In today’s struggling economy it seems like we’re all looking for ways to save a back and cut back here or there and stretch what we have to it’s maximum potential. So I thought I’d lend a tip from personal experiences and experiments as well as a little ingenuity with the additional assistance of some reference material to help you maximize your budget with items you probably already have in your household cabinets, pantries, refrigerator, medicine cabinets or garage. You’ll more than likely be amazed at all the things you can do with products you already own. So read on and discover some of these neat tips that you can apply and try them for yourself.
- Parsons Ammonia - Clean Jewelry
Soak in equal parts of ammonia and warm water for ten minutes. Then rub gently with a cloth or soft brush and allow them to air dry. Not recommended for use with pearls.
- Heinz Ketchup – Remove Tarnish
By rubbing a dab of ketchup with a cloth or sponge, you can remove tarnish from copper. Repeat again if necessary.
- Alka-Seltzer – Unclog A Drain
You can unclog a sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait about 10 minutes, then run hot water.
- Reynolds Wrap – Remove Rust Spots
Rust spots can be removed from chrome car bumpers by dipping a crumpled-up piece of aluminum foil in small bowl of Coca-Cola. Simply wipe over the rusty spots using a little “elbow grease”.
- Gold Medal Flour – Make Play Dough
Add 50 drops of food coloring (of your choice) to two cups water. Then add two cups of flour, one cup salt, one teaspoon Cream of Tartar and two tablespoons Wesson Corn Oil. Mix well. Place on stove and cook over medium heat for three minutes (or until the mixture holds together). Then turn it onto a cookie sheet (wax paper) and knead to the proper consistency. Let cool. Store in an airtight container.
- Maxwell House Coffee – Repel Ants
Sprinkle dried coffee grounds outside doors, cracks or other places where ants are known to enter from. Coffee deters ants. They won’t cross through the coffee line.
- Alberto V05 Hair Spray – Remove Ink Stains
Stains can be removed from clothes, vinyl or skin by spraying Alberto V05 Hair Spray on the stain. Blot with clean cloth or sponge until the stain comes up. Then wash clean. (May not work on real difficult stains or heavily set stains)
- Aunt Jemima Original Syrup – Revive an ailing house plant
Add two tablespoons of syrup at the base of the plant once a month.
- Real Lemon Lemon Juice (from concentrate) – Clean a microwave oven
Add four tablespoons Real Lemon to one cup water in a microwave-safe four-cup bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe clean. Use on regular basis.
- Vaseline Petroleum Jelly – Remove chewing gum from hair
Apply a small amount of Vaseline petroleum jelly on two fingers and work into hair where gum is stuck at. With a little effort, the gum should slide ride off. Shampoo afterwards.
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