Saving Money on Every Day Items – A Year of Living Cheap

Maybe you have seen the recipes on Facebook for items you use every day.  Recently I tried a couple and here are the results. 

Liquid Fabric Softener: 

2 cups hair conditioner

3 cups white vinegar (helps eliminate odors in your clothing)

6 cups hot water 

Mix until everything is combined in a smooth liquid.  Do not shake, this forms too many bubbles and then is hard to transfer to your old fabric softener container. Makes just shy of 3 quarts.  This works great and I found that there is no difference in how my clothing feels. 

The above cost me about $1.25 compared to the almost $9.00 it would cost me at the grocery store.  AND you can pick what scent you want! 

Ladies, hair conditioner is also great when shaving your legs.  It makes for a very smooth shave and when you are done you have softened the skin on your legs. 

Make your own Febreze:

Insert a funnel into the top of an old Febreze spray bottle

Pour 1/8 cup of your favorite fabric softener or conditioner into your old 32 ounce spray bottle.

Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the bottle

 Fill the rest of the bottle with warm water so everything will mix together smoothly

Replace the cap and shake the bottle well (you will have bubbles from the shaking but they will dissolve).

This cost pennies compared to buying at the store and AGAIN you can pick your scent.  Works great, I love it!

How to clean your drains: 

This is not only cheap but easy on your pipes and the environment!

  • Pour 2 cups of boiling hot water down your drain.
  • Next add about 1/2 c. baking soda.
  • Then, mix 1 c. vinegar and 1. c very hot water and pour it down the drain.
  • Cover with a drain plug (let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Flush it once again with boiling water

There are so many ways to save money, you just have to look for the ideas and be open to trying them.  Once you do you will never go back to the “store bought” item again!







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