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Old 02-07-2004, 02:15 PM
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Frugal ideas for common items

Did You Know That?

Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache
pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side
effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent
salve for burns?

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced
inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing
on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints.
They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from about of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon
of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30
minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant
relief for aching muscles.

Sore Throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup
of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The
vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just
dissolve two tablets! in a glass of water and drink it
at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins
eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly
-- even though the product was never been advertised
for this use.

Eliminate puffiness under your eyes..... All you need
is a dab of preparation H, carefully rubbed into the
skin, avoiding the eyes. The hemorrhoid ointment acts
as a vaso-constrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes.. Cover the blemish
with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it
Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin, sterile, and
speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus.. Get rid of
unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in
Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves
your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in
eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small dr! op of
Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of
the screws before tightening them.

Coca-Cola cure for rust.. Forget those expensive rust
removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca
Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in
the coke is what gets the job done.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If
menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get
in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a
spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground

Smart splinter remover... just pour a drop of Elmers
Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the
dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the
dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure... cover the boil with
Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the
tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Balm for broken bli! sters... To disinfect a broken
blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine... a powerful

Heinz vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in
white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour.
The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the
healing process.

Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does
the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and
shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid
skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.

Rainy day cure for dog odor... Next time your dog comes
in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with
Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog
smell springtime fresh.

Eliminate ear mites... All it takes is a few drops of
Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then
clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days.
The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and
accelerates healing.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief.... It's not for
breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup
of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1
minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your
hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.
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Old 04-30-2009, 10:49 AM
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Very interesting ideas! And Frugal too.

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Old 05-08-2009, 09:15 AM
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I'm sure this has been covered many times but we use newspapers to clean everything in the house with instead of paper towels... just spray the surface of whatever needs cleaned... stovetop, stove sides, refrigerator, tables, sinks, mirrors with whatever cleaner you normally use (vinegar works well for most) and scrunch up your newspaper and clean away. Our neighbors save their newspapers and give to us (we also use for our dogs who are paper trained) so we are recycling too. I haven't bought paper towels for 5 months now and the one roll I bought then was for paper napkin use instead of buying napkins for the holidays. I bought one with a holiday print and just folded it in 3 sections and wrapped the silverware inside it.

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Old 05-08-2009, 01:47 PM
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Here is some ideas someone sent me. Two Dozen Uses for Baking Soda
by Irene Helen Zundel Inexpensive, versatile, and environmentally friendly, baking soda has a myriad of uses. From reducing baby's fever to cleaning dentures, and ridding your garden of pests, baking soda can be an easy, inexpensive solution to many of your problems.

Homemade Scouring Powder
1 cup baking soda
1 cup borax
1 cup salt

Drain Cleaner
I cup baking soda
Add 1 cup hot vinegar

Wait a few minutes, then flush the drain with 1 quart of very hot water.

For garbage disposals, use 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar.

Automatic Dishwasher Powder
Use 2 Tablespoons baking soda and 2 Tablespoons borax per load.

Drip Coffee Maker Cleaner
Mix 1 cup warm water and 1/4 cup baking soda. Let it drip through the coffee maker. Then drip a pot of plain water to rinse. It will keep your coffee maker clean and fresh.

Teapot Cleaner
To remove rust stains and mineral deposits, fill the teapot with water and add 2 Tablespoons of baking soda and the juice of half a lemon. Boil gently for 15 minutes.
Rinse and repeat if needed.

Microwave Cleaning
Make a cleaning solution of 4 Tablespoons of baking soda to 1 quart of warm water. Use it to clean the inside surfaces of the oven, or place a few spoonfuls of baking soda in water in a microwave safe cup. Boil the water 3-5 minutes. The walls of the microwave will be damp. Simply take a sponge or paper towel and wipe down the insides of the oven.

Unclog Gas Stoves
To unclog burners on a gas stove, simply add 1/4 box of baking soda to 2 quarts of water and boil for a few minutes.

Easy Toilet Cleaner
Sprinkle 1/2 box of baking soda into the toilet tank once a month. Let it stand overnight before flushing. The tank and the bowl will be both clean and deodorized.

Economical Air Freshener
Simply mix equal parts of baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put it in a soap dish or in small sachet bags wherever you would like to freshen the air.

Economical Carpet Deodorizer
Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, and 15 drops of essential oil fragrance for scent. Sprinkle on the rugs before bedtime and let it sit overnight. If
you like, you can work it into the carpet the next morning with a stiff bristle brush or broom, then vacuum.

Laundry Booster
Add 1/2 cup baking soda to the washing machine along with your usual amount of liquid laundry soap. It will make whites whiter and colors brighter. ( NOTE: It doesn't
work with powdered laundry detergents! ).

Clean Brushes and Combs
Fill sink with hot water and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Watch the dirt and oil dissolve away!

Underarm Deodorant
Sprinkle under your arms, even after shaving. It won't irritate your skin. If you prefer a smoother textured deodorant, mix it with a little talcum powder.

