Around the house
* Clean salt stains from shoes and boots. Wipe with a damp cloth that has been dipped in a mixture of 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Buff dry.
* Remove purple price-tag spots from counter tops. Dampen a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and take away stains.
* Store bananas in the refrigerator without the skins turning dark. Place fruit inside a white plastic bag, such as a kitchen trash bag, and store inside crisper. Skins will remain yellow for several days.
* Organize this year's tax files. Buy a box of 500 business-size envelopes and label them with name of accounts. When paying bills, place receipts in marked envelopes and file alphabetically. Your financial records will be in order for next year's taxes.
* Dust light bulbs frequently. Bulbs covered with dust use the same amount of electricity but give off as much as 15 percent less light than clean ones.
* Remove sticky residue that remains from labels that have been soaked off from plastic items. Rub off with baking soda and a dry cloth.
In the garden
* When transporting cut flowers, moisten stems and wrap in paper towels; wrap with foil, plastic wrap or place stems inside plastic bag. This will help retain moisture.