Friday, January 15, 2010

Ideas from Dollar Stretcher

Ice Proof Windows

Ice proof your windows with vinegar. Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and spritz it on all your car windows at night. In the morning, they'll be clear of icy mess. How does it work? Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water, preventing water from freezing. Wake up to an already frozen car? Just spray the mixture on your windows and watch it melt.
Mary Jo in Alamo, TN

Holiday Tins

Those holiday popcorn tins are too nice to throw away or recycle. I plan to use mine as either a gift basket or a waste basket for the next holiday season.

Making Kids' Showers Fun

My kids are now of age to shower by themselves with little supervision, but always had difficulty with the pricey kid's shampoos and body washes that I used to purchase for them. They just didn't seem to be able to hold the bottle and squeeze into a washrag, and most of the bottle would end up running down the drain. In addition, they would spend too much time in the shower, wasting water and running up our bill.

To solve the time problem, we use music played on a CD player. When their two favorite songs are done, they are done. It makes something that feels like a chore to my boys into something more fun. For the soap issue, I buy the inexpensive shampoo and put it into a cleaned out plastic pump-style soap dispenser. A couple of pumps builds up a rich lather for both their hair and bodies, and even the cheapest shampoos come in a variety of nice smelling fragrances. The kids are happy and clean and we save a little money.
Amber P. in TX

Better Than Pantyhose

Ladies, if you wear pantyhose to work in the winter, stop wearing regular pantyhose and start wearing tights. I usually wear black or brown and that covers it all. Initially they cost a little more to buy, but three or four pairs will last the whole season!
Jean C.

Comment on Plastic Steamer Bags

If this person is using plastic bags in her microwave (and recommending that others do the same), she is obviously not yet aware that this is a serious health hazard. Please tell her and your other readers that when the plastic is heated, it releases a chemical into the food that is very bad for your health.

It's much better to buy some glass casserole dishes with lids and microwave your frozen veggies in them. They steam inside the casserole dish and come out delicious. There's a bit of clean up involved, but there's no worry about chemicals from plastics, or the repeated cost of buying bags. I have lidded casserole dishes in various sizes from small to very large, and I even founda few for less than a dollar at a resale shop.
D in Sun Prairie, WI
editor's note: D is referring to a tip from Tuesday's issue. She's right. You do need to be careful. We assumed that readers would check the package to see if the bags were microwave safe before using the idea. But, using glass dishes made for the microwave would certainly be safe and eliminate any chance of error.

Getting Fleeced!

We lived buying electric blankets every other year forever. They just never seemed to last.

I found my solution quite by accident. Having diabetic neuropathy, my feet have become very sensitive. I was on a quest for soft sheets when I found the ultimate in fleece sheets! I bought a good set and was excited to feel the softness. To my surprise, my husband and I about burned up that first night with the electric blanket on as usual. The next night and each night since we've used no electricity on the blanket and relied on the fleece sheets! Flannel sheets come nowhere close to the warmth and softness of fleece sheets. We live in Missouri where the wind chills have been 20 degrees below 0 and heat mostly with wood and propane.

Save buying electric blankets and electricity. Instead, enjoy the warmth and softness of fleece! Claudia H. in Pleasant Hill, Missouri
Note from Lucy: I can vouch for fleece blankets... My feet got cold easily and the fleece blankets are the only ones that keep my feet warm without me having to put on socks. With the very cold weather we have already had this winter, I keep my fleece

Have a great weekend everyone.


At 10:42 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Lucy, why didn't you tell me about the vinegar back when I was driving my Chevy truck to work? It had to stay outside all winter long.
BTW, our electric blanket it over thirty years old. That lady just didn't buy the right kind. Ours came from a WalMart store in Houston (one of over 50 of them).

At 7:14 AM, Blogger Granny Annie said...

Nice to learn about the vinegar now that ALL THE SNOW AND ICE IS MELTING! LOL

I'm not sure that I've heard the dangers of plastic in the microwave. I'll have to look into that. Meanwhile I'll try to just use glass.

When we receive a gift of flavored popcorn in those big tins everyone thinks I'm excited about the popcorn but I'm really thrilled about the big tin.

Fleece sounds divine.

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Putz said...

i am 67 yeafs old and i have gone barefoot for years around the house and wouldn't you think an old codger like me would be smart enough by now to learn how to keep my feet warm, but really i was constantly huddling up to a wood stove and everything seemed to be getting the message but my feet, so i put two pairs of socks on my feet, i am so used to going barefoot in the summer and majic, my feet got warm, it is never to late to learn something

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Oh great One said...

The vinegar tip will help us out. Since we moved we don't have covered parking and some of those cold mornings caught us off guard. All our ice scrapers are packed away somewhere! Thanks!

At 6:54 AM, Blogger Cliff said...

I tried your vinegar idea. I think it would work in less severe locales than Nebraska.
The other proven answer to cold feet would be to plant them on your husbands back side. I know that works.

At 9:41 PM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I ordered a couple fleece blankets (They are much thinner than other blankets, more like sheets) last fall and that's all I use anymore. I have to share them with my Yorkie's because they love them too.
I bought everyone on my list one for Christmas and they love them as well.

At 2:18 PM, Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Lucy ~ I can't wait to try that vinegar for the icy window problems fix. ~ jb///

At 10:38 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Great tips Lucy! I like the idea of a fleece blanket but don't think I've ever seen any. I'll have to look into getting one. I wear socks in the winter to bed if it's very cold. I can't stand having cold feet!

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

I liked the comment about the fleece blanket. We've bought two electric blankets, neither of which lasted for much more than a year. I thought it was just bad luck. Now I see others have the same problem.

At 1:54 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Hope you're okay and not frozen in the fleece! :-)
Haven't heard from you lately nor seen you here?

At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It surprises and worries me to boot that there are still those who microwave in plastic. Yes, it is DANGEROUSLY harmful. I wouldn't even trust the so-called 'safe for microwaving' containers. They will tell us anything to sell products.

At 12:49 AM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I won't microwave in anything but glass.... No plastic for me.


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