A few more ideas from Dollar Stretcher
There is no need to buy expensive eyeglass cleaners from the store. Just mix a solution of 1/3 rubbing alcohol, 1/3 white vinegar and 1/3 water and put it in a spray bottle. Use a clean cotton handkerchief or cloth to dry. It works just as
well and costs a lot less. Les L. in Tempe, AZ
Ready to Throw Out the Throw Rug?
We have an oatmeal-color area rug under our dining room set (don't ask me why I chose that color with two teens). It was spotted all over and had ground in "shoe dirt" in front of the seating positions. There was even a large stain where a plate
of spaghetti had been dropped. The carpet had been cleaned many times and spot cleaned monthly, but in a word, it looked horrible.
I was just ready to have my husband haul it to the dump when he suggested using his new "toy," which was a power washer. It worked like a charm! We couldn't believe the amount of soap residue that came out from the previous attempts at shampooing
it. Now he periodically power washes it, using just warm water. It comes out looking almost new every time. Check the fiber content on your carpet before trying this.
We have a slanted driveway, which helps it dry, but I'm sure moving a carpet around on a flat, clean driveway or deck on a couple of hot days should do the trick. I had nothing to lose and gained many more years from this carpet. Conni
Too Many Peppers
When you have an abundance of peppers, wash them thoroughly, julienne them like you would use in a stir fry, lay them on a cookie sheet (do not let them touch), and put them in your freezer. They will freeze nicely. When frozen, place in plastic bags and put back in the freezer until you want to use them. They will not stick together. Just take out what you need and put the rest back in freezer. Janice H. in Somerset, KY
Note from Lucy: This method is called IQF (Individually Quick Frozen). When we do our frozen berry order, I buy blackberries by the 30 lb. case. I take them home and just scoop out berries and put them into quart sized freezer bags and put them on the bottom shelf of the freezer... We use these berries for smoothies, on top of ice cream or just for snacking on... I do this with other veggies too. Give it a try.
Have a great weekend everyone!