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Check out this email I recently received from reader Linda:

[h2s_box]I don’t know if you want to [check out my] hip ways to save…For example, with bar soaps in the shower, they would always “melt” away so quickly. I put mine on a sponge and it seems to last forever! The sponge soaks up the water so it doesn’t get slimy and it doesn’t melt away. Great $ saver!

I also unplug all the appliances I’m not using and it was a noticeable reduction in my electric bill (I unplugged my toaster when not in use, etc.). I saw that tip on the Oprah show years ago too, so unplugging the humidifier or phone chargers when not in use, really does help!

I’d love to hear other people’s tips too – on stain removal, cleaning tips, how to get products to last longer, etc![/h2s_box]

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  1. Pam

    The most basic and least expensive cleaners for your home are baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, lemon, and bleach. There are myriad ways of using these items in every room in your home. A basic internet search will produce nearly limitless ideas.

    • Kristie

      We just got tired of buying Drano and it never worked for longer than a few weeks. I found a mixture on Pintrest of baking soda and vinegar to use down the drain.

      So far so good and cost a ton less and we still have so much leftover as needed for the same cost as a one time use bottle of drano.

      • Jamie

        I used to use drano too but then a plumber told me how bad it can be for our pipes. I purchases a small plastic sticky looking thing that has grabbers on the ends (pipe snake). It was a 2 pack for $3. It pulls out all the junk that clogs up the drain and is much better for the plumbing.

    • Teri

      I use a dish cloth soaked in white vinegar and wrap it around my faucet (that shows lime or water stains) and within a few hours the sink and faucet are shiny and spotless.

  2. Kristen

    If anyone has an extra $10/$25 to jcp, could You forward it to me? Jcp is the only place I can find 2xsmall scrubs that i have to wear for my mission trip! Iโ€™d really appreciate it!! kristensteele28@yahoo.com

    • Liz

      I forwarded mine to you – hope it helps!

    • Alison

      I sent mine ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristen

      Thank y’all both!!! I have to get 7 sets so yess!!! Helps a TON!

    • Holly S.

      I sent you mine. I won’t be using it, so I’m glad to help out ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kristen

        Thank you!!!

    • Katie

      Sent you mine! Blessings on your mission trip!

  3. Rachel

    I always cut the dish sponges in half. I like the smaller size and I get two for the price of one.

    • amy

      i do the same…

    • Erin D.

      When my dish sponge starts falling apart, I replace it with a new one, but keep the old one handy. I wet it and place it on dried on food stuck on the stove or counters. This soaks the food off without cleaners or heavy scrubbing. By the time I am done with my dishes, I have removed 2 or 3 large dried food spots. No expensive or harmful cleaners needed.

  4. Jamie Seymour

    Take and mix baking soda with peroxide make thick paste out of it and put it on urine and blood stained bed for 20 min or so then vacuum up the dry baking soda and stains should be gone or lightened worked for me

  5. maflies1

    Instead of paper napkins, I bought a pkg of wash cloths that were bound on all sides and these are much more durable as they don’t tear, can be tossed in the washer & dryer after use, and reused for a very long time. I waited for a good sale and got two 8 packs. So glad I made the change. Even use them with company-they are so pretty!

    • Ashley57

      Yes, I use cloth napkins as well – some my mom gave me (free!) and some I picked up at a thrift store for $1. I also use very few paper towels (1 roll every 6 months or so for two people) because we use old shirts cut into rags for messes on the floor and such.

  6. darlene m

    I save all my take out containers wash them out and when I want to give a neighbor some food I don’t worry about getting my contanier back they can re-use it or toss out.

  7. Tracy

    My little brother played baseball and his uniforms would always be covered in grass stains, and it would drive my mom crazy. Until she found that kyro syrup takes them out! Just rub some on the grass stain let sit for about 30 and wash as you normally would.

    • bunny

      Tracy, I am assuming that is the clear Karo Syrup kind, correct? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Bev

    I love the J.R. Watkins all purpose cleaning products. I noticed they were really concentrated so I can split a new spray bottle (I love the lemon and the grape fruit scent) and fill it half way with water and my counters get just as clean and a bottle goes twice as far. (I always stock up when they have the $1 peelie coupons)

  9. Paige Harwell

    I use Hydrogen for stain removers on almost everything light colored including my carpet. Light/white/tan including under arm yellowing on white t shirts. Most pet stain removers are just hydrogen peroxide with fragrance added and some water I use just straight .88 bottle and put it on any stains my dog or toddler leave around the house for me including spaghetti stains its like a pure miracle lol I’m so sad I haven’t known about it for longer.

    I use vinegar and dish detergent in a spong wand to clean soap scum out of the tub and shower walls and then just rinse with water.

    These save me so much money!

    Also put your orange and lemon peels in a jar with vinegar let sit together for 10-15 days then you have a strong citrus cleaner and it cuts through grease quickly! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. maflies1

    My sis-in-love had the nicest dish cloths. She used micro-fiber cloths (looks misspelled). They hold up well, clean well, are generous in size, look pretty, and launder very well. If you need to wipe up a spill or mishap in the kitchen, just use your trusty dishcloth as your mop cloth, and get a fresh for dishes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoy her system! And the colors make me smile.

