WFMW-Summer Tips

I have an odd assortment of quirky, but helpful summer tips.

And let's just assume that I'm not odd.

 Or quirky. 


So, here they are, in no certain order (like I need to point that out):
  • Splinter removal is easier if you soak area in olive oil first.
  • Toss coffee grounds in vegetable or flower garden for healthier soil.
  • Apply lemon juice to mildewed towels, clothes and let the sun dry them.
  • Pure vanilla extract will deter mosquitos (and make you smell like dessert).
  • In case you don't want to smell like a cupcake, BenGay cream relieves insect bite itching.
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31. My Frugal Adventures (Organize your makeup)
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34. Kristen (homemade english muffins)
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Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

oh yes - I save my coffee grounds and send them to the garden every day. :)But the vanilla, cupcakes, and Bengay...not so much. :)

thediaperdiaries said...

I also recently read that roll on deoderant stops mosquito bites from itching but haven't tried it yet.

Anonymous said...

Re: splinters
You can rub it out with a pumice stone! No tweezers or needles!

Hoosier Homemade said...

Those are great tips! Thanks for hosting another great WFMW!

Becky said...

Thanks for the tips. We've been using coffee grounds for the first time this year on our garden and have been amazed by the size of our veggies.

I'll have to try the other tips, too. (Love the idea of using a pumice stone for splinters)

Have a great week!

Jenny said...

Great tips!

FrugalinLA said...

I'll keep these tips in mind, Thanks!
I could have definitely used the olive oil tip yesterday.

Heather @ Just Doing My Best said...

Love the olive oil idea! My dd has a fiberglass splinter that we are having a terrible time removing.

ilovemy5kids said...

I can't wait to try the lemon juice trick. What a great idea!
Blessings to you!

Barbara H. said...

I need tips rather than having any to share this week.

Thanks for hosting this!

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Really? Vanilla deters mosquitoes?!? Huh...hope you're not offended if I DON'T test that one! ;-)

Michelle said...

I've heard tomatoes love coffee grounds! Nice vanilla trick ~ is it sticky? Does it attract bees ??

Janis @ SneakPeek said...

Coo! Thanks for the mosquito tip!

se7en said...

I was going to say: love the coffee grounds idea, but I love the mosquito tip too. Hang on - GREAT TIPS!!! I finally got round to my summer recipes, that I should have posted last week!

momstheword said...

That splinter tip sounds like a great idea! I'm all about making it easier!

I love the pure vanilla extract idea. Plus it smells good!

Alea said...

Thanks for the tips. My husband is a mosquito magnet; all I have to do for protection is stand next to him! :-) I will see if I can get him to try vanilla. But wait, then the mosquitos might come after me...maybe I'll just offer him Ben Gay! ;)

HomeGrownMommy said...

I think there was only one tip on that list that I didn't already know!! Thanks so much for the info! I'll be squeezing some lemons right away - in the Florida jungle, towels smell like mildew so quickly!! Hope everyone enjoys my article which compares grocery costs between AngelFood and WalMart. Guess who won!

Sandra said...

Thanks for the tips. I think we may try to lemon juice one!

Anonymous said...

So please explain how to use the vanilla! Do you dab like perfume? Or dump it all over yourself?!?! ;-)And does it work for black flies?


Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

Wow, I didn't know that about vanilla. Yum! I'll take smelling like cupcakes over the yucky bug spray smell any day!

Happy Wednesday!

Peterson Family said...

Those are good to know. Mosquitos LOVE I have something else to try to get rid of them!

Frugal Fine Living said...

These are great tips! I can't wait to try the vanilla.


Joesette said...

Thanks for the great tips! I always throw the coffee grounds in the compost bin....I'll have to try doing it this way!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Who wouldn't want to smell like a cupcake?

Mom2fur said...

If you don't want to smell like Ben-gay, try dabbing a little bit of bar soap on the bite. (Wet soap, of course.) I find this really helps!
Instant cool-off trick: run cold water over your wrists and you'll feel instantly cooler. At least for a little while, LOL!

Anonymous said...

Making a paste from meat tenderizer and a dab of water - - works well to help not be itchy from bug bites!

Lynn said...

great tips. Thanks!

Heather said...

Love the olive oil one-I use it for so much, will have to remember this when the splinters get us!

Michelle said...

I love WFMW! One of these weeks I will think of something fabulous to share. Until then I will enjoy everyone else's suggestions.

Ten Digit Creations said...

As usual, a great read and great tips.

Veronica said...

Bengay makes my cat go crazy!

Angie said...

Love the randomness of these tips. I learned a few things. Thanks!

Penny Penguin said...

oooo! I'll have to try the vanilla. I seem to be a favorite treat for those pesky mosquitoes. I have a tip for splinters. Sometimes letting Elmer's glue dry over the splinter then peeling it off works to painlessly remove it.

★ MamaKat ★ said...

So. . . how do I use the Vanilla? Thanks for the awesome tips! :)

shopannies said...

I so wanted to add mine but a bit late if anyone wants to read it here it is

Mocha Momma said...

stopped by from momstheword to checkout your blog.

Great ideas for the WFMW post.

I'll be back
Nannette from Life: Be In It

Heather said...

Oh I'll have to remember the splinter removal! I was looking for an easy solution just two weeks ago for our 2 year old. Thanks!