Do 1 Green Thing to Keep the Green $$: Reduce Waste

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From the cover of Amy Dacyczyn’s The Complete Tightwad Gazette

Amy Dacyczyn saw the relationship between frugality and environmental impacts. (Psst! Here are 10 other ways Amy D. has inspired me) She says in her Tightwad Gazette I, “People tend to think that environmental damage occurs because of sloppy practices of some factory out there. In fact, we consumers create the demand for what the factories produce…One family making a supreme effort entirely without any harm to the environment makes little impact. But the collective effort of the majority of the population to make smaller, seemingly insignificant changes can make a difference.”
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Quick, Inexpensive Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances–An Odd Trick, But It Works

If you’ve ever tried to clean the gunk off your stainless steel appliances, you know how frustrating and expensive it can be. I’m not sure how I found out about this trick to clean stainless steel fridge fronts, but it works. I didn’t want to buy expensive stainless steel cleaner at the store, so I went with this method.  Continue reading “Quick, Inexpensive Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances–An Odd Trick, But It Works”

Cheap and Easy Way to Get Grease Stains Out of Kids’ Clothing! (I Just Used It Today!)

I know there are loads of tips out there about how to get stains out of clothes. None work for me. Until today.

Last week I spent $20 (!!) on a sweatshirt for my son’s wrestling class and of course in a couple of days, it was riddled with ugly, awful grease stains I couldn’t get out. Continue reading “Cheap and Easy Way to Get Grease Stains Out of Kids’ Clothing! (I Just Used It Today!)”

DIY Oven Cleaner

Last night we had our nephew over for dinner and, while basting the chicken in the oven, in haste, some of the honey mustard marinade spilled on the oven floor.  (Unfortunately, I don’t have the kind of oven you can line with aluminum foil.) Luckily, I did it early enough in the cooking that there was no burnt smell, and dinner was lovely. Continue reading “DIY Oven Cleaner”