Top 10 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Tips-Pages-Graphic-8If you have hydrogen peroxide in your home, chances are it is in one of two places – your first aid kit or your bathroom. Maybe inside your first aid kit in the bathroom. Most people use it as an antiseptic for scrapes and cuts. But did you know there are a lot of other uses for it?

Beauty Aid
Ok, so let’s talk about beauty first. What are a few things that you can use hydrogen peroxide for when it comes to looking your best? Well…first of all, it’s really great for fighting acne. Simply dab some on a cotton ball and apply to your acne.

You can also use hydrogen peroxide on your nails. Why pay $10-$20 for a French manicure when you can simply rub some peroxide on your nails to whiten them. You can also use hydrogen peroxide to give yourself highlights. All you have to do is mix equal parts of peroxide and water, spray it on your wet hair, comb through, and let it dry.

Dental Care
Peroxide is also great for dental care. This may not be that surprising since many toothpastes boast hydrogen peroxide. In fact, you can make your own at home by simply combining hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. I like to add a little peppermint extract to mine. Peroxide is also a great replacement for those expensive mouthwashes. And using it daily can help to whiten your teeth.

Bathroom Duty
You may keep your hydrogen peroxide in your bathroom, but did you know that you can actually use it to CLEAN your bathroom? It’s disinfectant properties makes it great for cleaning countertops sinks, tubs, and toilets. You can use it to whiten grout. Simply spray the grout with peroxide, let it sit for a couple of hours and then scrub it with soapy water and a toothbrush. Get your mirrors clean without the streaks by spraying them with peroxide and then wiping them with a paper towel or newspaper. You can also remove tile stains by mixing peroxide with flour, applying the paste to the stain, covering it with plastic wrap over night and then rinsing it clean.

Fruits & Veggies
Need to clean your fruits and veggies? Spray them with peroxide and then with vinegar. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a sink full of cold water and soak your fruits and veggies in it for 20-30 minutes. This actually helps them to stay fresh longer.

Stain Removal
Do you have stains on your carpet, furniture, or clothes? Peroxide can help! For blood stains simply pour peroxide on the spot, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rub it and rinse with cold water. For wine (or grape juice) stains mix together equal measures of peroxide and liquid laundry detergent. Pour the mixture over the stain and then blot it out with a clean cloth before washing it with warm water.

If you need to whiten your laundry but don’t like bleach, simply pour a cup of peroxide into the washing machine when you do a load of clothes. If your husband has a ring around his collar mix together two parts of peroxide with one part of liquid detergent and spray the area. Let it sit for an hour before rinsing. This is also a great technique for getting rid of those dreaded armpit stains!

Kitchen Duty
You can also use peroxide in the kitchen. After you use your cutting board rinse it and then spray it with some peroxide to cut down on cross contamination. You can use peroxide to clean out your refrigerator. Have some dish rags that need cleaning? Soak them in equal parts of water and peroxide for 20-30 minutes.

Fight a Cold
Feel a cold coming on? Put a few drops of peroxide in your ear, wait for the bubbling to stop (about 10 minutes), drain, and repeat on the other side.

Ear Health
Speaking of ears, you can use peroxide to clear those up as well. If you have an ear infection, pour 6-8 drops in the affected ear to alleviate symptoms. You can also use a couple of drops of olive oil and then a couple of drops of peroxide in your ears to clear out ear wax. Simply sit, head tilted, for a few minutes, and the flush it out with warm water.

Detox Bath
Need to detoxify your body but don’t want to have to pay or drink some weird concoction? Add 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon of dried ginger to a tub of hot water. Soak for at least 30 minutes to detox your body or help with skin irritation.

What ways do you use hydrogen peroxide?

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Top 10 Uses for Empty Baby Food Jars

Tips-Pages-Graphic-10If you are like me then it can pain you to throw away containers that you think are in perfectly good condition. Some people may call it hoarding. But it’s not hoarding if you get some use out of it, right?

One thing that a lot of frugal moms tend to hold on to are empty baby food jars. You just KNEW that there had to be something you could do with the. But maybe you never figured out exactly what that is. Well, now you can have 10 some things to consider.

Party Favors
I think this idea is just plain old adorable. I attended a birthday party for my friend’s child last October. Her son was turning one and she had saved up some of his empty baby food jars and used them for her party favors.

