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Tips, recipes, questions and hopefully answers

Pine cleaner ~
I drink this stuff [not literally] It's easy on the environment and has many uses: floor cleaner, bathroom cleaner, clothes, furniture polish and it smells pretty good. And it's CHEAP and found nearly everywhere.

Clothes ~
My washing machine broke over a year ago, I do my clothes by hand now; a 5 gallon bucket in the sink. Granted a family of 4 has way too many dirty clothes for this method, but 1-2 person households can keep up. Use hot water, fill bucket about 2/3 full and add a good squirt of dish soap and a splash of pine cleaner, add a small armload of clothes and swirl it around for a half minute [I cover mine due the humidity issue] and walk away for an hour or let it sit overnight. Drain and rinse 2-3 times, ringing out and hang [even if you end with it in the dryer, it needs to drip or it will take forever in the dryer. I hardly use my dryer. Great for singles and students, very cheap.

Windows and floors ~
Again pine cleaner, water diluted, on the floor.

Bathrooms ~
Recently I changed the faucet on my bath sink and it warned in the instructions not to use chlorine based products, again pine cleaner. It may not whiten as well as bleach products but I don't use gloves to clean with it. Use it anywhere in the bath.

Deodorizers ~
Baking soda ~ a true deoderizer, most people know about a box in the fridge, it's what hunters use to take the human smell out their hunt clothes, works for us 'regular' folks.
Flowers ~
Any flower you can smell...dry them out on a piece of paper [absorbs moisure] ~ home-made potpourri
Have you got a pine tree in your neighborhood or anywhere you can easily access. Break a branch off, stick it in an open bag [ catches the needles that fall] and set it in a corner. Have you ever smelled a real xmas tree?

Shopping ~
Compare prices, then buy. I don't use coupons, too much hassle for me. Mostly I use generic bands anyway, usually cheaper. Go to discount grocery stores, overall cheaper, you usually have to supply your own bags, some stores give boxes away. Compare and Save!!!!!!
I can ride my bicycle to 2 grocery stores, less than a mile. No gas, no pollution and I get exercise, wow do I feel smart

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Power Strips ~
I love these things and put them everywhere I can. With a simple flick of a switch, you cut all the power to sensitive electrical components and anything else eliminating electrical drains reducing power usage and protect them from surges, spikes and lightning. [ a big deal here in Florida ]

Water Heater
I spent $3 on a basic circuit breaker and attached it directly to the plumbing on top of my water heater with a couple of zip strips / tie wraps. One flick of a switch and 30 minutes later I have boiling hot water. Major savings.
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