Friday, November 12, 2010

Favorite Tips for Saving Time and Money

I thought it would be fun, and possibly helpful, to put together a list of some of my favorite time- and money-saving tips for kitchen and household tasks. Some of these are from early in the history of this blog--when I had many days with no visitors at all--so you probably haven't read them!
Household and laundry tips:
  • Homemade powdered laundry detergent  (I now use Yardley soaps, because I like the Lemon Verbena and Baby Gentle fragrances.  Evidently these soaps are available at some dollar stores, but I stock up when they're on sale at the supermarket.  I've also tried saving slivers of bar soaps, but I am not sure that the added effort to grate them--not to mention the occasional blood loss--is worth saving an extra few pennies.)
  • Vinegar as a laundry additive (It's cheap and has many benefits in the laundry.)
  • A cheaper sweeper (flannel cloths, and reusing "disposable" cloths, for Swiffer-type sweepers) 

Kitchen tips: Hope you've found a useful tip or two in this list!

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  1. These are some fabulous tips! Thank you soooo much!!!

  2. Great tips!! I use old thermal shirt fabric for my swiffer!!

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  4. I took your advice and started freezing the meats...
    like meatballs and meatloaf!
    Thanks as always

  5. I buy cheap laundry detergent Walmart generic or Dollar Store and then I add about a teaspoon of dish soap and 1/3-1 cup of ammonia for the wash cycle and then I fill the fabric softener with vinegar.

    My laundry is scentless, nearly static free, and I get the grunge out of my husbands greasy clothes. Plus, I've had a lot less problems with clothing getting odors and keeping them.


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