for me. Some that I didn’t even know I needed to ask. I hope it is helpful in answering some of your questions too. The URL for the article is: http://www.thekitchn.com/a-health-inspector-visited-my-kitchen-and-heres-what-happened-194282

I did not write the article, I copied it from a website called the kitchen.



A Health Inspector Visited My Kitchen, and Here’s What Happened

Health Inspector Rob Acquista

Public Health Department inspector Rob Acquista explaining health and safety practices.

It all started with an email from Mary, a reporter at The Columbus Dispatch, the local newspaper in my town. “We are looking to have a health inspector examine a home kitchen the way they might a professional kitchen,” she said. And she had immediately thought of me — not because I have a dirty kitchen, she hastened to add, but because I write about food and, she said, I seemed “like the kind of person who might be game for this.”

Oh really? Let a health inspector run his gloved fingers over my kitchen? Was I brave enough? I couldn’t turn down a dare, and a few weeks later two city health inspectors, a photographer, and a reporter showed up at my door. Here’s what happened.

As you might imagine, I scrubbed my kitchen that morning. I swept the floor, cleaned the sink, and threw out anything suspicious in the refrigerator. I like clean surfaces in my kitchen, but let’s be honest — the floor is usually a little grimy and there’s often something sticky in the back of the fridge. I cook all the time; it’s hard to keep the kitchen pristine.

Just as I was getting ready to clean out the sink, Mary showed up with Rob Acquista, a genial and talkative inspector from the Public Health Department, and I took a deep breath.

I am not quite sure what I expected. I knew that there were many things that my kitchen wouldn’t have that are required in restaurant kitchens, like a separate sink for handwashing and a bucket full of rags in sanitary solution. And indeed, Rob hardly mentioned details like these.

Refrigerator Door Shelf

Instead, he started with my refrigerator and went through it shelf by shelf. He brought me a present: my very own refrigerator thermometer! I keep a thermometer in the oven, but never in the fridge. He explained that he likes to keep a thermometer in the refrigerator door, which is one of the warmer places in the fridge, so you can see how cool it gets. The back of your refrigerator could be staying cool enough but the milk in the door might be sweating in a too-warm environment.

We talked through meat storage (keeping meat away from other foods in the fridge — even dedicating a drawer just to meat). Then we moved on to food storage at room temperature. Did you know, for instance, that it’s not a good idea to leave cooked rice at room temperature? Rice can grow a toxin called Bacillus cereus which can make you very sick, and it’s not destroyed by reheating. It’s best to immediately store cooked rice in the refrigerator.

As Rob moved through my kitchen, asking questions and looking at how I cook, I got the clear sense that a real health and safety inspection is much less about the surfaces or even the amount of dirt on the floor. It’s far more about how you handle food.

Frequent handwashing, proper food storage, and getting cooked food to a safe temperature in the right amount of time are three of the most important health practices in the kitchen.

3 Takeaways from My Kitchen Inspection

Here are three more things I learned in my chat with Rob and the rest of the team. Do any of these surprise you?

  1. The real rules for getting food into a safe temperature zone are not as difficult as I thought they were. This is one thing that I am usually quite careful about in cooking — getting food into a cooler environment after cooking. But I learned, to my pleasant surprise, that the safety rules for this are actually less demanding than I thought. Rob said that the official recommendation is to cool food from 135°F (or over) to 70°F within two hours. You can use ice baths or ice paddles — anything to cool that food quickly. But after that you have four more hours for the food to cool to the final 41°F or less. That first temperature zone, from 135°F to 70°F, is where the primary amount of bacteria growth happens; it’s the danger zone. I had thought I had just a couple hours to get food all the way down to 41°F, and I often stressed if I found soup still lukewarm in the fridge a few hours after cooking. But these rules are actually more relaxed and yet linked to good data about what actually causes infection or sickness.
  2. Don’t leave cut fruits and vegetables at room temperature. As soon as a fruit has been cut open, Rob explained, its integrity has been breached and it can breed germs and toxins. This is a pretty extreme rule for those of us who leave plum halves or slices of peach lingering on the windowsill for eating later. But it’s not fearmongering; some of the worst outbreaks of food poisoning have been traced back to melon or other fruit in salad bars, sitting at room temperature. It’s a prudent practice to put cut fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator.
  3. Use rags or dishcloths instead of sponges. This, along with the refrigerator thermometer, is one of the few kitchen setup (as opposed to food handling) tips that I took away from the inspection. Rob practically shuddered when he saw the dishwashing sponge in my sink. He picked it up between two fingers and said that he sees sponges as bacteria breeding grounds; germs just get into those little holes and camp out. He stopped short of saying that I should throw out all my sponges, but he does prefer to use rags and launder them frequently.In the end, I think I came out of my kitchen inspection pretty well; no one checked my windowsills for dust or mentioned the water rings on the table. Instead, it was a fascinating discussion of what matters in kitchen health and safety, and which things a home cook should actually be concerned about.

