Home Remedies

Hosted by Cheryl Chavez
Group active since Mon, Oct 10, 2011

This group is for tried and true home remedies. . . or maybe a few tongue in cheek remedies that will just make us all laugh!
If you have a 'home remedy' that you use frequently instead of purchased medications. . . post it here!
If you have a homemade hand cream or face cleanser that you just love. . .post it here!
If you have a tip for getting stains out things. . .post it here!

Joey Wolf
May 15, 2016


I've had a recurring toothache for the past year or two.......DDS will be happy to pull the offender IF we can decide which one it is.....sigh I've popped abcesses 3 times! Been on antibiotics several times. It is one of 4 and it seems like each time it's a different one, all on the left side of my mouth, both top and bottom back teeth. It's 4:30 am and I've used heat and ice, rinsed my mouth with warm salt water, sprayed it with a numbing agent......can't take another pain killer for 2.5 hrs(that did not touch it)......and I am miserable! Plus it's Sunday am! No DDS available until at least Monday after PT and it's 25 miles away in the opposite direction, of course! Now! My ear hurts too! Whine! Whine! Whine! I want my Mommy!

Any help on the home remedy scene you can offer will be appreciated.

Joey Wolf
Aug 14, 2015

Mosquito bite treatment

Are you sitting at the ball game and realize you forgot the bite stick, or benadryl? Try this, this is a plantain (no not the banana look alike). It grows at the edge of almost every yard, field, and driveway. Pick a leaf, roll it between your fingers to release the oil, rub it onto the bites. It should stop the itch! You can even tape it to a bite if you are particularly tasty to the insect world.

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Sally Williams
Aug 8, 2015

A kitchen remodel that will stand the test of time

Kitchens are typically the first room in the house that show their age. Because preferences change over time, what makes a kitchen desirable for one person may offend another’s sense of style. The kitchen is often the deal breaker for prospective buyers and when it’s not, it’s still as likely as not to be remodeled by the new owner. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel but want a kitchen that won’t make your home difficult to sell down the road, consider these timeless design tips for a kitchen remodel that will stand the test of time.


A kitchen with plenty of storage space is always in style. Remember that the amount of storage isn’t the only thing to consider. It’s also important that everything is within easy reach. Storage space is useless if you need a step ladder to reach things stored there. The sweet spot is between 15 and 48 inches. For lower cabinets, consider installing slide-out shelves and turntables to maximize use of the space and to make it easier to see what’s inside without having to get down on all fours.

Work space

Having adequate counter space is an important consideration but it’s also a good idea to have counters at various heights so as to accommodate children and adults who prefer to alternate between sitting and standing when preparing food. A great way to do this is to replace the island with one with different levels.

Sinks and faucets

Don’t skimp on the sink and faucet. Choose a nice, deep sink that will give you plenty of room to work with when washing dishes. Choose a faucet with a pull out spray to make dishwashing a breeze. If you want, you can splurge on a hand-free faucet. At the very least, go with a faucet that has lever-style handles rather than knobs that can be difficult to turn when your hands are dirty.

Lights and outlets

Good lighting can make all the difference in your kitchen. Make sure your work areas are well lit. You might install track lighting or under-the-cabinet LED strips to brighten up your work space. If your outlets are 12 inches up from the floor, raise them to 18 inches. If they’re 48 inches up, lower them to 42 inches.


Choose an attractive flooring option that’s non-skid and easy to clean. Remember that a lighter color will make your kitchen appear larger. Plan on having at least 42 inches of space in your work aisles for one cook and at least 48 inches of space if there will be more than one cook.


If your kitchen has a doorway, widen it so that it can accommodate a wheel chair or large appliance coming through it. Go with a threshold-free doorway so it won’t trip you up and opt for lever handles that will be easier to open than doorknobs.


Name brand, stainless steel, energy efficient appliances are ideal if you can swing it. Try to stick with one brand if possible. Choose appliances with bright digital displays so you can more easily see the time and temperature.

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Source: consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/07/kitchen-design-that-stands-the-test-of-time/index.htm

Sally Williams
Jul 21, 2015

Things to consider before a DIY remodel

More and more homeowners are opting to do remodeling projects themselves. One big reason for this is to save some money and get the most out of their remodeling budget. But another reason is that many homeowners enjoy the satisfaction of getting their hands dirty and being personally involved in the improvement of their homes. Whatever your reasons for wanting to tackle a DIY remodel, here are some things you’ll want to think about first.


