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Frugal Friday’s – Hydrogen Peroxide Extraordinary Uses

Hello everyone!! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but I was on vacation with my family last week and I spent this week getting my tween ready for school. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been crossing stuff off my list of things to do. I plan on posting the projects and crafts I’ve been working on soon. How’s everyone doing? I’m hoping things slow down a little now that summer is over, school is back in session and fall is on the horizon.

I’d like to talk about Hydrogen Peroxide  and all it’s extraordinary uses in this weeks Frugal Friday post. Just like vinegar and baking soda you can use hydrogen peroxide around the house.

  • Remove stains of unknown origin – Dont know what it is and still want to remove it? Mix a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with a little cream of tartar or a dab of non-gel toothpaste. Rub the paste on the stain with a soft cloth and rinse. The stain, whatever it is should be gone.
  • Add 1 cup to your load to whiten whites in place of bleach.
  • Mix equal parts blue Dawn and Hydrogen peroxide, apply to stained clothing and let sit for 30 minutes, launder as usual.
  • Remove fresh blood stains by applying hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain, rinse with fresh water and launder as usual.
  • Hydrogen peroxide is a bacteria-killer and can be use to sanitize your cutting board.
  • Remove mildew by spraying directly on the offending area and wipe clean.
  • Soak stained plastic food containers in peroxide overnight to remove stains.
  •  Clean toys with hydrogen peroxide to sanitize.
  • Mix 50/50 with water to clean windows.
  • Make a paste using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to clean dirty baked on pans, allow to sit for 15-20 and scrub clean.

Hydrogen Peroxide is a great all natural cleaner with multiple uses in and around your home. Go grab a bottle, chances are you already have one.

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TAKE CARE: Hydrogen Peroxide is considered corrosive – even in the relatively weak 3% solution sold as a household antiseptic. Don’t put in your eyes, around your nose or swallow.

Information obtained from Reader’s Digest extraordinary uses for ordinary things; 2005

Frugal Friday’s – Baking Soda Extraordinary Uses

I’m back with another Frugal Friday post and this week I’d like to talk about extraordinary uses for baking soda. Just like vinegar it’s inexpensive and has multiple uses in and around the home. I keep my baking soda in a glass parmesan cheese jar I picked up at the dollar store, the large holes make it easier to pour and carry around the house.

Around the House

  • Remove mineral deposits from showerheads – Cover the head with a thick sandwich bag filled with 1/4 baking soda and 1 cup vinegar. Loosely fasten the bag to let some of the gas escape. secure with a rubber band and leave for about an hour. Turn on water to remove any remaining debris.
  • Clean burned or scorched pan – Boil enough water to cover 1/4 of the pan and add 5 tablespoons of baking soda. Turn off heat and leave for a few hours, preferably overnight. The burned on gunk will slide right off.
  • Clean a cutting board – Works on wood and plastic boards. Scrub with a paste made from 1 tablespoon of each, baking soda, salt and water. Rinse thoroughly with hot water.
  • Clear a clogged drain – Pour one cup of baking soda followed by a cup of hot vinegar. Give it several minutes to work and flush with one quart of boiling water. If the drain is clogged with grease –  Use 1/2 cup each, of baking soda and salt followed by 1 cup bowling water. Let sit overnight and rinse with hot tap water in the morning.
  • Rid hands of food odors – Get the essence of strong smelling foods like fish of your hands by wetting them and vigorously rubbing with about 2 teaspoons of baking soda instead of soap.
  • Clean your microwave – Loosen splatters with a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda in 1 cup water in a microwave safe bowl and cook on High for 2-3 minutes.
  • Freshen sponge or towel – When a kitchen sponge or dish towel get that sour smell, soak it overnight in 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of antibacterial dish soap dissolved in 1 pint of warm water.

