Tips Around the House
(All tips are for the black & white sections of the newspaper, not the shiny ads)
Lay 5-10 layers of wet newspaper on the ground and around plants before mulching to better control weeds.
Clean window screens by taping newspaper to one side of the screen and while vacuuming the other side; this method creates more suction for the vacuum.
Deodorize containers and lunch boxes by balling up a piece of newspaper inside it and letting it sit overnight.
Use the comic section for wrapping gifts; spray with hairspray so ink doesn't get on your fingers.
Shred and add to compost pile.
Wrap tomatoes and fruit individually in newspaper to ripen them faster.
Spray window panes with vinegar and wipe with crumpled newspaper for a streak-free finish.
Remove moisture from inside shoes by putting crumpled newspaper inside them and allowing them to sit overnight.
Line the vegetable drawer in the fridge with newspaper to reduce excess moisture and odors.
Make biodegradable seed starting pots.
Use a stack of newspapers as an emergency kneeling pad.
Shredded newspaper makes a great packing material for shipping.
Use rolled up newspaper as a fire starter.
If you are a mosaic artist, use wadded up newspaper to help remove excess grout.
Newspaper pulp can be used to make homemade paper.
Make book covers with newspaper and the comics section; spray with hairspray so ink doesn't get on your fingers.
Absorb liquid from large spills to save on paper towels.
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Dottie has been an avid gardener for over 20 years in Central New York (zone 5) and a crafter for life. She especially enjoys working with hypertufa, stained glass, mosaics, and turning trash into garden art. Dottie and her husband Gary have done craft shows, had an Etsy shop and are currently considering selling their creations at flea markets and variety shops. Dottie has been featured in seven issues of Birds and Blooms, Birds and Blooms Extra, and several specialty publicatiions. Dottie started www.gardensandcrafts.com in December 2005 after repeatedly being asked how she made a particular project. She thought it fitting to just share her ideas with the world, for free, so that others can be inspired to beautify their own world.
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