    Read the full article → Could your kitchen pass inspection? by Mary Nguyen at The Columbus Dispatch

    Are any of those notes surprises to you? I consider myself a fairly clean cook, and yet I am not really a germ-phobe; I try to concentrate on the truly major points of staying healthy in the kitchen, while not getting paranoid about every little thing. The inspection reinforced the things I prioritize while also making me a little more attentive to other details.

    What are the major points of kitchen health and safety for you? What are you especially careful about?

    (Images: Faith Durand)



I will put this notice on my post from now on, every time that I copy a post from Facebook, so all of my readers will know that this is not my work, but that of someone else. This, like so many of my posts have, came from Facebook. This is from Kelly Bagnasco’s post on my Facebook. She has given me permission to share any of her posts that I think will help my readers.


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Boost your metabolism naturally with this ZERO CALORIE Detox Drink. Put down the diet sodas and crystal light and try this out for a week. You will drop weight and have TONS ON ENERGY! Sounds yummy!

Makes one big pitcher, re-fill water 3-4 times before replacing apples and cinnamon.

1 Apple thinly sliced (whatever your favorite is)
2 Cinnamon Sticks

Drop apple slices in the bottom of the pitcher and then the cinnamon sticks, cover with ice about 1/2 way up then add water.




Kelly Bagnasco is a great resource for many things; these include great recipes, handy DIY projects, and life hacks that tell about numerous uses for many things. She has given me permission to use any of her posts that I think would be useful for my readers. She has been a blogger that I have followed for years. I even have made a website just for many of her great tips and information about the various uses for things from foods to everyday items that most people have around the house. You will see many of her posts on this website. She is so concise that there is not much else I could say to enhance any of her posts.


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1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer’s Glue – paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.
6. Shiny Hair – use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn – empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn – Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
11 Bee stings – meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite – Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes – Preparation H
14. Paper cut – crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet – Jello !
16. Athletes feet – cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails – Vicks vapor rub
18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won’t hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter – will get scratches out of CD’s! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain – Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
25. Heavy dandruff – pour on the vinegar !
26. Body paint – Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27 Tie Dye T-shirt – mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping – large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD’s!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax – Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food – fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall – Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
36.. Dirty grout – Listerine
37. Stains on clothes – Colgate toothpaste
38. Grass stains – Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains – Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.
42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you ‘squeeze’ for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie. They are:
Monday = Blue,
Tuesday = Green,
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow.
So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green – Red – White – Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

Don’t forget Gatorade for Migraine Headaches. Power Ade won’t work. Pass this information on to friends so they can be informed.


8 Tips For Keeping Your Food Fresh Longer!


I’ve Been Storing My Milk Wrong This Whole Time!

Milk stored wrong

We all know that eating healthy means buying fresh, natural foods. But sometimes it’s tricky to keep track of how to store them when there are so many idiosyncrasies.

Never fear! We’ve created the ultimate food storage guide for you. Here are our top 8 tips for keeping your food fresh longer! Some will probably surprise you…

Healthy Food


Starting with number 8 and working backwards, here are the 8 tips.


These foods should be kept OUT of the refrigerator. They will turn mealy and often lose flavor unless they are kept in a cool, dry place.


Although a cold tomato slice is hard to beat, refrigeration directly affects many of the flavor compounds. Store tomatoes on your counter top, away from the sun.

