Reuses, recycling, hints and tips
Posted 17 September 2008 - 09:47 PM
Posted 28 September 2008 - 02:29 AM
Most people already know you can compost almost any non-greasy food scraps, which I do in another container. I like the second use I get out of thus recycling!
I "sprout" seeds & beans in glass jars of store purchased foods.
OLD (unusable) clothes, cloth, gets cut up, (buttons removed) and become "stuffing" for pillows, stout enough to sit-or-lay on, at floor level, firm enough to support my back in a chair or on the sofa, and way cheaper than store purchased.
The plastic I place over windows for the winter, become a "trash bag" for that week's pick up!
Slivers of hand soap go in a container with water until it suspends in the water and become a "pumpable" liquid soap!
Most of these Ideas I got from my step mom! Thanks Mom!
Posted 28 September 2008 - 09:58 AM
I use these firestarters all winter long for starting the cornstove. They work fantastically. I was going to post it till I saw this one;?)
Frugal is not a dirty word. "Waste not, want not", that's what I always say.
In a world without music, not even the birds would sing.
Posted 28 September 2008 - 10:20 AM
Since I started doing that, I feel like I became an "upgraded prepper" !
Posted 28 September 2008 - 01:06 PM
We use the Hefty plates for barbecues outside. To get to our patio we have to go from the kitchen, down the stairs to the basement and then outside. Glass plates are heavy and breakable.
Posted 29 September 2008 - 02:50 PM
For some reason, my apartment walls are not well insulated, nor are the windows installed properly, they “leak” cold into the building. The last 2 winters I simply but up 2 layers of plastic, with bubble wrap in between the layers of clear plastic. ( which I can recycle to hold trash in the following spring). This coming winter I will used BLACK plastic trash bags, smaller than the windows opening, hanging like curtains do, from a rod that extends farther out than do the existing curtains, and will be also attached to a lower rod at the windows’ bottom I read about doing this on-line someplace, and liked the idea. I have also seen some homes doing this, ans I wondered why, now I know!
The black plastic will absorb the suns heat, then reflect it into the room. This is only a small solar gain, but supplements the building’s heat. By having some sun on either side of the black plastic, I get natural solar gain & light. When the sun sets, I close the curtains to retain any heat. So far, each year, I have lined the backs of my curtains with bubble wrap for added insulation. ( it works, provided the curtain hug the walls beyond the windows and sag a bit on the floor).
It will be great if the black plastic works as planned, but greater still the I will recoup all costs, except the tape I will use!
I hope this might be helpful to someone!
Posted 30 September 2008 - 05:57 PM
Posted 01 December 2008 - 11:59 PM
For a Christmas decorating idea set several cd's on your dining room table. Use small or tealight candles and set them in the center of the cd. Make sure the cd is shiny side up. The lights from the candles will reflect off the cd's and it looks really cool.
You can also use a cd or an old lp album and buy a clockworks set at a hobby store or Wal-mart. Install the works in the center of the lp/cd.
Posted 02 December 2008 - 11:27 AM
Posted 11 January 2009 - 02:53 PM
#1 Walgreens Photo Dept refils most computer ink cartridges for 10.00. Sometimes you can even get it free as they have a very strict test on the refills. If it fails the test you get your cartridge back and it is still full of ink :-)(and worked fine)
#2 Use extra left over slats from vinyl mini blinds to make garden stakes. Just cut to desired length and cut a point on one end. Use marker to write on them.
Posted 12 February 2009 - 03:57 AM
Posted 21 February 2009 - 03:16 PM
I make my own handbags for material oddments from the charity shop.
I also do tote bags to match the handbags.
I use the bags your papers come in on a Saturday as project bags, or the smaller ones to keep sowing in.
Posted 21 February 2009 - 06:19 PM
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel-Proverbs 12:10
Posted 22 March 2009 - 09:58 PM
Whenever we go fishing we buy worms.
If we use them all up, I bring the peat moss home and add it to my compost pile or an indoor plant.
If we still have some worms left, and will be fishing again in the next few days, just put the covered container in your fridge until needed. They little darlins will take a nap until you use them up.
If you still have worms left and won't be using them in a few days, just add worms and the peat to your garden or compost.
Posted 29 March 2009 - 12:24 PM
This might be helpful to those who bake a lot of cakes and don't want that "hump" in the middle of the layer that you have to trim to get a level layer cake. My old cake instructor told us to take an old towel. Cut it in strips that are long enough to fit aroud the sides of your cake pan with a small amount of overlap. Then you need to fold it lengthwise into 3 or 4 layers. Stitch up all the edges and end on your sewing machine.
THEN you soak the strip in cold water, wring it out and put it around your cake pan, securing it in place with a safety pin. It really does work. You can wash them and use them over and over. Wilton sells these strips made of that metallic looking stuff they used to make potholders out of, but these work just as well. I've never had one burn either. The cost, one old towel and a little effort. Katmom
Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:44 AM
I save the comics for that. Wrap the presents with the Garfield side up!
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