She decorated each bottle like little monsters, using pipe rods and googly eyes to affix eyes, arms, and wings to the jars, and paint to decorate the actual  bottles. Inside she had pieces of candy (including the Halloween must-have – candy corn) and had them set out on the table for the guests.

Homemade Finger Paint
Instead of buying finger paint every time you run out, why not make your own? Simply mix three tablespoons of sugar, half a teaspoon of salt, half a cup of corn starch and two cups of water in a saucepan. Heat it until it thickens and then pour the mixture into a set of empty baby food jars. Add some food coloring to each jar to make the colors you want and let them cool.

Matching and Sorting
Baby food jars are a great tool for when you are teaching your child how to match and sort. You could simply have them place like objects into different jars. You could even paint the jars different colors or label them to show your child what goes where.

Spice Rubs
Do you consider yourself a culinary master when it comes to mixing up tasty spice concoctions? Perhaps everyone loves the homemade Mexican spice you use? Or maybe they go absolutely bananas over your secret recipe of spicy goodness? Why not make some in bulk, ration them out into nicely decorated baby food jars, and give them out as gifts around holidays?

Magnetic Spice Racks
Speaking of spices, you could also attach magnetic strips to the bottom of baby food jars, fill them with your favorite spices and hang them up on the fridge, the side of the oven, or on a magnetic board near your stove for easy retrieval. No more rummaging around in the cabinets for that one spice you need.

DIY Bubbles
To make some great homemade bubbles simply mix together one cup of water, 2 tablespoons of glycerin, and four tablespoons of dishwashing detergent. Twist a craft pipe cleaner into a wand and blow up some fun!

Indoor Gardening
Always wanted to have your own little garden of herbs and spices? Empty baby food jars can be the perfect little containers for you to use for an indoor gardening project.

Advent Calendar
To make a neat little advent calendar this Christmas season, glue 25 numbered baby food food jars to a tray and putting a little treat inside of each one. You can even glue them into the shape of a Christmas tree!

Snow Globe Activity
One cool winter activity is to help your kids make their very own snow globes. All you need are empty baby food jars, water, glycerin, and glitter. Simply fill the baby food jar with water, add glitter and a few drops of glycerin and give it a shake. If you can find small toys, you can use waterproof glue to secure them to the bottom of the jar before adding everything.

Air Freshener
If you like gel air fresheners, you can actually make your own at home. First heat 1.5 cups of water to a simmer. Add 6 packs of powdered gelatin and remove from heat once it is fully dissolved. Add 1.5 cups of water and stir. Add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour into your baby food jars and let them sit overnight at room temperature. If you are giving them as gifts, wrap them in pretty tissue paper and tie with a ribbon. If not, you will have enough for every room in your house.

What ways do you reuse baby food containers?



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Top 10 Uses for Dryer Sheets

Tips-Pages-Graphic-3Out of all of the things that we can find multiple uses for around our house, have you ever given thought to the many uses to which you can put dryer sheets? Maybe you are one of those people who will use one for multiple loads if it still has some scent left to it. Nice try. But there is so much more potential in those little things. Let me enlighten you.

Dryer sheets are great for dusting things around the house. They have anti-static chemicals that literally repel dust and lint. So feel free to give floor boards, furniture, window blinds, computer/tv screens, and other things around the house a good wiping down with a used dryer sheet.

 Pest Control
Seriously. Dryer sheets are said to be great at repelling bugs and rodents. Lay a dryer sheet down near ants and it will chase them away. Find a mouse hole in your home? Stuff it with dryer sheets and the mice won’t eat through it. Mosquito season? Stuff a dryer sheet into your belt loop to keep the pesky creatures away. Who knew?!

Keeping Clothes Fresh
I like to stuff some dryer sheets in our clothes drawers just to keep them smelling extra fresh. That way, even if it’s been weeks since they’ve been washed, when I put them on they smell like they’ve just come out of the dryer.

Air Freshener
Really enjoy the scent of your favorite dryer sheets (I’m partial to the clean linen scent)? Why not smell it everywhere you go? You can tape a dryer sheet on your air conditioner vent to get the smell circulating throughout your entire home. Don’t have an a/c unit? The same thing can be done on ceiling fans and even boxed fans. You can also use them in your car and at your desk at work.