    • ella

      I buy those at Sam’s they are $11 for 24 of them and they are very durable and very nice size.

  11. Kara

    If you have an old stain on the carpet that is stubborn, soak with water, cover in table salt, let it soak, and then pat excess water and vacuum up salt. It takes the stain right up! It can bleach the carpet so test first.

    • Maha

      Would this work on an old, set-in coffee stain? The day after I had my carpet washed my husband spilled his entire cup of coffee on the carpet ๐Ÿ™ I immediately washed it would but it was late at night and thought I got it all out…. I did not and it’s been a pain in my rear ever since!!

      • Cheryl

        Maha, I had stained almost white carpet & used a small amount of oxi clean mixed with warm water, spread it on the stain let it work for a few minutes and then blotted several times with wet rags to pick up the oxi clean mixture, then dried by stepping on paper towels to pick up the water. Don’t use too much oxi clean or your carpet can get too light and not match. AND make sure you rinse it well enough so it stops working and doesn’t work TOO well. Learned that the hard way, I had to add a little dirt to a spot that got too clean!

        • Kara

          I think it would..I have used it on a red kool aid stain that had been set for months and also a dog mess stain that I couldn’t get out with traditional cleaners or my homemade cleaner, and it took both out like a charm (the salt method, not the Oxi clean I haven’t tried that!)

          • Maha

            Literally trying right now!! Thanks!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Maha

          Awesome thanks! I have a homemade recipe for Oxyclean… 1 cup water, 1/2 cup peroxide, 1/2 cup baking soda. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Joy

    we make our own laundry detergent using Fels Naptha soap, borax and washing soda. This saves us so much money! We spent about $1.30 per bar of soap (this one makes the best detergent in my opinion) each time. A box of Borax is $3.99 and the washing soda is the same; but each lasts 6 uses. Every time we make a batch of detergent, it lasts 5 months or so. We use it for washing the laundry, but also the floors.

    • Dianne

      I put a shower curtain liner from the Dollar Store on the inside of my glass doors on an expandable tension rod. Doors stay clean and dry and when I need to, I just replace the shower curtain for $1.00 about 2 times a year.

      • Dianne

        Woopsie clicked on the wrong comment, meant for the shower doors question.

  13. Jenn

    I cut my magic erasers into 2-4 pieces. I have also switched from paper towels to microfiber towels. Those can also be cut to whatever size you need.

  14. Sahar

    Need some help removing tough hard water stains from my shower doors , any advice, Thxs?

    • Alison

      I use vinegar and it works well in our shower. If the stains aren’t bad, you can dilute with water. Hope this helps!

    • Amber R.

      Haven’t tried it but on pinterest it says to use fabric softener sheets.

      • Deb

        didn’t work for me

    • Sarah

      Try Bar Keeper’s Friend. It’s like $2 by the Comet. It works great!

    • Sarah

      I don’t know if it will work (I have a curtain, not doors), but I have used magic erasers on showers before. My mom also swears by Kaboom.

    • Katie

      SOS pads! They work like magic!

    • Maryann

      One trick from my time in the military for after you remove the stains is to use a little turtle wax (for cars) on the sides (not floor) of the shower. The water, scum, etc. all just slide off so it takes longer for the stains to return if they come back at all.

    • Lynne

      Warm one cup vinegar for 1min in microwave…add 1/2 cup dawn dish soap. Mix gently in spray bottle. Spritz down your entire shower…..let sit for 30 min and wipe down. I’ve been using it my entire shower for awhile now and love it.

      • sahar

        I have used vinegar, sos pads, lemon , baking powder, kaboom spray, scrubbing bubbles and i even used the oven cleaner, lol nothing broke those hard water stains. i have not tried fabric softners and the bar keeper but will try, thxs ladies!

        • Cheryl

          Sahar, I’ve had the same problem, and I agree with the exception of vinegar, the products you mentioned don’t work…the only things that work for me are magic erasers and also scotch brite has a white handheld scrubber with a blue pad on it that works miracles, but it takes a lot of elbow grease. We have very hard water – my dog’s water dish gets rings in it even though I wash it every other day. The only thing that works on that is soaking it it in straight vinegar over night OR running SUPER hot water over it (so hot that I have to wear gloves it’s about 130 degrees) then I can scrub it off with a rag under the running water and it comes right off. I wonder if that could be adapted and work in your shower. Maybe you could boil some water and pour it slowly over it and then scrub quick. Good luck, hope you find something that works! Barkeepers is great, but I’ve only used it on the stainless sink, not the shower.

        • lj

          I know the feeling. A house i used to clean had hard water stains and i did all of this. Nothing worked. Hard water stains and water spots/soap scum are two totally different things! I have yet to come up with a solution. I was told that for hard water stains, the cleaner would need to be acidic to cut through. I thought the dawn n vinegar might work but they didnt even budge.

