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Tip #25 – Gift Bags

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Reuse your gift bags.

Reuse your gift bags.

Decorative gift bags can be very pricey. As you receive gift bags, hold on to them. Reuse them for gifts that you are giving others.

If you want to get real organized you can even organize your bags by holiday/event. You can place your bags in a box and then use small pieces of cardboard as a separator.

When you bring home your leftovers from the restaurant you can also reuse this bag. These bags can make great lunch bags.

Tip #24 – Creative & Commerative Artwork

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Create your own artwork.

Create your own artwork.

Is there a special event that you want to commemorate and need some creative art for your walls? Here are a few ideas that you could have framed:

  • covers of newspapers or magazines
  • ticket stubs or autographed memorabilia from a concert – can be paired with CD
  • ticket stubs or autographed memorabilia from a sporting event
  • a program from an art performance

A certain arts & crafts store frequently offers custom framing coupons. This helps make this project more affordable.

Tip #23 – Cleaning Towels

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Get rid of mildew in towels.

Get rid of mildew in towels.

Detergent traps mildew within the fibers of your towels.  To help eliminate this mildew, wash the towels in the warmest water possible and substitute the detergent with vinegar.  Repeat once.

Tip #22 – Sauce Jars

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

During these tough times, we are making our dollar stretch as far as possible.  When you are cooking and and have sauce remaining in a jar, like spaghetti sauce, do the following:  place just a small amount of water in the jar, cap it, shake it, and then pour out the remaining sauce.

Tip #21 – Dog Spots

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Use beer on dog urine

Use beer on dog urine

If you have a dog, you know that dog urine produces brown spots in your nice, green grass. Instead of cracking a cold one to enjoy yourself, pour it on your dog spots. Beer will help nutrelize the high nitrogen in the dog urine.

If possible, catch the dog spot immediately and spray it down with water. This helps dilute the urine.

Tip #20 – Water Stains

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Water stains in your shower? Soak cotton balls in bleach, place the balls on top of the stains and let set for about 15 minutes. Repeat as needed.

Tip #19 – Trash Volume

Monday, January 19th, 2009
Get rid of the air to get rid of volume.

Get rid of the air to get rid of volume.

Lower the volume of your trash.  Before throwing your soda bottles, milk jugs, etc., do the following:  with the cap off, squeeze out as much as possible, and then put back on the cap.  With this little trick, will help you cut down the volume of your trash and recyclables.

Tip #18 – Cleaning Your Microwave

Monday, January 19th, 2009
A simple mixture to clean your microwave.

A simple mixture to clean your microwave.

We all know that a microwave can get messy…especially those at our place of work.  (People often seem to forget to cover their food.)  Well, here’s an easy, inexpensive and “green” way to clean any grimy microwave.

In a large, glass bowl combine approximately 1 cup of each of the following ingredients:  water, lemon juice and white vinegar.  One thing to note, the length of time you need to microwave the mixture and let it sit depends on the dirtiness of your microwave.  The times below are approximate

Start your microwave and let it run for enough time that the mixture will boil for 3-6 minutes.  After this, keep the microwave door closed and let the mixture sit and steam for 5-10 minutes.  Once the food debris has softened, it is ready to wipe away.  If needed, you can repeat the steps above.

Tip #17 – Recycle Ink Cartridges

Saturday, January 17th, 2009
Recycle your ink cartridges with your local school.

Recycle your ink cartridges with your local school.

All of us have at least one…a printer. And we all have ink cartridges that we are needing to discard. More than likely, our first thought is to just toss the cartridges in the trash. Some folks take them to their local office supply store for a small credit toward their new cartridge.

Did you know that you can help your local school? Many schools take part in a program called “Cartridges for Kids.” This program allows schools to collect items such as ink cartridges, cell phones, iPods, and other items. The school then sends these items in and receives cash. Visit the web site or call your local school to learn whether or not they participate in this program. Help the students of today and the leaders of tomorrow.

Tip #16 – Plastic in the Garage

Saturday, January 17th, 2009
Use plasitc storage containers.

Use plasitc storage containers.

During this time of year, the mice are on the prowl for a warm, dry place to nest for the winter. A great way to keep the mice out and your belongings in, is to store items in strong, plastic containers

In your garage, basement, or crawl space, you can store items including: clothing, holiday decorations, bird seed, etc, in a durable plastic container. Personally, I use the Rubbermaid brand. I have two containers in my garage that keep my sunflower seeds, corn, and other bird seeds away from the mice. The covered, plastic trashcans also work great for storage.

Depending on where you live, it may be beneficial to keep your items in this type of container year round.