On this Frugal Friday I’d like to talk about bandanas.

I own a lot of bandanas, in just about any color or design you can imagine. I used to wear them under my motorcycle helmet, but since they started making more and more cute do-rags (aka skullcaps) for women, those are now my head covering of choice under my helmet.

I still use a couple of pink bandanas (a must for this pink girl!) to tie around my neck or to cover my nose and mouth during high-pollen seasons, but this still left me with a whole lotta unused bandanas!

My daughter, Kathy, and I were shopping a month or two ago and noticed what cute bandana patterns are available now. Our first thought was how cute these would be as dinner napkins:

  • They don’t cost much.
  • They’re the right size.
  • They wash and dry easily.
  • And—if you’re actually into it and you absolutely think they need it—they can easily be ironed.
  • And you can find them in so many stores now.
  • Oh, and how much more recyclable/reusable can you get?

So let me ask you: what’s not to love about all that?

Frugal Tips 101

As a follow-up to my last Frugal Friday post, I’d like to share with you a few links to sites where you can find recipes to make your own dishwasher detergent:

Being Creative to Keep my Sanity

DIY Natural

I currently use a brand of dishwasher detergent that comes in pre-measured and sealed packs, one of each you insert into your dishwasher detergent dispenser for every load you run.

According to something told to a friend by a dishwasher installer, these pre-packaged dishwasher detergents can actually shorten the life of your dishwasher. The installer advised using a powder type detergent but only a very small amount, and to experiment to see how little you really need to use to get the job done to your satisfaction.

Once I use up my current dishwasher detergent, I’ll be making my own using one of the recipes from the links above.

Now here are several sites where you can find many other uses for vinegar:

Reader’s Digest

Vinegar Tips

Versatile Vinegar

Thank you, Donna, for taking the time to research these and sharing them with me!