Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Uses for household items

Just picked up the new October issue of All You Magazine. If you haven't read or purchased this magazine you really are missing out. It's perfect for money saving ideas, decorating tips, fashion trends, as well as so many delicious recipes.

I found an article in there about using items you may already have in your house for cleaning up, which will slash your budget for all those pricey cleansers. (I am addicted to trying new cleaning agents, I purchase every new item on the market in hopes something will be a miracle cure... more to follow about greased lightning)...anyway,

Here's their short list:

BAKING SODA (roughly $1 for 16 oz)
-Deodorize Carpets - Sprinkle with baking soda, leave overnight, then vacuum in the morning. (normal carpet freshening powder can run $4 a canister)
- Get Rid of Grime - Put a little baking soda on a sponge to wipe down your bathroom sink and tub. (cost of lime away $3.69, and scrubbing bubbles spray $5.00)
-Freshen Laundry - Add 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle
- "Give your dishwasher a fresh scent. Run the wash cycle for 30 seconds, then pour 1 cup of baking soda into the base. Let stand overnight, then restart."

WHITE VINEGAR (roughly $1 for 16 ounces)
-Prevent mildew - Wipe your fridge with a 50-50 water-vinegar solution.
- Brighten whites - Add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle
- Make them sparkle - Clean windows with a 50-50 water-winegar solution (average bottle of Windex is $4.00)

LEMON (roughly $1 for 2 lemons)
-Purify your microwave - Warm a heat resistant bowl filled with water and a few slices of lemon for 30 seconds.
-Remove stains - Apply juice to white and colorfast garments, then let dry in the sun


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