    • Teri

      YES! It has taken me years to find this product. The Works Shower Cleaner. (green) Found at ACE Hardware about $5 per bottle. Simply spray on the shower doors (mine are glass) and the tile. Allow to sit then rinse with water. Takes the lime / water stains right off and keeps the shower shiny clean for weeks (approx 4 wks.) I love this stuff, also The Works toilet bowl cleaner. (blue)

      I used to swear by Soft Scrub spray cleaner and it cost a fortune. The Works toilet bowl cleaner cost less than $3 at Ace and one application lasts for at least 4 weeks. Amazing stuff. The Works toilet bowl cleaner will clean even old rust stains from your old toilet bowl. Great for rentals. I use vinegar in my kitchen where I can let the vinegar soak for a few hours then wipe clean.

      • meg

        Dollar general carries the works products…they do work very well!

      • Ashley

        Love the works toilet bowl cleaner. Bought a foreclosure, and used it to rescue the very stained toilets (hard water). Word of warning, don’t let it sit too long or it will stain the bowls. Thankfully the stain faded away in few weeks. I used it to bomb the rust stains out of a porcelain sink after CLR only faded them. I was sure not to let it sit too long though. Not something you want to repeat often as it can dull finish.

  15. Molly

    Laundry detergent: 2 cups Borax, 2 cups Washing soda, 1 Bar of shaved Ivory soap (dissolved with water on the stove top) mix all together with about 3 gallons of H2O in a 5 gallon bucket and poured into your old detergent containers. Use about 1/2 cup to a cup for each load. Easy on the skin as it is almost all natural without all the harsh dyes and cancer causing perfumes.

    Dishwasher Detergent: 2 cups Borax, 2 cups Baking Soda, 4 packets of Lemon Koolaide, mix together. Use 2 tablespoons per load. Use white vinegar as a rinse aid by pouring about 1/3 cup on the door as you are about to close it.

    Been saving money like this for years now.

  16. maflies1

    Collin, I hope you’re going to save these tips for us somewhere. This is such a great idea. You are such an inspiration, and this group is such a sharing group in turn. Love the way this works!

    • Diane

      I agree! I was just trying to figure out how I could save all of these great ideas.

  17. karen

    I also did my washing/drying and dishwasher at off peak hours, and did notice a big difference in my electric bill. I shut off drying on my dishwasher too. To stretch the liquid soap an dish soap I add water. I’ve changed all my lightbulbs to the energy efficient ones also.

    • maflies1

      The coiled looking ones, or the new led ones? Just curious.

      • karen

        Some are coiled, the other ones are not. They look like regular bulbs, I bought them at my local hardware store. When those go I will replace them with the LED, I know there more expensive, but there’s no lagging time with the brightness on the LED ones when you flip the switch. I think they’ll pay for themselves in the end. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Marie

          I buy LEDs on Ebay. I buy them by the “lot” (saves more money)and go for higher Kelvins so they’re nice and bright.

  18. Liz

    Any ideas for getting baby poop out of clothes? Apparently there is no diaper that can handle my nursing baby’s poop and she has stained almost all her cute clothes!

    • Alison

      I have no experience with baby poop, but I haven’t met a stain that OxyClean can’t get out. For tough stains, I soak for a few hours with OxyClean.

    • Amanda

      I use dawn dish soap on clothing stains and it works well for me. Try soaking or washing the clothes as soon as you can after the stain occurs to. I used a cheap mop bucket to wash out and soak baby clothes in with dawn dish soap if I didn’t have enough clothes for a full load. Then I would hang them up to dry and then place them in the hamper to wash in the washing machine. It seems like a lot of work but it saved tons of clothes from getting ruined. Hth.

      • Lynne

        Dawn worked great for me as we’ll to get out any baby stain!

        • Kelly

          Also, if you ever have an oily spot on your clothing, put a drop of Dawn on it before you launder and it will come right out. Other dish detergents work ok, but Dawn in the best. I have saved MANY shirts this way – especially maternity ones since my belly stuck out further while cooking and was likely to get splattered with olive oil I was cooking with! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have also come across a shirt at a thrift shop that had an obvious oily spot and bought it because I knew I could get the stain out.

          If you are out and about and you have an oily spot on a shirt, try rubbing a bit of baby powder on it. It mutes the oily spot to where it isn’t so noticeable. Not sure if this would work on all fabrics, I have always tried it on a dark cotton shirt. And it seems to blend in enough to where you can’t notice the oily stain anymore, but also you can’t really see the powder.

    • brr

      During the warmer summer months I hang baby clothes out in the sun to dry. Seriously works wonders!

      • Picchu

        Hang them out in the sun! All stains will be gone!

      • Julie

        Couldn’t agree more. The most disgusting poop stains can disappear on a nice sunny day in a few hours.

    • Stacy

      Are her diapers the correct size? I have been in child care for years and that’s usually the main culprit. Wash them right away too.

