I’m frugal. No, I’m downright cheap. I hate to splurge and I rarely do. So if I can get two uses out of one product I’m sold. While you won’t see me curing acne with Windex ala My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you’ll definitely see me getting the most out of the products I carry in my home. Here are some great (albeit unorthodox and typically strange) uses for household products:
Okay, this is an easy one. People have been using baking soda for decades to boost the cleaning power of their laundry detergent. But did you also know baking soda is great for these uses:
- Cleaning grout. Use a mixture of baking soda and water to make a paste and clean with a toothbrush.
- Removing tarnish from silver. Use the same mixture to polish your silver without the use of harsh chemicals.
- Drain cleaner. Science teachers rejoice! Pour baking soda and vinegar down your drain for a heavy-duty drain cleaner that won’t melt the paint off the walls like most clog removers.
While not a staple in every household, this liquor can be used for more than martinis. Use vodka as a:
- Stain remover. Lipstick? Ink? No problem! Dip a clean cloth in vodka and gently blot the stain before it sets.
- Mold killer. I live in Tennessee, where the humidity creates mildew in many a bathroom. Pour vodka in a spray bottle and spray a moldy area. Let sit for five minutes and wash clean.
- Air freshener. This one had me skeptical, but vodka doesn’t leave a smell when it dries. Lift tough odors by spraying a SMALL amount of vodka on your furniture. Just don’t overdo it or your Chihuahua may develop an afternoon drinking habit.
While I don’t subscribe to any newspapers delivered to my house, I still receive several free newspapers and inserts in my mailbox. Check out these fantastic uses for all those old newspapers (that don’t involve lighting them on fire):
- Tomato ripen-er. Buying tomatoes can be risky business, as they are force ripened in many grocery stores. Purchase slightly unripe tomatoes and wrap them individually in newspaper. Leave them on the counter top for perfectly ripened tomatoes overnight.
- Fridge Liner. This one had me sold. Line the drawers of your fridge with newspaper for quick and easy fridge cleaning!
Olive oil is definitely a staple in my house. It tastes great and I trick myself into thinking I can eat lots of it without gaining weight because it’s a healthier oil option. But did you know you can also use olive oil for:
- Shaving. Yes, it’s true. Apply some olive oil to your skin for a smooth and burn-free shave.
- Wood duster. Avoid using harsh chemicals on your quality wood furniture by dabbing a small amount of olive oil on a dusting cloth and wiping dust away.
While bleach and dish soap will always have their place in our homes there are many more natural ways to clean our household items and take care of our bodies. The next time you run out of shaving cream or need to quickly remove a stain, give these common household products a try.