A penny saved is a penny earned. And a penny not spent is a penny saved. Therefore, a penny I don’t spend is a penny I’ve earned. This convoluted logic is what leads me to the topic of using your stockpiled pantry items all over the house. Any money I don’t have to spend on something practical is money I can spend on something fun. Here are some helpful uses for ordinary household items:
-Vinegar can be used to clean mildew, deodorize drains, polish silver, and remove sticker residue.
-Olive oil can be used to lubricate a creaky hinge, free a stubborn zipper, polish wooden furniture, prevent wax from sticking to a candle holder, moisturize cuticles, and clean your garden tools.
-Shampoo can take rings off the bathtub and prevent the mirror from fogging up when you use it to clean and wipe it down.
-Lemons are helpful for brightening white laundry, removing cheese remnants from a grater, sanitizing cutting boards and disposals, and soothe sore throats.
-Newspapers have several uses. When you’re through reading your Athens Savvy Shopper articles use the paper to freshen and deodorize food containers, clean glass, ripen fruit, and even shredded newspaper can be added to mulch for your garden.
-Dryer sheets are helpful for decreasing static from your hair or clothes, cleaning blinds, removing odor from clothes or shoes, and keeping your threads from tangling when sewing.
-Baking soda is good for unclogging drains, removing crayon and ink stains, stopping grease fires, brushing teeth, and exfoliating your skin.
Many of these are things you may already have on hand around the house. If you don’t have them in stock, they may still be cheaper than buying the commercial cleaners. Always research the correct proportions and test an inconspicuous area before you begin. RealSimple.com and Heloise.com are great places to start. Happy savings!