Fun Tips


A good friend sent an email to me last week with the title: WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT? Fun Tips That May or May Not Work.

Most of these are easy and frugal ways to do things around the house, which is why I’m sharing them with you on this Frugal Friday. Maybe you’ve already seen these or use some of these tips yourself. I haven’t tried them yet but I definitely will!

Please, do not write to tell me that any of these do not work. My intent today is just to share some fun and possibly good tips with you. Remember, this is meant to be fun!

Old is New Again


I am enjoying my repurposing adventure so far this year. I love taking things and using them for something else.

On this Frugal Friday I’d like to share with you a portion of a recent e-newsletter from Real Simple. In an article titled9 Stain-Fighting New Uses they take common things around the house, such as lemon peel, baby powder and baby wipes, and show us how to use them in totally different ways.

Case in point. One of the money-saving ideas is pictured above: using a colander as a laundry aid. Here’s what they say about that:

Hand-launder delicates. A colander shields them from any residue in the sink that can harm the fabric, such as peroxide from toothpaste or caustic agents from cleansers.

Do they know me or what? You better believe I was interested in reading more. The article on Real Simple’s site is called “New Uses for Old Things” and you can find it here.

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!