    • Jen

      Are you cloth diapering and using prefolds? If you are, I had this problem with my baby until I started using a different fold. I switched to the jelly roll and it kept it all in. I also fold the cloth down an inch or so in the back. Maybe that will help! If you’re using disposables then ignore my comment haha

    • carrie

      Totally Toddler will get out any kid stain – I swear by this stuff. babiesrus and buybuy baby carry it. I put it in a spray bottle, spray the stain and scrub with scrub brush, spray again and let sit overnight, toss in wash.

    • Denessa

      Oxyclean always works for my baby’s poo stains. I just fill up the sink with hot water, get the clothes wet, rub some of the Oxyclean into the stain, add a bit of it to the water, and let them soak for a bit. Then toss them in the wash as usual. Always works!

    • Jessica

      My daughter uses cloth diapers and they are stained really bad…what you do is equal parts of bleach and powdered dishwasher soap….soak them in there overnight and the stains will be gone!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ambo

      SOIL LOV!!! From the 99 cent Always store. Sold in TX, AZ, CA or on Amazon for much more than 99 cents.

  19. CO Mama

    We heart Charlies Soap!! Works on everything, stains, carpet, laundry, cars, odors. Love, love, love it!!!! http://www.charliesoap.com/

  20. Erin

    The best tip I have to save money is replacing foaming hand soaps by using old empty foaming hand soap bottles (that still have the pump working), rinse them and remove labels, refill with a small amount of dr. Bronners all natural liquid Castille soap mixed with water. I usually use about 1/8 or less of the bottle as dr bronners and fill the rest with water. It results in an all natural, rich lather and saves A TON of money! Pls. It keeps all those bottles and pumps from being used!

  21. maflies1

    Don’t know about that substance, but my dgs works in a place where they have a lot of chemicals and anodize aluminum, and he comes home with a terrible odor and ground in dirt that did not come out in the wash. I have many allergies and could not tolerate the whole house wreaking of the smell because of his clothes, no matter what we did. Necessity is the mother of invention!

    Use the hottest water that you can for the load (I could only use warm). Use 1 C. Oxi-Clean Versatile Stain Remover, 1 C. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, and usual amt. of Detergent; then put in clothes and let soak. If you have a timer on your machine it will probably not soak long enough, so you will have to stop it so that it will soak longer-at least an hour. Longer is OK. Then let it finish the cycle. Put in the same amounts of ingredients as above and wash as usual.

    I was amazed! His jeans and shirts looked liked they did when he first started working there. Good luck to you or anyone with a stubborn stain problem.

  22. mel

    I take my liquid laundry detergents, fabric softeners & dish soap and pour half into another container, then fill up the rest with water. Don’t shake the bottle, but just sort of swish it around. Get 2xs the use out of each!

    I use bar napkins to wipe washed fruit/veggies rather than paper towels. We eat a lot of salads here, so I always prep lettuce in the morning by cutting it and washing thoroughly. Let it sit in the colindar for an hr to air dry. Then I lay a bar napkin inside a large container and fill with the lettuce. fold the napkin over top, then close the container with the lid. The lettuce stays fresh & crisp for several days.

    lemons, limes & oranges: I always zest the rinds first (after a good washing!) before juicing. After juicing, I save the halves in a container in the freezer (as well as the zest.. in a separate container). When the dishwasher disposal starts to smell, I toss a frozen half or 2 into the disposal. Run some hot water to thaw it out a little. Then turn on the disposal. Gets the funk smell out.
    Also great to defunkafy the microwave. Fill a microwave safe glass with 2 cups of water, then put in a few lemon, lime or orange halves and set the timer for 8 minutes. Open and with a wet rag, wipe the inside of the microwave. The gook just comes off like melted better! If you have stubborn food particles, set it for another 8 minutes.

    For my dishwasher, instead of using a rinse aid, I fill the unit with vinegar.
    I always cut my sponges in half.

    • Sarah

      I LOVE that you just used the word “defunkafy.”

      • bunny

        me too ๐Ÿ™‚ i use that word a lot but never knew how to spell it ha ha!

  23. tspraggins

    I keep a pitcher in the bathroom and collect the water I wouldve wasted trying to get the temperature right. The extra water is used to flush toilets or during the summer in the yard. A rain barrel helps also.

    • Shirley

      Awesome idea! Our masterbath is at the opposite end of the house from the hot water heater and I always feel bad wasting the water just to wait for it to get hot. LOVE your idea, thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Em

        I do this too! It is crazy how much our water bill went down when we started. We also only shower to save water. We used to use a timer, but we’re all so used to getting it done quickly we don’t need to anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, when you boil veggies or whatnot use that water on your house plants or in the garden (once it’s cooled of course), your plants will LOVE it!

      • Dawn

        Back when I lived in Virginia we experienced a pretty severe drought for a couple of years. There were all sorts of water-saving tips given in the newspaper, etc. This was one of them. Saving that water –before showers, before handwashing any dishes, etc, etc REALLY added up. I used a clean pitcher to catch at least a gallon and a half of water before my morning shower. This went into the fridge to drink or to be used to make coffee/tea. Other uses were to water houseplants etc. But I was pretty amazed too at the amount it saved.

    • Dianne

      I do that in my kitchen when I run the hot water to get to my dishwasher. I run it into a bucket and put it outside for our cats, when I make a new bucket, I water my plants with it.

