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Chutz
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   Posted 2/4/2010 1:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you ever use items around your house in a way they weren't intended??? It's one of my favorite things to do since I not only feel clever but I most often save money in the process. The type of things I'm talking about are using a paint brush to clean your keyboard; using plastic tubs in the freezer to separate items so you know what you have and can actually find it; or using rocks in a bucket to anchor your Christmas tree.

The one I found most recently is using Hand Sanitizer for removing stains. Recently one of the grandkids decided to draw some really cool designs on the light tan microfiber sofa while mom was in the bathroom. This one is 3 and has hopes of making it til his 4th birthday but that day was not a good one. So my phone rang and the mom was desperate to get the ink out. I had recently read that hand sanitizer would to the job and many of us keep that one hand...lol She took her bottle and a rag and went at it. She said it took a bit of elbow grease but it all came out. And for me, I found that it takes pitch off of my hands. We use a lot of firewood during the cold season and I often end up with pitch on my hands. Works great! But I found it also takes it out of clothing when I got some pitch on my favorite T-shirt. Give it a try and see how you can put it to use.

So what kind of clever tips can you share on using things for alternate purposes?

Chutz
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   Posted 2/4/2010 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I live in a area that has spiders, black widow, brown recluse and huge wolf spiders.
On occasion I have turned my swifter sweeper into a handy dandy spider killer.
Works great! I don't have to get that close to them.
 
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   Posted 2/4/2010 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Very interesting about the hand sanitizer Chutzie, I will try to remember this.
 
I save expired credit cards to use as scrapers when filling holes in the walls from nails before painting. They can also be used anytime you need to scrape something off and you don't want to damage the surface.
 
This one has been around for awhile but I use dryer sheets to put in pans if something is stuck in them and it loosens it up.
 
To clean the microwave I put a cup of water in it til it comes to a boil and leave it in there to steam off the grime so it can be wiped out.
 
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   Posted 2/4/2010 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I use old toothbrushes to clean every little crack that you can't get a rag into, and the handle of it works great with a rag over the top to clean slats of a bifold door. I use Dawn on laundry stains, it will get out the worst stain that has been washed & dried several times even. I put some on & let it soak till next time I do the laundry. I've used Dawn on carpet stains. I use old body scrubbies to scrub the shower walls. I use windex like 409. Rubbing alcohol works great getting permanent marker off painted walls, vinyl chairs, clothing etc. That's why the hand sanitizer works, it's mostly alcohol. We use Dawn & Laundry soap to wash the cars. I actually have used a little tiny drop of dawn to clean produce or spuds but rinse well.

Chutz
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   Posted 2/4/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, you guys are just way too clever! I thought I was pretty good at these tips but all but one are new to me! Glad we don't have those kinds of spiders here...<whew> cause I don't own a swiffer...lol

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Susanlynn9
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   Posted 2/4/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I use dryer sheets to rub down my Himalayan cat to get the static electricity out. It makes him smell good too! smilewinkgrin
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Chutz
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   Posted 2/4/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Awwww, Susan...I love Himalayan kitties. I've had 3 cats over the many years that were part Himalayan but never a pure bred. I told myself long ago that if/when I find myself cat-less I would go looking for a beauty just for me. I still have one sweet orange long hair that was my son's kitty and she's at least 12 and acts like she's 4. Just have a new puppy and this cat isn't terribly happy about the deal...lol But I do notice that when we go outside for our 'potty and play' time that the cat is right there making sure she's within sight of the dog. Ya, she's all cat attitude...lol

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   Posted 2/4/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Wonderful ideas,

Great topic again Chutz. I use soft scrub to clean up silverware if it isn't too tarnished. It works good. It also works good to take off stuff that is stuck on pots and pans.

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P-Fit
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   Posted 2/4/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I use baking soda to clean the red rings on my counter from soda or Kool-aid.
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   Posted 2/4/2010 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I use my VS 'Heavenly' lotion as leave in conditioner, just enough to make my palms glisten then run it through my hair focusing on the damaged areas. I had an essence oil mixture called 'Love' that I wore as perfume. A hectogon shaped end table is now my coffee table as it's small enough to not be in the way of DH's wheelchair. I use the double sided kitchen rags instead of the disposable swifter wet pads. We also had about 200 syringes filled with normal saline after my husband finished his IV antibiotics, I now use them to flush scrapes and boo-boo's for my son as well as an eye flush when I get 'eye-web' mucous. Mints, and gum with peppermint oil are used for heartburn and Vicks is used for headaches LOL Chai latte (tea with cinnamon, nutmeg, and several others, basically pumpkin pie spice, honey and vanilla) helps with congestion, sore throats, just about everything I've thrown at it, it's helped. Might just be a sugar pill type of thing though LOL


My mother also taught me to make home made stain remover from her yrs of working in a hospital. Dawn original dish soap works best (.99$ at Dollar General), but any dish soap will work. When there's about 2 inches of dish soap left in the bottle, add two inches of peroxide then fill the rest of the way with water. The peroxide gets rid of organic stains, the dawn gets rid of oily based stains.
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 2/4/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
My Dad used to pin dryer sheets to his shirt to ward off the punky flies (black flies). They hated it...they also don't like Avon's
skin so soft.

My thing is apple cider vinager. I use it in my rinse cycle in my laundry to take out any leftover soaps as I can't do anything
with scent in it. It makes the clothes look new forever. I have stuff 10 years old and you can't tell. I NEVER use clorox or
hot water in my laundry. It is also good for the septic lines and tank as my lines are over 20 yrs old and still going strong.

Also, for those of us who hate to clean...use car wax in your tub and shower to keep soap from sticking to it. When you get out
just wipe it down with a towel. Stays clean forever. It's also good for kitchen appliances.
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