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Make a Bottle of Fabric Softener Last for 8 Years

Make a Bottle of Fabric Softener Last for 8 YearsI got this tip from the Mary Hunt website. Get a spray bottle and fill 1/3 with fabric softener. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Spray a few times on both sides of an old washcloth, and throw it in the dryer. Turn the bottle gently before each use to mix up the contents well. I don't shake the bottle.


Magic Eraser to Clean Glass Cookware - small burned on food spot on glass baking dish

Magic Eraser to Clean Glass CookwareDon't scrub your glass cookware to clean off baked on food. The Magic Eraser (or knockoff) will remove it in seconds.


No-Car Day

No-Car DayThis summer, I decided to do an experiment. I decided to see what would happen if I didn't use my car one day a week. I have discovered that this is a really good idea for many reasons.


The sprouted lentils.

Sprouting BeansEveryone can do this. You only need a container with a cover. You may use many kinds of beans. I used lentils this time.


paperclip to latch bracelet

Homemade Bracelet BuddyIf you open a paper clip, it will act as a third hand to help you put on your bracelet easily.


Replacing Your Watch Battery - face of the watch after battery has been replaced

Replacing Your Watch BatteryI always took my watches to the jeweler to have them replace the battery, at a cost of $8-$15. I saw watch batteries for the first time at Dollar Tree, and decided that I would try to replace them myself. Dollar Tree sold them 4 to a pack, which ends up being 25 cents to fix a watch.


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Freezing Food Without a Vacuum Sealer

Freezing Food Without a Vacuum SealerVacuum sealers and their bags are really expensive. Here is how to seal food without one. Not only do you save money by not buying a sealer, but this method pushes out all the air, which eliminates freezer burn, and lets you store frozen goods longer.


Homemade Cherry Pitter

Homemade Cherry PitterYou don't have to buy a cherry pitter. You can make your own if you have a soda or water bottle and a straw. Put the cherry on top of the bottle opening, and push the straw through.


An umbrella with a sticky handle.

Fix for Sticky RubberWith time, some plastic and rubber can get a sticky, gummy feel. I had an umbrella like this. I made a paste of baking soda and water, rubbed it over the affected area with my hands, rinsed and dried. It worked so well and now I don't need to replace the umbrella.


hemmed jeans

Hemming Jeans Like a ProThere is a way to hem jeans that preserves the original stitching. In my area it is called a "special hem", and costs a lot extra if the store or a seamstress does it. Not only is the original stitching saved, but you do not cut any excess fabric away.


white knit hat with circle pin on folded up bottom

Decorate Hats with Earrings or PinsHere is a use for single earrings or rarely worn pins. Put them on the brim of a winter hat! You can give these pieces a second life.


Crunchy Chickpea Snacks

Crunchy Chickpea SnacksThis snack is high in fiber and protein. You can flavor with any spices you want, so you can make it sweet or savory.


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Upcycled Bridal Garter

Upcycled Bridal GarterI had a bridal garter that we couldn't even give away in my area. I made it into a skirt for a Barbie doll. I also cut off the long ribbons in the front to a more manageable length.


A clean hair dryer.

Cleaning Your Hair DryerDust can clog the motor, and shorten its life. I used a combination of a vacuum cleaner and an old toothbrush to clean mine.


Restoring a Tarnished Gold Bracelet - clean bracelet

Restoring a Tarnished Gold BraceletI had a lovely Alex and Ani bracelet that tarnished. It was easy and quick to make it look like new.


Mint Lime Sugar Scrub - add ingredients to a bowl and mix well

Mint Lime Sugar ScrubSugar scrubs are expensive to buy, but easy and cheap to make. If you grow your own mint, it will be even cheaper. This is for the body, not the face. It makes a thoughtful gift.


Morning Visitor - Rabbit - wild rabbit in grass

Morning Visitor (Rabbit)It is officially spring! He seems very happy in my backyard.


First Raspberry 2020 - closeup of a red raspberry

First Raspberry 2020Summer is officially here when the raspberries fruit. They are so pretty to look at and the taste of a fresh-picked raspberry is indescribable!


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