Citrus Food


Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes will dry out and lose their vigorous taste if left in the fridge. Keep these guys in a bowl on your kitchen table.


Store milk and other dairy products in the top shelves of your fridge. Although pint jugs of milk fit snugly in the refrigerator door, the door is the warmest part!


Keep veggies away from fruits, especially apples, pears, kiwis, and stone fruits. Many fruits emit ethylene which will cause other produce items to spoil prematurely.



Nuts should be stored in the refrigerator. They are full of unsaturated fats that will go rancid and affect their flavor if they are left out!


Celery is best stored wrapped in tin foil in your veggie drawer. There it can last up to 2 weeks!


It turns out there is a way to refrigerate bananas! It is perfectly acceptable to put half of a banana in the fridge if it’s wrapped in tin foil. It can last 2 days this way!


Even though I try not to copy any more than what I feel I have to to get things straight, this article was one that I did not want to get wrong. It is too important to my readers health to mess it up. It was copied word for word, and the pictures were copied also.I hope you find the information very useful.


7 Amazing Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Disclaimer of medical knowledge on any posts of a medical nature.These are the opinions from the author’s research. They are not necessarily my own opinions, nor are they medical facts by me. I am not a physician and do not claim to know the validity of this post.


7 Amazing Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Many of us take water for granted. Sometimes we forget how lucky we really are. Considering water is such a vital resource, it’s important to consume enough. Are you drinking enough water? If not, how come? Many individuals find the taste of water boring, as it lacks flavor.

If this is the case for you, don’t be shy to add some lemon to your next glass of water. Lemon is a highly beneficial addition, as it boosts your overall health. Not only will you be consuming essential amounts of water, but you will also increase the overall benefits that your glass of water provides.

Pop and juice are packed with sugar. Although there are natural juices, many beverage options increase your blood sugar, without providing your body with any nutritional value. If you’re trying to lose weight, maintain a healthy lifestyle, or simply feel better; you need to drink more water. Jazzing up your water with lemon will benefit you in the following seven ways:

1. It Balances the pH Levels in Our Body


Although we are overfed, many people are deficient in a wide variety of nutrients. This has led to a population with highly acidic bodies, creating a wide variety of conditions. In order to maintain optimal health, your blood needs to be slightly alkaline.

This of course means that our pH needs to be slightly above 7. The pH of water in its purist form is 7. Any pH below 7 is considered acidic and humans will stop functioning at a pH level below 6.8. The average pH of human blood falls between 7.35 and 7.45. Lemons are thought of as acidic, yet they have an alkalizing effect on our body. Bottled water companies are beginning to offer high pH options in an effort to appeal to those seeking an alkaline aid. However, these bottles typically cost $3 per liter or more, which is somewhat ridiculous considering the pH benefits and economics of putting some lemon in your tap water.

Lemon water can help stabilize the pH of your body, preventing various health conditions. Since lemon water has a positive effect on pH levels, it helps the body remove toxins. This natural detox process is incredible for fighting off viruses and many other related ailments (especially regarding your long-term health).

10 More Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar That You Haven’t Tried

Disclaimer of medical knowledge on any posts of a medical nature.

These are the opinions from the author’s research. They are not necessarily my own opinions, nor are they medical facts by me. I am not a physician and do not claim to know the validity of this post.


Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an inexpensive, natural product that everyone should keep stocked in their cupboard. It has dozens of applications in cooking, household cleaning, home remedies and more. Here are ten practical uses of apple cider vinegar that may surprise you.


1. Adhesive Dissolver

The acids in apple cider vinegar are effective at dissolving many types of adhesive bonds. Apple cider vinegar can be used to remove price tags, labels or stickers. Heat a small bowl of vinegar in the microwave for about thirty seconds. Dip a rag into the warm liquid and hold it over the sticker until the surface is completely soaked through. It will come away easily when you peel it from a corner.

Natural Miracle Medicines And Treatments

There are many natural ingredients that are being re-discovered in this day and time. These are remedies that have been around for many many years. Our grandparents and their grandparents before them used these to treat all ails that befell their families.