Many homeowners have been injured while attempting to do remodeling work on their own. Injuries can be relatively minor but can also be very serious or even fatal. A good rule of thumb is to avoid doing any work yourself if professionals who specialize in that work are required to have a license.

If you do want to tackle it yourself, make sure you follow all directions and safety procedures and that you know how to safely use all of the equipment required for the job.


Homeowners would be wise to remember that time is money. Ask yourself if the amount of time that it will take you to do a given project is worth the savings in money. If you’re hoping to get a project done before the holidays, ask yourself if it’s feasible to make that deadline working by yourself. Rushing a project will result in cut corners and shoddy work so if you don’t have the time to do the project right, hire professionals who will.


Though cost is usually one of the main reasons homeowners cite for wanting to do a remodel themselves, it can also be one of the main reasons they shouldn’t. If a project will require a lot of specialized tools that will sit in the attic collecting dust afterwards, it may be more cost effective to hire a professional who already has the tools. If mistakes can be costly and will need to be fixed by professionals, you’re better off hiring a professional to begin with.

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Source: tennessean.com/story/money/real-estate/2015/05/08/weigh-options-remodel/70950858/

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Sally Williams
Jul 8, 2015

Rainy weather tough on rain gutters

The rainy season is upon us and will only get worse as spring transitions to summer. Though the rain serves a vital function, it can be pretty inconvenient at times. One of the inconveniences of rain is that it can really strain your rain gutter system. If your rain gutters aren’t in top shape, a good rainfall can quickly overwhelm your system and cause problems for your roof, siding, and even your home’s foundation. Here are some things you should know about your rain gutters and how to maintain them during the rainy season.

Two important jobs

Your rain gutters perform two main tasks: first, they get water off of your roof; and second, they provide that water an outlet away from your home. If your rain gutter system is compromised and cannot perform these two functions, it could spell trouble for your home. If the rain gutters are clogged, water may not be able to get off of your roof, if it begins to pool up, water can seep beneath the shingles where they can cause all kinds of problems like roof leaks, mold, and rot. This can greatly reduce the lifespan of your roof. Clogged gutters can also cause water to overflow and drip down the side of your home which can damage the home’s fascia and siding. Finally, if your gutters have pulled loose from the side of the house or if there are any gaps, holes, or rust in the gutter system, water may pool up at the base of your home and can seep into your basement and damage your home’s foundation.

Maintaining your rain gutters

Rain gutters are pretty easy to maintain. The most important thing is to make sure they are free of debris and the other problems will mostly take care of themselves. Depending on the number of trees in your yard, you may need to clean out your rain gutters anywhere from 1 to 4 times a year. If you’ve let debris accumulate, your gutters may have pulled loose due to excess weight on your system. When this happens to need to refasten them to the side of your home. When performing rain gutter maintenance don’t neglect the downspouts which also need to be cleaned out and in good shape. You can also hire a professional service to so this work for you.

If your gutters are bent, rusted, or otherwise damaged, it may be time to replace the whole rain gutter system.

Home improvement news brought to you by bartonroof.com
Source: gazette.com/rainy-weather-especially-tough-on-gutters-in-colorado-springs/article/1551274

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Sally Williams
Jun 28, 2015

Five common oversights when remodeling

Remodeling projects rarely go as smoothly as you hope. No matter how much planning goes into a home remodel and no matter how prepared you feel, it never goes exactly as you have it down on paper. Here are five of the most common oversights homeowners make when remodeling their homes and some tips for avoiding those oversights.

Don’t forget the landscaping

Many homeowners use up all of their remodeling budget on the interior of the home leaving the exterior feeling neglected. There are a number of good reasons why you should set aside some of your budget for your home’s exterior, and particularly, your landscaping.

If you’re doing an addition for your home, or any major work on the exterior of your home, be assured that your yard is going to be trampled on by construction workers. Even when all of the remodeling is taking place inside your home, contractors often use the driveway or yard as a staging area where supplies for the project are stored. When the project is complete, you’ll be left with a yard in poor shape and no budget for fixing it up if you didn’t plan ahead for this.

Even if your yard is completely untouched by contractors, it doesn’t make much sense to spend a considerable amount of money updating your home’s interior if your home’s exterior is bland or outdated. So plan to spend some of your remodeling budget on landscaping regardless.

