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Frugal Tips from Broken Glass to Lint

December 1, 2010
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Here are some cool tips that I’ve found.

Want an easy way to pick up Broken Glass?
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-Tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.

Want to keep Squirrels away from your plants?
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne
pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t
come near it.  (Wonder if this works with rabbits?  Sure gonna give it a
try)

Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty
paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or
flattened to get in narrow openings.

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a
clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing
panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and … TA DA! … Static is gone.

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot
water, dump out the hot water, but don’t dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient,
such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove
box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser!  Works better
than a cloth!
***on a side note……we purchase the RainX brand windshield wiper fluid for our cars and also pour it in a spray bottle – use it on your bathroom mirror – it keeps it from fogging up!***

Re opening envelopes
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something
inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two.
Viola!  It unseals easily.

Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving
cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up
the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2′ with Apple
Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find
those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it
‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so,
especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets
or small children being harmed!  (This I have tried and it works!)

INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS

The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things
around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he
went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I
always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us
that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and
ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material .. I’m
sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well …. the hot
water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told
us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the
heating unit.

You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the
dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free … that nice
fragrance too You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the
box … well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen.

This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to
keep your dryer working for a very longtime (and to keep your electric bill
lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an
old toothbru sh (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that
makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?! Learn
something new everyday! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that.
So, I thought I’d share!

Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The
water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the
mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had
it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it .. the water ran right thru the
screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was
talking about!

So, do you have any tips to share?

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