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Bar soap can stop squeaky hinges in a pinch

Take empty toilet paper rolls, insert extension cords, and write lengths on rolls. Keeps cords neat and no more guessing the right length for the job.
Take empty toilet paper rolls, insert extension cords, and write lengths on rolls. Keeps cords neat and no more guessing the right length for the job.

The winner: Tired of squeaky door hinges and then using spray lubricants that leave a mess? My very effective solution is to apply a bit of bathroom hand bar soap to each hinge and problem solved!

Mildred Hickling, Charlotte

Empty paper rolls make great cord storage

Take empty toilet paper rolls, insert extension cords, and write lengths on rolls. Keeps cords neat and no more guessing the right length for the job.

Anne McKenzie, Asheville

Nifty second use for icing container

Save your cake icing containers to store leftover chicken stock in the freezer. It’s an ideal size for soups and gravy.

Jennie Roper, Morganton

Cheap and easy pot cleaning move

To clean pots with copper bottoms, sprinkle salt on the bottom and then pour white vinegar and scrub away the tarnish. Pot will look like new!

Terry Mustacros

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