With the coming of the internet and numerous medical websites as well as individual nature enthusiasts, many of these “miracle cures” are resurfacing now. Not a week goes by that different people are not sharing posts on Facebook about these “old miracle cures”. I will list some of the different miracle ingredients or items, whichever you want to call them, that have been posted lately. In the next few days to couple of weeks I will try to find the original posts on as many of these items as I can and copy them for you to be able to read about them the same as I did. Like I know that the coconut oil has numerous things that it can be used for, and some of them are medical, while some of them are not medical but just everyday life hacks and cooking secrets. I will try to find that one next. I have already copied one about Hydrogen Peroxide that you can read.

The list is extensive. Here goes what of it that I can remember, but it is nowhere near the list that I have read. Needless to say, being a senior citizen, my memory isn’t what it used to be. As you get older, the memory seems to be the first thing that you lose.

hydrogen peroxide

honey and lemon – are the two ingredients that are mentioned, but I add a cough drop to mine when I am fixing hot tea for a sore throat. It actually soothes really well.


coconut oil

olive oil – one strange life hack that I remember is being able to use olive oil on sticky glue residue from labels to clean it off of the surface it is on. For example, the plastic containers that are reusable for left overs, but you want to remove the stickers from the containers. Once the stickers are removed, they leave a sticky residue on them. All you have to do is put a small amount of olive oil on the residue (just enough to cover the sticky area) and leave it for a few hours. Oil won’t dry out, so it keeps on saturating the residue and making it easy to rub off with an old rag. Then all you have to do is wash it is warm soapy dish water and you have another storage container.

baking soda

baking powder


Vicks Vaporub – I read that if you put it on your toenails when you have some type of fungus infection, then after doing this for two weeks, the fungus is supposed to clear up.

apple cinnamon water

As I was looking through my copied posts to find the ones about the natural ingredients that are being re-discovered in this day and time, I came across another one on Hydrogen Peroxide. Strangely enough, these two articles have different things mentioned in them. Some of them may be the same, but the one titled “Hydrogen Peroxide Magic” has many more uses mentioned in it than the “Hydrogen Peroxide – Medical Miracle” article does.

I hope that you will find these copied articles as helpful as I have. Please leave  comments if you may wish to do so.







I will put this notice on my post from now on, every time that I copy a post from Facebook, so all of my readers will know that this is not my work, but that of someone else. This, like so many of my posts have, came from Facebook. Kelly Bagnasco shared this on my Facebook posts.


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Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean”…I ALWAYS have at least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile!

But it wasn’t until recently, after doing some IN DEPTH research on the subject, that I came to realize what a “miracle substance” hydrogen peroxide really is! It’s safe, it’s readily available, it’s cheap, and best of all, it WORKS! It works for a LOT of stuff!

Hydrogen peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.

Some other interesting facts about hydrogen peroxide:

It is found in all living material.
Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
It is found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.
It is found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.
Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.

Besides the obvious (cleansing wounds), did you know that it is probably the best remedy to dissolve ear wax? Brighten dingy floors? Add natural highlights to your hair? Improve your plants root systems? The list goes on and on!

There are SO many uses for this stuff that I’ve started replacing the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer because it’s easier and faster to use that way.

I have compiled a rather impressive list of uses for 3% hydrogen peroxide that I hope will have you as thrilled and bewildered as I was!

Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.

Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.

Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or the flu.

Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I’ve been using it for this a LOT lately!)

Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.

Clean your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.

Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.

Brighten dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.

Clean kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis.

Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

Add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.

According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.

Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

Remove yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry.

Use it to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.

Helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.

Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.

Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

Use for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.


Kelly Bagnasco

Those are soooooo good!!

3 cups of mashed potatoes
2 eggs
1/3 cup sour cream (optional extra for serving)
1 heaping cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped chives or parsley
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease with butter 8 – 9 of the wells of a nonstick muffin pan. In a medium mixing bowl whisk the eggs then mix in the sour cream. Stir in both cheeses and the chives. Add potatoes and mix well. Spoon them into the pan filling the cups to slightly below the top. Bake 25- 35 minutes until they pull away from the sides of the cup and are golden brown. Remove from oven and let them cool 5 minutes in pan. Serve with sour cream if desired.