      We also have turned our Water Heater OFF. We have two houses one that has electric and it is on a separate breaker inside which we turn on for 15 or 20 minutes before we want to shower or wash dishes. The other house has a gas water heater and we actually do the same thing. It has lowered especially our electric water heater house bill enormously.

  24. Sarah

    I’ve recently started making my own shower gel using bar soap.

  25. Buffy

    I had recently did remodel and left the old time floor boards out in the rain. They developed white water stains much like the furniture and kitchen table. I used the FREE toothpaste, not the gel, rubbed it in and let it set for 5 minutes. Wiped clean and refreshed it with orange oil. Like new. Also worked on the doggie drool around the house. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. c

    i lived in a one bedroom apartment. most everything was plugged into two power strips in either room.whenever i left for the day,it was very easy to turn off both strips.it actually lowered my bill. i biked to the local target for groceries etc. i didn’t need a gym and saved on gas/bus money. with the right bike, bi-yearly maintenance is very low. At the stores i never bought stuff i couldn’t carry home on the bike. its hard to believe but those impulse buys become less attractive when their strapped to your back. obviously this is not your typical suburban life, but a life anyway;)

    • Teri

      I agree totally, I have all of my appliances, table lamps and cell/laptop/readers chargers on power strips. I have then all over the house. My water heater is on a timer and I got rid of my dryer. I use a clothes line on my covered patio. Serious $$$ savings each month. I was shocked when I got my first bill. I don’t really notice the difference when it came to comfort or convenience. I am not sacrificing anything. My clothes actually look better.

      One thing that I have done for years with my laundry is to always use a drop or two of fabric softener. It actually makes the detergent work better, as fabric softener makes water wetter. I got the idea when I learned about cleaning my paint brushes in a diluted mixture of fabric softener and water in college. And it has worked well. I don’t have any issue with stains of any kind as a result.

      • Erin D.

        Funny…I was watching DIY Network on TV last night. They said to clean paint brushes and rollers to clean them in a bucket with water and fabric softener. I thought that was strange and had never heard of it before. Glad to hear your post backs up that claim. Thanks for sharing!

  27. jess

    We use a clothesline to dry laundry. We have a brick in our toilet that is not a low flow. We have all CFL bulbs in the lights. We keep a 5-gallon bucket near the shower to collect the cold shower water. We have computer stuff on a power strip. We too have a rain barrel and our water authority gave us a rebate for it. THey also gave us a rebate for installing lowflow showerheads. I use hot water, baking soda, and vinegar as a drain opener.

    • Christina

      You poop on a brick?! Man oh man, I just love this! Of course that puts new meaning to that one phrase! *)

      • Tasha

        You put the brick in the toilet tank (where the lever to flush is attached) and not in the bowl where you do your business!

  28. Mary

    How do I remove crayon from a painted wall? Thanks!

    • Katie

      Maybe try a magic eraser?

    • Katelyn

      Magic Eraser! I work at a daycare and it works wonders!

    • Michelle

      Crinkle up tin foil and rub gently to remove the crayon.

    • joannah

      use w4d just spray and wipe with cloth or tissue. it works wonders

    • tara in tx

      Peanut Butter! Just rub a little on the colored area and you can just wipe it away! My mother used this method when I was a child and now I use it for my own lil Picassos ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Mary

    Can pen be removed from a wall with wallpaper?

    • barbie

      I’ve never removed off wallpaper before but i’ve gotten it out of clothes and off a cloth couch with hair spray. It has to be the old aerosal kind. But it works!

      • Erin D.

        Any hairspray with alcohol works for pen marks. I use pump hairspray with Maximum Hold. I have also used straight alcohol on pen marks on my clothing.

  30. Katie

    Need a facial scrub? Use brown sugar, baking soda, or crushed aspirin! They work great and there are tons of recipes on the internet if you want to find a face mask only using items from your kitchen! Also vinegar, lemon, baking soda, etc. are great cleaning agents. Lemon is actually a disinfectant.

    • Maha

      Is this good for acne or redness? Thanks!!!

      • Ashley

        I use Saint Ives facial scrub and it helps a little…but I will try this recipe, the asprin should definately help with acne and redness! I can imagine it would help inflamation from the acne too. One thing is don’t exfoliate too often or it will cause more break outs, I only use a face scrub about three times a week. If your skins not sensitive you could maybe get away with four times a week. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Katie

        I have heard that crushing up an aspirin and making a paste with water and gently patting it on the redness or your entire face can make the redness and inflammation go down. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory anyway so this is why it works. Just make a paste with water and the crushed aspirin and put it on your face until and keep it on until it dries! Also make sure that the aspirin is thoroughly crushed with no lumps!

        • Maha

          Thanks ladies. I am almost 30 and still suffer from acne I am also allergic to benzoyl peroxide (the main ingredient in almost every acne fighting anything) and products with menthol. I have cut out dairy (almost completely… Except for the occasional chocolate… I’m only human lol) and it has helped soooo much!

