Friday, June 10, 2011

green and frugal: 10 tips for home and garden

being green and being frugal can go hand in hand.  Here are 10 tips for the home:
  1. Use a 2:1 baking soda and water paste to rub out crayon marks on walls
  2. Revive potpourri that's lost its scent by spraying with vodka, be sure to stir to saturate every piece
  3. Rub candle wax on window sill to prevent dust and mold from seeping into cracks.  be sure to match the wax to window sill color
  4. Rub a dime-size dab of petro jelly over a light bulb thread before putting into outdoor fixture to prevent rust
  5. Remove sticky labels on hard surfaces using 1/2 vinegar 1/2 warm water soak.
  6. Dissolve driveway oil stains by pouring baking soda on and rub with a wet hard-bristle brush
  7. Use plastic lids as coaster for your cans so they don't leave scratch or rust marks on surfaces.
  8. Clean you disposal by grinding vinegar ice cubes
  9. Clean your microwave by boiling juice of 1 lemon combined with 1 cup of water in the microwave, let sit for 5 mins, then wipe.
  10. Apply car wax to your patio furniture for easy cleaning and keep from fading fast.
Most of these things can be found around the house and are safe for use around kids and pets.

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