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Using your money wisely allows you to do more of the fun things you want to do. Many times these wise financial choices are also green and healthy choices. I’m going to share some of my frugal ideas for around the house. Little things that make a big difference and require very little effort.
1. Organize your refrigerator and pantry. If you have everything organized, number one it will look nicer. Second, when you’re making your shopping list you just need to glance in and you what you have or need. Saving time while figuring out your shopping list but it will also prevent you from buying items that you already have.
2. When it is time to clean the microwave all you need is a bowl of water and a lemon. Cut a lemon or two in half and squeeze some of the juice into the water put the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for about 2 to 3 minutes. The steam usually loosen everything, so you just need to wipe clean. If there is stubborn splatters make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub the paste on the splatter and leave it on for a few minutes usually then just wipe it off. If needed just run the microwave for another 2 to 3 minutes with your lemon water and then wipe everything out again.
3. This is one of my favorite Multipurpose and glass cleaners; mix vinegar and water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid soap in a spray bottle. This spray will clean everything from mirrors, countertops, kids’ toys and the list goes on and on.
4. A very good cleaner when you need to scrub is half a lemon with salt. Works great on things like stained plastic chopping boards.
5. A little bit of olive oil and a soft clean cloth cleans a stainless steel surface but make sure to buff it out.
6. Keep some white chalk in your laundry room. Chalk works wonders for greasy stain removal. Just rub the chalk on the greasy stain then wash as normal.
7. For hardwood floors here’s a cleaner; Mix 2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons lemon, 2 tablespoons alcohol, and 24 ounces of water, add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. Pour in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on the floor and wipe off with a microfiber mop make sure to shake the spray bottle frequently to keep everything mixed.
8. To keep your drains clean simply pour baking soda down the drain then pour in vinegar after 15 minutes flush with boiling water.
9. Your dishwasher detergent doesn’t need much is those little cups in the dishwasher hold. Put in approximately half of the amount and the dishes will still be sparkling when they are done.
10. The TP squish, is as simple as it sounds. Just squish the TP before putting it on the holder. Having the cardboard not roll so easily encourages children and guests to use just enough thus reducing excess waste.
11. Homemade eyeglass cleaner is so simple to do; just take equal parts water and rubbing alcohol then and a couple drops of dishwashing liquid, put in a little spray bottle. This works really good on television’s computer screens cell phones…
12. To prevent static cling in your dryer make a tinfoil ball and toss it in your dryer.
13. To get rid of the smell in the dryer just throw a few cloves in a mesh bag toss in your dryer then run for a full normal cycle. Another option to remove dryer odor; wet some old towels with a fresh lemon juice and water mixture (5:1 ratio) then tumble dry.
14. For washing machine odor and to prevent it from occurring again simply use 1 quart chlorine bleach, no detergent and run the washer through the longest hottest cycle you can. Immediately after that is done do the same hot-water, but this time use 1 quart vinegar and the longest cycle. Make sure to wipe all the seals and pull them up or back to get underneath really good. This should be part of your monthly routine to prevent the odors from starting. It is also essential that you keep the door open or at least cracked open when the washer is not in use.
15. Remove the musty/mildew smell from your towels and t shirts. Along with your detergent, add 2 cups of white distilled vinegar, and one cup of Borax. If your towels can be bleached before drying run them through a strong bleach and hot water full cycle wash then dry as usual. If you cannot bleach the towels, use one cup of ammonia instead of the bleach for the final wash. This should take care your problem and with future washes add 1/2 cup baking soda to keep those smells away.
16. To keep the garbage disposal from smelling when you do your dishes do them on the disposal side of the sink. As the water is draining out, turn the disposal on so, the soapy water washes the disposal. After you clean the microwave with the lemon water, don’t forget to pour that in the disposal and turn it on for a fresh lemon clean.
Hope you enjoy these frugal green household tips!
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