In the Medicine Cabinet

  • Treat minor burns – The next time you grab the wrong end of the frying pan, quickly pour some baking soda into a container of ice water, soak a cloth or gauze in it, and apply it to the burn. Keep applying until the burn doesn’t feel hot anymore. This treatment will also prevent many burns from blistering.
  • Soothe bee stings – Make a paste of 1 teaspoon baking soda mixed with several drops of cool water, and let it dry on the afflicted area.
  • Combat cradle crap – Make a paste of about 3 teaspoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon water. Apply it to your baby’s scalp about an hour before bedtime and rinse it off the following morning. Do not use with shampoo. You may need to apply it several consecutive nights.
  • Relieve itching inside a cast – Find temporary relief by using a hair dryer – on the coolest setting – to blow a bit of baking soda down the edges of the cast.
  • Alleviate athlete’s foot – you can use wet or dry baking soda. First, try dusting your feet (along with your socks and shoes) with dry baking soda to dry out the infection. If that doesn’t work, try making a paste of 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon water and rubbing it between your toes. Let it dry, and wash after 15 minutes. Dry your feet thoroughly before putting on your shoes.

Good to Know

  • Wash insides of pets’ ears – If your pet is constantly scratching his ears, it could mean irritation or ear mites. Ease the itch (and wipe out any mites) by using a cotton ball dipped in a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup warm water to gently wash inside his ears.
  • Scour BBQ grills – Make a soft paste of 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water. Apply the paste with a wire brush and let dry for 15 minutes. Then wipe it down with a dry cloth and place the grill over the hot coals for at least 15 minutes to burn off any residue before placing any food on top.
  • Keep weeds out of cement cracks – Looking for a safe way to keep weeds and grasses from growing in the cracks of your patios, driveways and walkways? Sprinkle handfuls of baking soda onto the concrete and simply sweep it into the cracks. The added sodium will make it harder for dandelions and weeds to grow.
  • Wash new baby clothes – Get all the chemicals out of your newborns clothing without using any harsh detergents. Use mild soap and 1/2 a cup of baking soda.

Did you find the information useful? I hope so, baking soda is such a common household item you probably have a box in one of your cabinets right now.

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Information obtained from Reader’s Digest extraordinary uses for ordinary things; 2005

Frugal Friday’s – Envelope System

The envelope system isn’t new, it’s been around for a while. But there are still people that don’t know anything about it or how it works. I didn’t until I started listening to Dave Ramsey, he’s a financial advisor with lots of advice and opinions. He promotes using cash to control spending because you spend money differently when you use cash. When your  breaking bills and watching the money disappear your more mindful of your purchases. Not to mention there’s no way to overspend or go off budget. When you pay for things with your debit card you don’t see the money so you don’t feel it as much as when you use cash. I know that’s the case with me, when I have my debit card I may end up putting that really cute “thing” from Target in the cart or maybe make a quick stop at Home Good’s because it’s right there. When I have cash and a list I stick to the list and never spend more than I want to.

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If your interested in using the envelope system I would suggest you start with a budget so you know how much money you have to allocate to your envelopes. Then you need to assign categories, examples include groceries, transportation, fun money, clothing and so on. Then you fill the envelopes with money, draw half from bi-weekly paychecks and quarters from weekly paychecks. Remember to take your envelopes and spend cash.

When I first started using the envelope system I’d forget to take them and would end up having to use my debit card anyway. My envelopes were plain and ugly and I wanted pretty ones. I mean, sure you can buy some from Etsy and tons of other places online but what’s the point of creating a budget and using cash to control spending just to buy pretty envelopes?  I took a peak in my craft stash and realized I already had everything I needed.

Supplies:

  • envelopes
  • pretty scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • label maker (optional)

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I grabbed some scrapbook paper, traced the envelopes on the back and cut them out. I brushed Mod Podge on the envelope and attached the scrapbook paper. Once it was dry I Mod Podged the scrapbook paper to seal and protect it since they get plenty of use. I made labels for each envelope with my P-touch.

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I love using the envelope system and my pretty new envelopes make me  smile every time I pull them out in the store.

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