Everyday Cheapskate: Smart Ways to Use It to Save Money & Simplify, too | Family


One day, while I was hurrying to put my groceries away, the fruit basket was not within reach, so I put the fruit in the colander. It worked so well that I have been using the colander this way ever since. And when I need a colander, no problem. I turn the fruit over on the counter, drain everything I need, then replace the fruit. Giving two or even three tasks to a kitchen tool is a great way to simplify.

Today’s first tipster, Patti, came up with a “this for that” idea that I had never thought of. It is good !

Bamboo steamers are airtight by design to allow air to circulate while items are steaming. This makes a bamboo steamer an ideal storage container for onions, garlic and shallots, which need to be ventilated and should not be refrigerated.

Use a dab of Miracle Whip or ketchup to remove tarnish from copper-bottomed pots. Just wipe off with a paper towel, let sit a bit, and wash. It sounds weird, but it works.

I use glycerin to remove tea, coffee and cocoa stains from the fabric. I apply the glycerin to a fresh stain, then rub it gently over the stain. If the stain is old, I let the glycerin soak in the stain for a while.

Our teenage daughter severely hit her toe and we had to cut the toenail. Unfortunately, she did not let us approach because of the pain. My wife found a tube of Baby Orajel and covered the area with a cotton swab. It was like magic. It numbs the area enough for me to take care of things. I never thought I would use Baby Orajel this way.

I keep a bottle of Dawn, a car detailing brush, and an old toothbrush in my shower. Dawn cuts through the soap scum and leaves no gritty residue. Don’t overdo it as it can get quite slippery!

I have found the best cleaner for my dirty golf shoes: Shout Laundry Stain Remover. It works like a charm, going down into creases and crevices to remove encrusted dirt. My golf shoes are made of leather and it didn’t hurt them or the color.

Red nail polish accidentally spilled on my carpet, making a long red trail. A friend told me to use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. The polish had already dried, but with a little elbow grease and several erasers, it all came out of my carpet.

I use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle to clean just about everything in my house. It works great on windows and freshens up my wooden cutting boards. On the rim of my sink it foams and cleans up what I thought was rust. And the best part is, it’s cheap.

I took my foaming bath cleaner out of the bathroom and started using it on my walls, floors, patio furniture, kitchen – basically anything and everything. He cleans everything. When we removed the carpet from the lobby, the old vinyl flooring underneath had seen better days. After using the foam on the floor, the dust and fibers from the carpet picked up and I didn’t have to replace the flooring right away. For most things, just spray, wait a few minutes, and wipe off the dirt. It also disinfects!

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