          • Julie

            @Maha,

            A little off topic, but have you tried Differin? It’s prescription but no peroxide. HTH ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Maha

              I have and, unfortunately it did not work very well. My skin is just so sensitive ( ๐Ÿ™ ). I think I have tried it all. I have had the acne more or less under control lately (thankfully) because I cut out dairy (hoping that this is the cause… it’s been 2 months and so far I have seen a difference) … now I am working on getting rid of my scars. I tried the dark spot corrector by Clinique (2 @ $73 a bottle!!) & Garnier… with no results. Thanks so much for the suggestion!!

            • Katie

              This may not be a problem and I am sure you have heard it before but remember not to touch your face, since the oils on your hands and bacteria can clog your pores. Also try to keep your hair out of your face especially when you are sleeping. Your hair has oil in it and the shampoo or whatever hair products you use could be irritating your skin. HTH!

      • Brianavw@gmail.com

        I put Burt’s Bees toothpaste (tried others and think this one works the best by far) on my break outs. I have super sensitive skin; the toothpaste draws out the junk and dries out the pimples. I will leave the toothpaste on as long as possible, if I am not leaving the house I will leave it there all day.

  31. roxy

    The orange degreaser from the Dollar Tree store is amazing on everything. Cleans the greasiest dishes, you can use it to clean your car and also cleans the carpets perfectly.

    • Maha

      Yes!!! This works so well! I really love the new Lysol too! The LYSOL Power & Free is amazing! I use it on my floors (citrus scent). Makes the house smell great and works so well on my (reallllly) old linoleum floors.

  32. Heather C.

    MY HOMEMADE LAUNDRY STAIN REMOVER-

    *One lid full of laundry soap (or equivalent to what you’d use for a large load in the wash)
    *1Tbsp rubbing alcohol
    *Water

    Add 1st two ingredients to a spray bottle (I use an old Windex bottle)
    Fill up to the top with water
    Shake gently before each use.

    I spray this on any stains I see as I’m sorting my laundry. Or if it’s a bad stain, as soon as it happens. It works just as well as any laundry stain remover I’ve ever used, and is SO much cheaper!

    Also I use old giftcards or credit cards to scrape cooked on food off my dishes when washing them… I even use them on my non-stick cookware and it doesn’t damage them. This has saved me SO much scrubbing. Seriously a life-saver in the kitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. ANA

    1. IF you make homemade things such as body wash, lotion etc. you can put in several drop of “Grapefruit seed Extract” which acts as a preservative (can be found at wholefoods).
    2. if you have a bunch of bar soaps (maybe from a great coupon sale ๐Ÿ™‚ you can turn them into body wash! by grading them and melting them with water!
    3. My favorite is diping paper towel in straight vinegar and and wrapping it around to cover all the hard stain water spots either in the kitchen or bathroom sinks leave it on at least 30 mins when you take it off rinse with water wipe it dry and it removes it and leaves it shiny!! I do this for the bathroom too!
    4. Polish your sink with a little bit of baby oil after you clean it to keep it shiny and getting water spots love that trick too.. there are so many tricks out there I can keep going.
    5. if you want to make your house smell good boil water few slice lemons, put in some vanilla extract and a herb such a rosemary and simmer your house will smell so good! try it!
    6. all purpose cleaner put in a spray bottle HALF VINEGAR HALF WATER and few drops of essential oil if you don’t like the vinegar smell. my husband hates vinegar so i put in few drops of lavender essential oil into the spray bottle and clean away!

    *IM IN THE PROCESS OF REMOVING ALLL TOXIC COMMERICIAL PRODUCTS JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING THEY SELL ARE SO TOXIC FOR THE HOME/FAMILY ( TOOTHPASTE, BODY WASH, DEORDANT, DISH SOAP EVERYTHING) EVEN THOSE CLEANERS THAT ARE SUPPOSE TO BE SAFE SUCH AS “METHOD” STILL HAVE BAD CHEMICALS IN IT SUCH AS SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE READ THE LABELS! ITS BEST TO USE GOOD OLE VINEGAR, BAKING SODA, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, & LEMONS TO CLEAN CHEAP AND SAFE AND YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE CLEANING WITH.!!!

    MAKING HOME MADE THINGS SUCH AS DEORDANT, IS SO EASY AND FUN! TRY IT LOOK IT UP ON PINTEREST THERE IS SO MANY WAYS AND YOU CAN PUT IN WHATEVER SMELL YOU WANT IN THEM!

    I CHALLENGE YOU TO AT LEAST TRY IT YOU WILL BE SURPRISE OF HOW EASY IT IS ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Em

      Method is such a joke. They say their SLS is safe and they don’t disclose their fragrance because they don’t have too…what are they hiding in it!? Grr

  34. Terri Harrison

    I make my own baby wipes. It’s easy to do and cost me under $0.25 for a box of wipes. With a two year old and a three year old in the house this has been the biggest money saver for me.

