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Old 02-25-2005, 06:34 AM
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Frugal House Chores Tips

After using a steel wool or SOS pad for the first time, if there is some of it left, put the pad (wet) into a zip-lock type bag and throw it in the freezer. Next time you need a pad, get the one in the freezer. It will be frozen hard, so just add a little water on one end and it will do double duty. I have had one in my freezer for several months and I have used it many times. I get a lot of miles out of one pad!

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Old 02-25-2005, 11:05 AM
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Janet.... Thanks for the brillo tip. Usually I seem to throw them away when they start getting a little rusty. Afraid of getting an infection in my fingers happened before. I also use some baking soda too when scouring.
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:08 AM
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I know, I used to throw away alot of sos pads too..I have even been known to cut them in half and then just get rid of that half..the freezing part works great for me. lol

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Old 02-27-2005, 06:50 AM
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Natural Cleaning Products

I try to use natural cleaning products, first because it is usually stuff I have in the house, and it saves me a trip to the store . I find the more I limit stops at the stores, I not only save money, I save gas, and time..more time to play here at Family Corner..hee-hee


Olive oil: Use to lubricate and polish wood furniture (three parts olive oil to one part vinegar; or two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice).

Potatoes: Halved potatoes can remove rust from baking pans or tinware - follow with a salt scrub or dip the potato in salt before scrubbing.

Tea tree oil: Can be added to vinegar/water solutions for its antibacterial properties. Use it to kill mold and mildew, and on kitchen and bathroom surfaces instead of chemical products. Add 50 drops to a bucket of water to clean countertops and tile floors.

White vinegar: Cleans linoleum floors and glass (from windows to shower doors) when mixed with water and a little liquid soap (castile or vegetable). Cuts grease and removes stains; removes soap scum and cleans toilets (add a bit of baking soda if you like). Pour down drains once a week for antibacterial cleaning. Add to water in a spray bottle to kill mold and mildew.

Do you have any tips to share?

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Old 03-27-2007, 01:02 AM
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I have an outdoor chair that has wooden arms I rub in cooking oil over the wood and the chair has not cracked like my SIL chair has.
I also do this with my dining chairs if they get new knocks on them, stick in my finger into the bottole and dab on, making sure I wipe it over with a damp cloth to get the extra off.
Didn't know about the potatoes though.

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Old 01-25-2010, 08:38 PM
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I have tried the SOS freezer pad b4 and it really does work like new...
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:44 AM
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I don't use SOS pads often because of my cookware but I do cut them in half first as half generally will get the job done and sharpen the scissors too.

Mr Clean pads work really well at getting scuff marks off of the car (too close to the mailbox, bike handle, etc.) and the wall without damaging the paint.

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Old 03-30-2011, 06:57 AM
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I have a tip for making heating/AC vent filters last longer. If you don't want to have to buy lint filters sooner. Take a sticky lint roller and take off most of the dust and debris and then you can use a filter a lot longer before having to change or buy a new one. I discovered it today. I also take a dust buster to get excess lose debris off of the vent and filter. Hope this helps keep people from having to buy or replace their filters as fast.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:31 AM
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Denahowy, I used my little vac but never even thought of the lint roller--and I use that thing everywhere!
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