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Four Things You Didn’t Know Oven Cleaner Could Clean

Think your bottle of oven cleaner is a one-hit wonder? Think again. You can actually use it to clean the following four things: 1. Stained Pyrex dishes: Spray on the oven cleaner and place the dish in a tightly sealed garbage bag overnight. In the morning, scrub away the stains and wash the dish thoroughly. 2. Your curling iron: Remove […]

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How to Remove Broken Glass from Your Dishwasher

It  happens to the best of us. A glass that wasn’t properly loaded breaks in your dishwasher’s rinse cycle. Luckily there’s an easy and safe way to remove the glass without getting your fingers sliced. Start by grabbing a flashlight and turning off the lights in your kitchen. Shine the flashlight in the bottom of the dishwasher. Any pieces of […]

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How to Soften Brown Sugar (and Keep it Soft!)

If you get caught with hard-as-a-rock brown sugar once your mixer is already in motion, you can still rescue that batch of cookies with this quick trick. To soften your sugar follow these steps: 1. Place the sugar in a microwave-safe bowl. 2. Sprinkle with a teaspoon of water. 3. Cover with a damp paper towel. 4. Microwave in 30-second […]

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An Easy Trick to Prevent Static Hair

Who knew a regular old bar of soap could help prevent static hair this winter? Use this tip from stylist Sally Hershberger for flyaway free locks: After you get out of the shower, while your hair is still damp, rub a bar of soap in your hands with just a little bit of water. Then run your hands through your hair, […]

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Banish that Musty Freezer Smell

What’s the secret weapon to banishing the musty freezer smell? Surprisingly it’s vanilla extract. If your freezer starts to smell a bit funky or stale, after you’ve cleaned it (check out our checklist to help you speed-clean your freezer), wipe down the inside with a cotton pad that has been dampened with vanilla extract. It will freshen it up so […]

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A New Use for a Toilet Paper Tube

You know how much we love new uses for old things here at Real Simple. And this one from You Grow Girl (found via Re-Nest) is right up our alley. Take a look:


It’s an easy seed starter for your spring planting. Keep reading to see how to make it.

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What Do You Do With Old Tennis Balls?

I'm going to take a wild guess that most of you have a random tennis ball (or 5) floating around your house. Whether from attempting a new hobby or a leftover toy that Fido lost interest in, they're just taking up space. But, there are tons of uses for all those fluorescent green balls, and we want to hear how […]

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