saving Household Hints
Thrifty. Frugal. Sensible. These are not words with a great deal of pulling power. But as we get older they acquire a certain allure. Are there pockets of wastefulness around the house that can be eliminated? Are you ignoring extra uses for everyday household objects, like clothes pegs? These questions can keep people up at night once they become home owners or middle aged, or indeed both.
Her tiffany uk e are 42 very useful tips which will save you money around the home, and may go some little way towards helping the planet, too. A word of caution, however: an enthusiasm for penny pinching, if taken to extremes, can start to look like something approaching a personality disorder. It springs from the same well as trainspotting, and is at least its equal in putting off potential mates and lovers. So by all means practise the tips below but when you tiffany uk start re using teabags three times or stockpiling slivers of soap to stick together later, then it’s probably time for your family and friends to stage an intervention.
Pour cool, leftover tea from the teapot into houseplant pots to give the plants a boost. Don’t do it too often, though the caffeine in the tea may be too strong for them.
The water from boiled eggs (cooled) is also nutritious to plants.
To get the last bit of paste out of a toothpaste tube, use a rolling pin to push the contents up to the top.
Don’t throw away old wrapping paper you can reuse it. Simply iron out the creases with a warm iron. This will also help to remove the adhesive tape. It’s unlikely you can reuse the old tag, however.
If postage stamps have stuck together, don’t fret. Put a piece of thin paper over them and press with a warm iron until they come apart easily.
It’s much cheaper to buy rolls of surgical cotton wool than cotton wool balls.
CleaningIf you use steel wool pads to clean, cut them in half before use. Once used, they’ll rust, so this trick should make them go twice as far.
Save old too tiffany uk thbrushes, sterilise them with boiling water and use them as cleaners. They’re ideal for cleaning around taps and, in the kitchen, for cleaning graters.
Scrunched up newspaper is just as good for cleaning windows and mirrors as a chamois leather cloth.
You can remove dirt marks on wallpaper and items like playing cards with scrunched up, crust less white bread. No, really!
Keep light bulbs dusted and clean them regularly. Dirty light bulbs can reduce lighting efficiency by as much as 50 per cent. Better still, make sure you’re using energy saving bulbs, too.
Bicarbonate of soda makes a good alternative to carpet freshener. Sprinkle it liberally all over your carpet, leave for 15 minutes and then vacuum.
Green air freshener: leave a small container of vinegar in each room of the house to keep it smelling fresh.
In The KitchenYou can freshen up stale bread by brushing it with water, wrapping it in aluminium foil and heating it in an oven at a medium temperature for ten minutes.
Freshen up old crackers or stale cereal by spreading them on a baking sheet and placing them in the oven at a medium temperature for a few minutes.
If tiffany uk honey hardens in the jar, you can make it runny by standing the jar in recently boiled water for several minutes.
Dry peanut butter can be softened with a spoonful of runny honey. Be sure to stir the honey in well.
If the knob on a saucepan lid comes off, a cork makes a good heat resistant replacement.
You can improvise a rolling pin with a straight sided wine bottle, ideally filled with chilled water (which keeps the pastry cool.)
Don’t waste a whole lemon if you just need a smidgen of juice for a recipe. Stick a skewer into the lemon and squeeze out the juice you need. Wrap the lemon in foil and keep it in the refrigerator until you need the rest.
Lemons freeze well, so you can always store unused portions in the freezer; cut into quarters if you only use small bits at a time.
Freeze leftover pieces of cake until you have enough to make a trifle.
Marshmallows also freeze well worth remembering if you use them regularly to decorate cakes and desserts.