Think quality over cost

Remodeling projects, even simple ones, can be quite expensive. Homeowners understandably try to cut costs where they can to get the most out of the remodeling budget they’ve spent. But it is possible to take penny-pinching too far. When picking out materials for a remodel, don’t base decisions on cost alone. Choosing whatever is cheapest will lead to you having inferior materials. Going with the most expensive materials isn’t necessarily wise either. Instead of basing decisions entirely on cost, consider the quality of the product and how long you want it to last. If you’ve got products of a similar quality, then you can start thinking about cost in deciding which to buy.

Imagine using the remodeled space

You’d be surprised how many homeowners make all of their remodeling decisions based on appearance rather than functionality. Don’t forget that at the end of a remodeling project, you have to live in and use the remodeled space. Ask yourself some important questions before you begin a remodeling project. What is the purpose of this remodeled room? What activities will you or your family be doing in this space? Try to visualize yourself in your remodeled room doing whatever it is you’ll be doing in that room. Is it functional? Are there any problems with your intended remodeling plans?

Go green

A remodeling project is the perfect excuse to make your home more energy efficient. If you’re already tearing open walls, you might as well replace your old insulation, with newer, better insulation. If you’re doing a kitchen remodel, you might as well replace your appliances with ones that are more energy efficient. Whatever remodeling project you’re doing, think about how you can make your home more energy efficient in the process. There may even be some tax breaks in it for you.

Have a contingency fund

Perhaps the biggest oversight homeowners make is failing to have a contingency fund. Despite all your planning, things can go wrong and there may be unexpected costs in finishing your remodeling project. It’s important that you set aside extra, at least 10% of the cost of the remodeling project, so that you’re prepared for any setbacks.

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Source: deseretnews.com/article/865631074/Common-oversights-when-remodeling.html?pg=all

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Sally Williams
Jun 19, 2015

Tips for Successfully Selling a Home

Selling a home can either be a great experience or bad experience, and it all depends on how you prepare to sell your home. While the market can determine how much you actually get for your home, you also have a lot of say when it comes to the price of your home depending on what you do to prepare to sell your home. Here is some advice to successfully selling your home.

Upgrading to increase value

Making certain upgrades in order to increase the value of your home is smart, but it is important that you make the right upgrades because there are upgrades that can actually decrease the value of your home such as installing a pool. Upgrades that make your home more energy efficient will definitely increase your home’s value, and fortunately do not break the bank. Give your home a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color that looks nice, but is easy to cover up if the new owners choose to do so. Update light fixture on the interior and exterior of the home in order to give the home an upgraded feel.

Advertising your home

When placing your home on the market, understand that most potential buyers are first going to search the internet for listings, which means it is vital that you take good pictures of the home to post them online. How to Nest for Less encourages homeowners who are selling their homes to take pictures of every area of the home. The more pictures, the better. Make sure the lighting is good so the house doesn’t look dark and gloomy. Capture important features like kitchen appliances, closets and other features that potential buyers are most interested in. Once your online listing is posted and appealing, post appealing signs around the neighborhood to drive traffic your way, and make sure your yard is well kept so when people drive by to see the home they are instantly drawn in by the curb appeal.

Preparing to move

Moving is often messy, and moving while trying to sell your home can be frustrating because you are trying to keep your house presentable for walk throughs, but packing often leads to clutter throughout the house. Before putting your home on the market, get rid of all unnecessary clutter by hosting yard sales or donating items to thrift stores or donation centers. Purchase several cheap laundry baskets that you can quickly throw items in when you don’t have time to deep clean before people arrive for a walk through. Mess can make or break a sale, so make it easy for yourself to keep the home clean while trying to sell your home. Lastly, consider putting unnecessary items in storage to keep your home from looking cluttered, and give the illusion of more space.

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Source: howtonestforless.com/2014/05/22/15­best­tips­selling­home/

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Joey Wolf
Mar 9, 2012

Spring ahead!

Move those clocks up an hour Sat night.

It's the time of year folks are itching to hang their laundry out on the line, for the fresh air scent. That's great....unless you suffer from allergies, If you have allergies, especially to tree pollen, by hanging your linens out on the line, you are wrapping your head in pollen ALL NIGHT! It's something so simple, it doesn't even occur to people it may really aggrivate some allergy sufferers.