Friday, May 28, 2010

Quick tips

It takes less time to make lemonade then to think about going and buying some. Throw some lemon juice water and some sugar together add some lemons if you have them and done!!! ( the big bottles of lemon juice are at dollar tree)

It takes about 30 minutes to make enough laundry soap for 6 months to a year than it does to stand in the laundry aisle and pick out soap.

It takes about 10 minutes to mix up enough (for 8 of us) pancake mix to last 3 months.

Want some great smelling room spray- Take empty jars add some organic spices let steep in sunny window in water for a few days, strain add to bottle and spray rooms. I loveeeeeee lavender!!!

It takes less time to sponge bath a kid then fill up an entire tub of water and give them a bath. Plus IMO kids are bathed too much anyway. We bathe the kids 2 times a week here. Every night they get wiped down from head to toe. You can ask most Dr.s they will tell you 1 or 2 times a week is fine.

Homemade pancake syrup tastes so awesome you'll never go back to store bought and is so easy to make.

I have a stockpile of pantry staples that have extraordianary uses.

dry shampoo for a pet, rub some into your pets coat and brush through.
untangle knots in shoes and necklaces.
freshen up carpets, sprinkle on wait 30 min and vacuum up
Marshmallows stuck together, Sprinkle some cornstach in the bag and shake it will absorb the extra moisture and unstick them.
put cornstarch in a container and poke small holes in the top and use for baby powder or talc powder for yourself.

Pour a line of salt where you have ants and they won't cross it.
add salt to boiling eggs and if one cracks the egg won't leak out.
Make your own wall patch with a mixture of salt and cornstarch, mix into a paste with equal amounts.
At the onset of a sore throat gargle with salt water.
I gave up coffee, But if you sprinkle a little salt on top of your coffee grounds in the coffee pot before brewing you can use less grounds because it enhances the flavor of your coffee.
sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don't want grass to grow.

TOOTHPASTE ( I have a ton , about 40 tubes of toothpaste. I am no longer using toothpaste with flouride because of what I have learned about flouride, But there are a 1000 uses for it other than putting in your body.

Remove crayon marks from walls with paste toothpaste.
Remove garlic or onion smell from your hands with toothpaste.
My kids love this one, Clean shoes with whitening toothpaste.
If you have scratches on a DVD, Try rubbing toothpaste or peanut butter on it and buff it should fill in the scratches so no more skipping.
Use toothpaste to scrub your fingernails clean.
Use as wall spackle to fill in nail holes.

DRYER SHEETS( I don't use these on my clothes, But I often can get them free with coupons and they have many other uses other than in the dryer, Any of the uses also work with dryer sheets that have already been used in the dryer, A second life for them)
Stuff in stinky shoes to eliminate odors overnight.
Use on your swiffer as a duster.
Pans with stuck on gunk, Place a dryer sheet in for about an hour, gunk comes right off.
WIpe your tv and computer screen with a dryer sheet to repel dust.
I also put these in the bottom of wastebaskets to help absorb odors.

remove gum from hair.
remove makeup.
use instead of harsh chemicals on baby's bottom or for diaper rash.
Razor burn in delicate areas, Use vaseline to soothe.
Chapped lips? Put on a coat before bed.

For more great and unusual uses using everything you can think of, Not to mention fun reading, Go to I have been going to this site for years, when I get a stockpile of something I don't how I will use it all up. Have a great Memorial day, Michelle