  35. Em

    This is my favorite subject! We are a very hippy house so we use hardly any disposable products!
    For cleaning we use baking soda, water, Dr. Bronner’s soap (bar only, to avoid plastic), essential oils (organic and glass jar only) and vinegar when things need disinfecting.
    We use zero paper product in our household. For the kitchen for napkins we use red washcloths, for dishes and counter tops we use grey washcloths, for bathroom cleaning we use yellow, for general cleaning/dusting around the home we use purple and for baby wipes and drying off after using our bidet attachment we use black washcloths.
    Instead of one time use diapers we use cloth. My husband uses a straight blade razor and I use a saftey razor (I’m not quite hippy enough to have hair legs/underarms…they itch to much!). We don’t use dental floss- we use a gum stimulator instead. We use a tooth brush that you only have to replace the head on (though we’re looking at wooden ones that you can compost). We use EcoDent tooth powder so very little trash produced from that. We use Dr Bronner’s bar soap to make shampoo and liquid handsoap and we use the bar for soap in the shower. Instead of one time use girl products I use the divacup sometimes, but mostly use cloth pads that I make myself- so easy and they rock! I make my own body scrub and deoderant. We use coconut oil as hair conditioner, lotion and chapstick (though, I’ll sometimes whip up a batch with some other ingredients as well).
    We don’t use a liner in our trashcan as we have no wet trash. We compost our wet trash and recycle the things that can be recycled so we generally have less than 10 items in our trash per week. We buy quite literally no food prepackaged. We try and buy everything we can from the bulk bins if it isn’t available we do without.
    Hmmm…what else…

    • Em

      Oh and we line dry! The cash saved by doing so is freaking amazing. We live in a really windy city that blows red dirt so we do it inside.

    • Cheryl E

      How do you make your own deodorant?

      • Em

        1/4 c baking soda
        5 Tbsp coconut oil
        5 drops essential oil. I use tea tree because it has antibacterial/antifungal properties or whatever. You can use whichever you’d like or leave them out entirely.

        Mix it up like cake icing and store it in a little tupperware container. Use a little less than pea sized amount per armpit. I just scoop it out with my finger.

        I used to have eczema on my armpits, not anymore!

        • Cheryl

          Wow, Em, very interesting! Do you warm the coconut oil so it turns to liquid before mixing with the tea tree & baking soda? I wonder if an empty deodorant container could be refilled with this…what do you think?

          • Em

            No, I just mix it solid. It softens a little while you’re mixing from the heat of the friction and is the exact consistency as cake icing (there is something oddly satisfying about that texture!) As long as you keep your house at 73 or below it would stay solid enough for an empty deoderant container, or if you kept it in the fridge. The texture after everything hardens back up is softer than regular deoderant but pretty firm. I love it so much that I have made a batch for everyone who is remotely interested and not a single person has NOT converted! It works so well and is so much better for you than regular deo! I use aluminum free baking soda (Bob’s Red Mill) for added saftey as there have been several studies that show a tie to aluminum in deoderant to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease- the later of which runs in my family. I read a lot of medical journals and these studies are legit.

            Sorry for any typos, I’m on my phone!

            • Brianavw@gmail.com

              I have been thinking of doing this, one (yes superficial) hesitation is, I think it would stain my clothes? I have tried other store bought natural deodorants that really stain my summer tops? Please advise?! Thanks in advance!

            • Em

              Never had an issue with staining. The majority of our clothing is organic cotton. The rest of our clothing is VERY high quality, high end (Burberry, etc). This deodorant really absorbs well into the skin!

        • Cheryl E

          Thanks for the recipe and the instructions. I like knowing the consistency and that it won’t stain my clothes. I can’t wait to make it and try it!

  36. tanya

    I bought used wooden bedroom furniture and didn’t realize until it was home in a more enclosed bedroom space that it spelled like smoke. I washed every inch of it with lysol wipes, but the smell remains. Any ideas?
    Also, I stored baby clothes in plastic tubs indoors, but I took some out recently (after only 2 – 3yrs) and they have yellow spots. Washing in tide and shout did nothing. Any ideas? Thank you

    • Em

      I stick mine outside and let it bake in the sun for a couple of days (found a vintage dresser that smelled less than great on the side of the road on trash day once!)… if that doesn’t work or isn’t an option try making a paste of baking soda and water and rub every square inch of that puppy down!

      • tanya

        thanks. I’ll try the baking soda.

    • Julie

      Try Murphy’s oil soap for the smelly furniture. For the yellow stains slightly wet the clothes where the stains are and put some dry Oxi-clean directly on that spot try to make into a chunky paste. Let it sit for several hours, but be careful with bright colors for color fastness. Wash like normal and that should help.

    • Jocelyn

      For baby clothes with stains wash them then lay them on the grass in the sun to dry, grass is a natural bleacher but doesn’t cause damage to the clothes no matter what color or fabric.

  37. Michelle

    For baby spit up use meat tenderizer…it breaks down protiens and saves alot on baby clothes !!

