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DIY Household Tips And Tricks That Grandma Knew (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 01/12/2011 7:40 am   Updated: 05/25/2011 6:25 pm

From "1,001 Old-Time Household Hints: Timeless Bits of Household Wisdom for Today's Home and Garden":

It's a whole new year, the perfect opportunity to finally start growing food in that container garden you've been talking about, rid your house of nasty toxins, and actually reduce your carbon footprint once and for all. But you don't need to shell out big bucks for a fancy compact composter or spend extra on "green" cleaning products. Take a few resourceful old-time hints from your great grandmother and you'll soon be on your way to a simpler, more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Soak Greasy Tools in Coca-Cola
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Cola, while not so good for your teeth or love handles, can be put to good use cleaning tools and other sticky surfaces. Since cola was invented in the late 1800s, mechanics have been using it as a cleaner for tools and mechanical items. New Jersey textile designer and engineer William H. Carroll’s simple advice? “Soak in Coke! When tools and mechanical items get gummed up with oil and grease, soak them overnight in a bath of Coca-Cola. It will cut the grease and make them shine.” And we all know Coca-Cola costs less than water!
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