I Did Not Know That! Part Two: Handy Tips & Tricks. Sigh…yes, it’s me: the woman with the lightbulb over her head thinking “why did I not think of that!”
But, at least someone did–and now we have Part Two of handy little ideas to make life smoother, easier, better organized…
Never buy celery again: simply put the base of a stalk–with about 2 inches left–in a shallow bowl of water. The celery will obligingly sprout for you.
Aluminum foil: instead of wrestling ineffectually with the entire roll–there’s a tab on either side to make it roll nicely.
Pancakes: make perfect little pancakes with this idea–clean out a ketchup bottle and add your pancake better. This will allow you to squeeze out as much as you want without dealing with all the mess. This would also work great with mustard and honey bottles, or any other squeezable bottles.
Laundry Soap: make your own. You’ll get 80 loads of laundry for around $1.00–instead of $10.00 with commercial brands!
Grate or dice 1/3 of the fels naptha soap and put it into a large sauce pan. Add 6 cups of water and heat until soap melts. Add the washing soda and borax, stir until it has dissolved. Pour four cups of tap water into your bucket, add your soap mixture and stir together. Add another 2o cups of water and stir to combine.
Let the soap cool and set up for about 12-24 hours. The consistency should be somewhat jello-ish and somewhat liquid.
Add a 1/2 cup to each load.
The role of the ingredients:
Washing soda helps to deodorize, but fighting grease and stains is the primary purpose. Look for it in the drug store or supermarket, in with the laundry and cleaning supplies.
Borax is awesome! It’s a natural stain remover and an excellent alternative to bleach, because it’s an anti-fungal/anti-mold and all-around disinfectant. Coupled with regular soap, it greatly increases cleaning power. Look for it in the drug store or supermarket, in with the laundry and cleaning supplies.
Fels Naptha is a stain remover. Also, in the laundry aisle.
What are the best times to buy specific items? Here’s a graph on how retailers mark items down:
With thanks to: Savings.com, DIY Home Sweet Home