  38. llc

    Clean your Lamp Shades
    Mine get bug poop or whatever on them because my den is right off my back porch and alot of insects get in at night from the doors being opened so much. My beautiful white shades were looking a bit yucky. Shades are so expensive so I decieded to try this cleaning method first. Turn the shower on hot and let the pelting water blast the stains. For stains that still remained faint, I took some clear face soap (or any other clear soap) and scrubbed it with a toothbrust a few times and then rinse. I do not use any soap except for the spot cleaning. I hang them in the shower to drip dry using a coat hanger. They never came unglued and look new once dry. I have done this twice now and I am so impressed by the results. My lamp shades are from Target and have a horizonal wavy pleat throughtout and this method did not mess up my pleats. They also have a fabric interior (the side closest to the bulb). Instant savings of $50+ for 2 lamp shades.

  39. Maha

    I had an old gliding rocking chair in my family room. It started to break and these little tiny balls fell out of the bottom (how.. I have no idea). Anyways… I didn’t know what they were so I picked them up and got grease all over my tan carpet. I used some baby shampoo and a wet cloth and just let it soak. I stood on the stain for a minute soaking it up and then left the rag there for about 20 minutes. The stain disappeared!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Maha

    I also recently just mixed baking soda and water until it made a paste and put it on my toaster oven door. Let it sit overnight. In the morning just wipe off with a squeegee. I had to use a little elbow grease for a few areas… but it helped so much and now it looks brand new!!

  41. Jackie

    To clean CEILINGf FANS use a pillow case first to catch the dust. Just slip it between the blades and pull away, follow with your favorite cleaner.

    • Em

      I have never heard this before! Brilliant!

    • Teri

      What a wonderful idea. I am going to borrow this. Great idea!

  42. Jessica

    What would be good for cleaning stove hood but especially stove vent made of steel or aluminum?

  43. Jessica

    Also, any ideas on what to make or buy to clean a faux microfiber / microsuede sofa?

    • Amy

      I read on pintrest to spray rubbing alcohol on it then wipe with a sponge in a circular motion. It worked for me

    • Maha

      You can use an Emory board. Just file out the stain. Unfortunately my son got permanent marker on mine so it didn’t work for that… But did work on other little areas… Any tips for my marker dilemma?

      • Heather C.

        I’ve used aerosol hair spray to get permanent marker out of clothes… It might work on microfiber. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

      • lindsey

        I use Folex (you can buy it at Safeway/Lowe’s). It gets ANYTHING out of microfiber/suede fabric and it works on carpet and clothes. It’s my go to stain remover. I HAVE used it on permanent marker and it does work!

    • Maha

      Oh I also forgot another tip for microfiber… I spray them with Shout… and that’s it. Cover the whole area with Shout spray. I did this once intending to go back and scrub my kitchen chairs… and forgot. All the stains came right out. I do it for everything microfiber in my house.

    • Erin D.

      My mom has microfiber beige seat covers on her kitchen barstools. She just scrubs them with dishsoap and a wet sponge. It dries fine with no marks. My toddler has done everything to those stools and mom just keeps scrubbing them down. They look great! Test the back of the sofa first where it sits against the wall to see if you like the results on a larger surface.

  44. Shelby

    We save electricity by having our extra fridge in the basement on a timer. Every night between 12 am- 8 am the fridge turns off. Everything always stays cold and frozen. Never have had a problem.

  45. Amy

    I cut my dryer sheets in half

  46. Jan

    I have an inline hockey player who thinks that all linoleum and tile floors are fair game. This leads to major black scuff marks. I use the toothpaste that I get for free with coupons and sales found here and it wipes right up and smells fresh too!

    • Em

      A tennis ball works for it too…the hospital I work for has one on a stick.

    • Cheryl

      I love to show people this in person because it’s such an easy fix, but I’ll try to explain it in writing without sounding like a fruit loop. Stand with the black mark going away from you, while wearing a shoe that would cause one of the marks, point your toe and wiggle it back and forth on the floor over the mark. Sounds strange but kind of move your toe back and forth from say 8 o’clock to 4 o’clock and vice versa moving your way up the whole line. Gone! Your shoe will pick up the mark. Takes literally 3 seconds and the mark is gone.

      • Cheryl

        Sorry I did kind of explain that wrong, it would be your heel that is going from 4 to 8 etc. Your toe stays in contact with the mark. Sorry! Amazing how easy it is!

  47. barbie

    Homemade febreeze, I get the carpet fresh from the dollar tree and mix a small amount with water in a spray bottle and it litterally cost pennies a bottle!

    • christine

      Ooooh. Gotta try that. I use an absurd amount of frebreeze!

  48. christine

    For baked food dishes, I put salt on my sponge with the dish soap and they wipe right up.

  49. Ashley57

    You can get a timer for your hot water heater for like $20 at a place like Lowe’s. Then, just have the hot water turn on when you want it – at least not at night when you are sleeping. Saves us a lot of money. Also, see if your utility department has something where you volunteer for your hot water heater and/or air conditioner cut off during peak hours to save energy. We get a $10 a month credit on our bill for having this – we have had it for more than 2 years and have never noticed – we have FPL.

    • Tammie

      May I ask, how much did you say a month, by using a timer on the hot water heater?

  50. Jjw

    I add water to our hand soaps to stretch them further.

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