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12 Surprising Uses for Cotton Balls


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9. Protect Your Garden. Rabbits are cute, but they sure wreak havoc on your garden. Deter them humanely by soaking cotton balls in distilled white vinegar. Place them in a plastic film container, with 2 holes poked in the top.

10. Start a Fire. It’s true! All you need are some cotton balls and a tub of petroleum jelly to start a fire! Click here to learn more.

11. Grow Beans. For a fun and easy project, grow beans indoors with the help of some cotton balls. Click here for detailed instructions!

12. Extend the Life of Daffodils. Have a fabulous bouquet of daffodils? Fill the hollow stems with some water, and plug them up with a cotton ball. This trick will help them last longer.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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6:59PM PDT on Sep 23, 2013


6:50PM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

groovy, thanks!

5:44PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Wow....great ideas, thank you!

10:58AM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

A few tips, I never thought of..thanks

5:35AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Thank you

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4:48AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:27AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

12:59PM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Would never have thought of using them for daffodils! Fab xxx

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