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Monday, March 23 , 2015

Disinfect Without the Bleach

Do you really want your bathroom to smell like a hospital…especially when your guests are just about to arrive? Here's what to do…

If you want to avoid the harsh smell of bleach, you can clean and disinfect your toilet by using this simple formula. In a spray bottle, add one-half cup of distilled white vinegar, one-half cup of plain water and 15 drops of tea tree oil (available at health-food stores). Shake the bottle, then spray both sides of the toilet seat, under the rim, around the bowl, etc. Wipe the seat dry with a clean cloth, brush and flush the inside bowl. The slight vinegar smell will disappear, leaving the unusual, fresh scent of tea tree oil.

And, by the way…put the lid down before you flush. When you flush without closing the toilet seat lid, a polluted plume of water vapor and bacteria can spew out of the flushing toilet bowl. The polluted water particles waft around the bathroom and eventually land. If there are toothbrushes out in a nearby cup or holder, they may be a landing strip for some of those particles. Yuck!

More ways to easy cleaning…


Thursday, March 19 , 2015

What’s Missing from Your Physical—Ask for It

Watch here to make sure that you are getting the most out of your yearly physicals. Remember—the customer (that’s you) is always right!


Thursday, March 19 , 2015

Stop Toilet Overflow in Seconds

Have you ever pushed your luck and flushed too many times to try to undo an obvious clog in the old commode? Here's what to do to prevent an inevitable overflow.

If, after you flush, the water is rising dangerously high, quickly turn on the cold water in the sink as well as in the bathtub or shower.

The cold water coming through the pipes will cause a vacuum that will suction the water in the toilet down the drain.

Commit this tip to memory. It's a great thing to know, especially when you go to somebody else's home…except they might think that you're making yourself a little too much at home when they hear the shower running.

More bathroom fix-its…


Wednesday, March 18 , 2015

Yawn Away Wrinkles

Yawning is so contagious…and it can be embarrassing if done at the wrong place or the wrong time. But there's a way you can make it really good for you. Here's how…

Each time you yawn (or every other yawn when you are not surrounded by people), use the opportunity to tone your face and neck muscles. Inhale deeply as you yawn, and open your mouth as wide as it will go. As you exhale, stick out your tongue and roll your eyes upward. If you're alone—or around people with ear buds or who don't mind you making weird noises—make a loud roar like a lion. These are classic yoga moves that have been used for centuries to reduce neck and face wrinkles. They work!

More natural ways to reduce wrinkles…


Wednesday, March 18 , 2015

No-Slip Purse Trick

It's so annoying to carry a purse with a strap that keeps slipping off your shoulder. Don't put up with this hassle! Do this instead…

Sew a big button on your jacket or coat on the side where you usually carry your bag. Test to see what part of your shoulder is most comfortable for the strap and position the button accordingly. It'll work as a hook to keep the slippery strap in place.

Try to find a button that matches the color of your jacket so that it will blend in…or no—you could use a glamorous button that blares out your individual style.

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Tuesday, March 17 , 2015

No More Foggy Eyeglasses

Are you tired of stepping outside in humid or cold weather—or stepping inside in cool weather—only to have your glasses fog up, making you look silly and creating hazards galore? Here's what to do…

Smear tiny dollops of foam shaving cream on the inside and outside of your lenses, then wipe them off with a soft cloth. Doing this leaves a very thin, invisible coating on the lenses, which will help fend off moisture and prevent the glasses from fogging up each time you go out in weird weather (or even while dumping spaghetti into a colander!). We've also found that a film of shaving cream keeps plastic eyeglass lenses cleaner longer. We apply the foam every morning (when we remember) or before we know for sure that we will encounter an extra-steamy situation. You can also spit on your lenses the way scuba divers do to their face masks, but we think shaving cream is a lot more pleasant to work with.

More on the best corrective lenses for you…


Friday, March 13 , 2015

Dr. Hamdy’s Exercise Trick

Happy First Day of Spring! What a great time to jump-start (or begin) your exercise routine. You say you hate exercise and always fail at fitness programs? Watch here to discover the secret to easily starting and sticking to an exercise plan that you’ll enjoy for the rest of your life.

Thursday, March 12 , 2015

Homemade Blemish Buster

Oh no! Where'd that zit come from? Acne belongs back in high school…not on your face the day before a dinner party, family event or job interview. You can buy strong medicine to keep your skin clear, but it's hardly worth the expense and skin-drying harshness for the occasional breakout. Here's what to do…

Make a paste using equal amounts of cornstarch and rubbing alcohol—one-half teaspoon of each should be enough—and put it on the pimple to dry it out. Leave it on overnight and the zit should be history in the morning.

More homemade ways to a great complexion…


Wednesday, March 11 , 2015

Unstick Stuck Stacked Glasses

That was a great party you threw, and you whipped through cleanup in no time at all—except to save steps, you nested your tall glasses together. Now you have some unique glass sculptures that will not pull apart! Here's what to do…

Submerge the bottom glass in hot water, which will expand it...then pour ice-cold water in the top glass, which will contract it. Once you have the hot-and-cold thing happening, you should be able to pull the glasses apart easily.

More help with your glassware…


Tuesday, March 10 , 2015

Don’t Plant Your Garden Wrong

Depending on what climate you live in, you might be getting ready to sow some seeds or plant some seedlings! Here's the word on what to put where, based on how much sun you get.

If a section of your garden is bathed in sunlight, consider growing corn, melons, peppers and/or tomatoes. They thrive in the sun.

If a section of your garden doesn’t get much sun, consider growing lettuce, pumpkins and/or spinach, which all thrive in the shade.

More help with your garden…