Clean Glasses
Hold your eyeglasses over a sink and sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on them. With wet fingers, gently rub the lenses. Rinse clean and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Breath Freshener
Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into a cup of water and rinse. It will eliminate even morning mouth, garlic and onion odors! Make your own mouthwash by combining 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 cup of water. Add a few drops of flavoring if desired.

Tooth Whitener
Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice. Using a cotton swab, apply it to your teeth, brush clean with water and rinse. Coffee and tea stains will disappear! (NOTE: This is an occasional treatment only. Lemon juice contains a lot of acid and shouldn't be overused, or used alone. Combined with baking soda, the acid is buffered and won't destroy the tooth's enamel).

Denture and Retainer Cleaner
Combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent and 1 cup of water. Soak the dentures or plastic retainer for 30 minutes and rinse well. If you prefer, you can use 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a glass.

An Inexpensive Sports Drink
For each quart of boiled water add 1 level tablespoon of salt, 1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda, 4 rounded teaspoons of sugar, and 1 package of sugar free Kool-Aid. Stir until clear and refrigerate.

Clear Up a Stuffy Nose
Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer. It will unblock nasal passages and keep the vaporizer clean as well!

Baby Fever Reducer
Bathe the infant in a tub of lukewarm water with 1/2 cup of baking soda. Use less if you are using a plastic infant tub. This is also an effective remedy for diaper rash.

For Dogs and Cats
Sprinkle baking soda on your pet's brush or comb to deodorize their skin and fur. Adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda to your dog's bath water and rinse water will make their coat clean and shiny. Using baking soda on pet stains will eliminate the odor and prevent the pet from returning to the same spot in the future for another accident. Sprinkling the litter box with baking soda keeps it fresh and deodorized.

Paint Brushes
To restore brushes stiffened and hardened by paint, simply boil them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water mixed with 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda.

Nontoxic pesticide
Put baking soda under sinks near pipe openings and along basement windows to repel ants, silver fish and roaches. Roaches will dehydrate and die after eating baking soda.

In the Garden
Occasionally, lightly sprinkle baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from nibbling at your buds. Sprinkle baking soda on slugs to get rid of them without having to resort to costly and toxic pesticides. To sweeten your tomatoes by reducing their acidity, sprinkle baking soda lightly on the soil around your tomato plants. The soda from an old box used to absorb odors in the refrigerator is fine for this purpose.

For even more great uses for baking soda, including kid's science projects, cleaning ideas, odor control, and more, go to Arm & Hammer online.
I hope you can get some uses from this.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:49 PM
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Here are some of the uses: WD 40

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.
2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4) Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
5) Keeps flies off cows.
6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7) Removes lipstick stains.
8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
9) Untangles jewelry chains.
10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
18) It r emoves black scuff marks from the kitchen flo or! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21) Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29) Lubricates fan belts o n washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31) Removes splattered grease on stove.
32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35) Removes all traces of duct tape.
36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37) Florida's favorite use is: "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers."
38) The favorite use in the state of New York WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39) WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or l ures for fishing are not allowed in some sta tes.
40) Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
42) Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!
43) If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:52 PM
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I want to share this with you, which was written by Becky Ramsey of Indiana:
"I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little bottle of 3%
peroxide you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store.

My husband has been in the medical field for over 36 years, and most doctors
don't tell you about peroxide.
1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle)and hold
in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out.
I do it when I bathe or shower) No more canker sores and your teeth will be
whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.
2. Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of
3. Clean your counters, table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a
fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it
on the counters.
4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill
salmonella and other bacteria.
5. I had fungus on my feet for years - until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of
peroxide and water on them (especially the toes)every night and let dry.
6. Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes
several times a day. My husband has seen gangrene that would not heal with
any medicine, but was healed by soaking in peroxide.
7. Put two capfuls into a douche to prevent yeast infections. I had chronic
yeast infections until I tried this once or twice a week.
8. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep
it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like
bleach or most other disinfectants will.
9. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture
whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill the
bacteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue.
10. If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right
away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten
minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
11. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50
solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not
have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more
natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish, or dirty blonde.
It also lightens gradually so it's not a drastic change.
>12. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or
>other skin infections.
>13. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of
whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour
directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse
with cold water. Repeat if necessary.
I could go on and on. It is a little brown bottle no home should be without!
With prices of most necessities rising, I'm glad there's away to save tons
of money in such a simple, healthy manner!"
14. I use peroxide to clean my mirrors with, there is no smearing, which is
why I love it so much for this. Hydrogen Peroxide is described as an
effective anti-viral, Antibacterial, and anti-fungal, and can be used for
anthrax decontamination. This sort of supports the effectiveness of hydrogen
peroxide, don't you think?
Also: your body makes hydrogen peroxide to fight infection which must be
present for our immune system to function correctly. White blood cells are
known as Leukocytes. A sub-class of Leukocytes called Neutrophils produce
hydrogen peroxide as the first line of defense against toxins, parasites,
bacteria, viruses and yeast.
Simply put, it is the oxygenation of the body. Sickness and tumors are
generally oxygen-hating growths which thrive oxygen-poor bodies.
15. Gargle with hydrogen peroxide, put drops in the ear and nose to end
colds, flu, chronic sinusitis (including polyps], and infections.
16. Use as a vegetable wash or soak to kill bacteria and neutralize
17. Disinfect your dishwasher or refrigerator.
18. Use it on trees and plants as a natural fungicide, insecticide, and as a
weed killer.
19. Clean with hydrogen peroxide when your house becomes a biohazard after
its invaded by toxic mold, such as those with water damage.
Throughout the world hydrogen peroxide is used instead of chlorine as a
safer and eco-friendly municipal water purifier. Some use H2O2 in pools and
"Dr. Edward C. Rosenow, author of 450 published medical papers and associate
at the Mayo Clinic for over 60 years . . . Proved [more than] 70 years ago
1914) that bacteria could be found consistently in the lymph nodes that
drain joints (J.A.M.A., April 11, 1914). He was probably the first
scientist to postulate that H2O2 would help arthritis because of its ability
to supply oxygen to oxygen-hating organisms causing arthritis (Streptococcus

