A few months ago, I read a fascinating post on Savvy Housekeeping. It shows how to turn bar soap into liquid hand soap. Ingenious!
I decided to give this a try. My first batch didn't work out too well, but with some tweaks, I tried again and persevered.
Yield: 1 litre of liquid soap — cost 50¢!
Instead of writing out the instructions I wanted to produce a pretty video to show the process.
Click on the "Show more" tab once you're in YouTube
to find complete instructions.
BIG thanks to my talented friends, Tiffany Pratt and Harbinder Singh. They made everything in the video look extra pretty.
I've read before that if you squish your toilet paper roll you will save on paper and therefore save a bit of cash.
I was skeptical about this but decided to give it a try. And, guess what? I can't get enough! Here's why...
1. The act of squishing the roll is super satisfying and a quick thrill.
2. When you use a squished roll, it doesn't unravel freely which means you ultimately get "just enough" for the job at hand :)
3. You lose nothing but a few seconds of time to give this frugal tip a try.
Granted, I have no idea how much money this act will actually save me in the long run, but there are plenty of reasons to keep at it.
Add a bottle of club soda to your green cleaning kit. It works wonders on stainless steel appliances.
Pour a bit of club soda into a spray bottle. Spray onto your stainless steel surface. Use a clean microfibre rag and watch grease and grime disappear to reveal a shiny surface. The carbonic acid in the soda helps make it a good cleaning agent - a bit more powerful than just plain water. The fizz is not important so you can store the spray bottle in a cupboard or fridge for several weeks.
NOTE: It's really important to use a clean cloth!
This is a fabulous way to make use of dryer lint from home! These fire starters cost basically nothing to make.
Cardboard egg carton
Microwave-safe glass bowl
Remove all metal bits from the candle and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt into liquid wax - shouldn't take more than thirty seconds. Fill each egg carton ¾ full with dryer lint. Drizzle liquid wax on top to keep lint in place. With scissors, cut each egg carton into individual fire starters.
Store fire starters in resealable bags and make sure to keep them dry. These are great for camping, emergency kits, or for building a roaring fire in your fireplace.
Lint is extremely flammable so be careful to not leave these anywhere near an unattended flame!
Tired of plain white furniture, walls and accessories? Here's a cheap and fun idea. Decorate them with wall tattoos!
You can find wall tattoos at lots of home stores like Home Sense. They are basically big cut-out stickers of patterns on clear adhesive sheeting. You simply peel them off and then stick them to walls and furniture. This is a great solution for renters because you can add some visual interest to walls...and it's temporary.
BIG thanks to designer Jo Alcorn for sharing this frugal tip. She picked these floral tattoos for me and added them to my den wardrobe and accent wall. Fun!