Some of my very favorite household tips are the ones that allow you to enjoy frugal living benefits……try these out!.

• Stretching the steel wool – With a pair of scissors cut your SOS pads in half. Well, duh . . . But, if you think about it, don’t you either throw away a pad that’s at least still half good or you keep the icky thing until your next need? A box of S.O.S pads should now last . . . well, twice as long! This is not confirmed, but, reports are that scissors may actually get sharpened this way, as well.
• Cheap ambience – Spray a bit of perfume on a light bulb in any room to create a subtle, light scent each time the light is turned on.
• Extending candle power – Candles will last much longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning. This is a household tip I neverconsidered!
• Extending your celery life – Wrap it in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.



• Opening a sealed envelope – Place the unopened envelope in the freezer for a few hours. Take it out and gently slide a knife under the flap from end to end. Reseal by moistening the flap and pressing it closed.
• Icy outdoor steps – Mix warm (nearly hot) water with a quarter to half cup liquid dish washing detergent in bucket or large container. Gently, using side-to-side motion, pour liquid over steps starting from the top, working downward. Not only does this get rid of the ice on the steps, but it also inhibits refreezing.
• Freshen your fabrics – Fabric softener sheets (cut in half or thirds) in your dresser drawers will make your clothes smell freshly washed for weeks. And in the linen closet for your towels and linen.
• Corn sweetening – When boiling corn on the cob add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn’s natural sweetness.
• Storing appliance cords – Finally a household tip for the lowly toilet paper roll! Wind up the appliance cord so that it slips into the cardboard roll and fits somewhat tightly. Also, you can write important identifying information (like “For Outdoor Christmas Lights”) on the cardboard roll.



• To clean a toilet – Pour one can of Coca-Cola directly into the toilet bowl and let it sit for one hour. It’ll look pretty icky, but when you flush your bowl will be clean.
• Windshield road haze – Lightly dampen a soft cloth with Coke and gently wipe windshield.
• Rust spots from chrome bumpers – Crumple a piece of aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola and rub the bumper gently.
• To bake a really great ham – Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, set in the Coke and bake. 30 – 45 minutes before ham is done, take away the foil. Then baste every few minutes. The drippings will mix with the Coke and make a delicious brown gravy.
• HVAC repairs – For Corona heating and air conditioning repair count on Allison Air Conditioning, with more than 31 years in the heating and cooling business.
• Corroded car battery terminals – Pour a small amount of Coke over the terminals and allow it to bubble. Wait a few minutes and wipe with a paper towel. Repeat if necessary.
• To loosen a rusted bolt – Apply a Coca-Cola soaked rag around the rusted bolt for several minutes making sure the Coke has penetrated the rust.
• Grease on clothing – Here’s one household tip you probably never thought of! Empty one can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes (no kidding), then add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen stains.

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