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What You Can Do With Vodka

> > > >
> > > > 1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage
> with
> > > > vodka. The solvent dissolves the adhesive.
> > > >
> > > > 2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill
> a
> > > > trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let
> set
> > five
> > > > minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills
> mold
> and
> > > > mildew.
> > > >
> > > > 3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a
> soft,
> > > > clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka
> cleans
> > > > the glass and kills germs.
> > > >
> > > > 4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka
> and
> > > > letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after
> > > > shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents
> rusting.
> > > >
> > > > 5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then
> blot
> > dry.
> > > >
> > > > 6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an
> > astringent
> > > > to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
> > > >
> > > > 7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo.
> The
> > > > alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and
> > > > stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
> > > >
> > > > 8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle with vodka
> and
> > spray
> > > > bees or wasps to kill them.
> > > >
> > > > 9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a
> Ziplock
> > > > freezer bag, and freeze for a slushy, refreezable ice pack
> for
> > > > aches, pain, or black eyes.
> > > >
> > > > 10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed
> > > > lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid
> tightly
> > > > and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a
> > coffee
> > > > filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.
> > > >
> > > > 11. Make your own mouthwash by mixing nine tablespoons
> powered
> > > > cinnamon with one cup vodka. Seal in an airtight container
> for
> > > > two weeks. Strain through a coffee filter. Mix with warm
> water
> > > > and rinse your mouth. Don't swallow.
> > > >
> > > > 12. Using a q-tip, apply vodka to a cold sore to help it
> dry
> > out.
> > > >
> > > > 13. If a blister opens, pour vodka over the raw skin as a
> local
> > > > anesthetic that also disinfects the exposed dermis.
> > > >
> > > > 14. To treat dandruff, mix one cup vodka with two
> teaspoons
> > > > crushed rosemary, let sit for two days, strain through a
> coffee
> > > > filter and massage into your scalp and let dry.
> > > >
> > > > 15. To treat an earache put a few drops of vodka in your
> ear.
> > Let
> > > > set for a few minutes. Then drain. The vodka will kill the
> > > > bacteria that is causing pain in your ear.
> > > >
> > > > 16.. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on
> your
> > > > chest and back as a liniment.
> > > >
> > > > 17. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
> > > >
> > > > 18. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
> > > >
> > > > 19. To remove cigarette smoke in your home or office mix
> one
> > part
> > > > vodka and three parts water and spray the clothing, then
> launder
> > > > and let dry.
> > > >
> > > > 20. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to
> remove
> > > > the urushiol oil from your skin.
> > > >
> > > > 21. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your
> gums
> > > > to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
> > > >
> > > > After reading this, can you believe that some people drink
> the
> > > > stuff?
> > > >
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1) Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive.

2) Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmmmmm...)

3) Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

4) For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. (wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)

5) Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).

6) Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

7) Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!

8) Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have found a way to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to the size of the jar and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the lid!

9) Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!

10) Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

11) Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on. Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

12) Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

13) To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

14) To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop.

15) Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains. (Key Word:- Tupperware)

16) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

17) Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

18) When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.

19) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

20) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

21). To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

22) Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

23) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

24) When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

25) Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets,wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.

Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.

Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes. Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.
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I hope some of these ideas can help all of you. I will be back looking for more frugal tips.
Thanks Tina
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Old Pillowcases: Use worn pillowcases as dust overs for clothing you store. Cut a small hole in the center of the seam and clip it over the hanger hook.

Roofing Shingles: Carry a few old rough roofing shingles in the trunk of your car. If you get stuck place them beneath the tires to help get you moving again.

Dryer Sheets: After you remove them from the dryer use them to wipe the dust off your TV's and the remove static electricity also.

Garden Rake: Have a rake with a broken handle? Use it as a rack to hold small tools; just attach the rake section to a wall with the tines out and you can hang tools betweer them.

Aluminum Foil: After you have your foil wadded up with the "dirty" side in you can use it to clean film and dirt off the chrome on your appliances and your sink.
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