How to Remove Non-Skid Bathtub Appliques How to Remove Non-Skid Bathtub Appliques Dear Mary: Could you tell me how to remove non-skid appliques from the surface of a bathtub? They were applied at least 20 years ago, and they are chipping off because of age, but leaving a residue of …Read more. Here it is ... Another Batch of Really Terrific Reader Tips Here it is ... Another Batch of Really Terrific Reader Tips ONE HOT DATE. Our village does not offer garbage pickup as a municipal service, so residents can contract with whomever they desire. For years we paid about $25 per month for weekly pickup. …Read more. Three Helpful FREE Websites You Can Trust Three Helpful FREE Websites You Can Trust With its incredible and constantly growing reach, the Internet has so much to offer. But beware. Not everything you find online is reliable. Not to worry. I spend countless hours researching and sorting out …Read more. 3 Money Mistakes to Avoid 3 Money Mistakes to Avoid I'm going to guess you've made a financial mistake or two in your life. Who hasn't? For some of us, it was more than an occasional late fee or random urge to overspend that brought us to our financial knees. But I'm not …Read more.more articles
Make Your Own, and Save Money
Often we end up compromising on a style, color or size of something because we just can't seem to find exactly what we want. Maybe we need to think outside the box, like our first tipster.
CREATIVE CHANGING TABLE. When we were expecting, we couldn't find a sturdy changing table in our price range, so we built one. My husband found an oak workbench kit at the local hardware store. We put it together and placed a 1/4-inch layer of foam padding from the fabric store. Over the foam I placed a rubber-backed fabric and stapled it in place to the underside. It's wonderful. It has more work surface than the typical changing station, with two shelves for diapers, wipes and a baby tub. All this for under $30. And when our son outgrows a changing table, we'll have a great workbench. — Michelle, Oklahoma
CLOROX CLEANUP. Quite by accident, I discovered something that works as a "last resort" spot and stain laundry treatment. It has even worked for me on colors. It is a kitchen and bathroom cleaning product called Clorox Bleach Pen Gel. The added benefit is it works great in the kitchen and bathroom, too. — Charlene, Maryland
POISON IVY TREATMENT. When you suspect you've been exposed to poison ivy, bathe and wash thoroughly with a bar of Fels Naptha — the sooner the better. We've been doing this for many years, and it really works, provided you can act quickly. — Susan, Alabama
FREE FLOWERS. Last year, I noticed a lot of perennial flowers being pulled from flower beds at entrances to large business parks and prestigious housing developments.
CANDLE WAX REMOVAL. I discovered an easy way to remove all of the wax and black residue left in my votive candleholders once the candle has burned down. Turn them upside down in a vegetable steamer. Put water in the bottom as you would to steam vegetables, cover, and allow to steam for 10 or 15 minutes. The candleholders will be clean, and once the water cools, you can simply skim off the hardened wax, making it easy to clean the pot. — Phyllis, California
CUSTOM MINI-BLINDS. Our two living room windows are taller than the standard size. Instead of paying for custom blinds, we bought three blinds that were the correct width. We used the sections of the third blind to lengthen the short ones. Following the instructions on how to shorten blinds, we removed the bottom portion, tied on the correct length, and replaced the finished bottoms. We saved almost $50 doing this. — Jeanne, Ohio
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