I’ve been reading the Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn and have tried out a few of the tips that I’ve read about. I am always looking for new, efficient ways to do things. I want to save myself time during my day. I chalk it up to being a little bit lazy and wanting to use my time for things other than the boring stuff.
Vinegar + Water: I’m not at the hardcore level of making my own cleaners but I will use vinegar to clean a few things that are stuborn or hard to clean. My shower head had mineral build up and was spraying in all sorts of random directions. I filled a bowl with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water and soaked the shower head over night. In the morning the shower head sprayed water perfectly. I also use vinegar and water to clean out my coffee maker once a year.
Reusing bags: I’ve always liked the idea of reusing ziplocs and other storage bags. It creates less waste and saves a little bit of money, but mostly it is a lot less garbage that we create since I store almost everything that goes in the freezer in a ziploc bag. What was keeping me from reusing these bags before was that I never had a good system for cleaning the bags. I found it inefficient and ineffective to wash them by hand. They would stay just a little bit greasy and this was pretty gross. So what I learned was that you can turn the bags inside out and throw them in the washing machine with your laundry. Wash your load with cold water and pull out the bags to air dry. This cuts down on the stack of plastic bags that live by my sink since I do laundry every few days.
Microwave – I didn’t read about this in the TG, but if you microwave a cup of water for 2 minutes it makes all of the dried on splatter easy to wipe off. If only we remember to use the plate cover when we reheat food!
On my to do list:
- Make cloth napkins. I have tons of old curtains and other cloth that I can cut up and hem the edges. I want to stop buying paper napkins by the end of the summer.
- Find an effective way to mop my floor. I’ve tried using the swiffer solution and a few other products and it leaves a weird streaky film on the floor. I want to find a way to make my floors look clean when they are clean
- Figure out how to better contain the cat box. We have it set up in our laundry room in the shower stall but the cat will track the litter all over the house. I’m also toying with the idea of setting up the box in a closet and having a kitty door built in so that the catbox is hidden.
Do you have any cleaver cleaning tips? I want to hear about them!