Stray Hair
Do you have pet (or human) hair laying around the house? Dryer sheets are a great way to get that cleaned right up. The cling of the dryer sheets can help you clean pet hair from the furniture and floors. It can also help you to clean up your own hair from places like the shower and the bathroom sink after washing or brushing your hair.

Static Control
Worried about static cling? No problem! Simply grab an old dryer sheet and rub it over your clothes, your pantyhose, and even your hair, to keep things under control.

Odor Fighter
Dryer sheets are a great way to deodorize things that tend to smell. Shoes, gym bags, laundry baskets, diaper bags. Anything that might get a little smelly, you can toss a dryer sheet in there.

Bathroom Cleaning Duty
Dryer sheets can be your best friend when it comes to cleaning the bathroom! They are great for cleaning tubs, sinks, sink fixtures, toilets, and even glass shower doors.

Simplify Washing Dishes
Have burned on baked-on food in your pots and pans? Simple solution soak them in warm water and toss in one or two dryer sheets. That baked on gunk will come off a lot easier than you would have expected. Speaking of cleaning in the kitchen, you can also use old dryer sheets to clean off the stove and cabinet doors. Those dryer sheets should really be proud of themselves.

Keep Thread from Tangling
Last but not least, if you are a sewing mama, you can rub your thread with a dryer sheet before you start sewing to keep the thread from tangling up.

What unique ways do you use dryer sheets?



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Top 10 Uses for Q Tips

Tips-Pages-Graphic-2Do you have a box of q-tips (also called cotton swabs) in your house and you just KNOW that there aren’t enough dirty ears in your house to use them all? Wondering if there are any other uses to which you can put them? Fear not, mommies! Here are 10 neat things that you can do with q-tips aside from cleaning out ear wax.

Keep Your Bling Sparkly
Is your wedding band set a bit less blingy than it was when you first got it. Would you like to restore it to its original fabulosity but could never quite get into all of the nooks and crannies? Break out some q-tips, dip it into your cleaning solution of choice, and get to scrubbing. This is a great way to clean the intricate areas of rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces.

Get those Zippers Slipping and Sliding
Do you have a pair of pants, a jacket, or your favorite fall knee boots that have a zipper that throws a fit whenever you try to zip it up, getting stuck on the way? Well, you’ll show that stubborn little thing! Take a q-tip and dip it into some olive oil. Then run it along any of your sticky zippers. The olive oil acts a lubricant and will have you zipping things up in a jiffy.

Keep Baby’s Belly Button Cute and Clean
Have a newborn at home? Use a q-tip and a little rubbing alcohol to keep the area around the umbilical cord nice and clean until it is ready to fall off.

Clean Those Adorable Baby Spots
Speaking of babies, did you know that a q-tip is the perfect tool for cleaning your baby’s outer ear, neck folds, and in between their cute little toes?

Cleaning up “Ouchies”
The next time someone hurts themselves (it happens) you can use a q-tip to apply any medications or ointments to minor scratches, scrapes, and cuts.

Get the Perfect Paint Job
Don’t you hate when you are polishing your nails and get some on your cuticles or fingers. Instead of using a cotton ball and having to start all over, just dab your q-tip in some nail polish remover and do some fine-tuned cleaning. It’s also great for cleaning up mistakes when you are “painting your face” (ie applying makeup). Use your q-tip and a little makeup remover to clean up mascara, eyeshadow, and eyeliner.

Perfume Emergency
Are you going out to a special event and don’t want to have to carry a bottle of your favorite perfume in your purse? Before leaving home, dip or spray a q-tip with your signature scent and store it in a small plastic baggie. Then when you need to freshen up, just apply some of it to your pulse points.

Brow Control
Listen, we don’t always have time to pluck and wax our eyebrows. If yours are a little bit unruly and you need for there to be a semblance of control, dip your q-tip in some Vaseline and rub a small amount over your eyebrows to keep them laid down and in order.

Paintbrushes for Little Hands
Q-tips are perfect as impromptu paintbrushes for small children. Just be sure to stick around while they are using them.

Face Painting
Do your kids like to play dress up? Do they love pretending to be different animals and characters? Q-tips can be the perfect tool to help transform their cute little faces into a wide variety of cool things. Simply use your q-tips to apply paint to their faces in whatever design they choose. They can even paint your face and you can have a blast putting on a play at home.


What are some ideas you have for using Q-Tips?

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