When you are cleaning/de-cluttering, go through your bookcases…Are there books that you won’t ever read again?…Or projects/crafts/recipes in the books that you own that you haven’t even tried that are waiting for “someday”?…If those books have been sitting on your shelves for longer than two years and you haven’t looked at them, donate them, re-gift them or recycle them…Now if it’s something that you love to do/read, by all means, keep the books you love…But you can’t love/keep them all!…With today’s technology of e-readers, you can keep the books you love in a convenient place and carry ALL of them with you (something that’s inconvenient to do with the real books!).
We all know that if you turn down the temperature on your thermostat you’ll save money on your energy costs, but who wants to freeze?…If you turn down the temperature by 1 degree every 1-2 days until it’s at the temperature that you desire, your body will have time to adjust and you’ll still lower energy costs in the process.
If you’re cleaning your flowerpots for reuse, dump out the old dirt and instead of making a muddy mess, sprinkle a little table salt on the inside of the flowerpot…Scrub off the dry dirt with a stiff brush…This method of cleaning works great, if there is no water source nearby!
Instead of using those small orange reflectors on your mailbox post or to mark your driveway/sidewalks, try using an old or scratched CD/DVD, shiny side out…Drill small holes in the CD/DVD and screw it onto the post or attach to a wooden stake and put it into the ground…Reduce, reuse, recycle!
You’ll keep rust from forming on your tools, if you keep a piece of chalk (yes, blackboard chalk!) or a charcoal briquette (yes, the kind used for a charcoal grill!) in your toolbox.
No matter how hard you try to clean the bottom of your glass vase, there always seems to be a residue left…Try this hint…Fill the vase with water and drop in a denture tablet (yes, the kind used to clean dentures!)…The mineral deposits (that residue) will be gone when the fizzing stops…You can clean thermos bottles, cruets, glasses and coffee decanters with this same method.
I don’t know about you but I hate to waste that little bit of ketchup, mustard or salsa that’s left in the container…What we do is add olive oil and vinegar to the container…Swish it around to loosen the remaining contents for it to pour out easily…Use it “as is” or add onions, garlic and spices for a marinade or a salad dressing.
A bottle of clear nail polish can be used for more than protecting your nails…When you purchase a new garment with button closures, place a DROP of clear nail polish on the thread in the center of each button…This will prevent the thread from fraying…Works great for reattached buttons, too.
If you’re out of your regular toilet bowl cleaner, try using your alcohol based mouthwash…Add 1/4 cup into the bowl…Let it stand for 1/2 hour before cleaning.
When cooking, if you’re spritzing a cooking spray onto your pan/baking dish, open the door to your dishwasher…Now spray your pan/baking dish…Any “over” spray will be on the inside of the dishwasher door and will get washed away the next time you run the dishwasher.