Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This & That Junk Drawer Wednesday!!

Bought the battery for my scales and weighed......Yea! I was down 3.5 pounds....After the stand still last week I was really pleased this week....See what happens when you don't go out and eat....Did some walking also and that helped and of course drank a lot of water......

While looking for ways to save money I came across the following and thought you might be able to use some of these....I know I am going to try some of them!

Ordinary Objects, Super Uses, Money Saving Tips!
By Aisha Sultan

Some ordinary, unassuming household objects have hidden super powers. And most of these items cost less than a couple of bucks. There are cult followings for vinegar and duct tape. Entire tomes have been written about the virtues of baking soda.

We scoured cleaning guides, magazines and the Internet, and we asked our friends, moms and grandmothers to find the best double-duty ideas.

The next time you stain a shirt, smell something funky or think about tossing an old banana peel, check these 24 extraordinary uses first. Will post more over the next two days.... Not only will you be going green, you'll be saving green.


1. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait 20 minutes, brush and flush.
2. Attract fish. Fill a tube jig with a piece of Alka-Seltzer and cast off.
3. Remove burned food from cookware. Fill your cookware with warm water, then dissolve six tablets and allow to sit for an hour or so.
4. Soothe insect bites. Dissolve two tablets in water and saturate a cloth or cotton ball with the solution, and place on the bite for 30 minutes. Don't do this if you are allergic to aspirin, a key ingredient in Alka-Seltzer.
Aluminum foil

6. Sharpen your scissors by cutting through six to eight layers of aluminum foil.
7. Shine rusty chrome. With a bit of water on a wadded-up piece of aluminum foil, you can rub most rust spots off chrome car parts.
8. Keep birds out of your fruit trees. Hang twisted strips of aluminum foil all over your fruit trees using fishing line. The light reflections and the sound will keep birds away from your fruit.
9. Keep the bottom of your fireplace or charcoal grill from becoming encrusted with soot. Line the bottom of your fireplace or grill with aluminum foil before starting a fire, then dispose of the foil after the fire is out and the coals are completely cooled.
10. Eliminate electromagnetic interference if your TV and DVD player are stacked on top of each other. If the picture is fuzzy, place a sheet of aluminum foil between them.
11. Iron more effectively by putting a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will reflect the heat from the iron, so both sides get ironed at once.
12. Move furniture with ease. To slide big pieces of furniture over a smooth floor, place small pieces of aluminum foil under the legs. Put the dull side of the foil down — it's more slippery than the shiny side.
13. Clean starch build-up from your iron by running a hot iron over a piece of aluminum foil.


14. Remove perspiration stains from white fabric by dissolving two aspirin in half a cup of warm water and applying to stained fabric. Leave for a couple of hours before washing.
15. Eliminate chlorine discoloration from hair by dissolving eight tablets in a glass of water and rubbing into your hair. Leave for about 10 minutes, then rinse. Shampoo.
6. Reduce pimples by making a paste with water and crushed aspirin. Cover the pimple with this paste; rinse after a few minutes.
17. Recharge a car battery by dropping two tablets into the battery itself. The aspirin's acetylsalicylic acid will combine with the battery's sulfuric acid to produce one last charge. Drive to the nearest service station.
Banana peel

18. Polish leather shoes by using a de-stringed banana peel. Finish by buffing with a soft cloth or paper towel.
19. Remove warts by rubbing the inside of a little piece of banana peel on a wart every night for several weeks.
20. Deter aphids by burying dried or cut-up banana peels a few inches deep around the base of rose bushes.
21. Nourish your skin by mashing a medium-size banana and combining with ¼ cup of plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of honey to make a facial mask. Leave on 20 minutes.
22. Tenderize a roast by adding a peeled banana to the pan.
23. Clean your houseplant leaves by wiping them down with the inside of a banana peel to remove dirt and leave a shine.
24. Promote healing by rubbing scraped knees with the inside of a banana peel.

1 comment:

Yankee Ridge Primitives said...

OMGOSH Sue, not only are these GREAT tips but I got a lil freakiness goin on right now! My mom would ALWAYS put a piece of tin foil under a towel to iron and I would always tell her shes crazy!:) (it was a big joke growing up) TODAY I was ironing a pair of dress pants and before I started I quick grabbed a piece of tin foil and put it under my towel, giggling the whole time and thinking if my mom could only see me now!

Wow - ya reading my mind??

I also clean my house plant leaves with a banana peel.....freaky!!?!!?