Monday, January 27, 2014

Clear headlights of ice, snow and mud

If you drive in nasty weather, you may have trouble with headlights that get muddy or icy so they don't shine well. Use car wax to coat and polish them. It repels water and keeps them much cleaner for about six weeks.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Easy composting even in the winter

If you garden at all, never throw out water in which you've cooked vegetables, potatoes or pasta. It contains valuable nutrients, so pour it on your garden, even in the winter. Don't put salt in it, though.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Don't turn down a hand-me-down


Never turn down hand-me-downs. If you or your children can't use the item, make something else with the material. Patchwork, potholders and the like, can be made from even small bits of clothing.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Don't throw out that single earring


Lost an earring? Use the one you have as a tie tack, hat decoration, or, if it's big enough, as a pendant on a necklace chain.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Save shampoo

Don't toss that shampoo bottle because it looks empty. Instead, put a tablespoon or so of water in it and swish it around. There's plenty of shampoo stuck to the sides and under the cap to wash your hair at least once more.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Make the most of soup bones

'Soup bones' that you find at the grocer any more don't have much food value at all, but you can boil them and crack them to get the marrow, if you can find them cheaply enough. Mix the marrow into the boiling liquid and use this a base for soups. If you add barley or wheat to your soup along with the marrow, it will taste like a meat stew.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cheaper pipe insulation

If you need insulation for your water pipes, check the difference in specially formed pipe insulation and regular sheet insulation. You can cut strips of sheet insulation and wrap around pipes, holding with duct tape and it works just as well.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Free ice melter

If you have a wood stove or fireplace or ashes left in an outdoor burner, save some of them to sprinkle on icy sidewalks. Ashes melt ice almost as quickly as salt - and they're free. AND they're better for the ground.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Make the most of sales

If you find a sale on a nonperishable item that you normally buy, try to get enough to last about three months because that's the normal sales cycle. It will be on sale again by then and you'll never have to pay full price for it.