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  2. Cartmann99

    Reusing things and stuff

    We were running low on smaller tote bags for carrying lunches and whatnot, so I took an old button down shirt and some jeans from my fabric stash and made tote bags.
  3. Scrabblemaster

    Reusing things and stuff

    I never thought about this and it seems like a perfect idea for someone like me, I am bad at wrapping gifts.
  4. Botkinetti

    Reusing things and stuff

    Every year starting in November I save any empty boxes that my food comes in. The various shapes and sizes means virtually everything can be put in a box and wrapped more easily.
  5. catlady

    Reusing things and stuff

    i never thought to use calendars for wrapping paper, but i have framed some pages when i really like the picture. i do the same with greeting cards. i save pet food bags for cleaning up dog mess in the yard. i buy satin ribbon at the dollar store for gift wrapping (rather than regular gift ribbon), and i usually claim it back for re-use, especially the long pieces. i no longer buy stick-on bows or gift boxes* because they just get thrown out anyway. it's a little harder to wrap clothing without a box, but i usually fold it smaller and use less paper. *exception to boxes--i save small boxes for tiny things like gift cards or costume jewelry. then i save mail-order boxes if something bigger needs it.
  6. I started to use the pictures from our old calenders as wrapping paper. I sorted out some boxes and found two old calenders, which I kept because I liked the pictures that much. One Gustav Klimt calender and one animal calender. Of course I think I am the smartest person in the whole internet for doing so ? ... Is anybody else doing this? I also reuse Thomy mustards as drinking glasses. Every household in my family does so. Only the glasses from Thomy mustard. The plastic wrapping from the toilet papers always gets a second life as garbage bag.
  7. catlady

    Cheap Laundry Soap Recipe

    hi! i use this one (it may or may not be the same one that Meechelle Duggar uses/used): 1 cup Borax 1 cup Super Washing Soda 2/3 bar Fels Naphtha soap, grated (this is a stain remover, so i sometimes use a left-over 1/3 bar in place of a stain stick) 5-gallon bucket with lid (or comparable container) boil grated FN soap in 3 quarts water until dissolved, then add both powders; stir until dissolved. simmer for about 15 minutes. put 1 quart hot water in bucket, add cooked soap. stir in 10 quarts cold water. stir periodically over the next day or so. use about 1/2 cup per load. ETA: i do not have a HE machine or a front-loader; i've heard that this might make a difference. i spend about $7 on the 2 boxes of powder, and they last about 10 months or so. FN soap varies by store, but you can get it for anywhere between $1.25 and $2 per bar. most stores carry all 3 items near each other on a top or bottom shelf. i do about 8-9 loads per week, and one bucket lasts about 4-5 weeks. so i spend roughly $20 a year. you can also use it to clean enamel appliances (like an older stove); they end up nicely shiny. no clue what it will do with stainless, so i wouldn't try it.
  8. Hi friends, does anyone have a good homemade laundry detergent recipe they care to share? I'm going through a large bottle of Tide about every 3 weeks with as much laundry as I do. I was using the Duggars' recipe but it didn't seem to be very good at getting stains out. I appreciate any suggestions!
  9. We keep our house on the cool side during the winter to save money on our electric bill, and my husband is more hot-natured than I am, so I can't do anything to the entire bed. So, I made myself a pad for my side of the bed to help keep me warmer at night during the winter. I took some heat-reflecting fleece like you use for pot holders and such, and sandwiched it inside of this old fuzzy blanket I already had. I usually just lay it on top of the bottom sheet, but I'm going to try putting it under the bottom sheet when I change the sheets next time.

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