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    Clean flip-flops

    Flip-flops are worn often during the summer, but they get dirty easily and then can look too ugly to wear. To clean them, you can soak them in a tub of water and powdered laundry detergent. Use...

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    Make your own laundry detergent

    Dear Sara: I have your recipe for dry laundry detergent. Would you please give the ounces for the boxes of products used? — Ginny, email Dear Ginny: I’ve shared many laundry detergent recipes through the years. Most...

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    Start a container garden

    If you don’t have room for a full-scale garden, try container gardening. Focus on what you can do. Maybe start with a kitchen herb garden, or regrow produce scraps such as garlic, potatoes, leeks, ginger or celery,...

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    Garden with a pocket pot

    Dear Sara: I have a clay strawberry pot, but I don’t want to plant strawberries in it. What plants do you recommend? — Karla, Pennsylvania Dear Karla: Hens and chicks will work well. I have some planted...

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    Make your own washing soda

    Readers sometimes have trouble finding Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda for purchase. If you’re unable to find a nearby retailer through armandhammer.com, you can make washing soda at home. The first reader tip tells you how:...

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    Remove salt from boots

    Dear Sara: How do I remove winter salt stains from my boots? — Kara, New York Dear Kara: I brush off my boots to get any loose particles off. Then I mix vinegar with water and apply...

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    Refrigerate or freeze yeast

    Dear Sara: Is it okay to put dry yeast packets in the refrigerator? My house gets hot inside in the summer, so I’m thinking it would keep better in there. — S.S., California Dear S.S.: Yes, you...

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    Make copycat recipes

      Copycat recipes aren’t the exact secret recipes from stores and restaurants, but they taste close enough to the “real deal” that they are sometimes called “kitchen clones”. The recipes often use common ingredients and are simple...

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    Don’t waste the crust

    People either love pizza crust edges or hate them. If you have a crust-hater in the family, cut his or her crust edges off prior to serving. You can stick them in the fridge or freezer to...

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    Clean stainless steel sink

    Dear Sara: I have tried cleaning my stainless steel sink with vinegar and with baking soda, but neither worked. Do you have any other suggestions? — Jim T., email Dear Jim T.: Try salt and lemon. I...

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    Try an alternative to shampoo

    Dear Sara: Do you have a recipe for making shampoo? — Rita M., email Dear Rita: I don’t have a recipe for store-bought shampoo. However, I do have a natural recipe that many of my readers enjoy...

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    Shelf life of cream cheese

    Dear Sara: I have some cream cheese with an expiration date of almost two months ago. Is it still good? — Karol, email Dear Karol: I wouldn’t eat it. If the date is a “use by” date,...