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    Very old remedy to clean stuff off of your hands

    I want to tell you about my experience before I tell you my fix. Just so you will understand just how crazy my life can get. My mama's house has just been invested with ants for the past couple of years. We have sprayed, called Terminex, cussed, and used almost every concoction we could think of, to get rid of the little pest. We have even eaten a few of them. hahaha!! (on an accident, of course) My mother is 92 years old. She has seen a little bit of everything in her lifetime. But, nothing has worried her like these ants! They don't bite or sting except on occasions. The old folks called them little sugar ants.
    Well, I went around her house the other day looking for trails of where they were coming in at. I found several and all lead from some holes that had been knocked in the side of the tile where pipes were either going or coming out of. So, I went to the Dollar store and bought a can of that spay foam insulation. You know.... the kind that grows and fills the area it is plugging about 3 times the amount that you put in. Of course I tackled the biggest hole first. I sprayed and it came out about as fast as I put it in. So, without gloves...... I grabbed that wad of stuff and crammed it into the hole and smoothed it over. Well, it stuck to my hands like glue. I couldn't get it to come off. And, of course, who reads directions? Well, I tried water, then gasoline. Then I went to get my glasses to read the fine print and saw that I was not to use either one. It said I needed finger nail polish remover. There wasn't any in the house. None of us country girls ever painted our nails cause we always had our hands in dirt. My sister sensed my anxiety by that time and offered oven cleaner, achohol and perioxide. By that time cement couldn't have gotten any harder. Off to the store for finger nail polish. Paid nearly 2.00 for a bottle at the country store. Soaked my hands in it for 30 minutes and still wouldn't budge. Finally my sister asked me if I had tried washing my hands with dirt. I said What!!! She said, haven't you ever been on the river bank and had to wash the goo off your hands from the worms? So, I reached down and grabbed a handful of dirt and began rubbing. I dipped my hand in a barrel of rainwater and kept rubbing. I noticed a little bit of difference. So, I went back and got more dirt. I kept this up for about 6 or 7 trips to the rain barrel and waaaalaaaa........ most of it was gone. So, when all else fails, try a little dirt to get to some of the toughest chemicals to break loose! Go figure!!!! No wonder we always had our hands in the dirt when we were kids!
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    ​The dirt probably worked as an abrasive to clean it off. Whatever works!

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    I've used dirt to get tar off my hands before--glad it worked for your mess!

    I have ants this time of year, too. My husband calls them water ants. Once it warms up for good, they seem to disappear.
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    Great, interesting story. dirt is good for some things.
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    Try diazinon for the ants if you can find it. A few little granules and no more ants.
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    Or, since you live in the South, sprinkle some grits on their trails. they eat them, drink a bit of water, and BOOM! no more ants!
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    Ha!Ha! After all that, and dirt works the best! Gotta remember that. Thanks for sharing~
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    Good grief, Leesa , what an ordeal! I'm so glad your sister thought up a good idea. I hope your hands aren't raw from all that scrubbing. Gina

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    Try cinnamon around the ants point of entry to the house, and sprinkle it around the perimeter of the house several times a year.

    I had an ant super high way several years ago, and sprinkled cinnamon on it. Within 2 hours the ants had abandoned that highway! I think cinnamon interferes with the ants sense of smell and destroys their ability to follow the trail left by the scout ant - the one who found the "gold mine". If directly poured on them, it kills them.

    I sprinkled it under the outside of the door jams, and repeat that every year, and have had no more ants in the house.

    There is no guarantee that this will work - your ants may be different from the ants here in SC - but it's cheap to try. If you could make some kind of a paste with the cinnamon, you might be able to "paint" it on the pipes or in the tiles.

    WARNING: I don't recommend using this on fire ants because they are so aggressive, and may not be affected by cinnamon! I've never tried cinnamon on them because of that.
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    Wow, I am glad you found something or how could you sew! Thanks for the info. Who would know.
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    FYI - Johnson's Baby powder sprinkled where you need it will stop ANTS right away. They haven't come back yet this year.
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    Sorry for your troubles.....loved your story!
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    My grandmother (lived not too for from Ashdown, in the Grapevine area) called them piss ants. They were in her kitchen from time to time. When they got too bothersome she would have one of us kids go find the ant hill so it could destroyed.
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    I have used that spray insulation but I wore rubber disposal gloves which then I tossed. It is amazing how many tiny holes there are in our homes!! Weird how the dirt worked.
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    Since we're on this subject, does anyone know what will take the adhesive that is left behind by EKG patches? DH had major surgery this month, two weeks ago, and we still can't get the black adhesive off his skin from the patches. I tried rubbing alcohol but it did nothing and I don't want to use anything too toxic on him right now.

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    While reading your remedy, I was thinking sand but dirt works too!!
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    Cinnamon is heavy and the spicy oil in it burns the ants. when they smell it they back off. My grandmother use to line her pantry with it. The area right behind her canisters was also lined so ants would stay out of the coffee, sugar, flour and tea. Ants are sneaky. Like all of a sudden there they are.

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    I can not stand anything sticky-freaks me out. The 1st time I used that stuff it was my worst night mare come true. It shot out of the can like an exploding shaken soda. It even got in my hair. Once my son calmed me down he used the kerosene from my lantern to clean me up and the rest of the mess. I only lost a couple strands of hair but I realized I hate camera phones too-- he thought it was a fine time to do a photo shoot and he posted them on FB But no more ants or mice came in after that.

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    Did you get rid of the ants?
    I have always used vasoline as the ants will not corss it.
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    Try massaging lightly with baby oil or olive oil to remove sticky residue....works for labels too.

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    I tried nearly every safe, old, organic trick I read for the ant problem here at the farm....including cinnamon inside, which has stained all the woodwork and tile backsplash in the kitchen. The only thing that ever helped me was Terro Outdoor Ant Killer in the orange bag from Walmart/Lowes/etc.
    You walk around the house shaking the pellets out of the holes in the bottom of the bag every 6 weeks or so. NO ants.

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    Jan, Ive had luck with terro too, but I use the little traps because of all the animals I have around outside. Ive also made my own with boric acid and sugar and water or corn syrup. It works pretty well. Someone posted about grits, wonder if cornmeal would do the same thing ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberta View Post
    Since we're on this subject, does anyone know what will take the adhesive that is left behind by EKG patches? DH had major surgery this month, two weeks ago, and we still can't get the black adhesive off his skin from the patches. I tried rubbing alcohol but it did nothing and I don't want to use anything too toxic on him right now.
    I would try using baby oil, olive oil, or something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberta View Post
    Since we're on this subject, does anyone know what will take the adhesive that is left behind by EKG patches? DH had major surgery this month, two weeks ago, and we still can't get the black adhesive off his skin from the patches. I tried rubbing alcohol but it did nothing and I don't want to use anything too toxic on him right now.
    i would try margarine for this one -- it works on roof tar -- it should work on that adhesive!
    for the ants, i use black pepper instead of the more expensive cinnamon, they won't cross it, it interferes with their senses
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    Thanks for the info. Those little guys are a pain to get rid of

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