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Make a recycled clothespin holder

By on May 23, 2010


Hanging laundry to dry requires hauling clothespins. You can carry them in various containers such as a plastic ice cream pail, plastic milk jug, a pillowcase, a toddler dress or shirt (sewn on the bottom) or jean shorts, or you can wear an apron with pockets. The first reader tip shares another creative way to carry your clothespins.


The best tip I ever got for clothespins is to put them in an old handbag with a long strap. That way you can sling the strap across your body when you’re hanging the clothes and store them by hanging the bag on a peg. — Louise, S., e-mail


For spot cleaning marks on clothing, carpets and soft furnishings, I use shaving cream! One tiny squirt foams up and is very “dry” soap, so it doesn’t over wet. Dilute vinegar 50:50 with water, put in a squirt bottle, spray on the sofa and wipe off with a microfiber cloth and be shocked at the muck that comes off. Test a small area of fabric first just in case of dye leakage.

Cleaning bath “rings” around bath and bottom of shower? Like attracts like, and a squirt of shampoo on a sponge or cloth will bring it off. If you want a more shiny finish, then a tiny drop of hair conditioner will soften even tough soap gunk. I have even used body lotion to clean bath rings, and it works very well. Just wipe on and rinse off! Or just buff with a clean cloth to save water! Save water by shaving legs with hair conditioner before getting into shower. Rinse blade in a small jug of water in between each swipe. For an even smoother finish and with no need to moisturize after, use body lotion to shave. Just rinse in the jug and wipe off excess as you go. When finished, clean up blade with an old toothbrush. To clean dirt from under nails, put cleansing grains/facial scrub on palm of hand and scoop under nails, then brush with nail brush. For those who like to garden without gloves, do this before you start and the dirt will come out much more easily. — Karen, England


I have a hint on how to save on buying paper towels. After I entertain at a dinner party, I save all the old slightly used paper napkins. I put them in a box and use them to wipe up spills on the floor, after pet accidents or to clean up finger prints, etc. This saves a lot on not needing clean paper towels. — Betty L., e-mail


I use the dehydrator to keep from wasting food and to take advantage of free-for-the-picking food for home food preservation. When I find frozen veggies on sale but don’t have room for them in my refrigerator freezer, I dehydrate them. Discounted mushrooms are quickly sliced and dehydrated. Can’t use all that celery? Dehydrate it. We use dehydrated zucchini slices instead of potato chips.

Personally, I avoid most canned foods since we’ve converted to using foods rotated from our long-term home food storage, which is mainly freeze-dried and dehydrated veggies/fruit, when fresh aren’t readily available from the garden. Have you ever figured out how much you are paying for water in canned goods? Have you ever figured out how much you spend on utilities for home canning? If I want to add some peas and corn to a cup of leftover brown rice, along with spices and some tomato powder, I can rehydrate 2 tablespoons of each (corn/peas). No waste! — Karen, Kansas

photo by chris coyier


  1. Carla

    5/27/2010 at 11:13 pm

    That’s a great idea to keep the clothespins in a bag with a shoulder strap, certainly saves on the bending and reaching.

    I use a mesh bag that is meant for washing stockings. I often forget my clothespins outside, and the mesh allows rain to run out and the clothespins to dry quickly.

    • petra

      6/2/2010 at 2:27 pm

      I just tie my old waitress apron with pockets around my waist and have clothespins in each pocket.

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