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Monday, October 30, 2006

Frugal tips and tricks

With 3 kids and one income (other than the little I make teaching piano), I am always looking for new ways to stretch our money and make do. I'm sure there are a lot of people in the same boat. Here are a couple of my favorite frugal "recipes." I got both of these from a Yahoo! group to which I belong: frugalfamilies_ncsc

Basic Wood cleaner & polish

1/8 cup oil (either linseed, olive or vegetable)
1/8 cup vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice

Laundry Detergent stretcher
1-2 tbsp borax
1-2 tbsp. baking soda
1-2 tbsp. of liquid detergent

You can mix the borax and baking soda half and half and keep it in a tub; then just scoop 2-4 tbsp. of the mix as needed depending on how dirty your laundry is. Start the water in the washing machine, put in the borax and soda mix and add 1-2 tbsp. of liquid detergent, then put all the clothes in. This works REALLY well and makes the detergent last much longer.


knowhimwell said...

Thanks for the thrifty tips!

Here's some link love for you.

Revka said...

You are quite welcome for the tips. I know I will be posting more as time goes by - don't want to exhaust them all at one time ;) Thanks for the link love; that's kind of you. Come visit any time. I'm glad to have you here.

TulipGirl said...

I used a similar polish/wood cleaner recipe and was less-than-thrilled.

However, I absolutely adored the peppermint scrub cleaner found in this thread on Natural Cleaning Recipes. *grin*

Revka said...

tulipgirl, thanks for the additional info. I really appreciate new recipes and will check this one out, especially since it comes highly recommended ;) (Don't worry - it doesn't hurt my feelings if someone doesn't agree with me. In fact, I find that I often learn something new when that happens.)

Revka said...

BTW, the deleted comment was my own. I saw that I had misspelled "appreciate" and immediately trashed the whole thing. I didn't realize it would show up. Now everyone knows how perfectionistic I am when it comes to me and spelling. YOUR mistakes are fine, but not mine! OH, NO!!! *grin*

Sarah Ellsworth said...

Do you add any extra laundry detergent to a full load of laundry or is that all? I've always just used the amount of laundry detergent that is recommended plus add a scoop of Oxiclean. I've bought the Borax and baking soda to mix so I'm ready to give your recipe a try.

Revka said...

Sarah, I only use the 1-2 T of detergent that the recipe says, and I almost always wash large loads. I keep a measuring spoon on the shelf with my powders and use the same amount of all three ingredients. My clothes come out smelling fresh :)