Sunday, June 14, 2009

More Uses For Common Household Items

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Many large companies are starting to hop on the 'green living' bandwagon. Anything from cleansers to air fresheners. But most of this is simply a ploy to make our wallets considerably lighter. Common old tried and true everyday kitchen goods, such as baking soda or vinegar, are packaged in pretty colored spray bottles and sold to you for exorbitant prices. Now, I'm sure you don't want to spend money on something you probably have in your kitchen cabinet. So, here are some good uses for things you probably already have around your house. You can save money and also save the environment in the process by wasting less materials.

Vinegar is a great cleaner and disinfectant. Simply mix some vinegar with water and it cleans all kinds of surfaces: mirrors, counter tops, and makes that old coffeepot run like new again. It also works wonders on pet stains. Why pay all that money for a can of stuff that contains vinegar? Some people can't stand the smell, but the odor of vinegar dissipates quickly.

Baking soda's got to be my favorite. As a deodorizer it can't be be beat. Just stick a box of it in your frig every couple of weeks, and it smells like new. It also works well as a toothpaste, but the taste is not so good. If you have an upset stomach, some baking soda in water settles the stomach and results in a nice big burp.

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