From The Tips Box: Mosquito Bites, Long-Lasting Milk, Pot Lids

Readers offer their best tips for alleviating itchy mosquito bites, buying milk that lasts longer, and saving space in the kitchen.

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Use Salt to Relieve Itchy Mosquito Bites

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Greg shows us another way to treat mosquito bites using household items:

The best way to treat a mosquito bite: lick the end of your finger to wet it then pour salt on it. Rub this onto the bite. This supplies sodium to the site as well as "scratching" it. Leave it alone (with the small amount of salt and moisture from your saliva) and forget about it. My grandfather told me this as a kid some 45 years ago. Trust me, it works 100% every time. Try it yourself and see.

Also, if you ever get poison ivy or sumac poisoning on your skin there is a product that is absolutely a life saver. It's called "Tecnu" and it saved me from a horrible sumac case on my legs.

Buy Lactose Free Milk for Longer Expiration Times

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Ryanmudry lets us know of a longer-lasting milk product:

Lactose-free milk (Lactaid) is great for people who travel a lot for business but would still like to have good milk available when they get home because it has been ultra pasteurized. Lactose-free milk is typically good 1-2 months when refrigerated.

Save Space by Hanging Pot Lids on Wire

James shares a good way to save space in your kitchen cabinets:

I published an Instructable on how to keep your pan cupboards tidier and your lids more organised with a simple hack, allowing you to hang pan lids on the back of cupboard doors, and often unused space! It's cheap, fast and really really easy. Plus it looks cool when it's done. All you need to do is:

1) Strip the insulation from some wire if you're reusing some old wire then seperate out the strands from the core. 1 strand will do!

2) Screw some screws into the inside of your cupboard. My landlord's cupboards are chipboard with a laminate covering. I screwed in at an angle to meet the thicker board making up the frame and to resist the pull of the lids better.

3) Twizzle the wire around the first screw. Get it nice and tight.

4) Loop around the second screw, using a pot lid to guage how much slack to leave.

5) Tighten the second loop of wire.

6) Screw the screws home so they clamp down on the wire.

7) Repeat on the inside of as many cupboards, for as many pan lids as you need!


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