A new study by sociologist Chloe E. Bird suggests that
once married, women do about twice the amount of housework as their
spouses, which increases the women's sense of anxiety, depression and
Magazine Recipe/Article Labels
Ever tried to find that special recipe or article you read in a magazine
and can't remember which book or magazine it was in? I found that
address labels work wonders. Simply place the label on the outside or
inside cover and note the page number of the article or recipe you
liked. Better yet, tape a piece of paper to the cover for a more thrifty
way of keeping track. Then, when you want to find the article, you have
a quick reference.
Cheaper Kitchen Towels
I never buy kitchen towels in the housewares department. Go to the
automotive section of your department store and get the white terry
cloth towels. A package of 12 in my area costs under five dollars and
they don't shed or wear out quickly. They're great in the kitchen and
for cleaning around the house. I also hang a fresh one in my waistband
or belt loop when I'm cooking to wipe my hands on.
Clean And Dry Floors Fast
But I can't do that for every cleaning so I came up with a way to
get a nearly comparable result. I wash my floor in sections, using a
regular mop. But instead of futilely trying to sop up the dirty water, I
toss down an old bath towel. I then push the towel around with my feet
over the floor. It works great and is fast! Usually when I mop, no
matter how much I rinse, a dingy film remains. This way the towel soaks
up all the dirty water so the floor really shines. Plus, it keeps the
bucket water cleaner so I don't have to change it before I finish. An
added bonus is the towel also dries the floor. By the time I'm done with
the last section, the floor can be walked on!
Save on Costly Kitchen Towels
Instead of paying upwards of three dollars each for kitchen towels that
don't last long, buy bar towels. These are available from restaurant
supply stores and sometimes can cost approximately one dollar each. In
addition to being inexepensive they are more absorbent than regular
kitchen towels and hold up well during repeated washing and drying. I
bought two dozen of these towels about four years ago and they still
I have fabric lampshades with very fine pleats which are hard to clean.
So I remove them, take them outside and brush them with an old baby hair
brush. The bristles get between the pleats to remove the dust and dirt,
but they are soft enough so as not to crush or damage the pleats. My
shades look like new.
Toothpaste--a Versatile Cleaner.
Want to remove a stain without damaging the smooth surface of furniture
and countertops? Use toothpaste. The extra mild abrasives in toothpaste
remove stains without scratching the surface. I have used toothpaste to
remove water stains on finished furniture and stains on kitchen
countertops. It also works on small rust stains. Simply rub a dab into
the stain for about 30 seconds and wipe it away.
When cleaning mirrors with paper towels save the paper towels for
several more mirror cleanings. After I clean my mirrors I 'wad up' the
paper towel and stick it under the trigger on the bottle. By the time
you are ready to clean your mirrors again, towels have dried and are
ready to be used again. This has saved me from buying paper towels so
Electrostatic Cleaner Pads
The electrostatic cleaners are great but the refill pads are pricey.
I've been using washcloths (old ones or cheap new ones) for dry dusting
and picking up hair. I spray a dry cloth with Endust on both sides and
when one side's dirty I turn it over and use the other side. For wet
mopping add a little ammonia or dishwashing liquid and 1/2 cup of water
to an empty baby wipe container and put five or six washcloths in for
ready to use wet pads as needed. Throw dirty cloths in wash as needed.
Never by replacements again. Even cut old towels to fit and use the same
Mix one teaspoon of vinegar with 2/3 cup of water and place in microwave
for one to two minutes. The vinegar prevents the water from boiling over
while making the microwave a breeze to clean, including the splatters
from tomato based sauce. Once the water cools slightly use it to clean
the kitchen countertops. It will sterilize the countertops for a lot
less than expensive cleaners.
the Cleanest Windows
The best way to clean windows and mirrors to a sparkling smear free
shine is to spray on a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water and buff dry with
newspaper. No smears even when the sun shines.
I've stopped buying hangers since I discovered most department stores
are eager to give away their excess hangers! I always ask for the
hangers with my purchases and as needed, request any extras behind the
counter. Usually, my requests are met with literally bags of plastic,
swivel-neck hangers. I especially like the large hangers from the men's
department for my husband's garments and the small clamp-type pants
hangers from the children's' department for hanging everyone's wet
trousers bottoms up (wrinkle free!).
Don't Throw Away Junk Mail Use It!
Junk mail can be a great and cheap stuffing material if you need to send
a delicate item via postal service. Just put it (catalogues, newspapers
and so on...) through a shredder and voila, no need to buy expensive
Another Use For Used Dryer Sheets
I save my used dryer sheets for a lot of reasons. This week I found
another use that is really a labor saver. Take a used dryer sheet and
cut it to fit inside your air vents. The sheet acts like a filter thus
reducing the need to dust and run the vacuum so much. Just change them
Cheap And Easy Oven Cleaner
A great way to clean your oven with no smell and little money is to mix
baking soda and water to form a paste. At night I put on a pair of
disposable latex gloves and smear it all over the inside of my oven.
Then throw away the gloves and go to bed. (leave the oven door open) The
next morning when it is dry, simply use a wet sponge to remove the dried
mixture, and all that icky oven stuff comes right of with it!
I buy the gallon size windshield washer fluid instead of Windex to clean
my windows. For about 1.29 or less it doesn't streak, is a great refill
size, and is so much cheaper.
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