I just know you're thinking 'yay! I've been waiting for more of Jacqueline's silly cheapskating tips!' Well wait no more my friends, I have 'em and I'm sharing 'em. Let's begin with mouthwash: (photo credit)
Did you know... mouthwash was first used as a surgical antiseptic? No wonder it's good for so many things, including cleaning. Buy a big bottle of generic, tartar-control, mouthwash (sans sugar, but with alcohol) and poke a tiny hole near the bottom, then place it in your toilet tank. Not only does it help clean your toilet, it prevents icky build up, and sanitises and deodorises; it also acts as a water dam, meaning less water used per flush. Because water gradually mixes with the mouthwash (hence the tiny hole in the bottom of the bottle) the bottle never floats up to interfere with the flushing mechanism, and the large bottle lasts 2-3 months. I swish the toilet brush around the bowl a couple of times a week and I'm done, and without doing the kind of damage to the environment that harsh chemicals will!
In addition, that same kind of mouthwash makes a great laundry additive for really smelly, dirty clothes; (gym socks anyone?) it eliminates the odours and kills much of the bacteria...oh, and of course it's great for hands, counters, or cutting boards which smell of garlic/onions/fish/what have you! Have a scrape or bruise? A sting? Poison ivy? Pour on the mouthwash for relief. Oh, and if you know someone with athlete's foot or nail fungus have them mix half mouthwash and half vinegar and use it for a soak; it might take a wee while but does work.
Other quick tips for around the house:
Got ants? Don't want to use harsh and/or poisonous chemicals? Grab the ground cinnamon and liberally dust the area where the ants are hanging out. Ants hate ground cinnamon; it doesn't kill them but they quickly vacate the area, this is especially good to use in children's (or pets) play spaces but will have to be repeated after rain.
Got fleas? Wash everything possible with borax, using hot water, then sprinkle borax liberally over floors, in furniture, etc... Leave for 2 hours and vacuum up, emptying your sweeper outside so any survivors can't just hop back into your house. Bathe your pets in water to which the shampoo was added prior to the pet going in; this helps prevent air bubbles which fleas can use to survive the dousing.
Got spiders? Well, they hate peppermint! Grow peppermint around doors and windows if possible; if not: add a generous amount of peppermint oil to lukewarm water in a spray bottle. Shake thoroughly and spray wherever spiders are likely to hang out.
Did you know? Hydrogen peroxide can be a safe(r) alternative to bleach when washing whites, or when rinsing dishes.
Tomorrow: Tasty, healthy cheapskate recipes! (So those of you who don't care for recipes are forewarned.)
I haz a happy: Caught myself singing today, and on that note...see what I did there??... I give you today's song...