10 Tips to Help You Save Money Around the House

In Your Home on March 11, 2010 at 9:55 AM

10 Household Useful Tips Part II


Who doesn’t like to save money and time? I know I do. Especially in these tough economic times when most of us had to trim our budgets. Many people are looking for cheaper options in every part of their life. As a busy mom trying to raise a family while living on a budget I am always on a lookout for new tips and ideas. Not only to make my money last longer, but also for our busy life to run smoother. I made a list of 10 household useful tips and ideas on how to save money and time while raising your family and watching your pennies. I hope some of these helpful household tips will help you just as they help me.

1.Freshen Up Your Old Coffee Grinder – Your old coffee grinder developed a funky smell and the blades are getting dull. Don’t waste your money on a new one. All you need is to take half a cup of uncooked rice for a spin in your grinder. The rice will absorb the odor and sharpen your blades at the same time.

2.Polish Your Wood Floors – without paying for an expensive wood polisher. All you need is a spray bottle with equal parts of white vinegar and vegetable oil. Just spritz it on the floor and rub it in with a cotton cloth. Wipe and buff. Your wood floor will look like new.

3.Clean Water Stains For Pennies – company is coming and you are out of a bathroom cleaner. Grab a sponge with some fabric softener on it, dab it onto your metal fixtures and porcelain. Let it sit for 15 minutes and wipe with damp cloth. Your porcelain and your metal fixtures will not only sparkle, but the clear coating will prevent soap residue from sticking and will keep them clean longer.

4.Streak Free Windows – tired of the film and streaks after washing your windows….Fill a bucket with a gallon of lukewarm water and add 2 capfuls of fabric softener. Dip a sponge in the solution, wring it out and wash the windows. Dry it with lint free cloth.

5.Get Rid Of Laundry Hamper Smell – just put some regular chalk into a small ziploc bag, cut a small slit in it and drop it on the bottom of your laundry hamper. The chalk will absorb the moisture that causes the stinky odor. Don’t forget to replace it once a month.

6.Find an Air Leak on Your Car Tire – if you think your tire is going flat, but can’t find the leak just fill a spray bottle with soapy water and spray it on the tire. If bubbles form in one area you found your leak.

7.Keep Your Food Grater Clean – spray your grater with a non-stick cooking spray before you use it. The oil will make sure that nothing will get stuck in those hard to clean nooks and crannies. The cleaning will be a cinch.

8.Save Money and Energy While Ironing – put a sheet of aluminum foil shiny side up between the ironing board surface and the fabric cover. The foil will reflect the heat and will make the ironing 200% faster.

9.Fix Those Jiggly Doorknobs – just remove the loose screws and dip them in a clear nail polish. Let them dry for about a minute and then screw them back into the knob. The sticky polish will act like a glue.

10.Don’t Buy New Magic Markers – to revive your old and dried up magic markers just pour 1/2″ of nail polish remover into a paper cup and dip the tips of the markers for 30 seconds, let it dry for about 5 minutes. The markers should work like new.

About The Author

Bibiana Bailey was born and raised in Slovakia. She received her culinary training and degree in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism from Hotel Academy in Piestany, Slovakia. She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two sons one of which is type 1 diabetic. She is the founder and publisher of Free Guide For Busy Moms – an online site that offers tips, ideas, budget friendly recipes and more to other moms or others in general. For more of her articles visit her at Free Guide For Busy Moms or Gourmet Meals For Less

  1. Thanks for these very useful home tips. I especially like the ones about the markers and the hampers.

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