I’ve come across so many good household tips lately, that I decided they warrant a separate blog post. I love ideas for saving money and time on the things I need or have to do anyway. So far, I haven’t got any words of wisdom on how to make a teenager hit the hamper with their dirty socks, but some of these great ideas will put dollars back in your bank account and help you find time for things you love to do.
Tip #1: Homemade Rug Grippers – This comes from Stacie over at Park Avenue: Random Thoughts from a City Girl Survivin’ on Green Acres . Save money and a drive into town by creating your own rug gripper at home. Instead of flashing your cash for an expensive rug gripper for your area rugs, pull that trusty glue gun out of the craft door and squiggle a few lines of hot glue on all four underside corners of the rug. Let it dry thoroughly and flip it over. Voila! Instant homemade rug grippers and not an extra penny out of pocket. Thanks, Stacie!
Tip #2: Candle Popping Magic – It’s no secret to all of you that I love candles. They’re my favorite switch-it-up, low-cost decorating item. I change them with the seasons, holidays, new favorite color or just my mood. Well, Stacie has one more great tip, I couldn’t wait to share. A small amount of petroleum jelly, rubbed into the bottom of votive cups and candle holders, will let you pop the leftover wax right out when your candle is at the end of its useful life. I love that idea! As someone who has microwaved, chopped, and said unsavory things trying to remove old candle wax, this tip is great for me!
Tip #3: Spraypaint your Outdated Kitchen Knobs and Drawer Pulls – If you have priced hardware for your kitchen or bathroom hardware recently, you know it can be a major investment to change them. Jen, at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam recently saved a ton of money and updated the look in her kitchen for less than $5. A can of spray paint and the time invested to remove and replace the knobs, gave her kitchen a fresh new look. This project is a simple way to do a mini face-lift when the budget is tight. I can’t wait to try it out. I hate the pulls in our bathrooms and now, they’re on my list! I’m envisioning something a little more stainless steel or chrome looking, to match the other fixtures in the room. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the great tip, Jen!
Tip #4: White Vinegar – There are tons of laundry uses for white vinegar. Did you know you can use vinegar in the fabric softener compartment of your washing machine? Compare the price of a gallon of vinegar to those pricey liquid fabric softeners and you’ll be ready to put that cash right back in your wallet. Oddly enough, it does not make your clothes smell like vinegar. Just add 1/4 cup to your machine’s fabric softener compartment. It will dispense during the final rinse and make your clothes whiter and brighter because it prevents yellowing. It also acts as a fabric softener and static cling reducer.
Dab a little white vinegar on mustard stains before washing and using a spray bottle, spray collar and underarm areas of clothing with full-strength white vinegar before washing. This will help remove perspiration stains, deodorant residue and “ring-around-the-collar”.
Do you have an excellent money-saving tip to share? We’d love to hear it. Leave your comments below and help all of us to stretch our budgets and our time as we keep busy at home.