Sunday, July 31, 2011

Frugal Household Remedies

I love discovering new uses for stuff that is
already on hand, much less inexpensive or a 
quick fix for those pesky household problems.  

Here are a few . . . 

Use ketchup to remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

Does anyone have a natural remedy for cleaning stainless steel cookware?

Use oatmeal to scrub very dirty hands. Make a thick paste of oatmeal and water . . . rinse well.

Use glycerin to remove dried wax drippings from candlesticks. Peel off as much wax as possible, then moisten a cotton ball with glycerin and rub until clean.

Scuffed Linoleum

Rub the spot with white toothpaste and a dry cloth or with an eraser. Or spray WD-40 on a towel and rub lightly, making sure to degrease the area afterward with liquid dishwashing soap and water.

Stuck Sliding Windows

A little silicone spray lubricant (sold at hardware stores) will grease the skids. Spray it onto a rag and wipe along the tracks.

Stained Tub

Combine equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain with your fingers or a soft cloth. Let sit for a half hour, then rinse well with water.

Clogged drains 
Sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, then pour 1 cup of white vinegar. Follow immediately with 2 cups of boiling water. It will fizz and bubble then "poof" your drain will become unclogged. Do this once a month to keep drains free and clear. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Top Mom Craft Blogs

If you a follower of one of my other blogs, LaBelladiva, you know that crafting and DIY projects are among my favorite things.  One of the main features of that blog is showcasing awesome projects I find through Bloggerville.

I was thrilled to find 50 Top Mom Craft Blogs featured on . . . going through this list will be lots of fun!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Garden Frugality ~ Recycling Old Hoses

Don't toss out those old garden hoses!

Exercise your frugal wisdom and recycle them.

Here are some ways to repurpose them:

My favorite way to recycle old garden hoses is to poke holes to make a soaker hose or a really cheap sprinkler-type system.  Those soaker hoses can be expensive!  Don't forget to plug the end of the hose.

Cut the hose to a desired length and attach to the faucet for filling buckets.

Cut 1 to 2 foot pieces . . . thread onto wire or rope and use to stablize young trees on stakes. The hose helps to prevent damage on the trunk/bark of the tree.

Poke holes in the hose and plug the end of the hose . . . use as misters on patios.  Misters can be very expensive!

Cut about a 5-inch length, slit it lengthwise, wrap it around the handle of a bucket, and tape it closed with duct tape.  Makes an awesome grip for the bucket!

Slit the hose lengthwise, cut to size, to protect saw blades.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Gina's Home and Garden Bulletin

Get all of your home and garden news condensed on my new online newspaper format that covers the newest posts from across the internet on gardening, DIY, crafting, home decorating and more!

Click on the graphic to check it out.

Gina's Spicy Tidbits is my other online newspaper that is dedicated to food-related posts.