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Old 01-21-2003, 03:17 PM
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I think since the newspapers, the major ones at least, have switched to soy based inks since they are more environmentally friendly I think using them is not a health risk anymore.
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Old 01-21-2003, 04:27 PM
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I'll have to try your "milk" recipes, Joyce...they sound great!

Thanks, Mrs. Maniac, for the great idea of newspapers under the racks (*smacking myself on the forehead for not thinking of that first*! ).

Some newpapers, but not all, have started using soy based inks...I don't know if ours have or not, so I'll play it safe.

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Old 01-22-2003, 02:32 AM
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What a great thread! I just wanted to jump in and say:
I have been using the foil in the dryer trick for a month now, ever since Cafe posted it on antother thread. It is a fantastic tip! Clothes DO come out of the dryer as soft as if they had fabric softener on them and they smell great. I love my Tide so they come out smelling very clean. One tip though: If youy leave clothes in the dryer until they've cooled down I do find the static starts to build. Otherwise there is no snap, crackle or pop at all.

Secondly I have used newspapers to hold hot cookies out of the oven literally all of my baking life. My mom taught me to do this and I'll soon be 49 with no apparent ill effects for me or my family. So to each his own I guess.

Thirdly the most important thing I refuse to buy is window/surface cleaner. The last one I bought was a store brand since it was cheaper but was still too much at $1.98 and it did not work well. Shortly after I bought I I read a recipe for making my own and will never go back to purchased:
1 cup rubbing alcohol
1 cup water
2 tsp. shampoo--the cheaper the better
Few drops blue food coloring if you want color--I don't
Shake together and use for windows and surface cleaning. A bottle of alcohol costs about .40 at Wal Mart and makes at least 2 batches.

LOVE the ideas being posted here. Keep 'em coming!

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Old 01-22-2003, 04:20 AM
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One more thought to share! Regarding the dry clean only items:
I almost never (it has been years) dry clean clothes. If a tag says to dry clean only I check the item for sturdiness. If it looks well constructed I'll buy anyway, if not I don't. I then wash it in my washing machine on the gentle cycle in my delicates basket. (Washer/dryer are about 12 years old now) then hang to dry and press if necessary. I refuse to pay the price of dry cleaning and the so-called dry clean at home kits are no bargains either. They are costly and don't really "clean" from what I'm told--it's more like freshening. I can freshen with free fresh air.

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Old 01-22-2003, 09:37 AM
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Jayne--I have used that same cleaner, only used dish soap. Hmmm--kinda makes you wonder what you've been putting on your hair, huh? Now that dh is getting used to the idea of homemade cleaners, I'll probably make up another batch--it DID work well. He wasn't willing to try anything--until I pointed out that the "Clorox Cleanup" he's been using for a few months now is actually just bleach water, and the sparkling mirrors he loves so much have been cleaned with vinegar/water and not Windex. I think the bulb has gone on in his head lol!!
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Mrs. Maniac, what cleaner recipes do you have? I would really like some for
dishwashing/dishwasher detergent
laundry soap
shampoo
conditioner.
Thank you for any help you can give!!
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This thread is great!

CamShel -- for napkins, check out thrift stores for natural-fiber tablecloths. (Synthetics and synthetic/natural blends hold onto grease and other stains.) Then cut your tablecloths into 12" squares and hem neatly. If you're not into hemming, sew a close stitch all around about 1/2 inch in from the edges, then pull out the threads parallel with the stitching to make fringe. A large tablecloth will get you a dozen or more napkins for practically nothing.

I refuse to buy convenience foods. Instead, I do "plan-over" cooking, a mini version of OAMC. Recently I started with baked chicken, fresh asparagus and baked potatoes, making extra of the chicken and asparagus, both on sale at an incredible price.

The next day I made grilled asparagus/cheese/chicken sandwiches, served with a green salad.

Bell peppers were also on sale so the day after that I stuffed some with brown rice, chicken, and bits of peppers cut from the tops. Served that with lemony sweet potatoes and another salad.

Then made Carribbean Chili with chicken, white beans, chopped green chilis, cumin seed, and the lemony sweet potatoes from the day before.

Finally to the leftover chili I added 1 can each of refried beans, chicken broth, and stewed tomatoes plus a handful of chopped fresh parsley and pureed about half of it in the blender before returning it to the pot -- a thick savory soup! Except for the sandwiches after each meal I had extra to make "tv dinners" for the freezer.

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I REFUSE to buy cable or satellite TV service! I mean, why waste hundreds (maybe thousands?) of dollars each year so I can also waste thousands of hours? Not to mention all the deprogramming my family would then have to undergo.

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Never again will I buy ONION SOUP MIX.
Been making my own for some time now and no one knows the difference-I think the stuff tastes better than store bought.
3/4 cup dried onion
1/3 cup beef broth granules
4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. sugar
Mix really well (ziploc works good as spices sink to the bottom)
5 Tbls. = 1 pkg onion soup mix

VANILLA (extract or real) is another I refuse to buy. You get that tiny little bottle...if you're a heavy baker its gone in no time at all!

1 vanilla bean (find these in Dominicks, health food stores and some bulk stores)
Fifth of the cheapest vodka you can buy

Split the bean and dump it in the bottle. Let it set for 3 mos in a corner somewhere out of the way and out of the sun. You will gradually see the color change and the smell too!

My first bottle lasted over 2 years before it "went bad". I did soak the vodka label off though
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Forgot to add one more:
This window cleaner came from Consumer Reports

1/2 cup ammonia
1 pt. alcohol
1 tbls. dawn dish liquid
add enough water to make 1 gallon

can store this in an empty washed out milk jug.
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