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A thrifty alternative to soap refills

Little net helps catch lizards!
With the onset of cool weather, an occasional anole lizard somehow sneaks into my front hallway. I find them cute at a distance but don’t have the courage to capture and release one with bare hands (thus the toy in the photo!) A dollar store butterfly net easily does the trick without any harm. I keep it handy by my front door!
Little net helps catch lizards! With the onset of cool weather, an occasional anole lizard somehow sneaks into my front hallway. I find them cute at a distance but don’t have the courage to capture and release one with bare hands (thus the toy in the photo!) A dollar store butterfly net easily does the trick without any harm. I keep it handy by my front door! Camilla Mazzotta, Charlotte

The winner: Don’t keep buying automatic soap dispenser refills. After you empty one out, drill a hole big enough to allow your favorite soap container spout to fit into. This makes it easy to turn the bottle upside down and squeeze the new soap into the dispenser container. Fashion a stopper with an old cork to close the hole. Never buy expensive replacements again.

Terry Lansdell, Charlotte

Little net helps catch lizards!

With the onset of cool weather, an occasional anole lizard somehow sneaks into my front hallway. I find them cute at a distance but don’t have the courage to capture and release one with bare hands. A dollar store butterfly net easily does the trick without any harm. I keep it handy by my front door!

Camilla Mazzotta, Charlotte

End ear bud tangles for good

If you have small ear buds, you know how easily the wires can tangle. Just roll them up neatly and put in an empty pill box, and you can toss it into a purse or briefcase with no worries.

Judi Lecker, Charlotte

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