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  • besttowels
    Buy the perfect towel

      DEAR SARA: Maybe you can help! I am on a search for sensible bath towels. I’m speaking of a towel for after shower, not a blanket. These incredibly large heavyweight towels are energy-consumers to the greatest...

  • bandball
    Snappy ways to store rubber bands

    Rubber bands can be a messy nuisance if simply tossed in a drawer. They’re easy to organize in a plastic storage bag, jar or other small container. You can make a rubber band ball or hang them...

  • vodka
    Reach for the bottom shelf

    Vodka is versatile. It’s one of the most popular liquors. But occasionally, you might have some leftover low-quality vodka from a party, or maybe you received a bottle as gift for the holidays. Rather than suffer through...

  • granitevanity
    Alternate cleaners on granite countertops

      DEAR SARA: Are there safe homemade cleaners for granite countertops? Two years ago, my mom and sister bought me a bathroom vanity for my 20th wedding anniversary. It has a granite countertop. Are there any homemade...

  • orangepeels
    Clean and freshen your microwave

    Microwaves get dirty and smelly. It can be a pain to keep clean if you don’t clean it immediately after splatters or spills. To clean your microwave with ease, simply add a microwave-safe bowl, a couple of...

  • babyoil
    Slick ways to use baby oil

    Baby oil is cheap and has a light and pleasant scent. Its gentleness makes it a wonderful product to use in the bath or shower as a skin moisturizer, cuticle softener or an alternative to shaving cream...

  • waterglass2
    Combat dry skin

    Dry skin is common during winter. Not only is it unsightly, but it can be itchy and painful, too. There are plenty of expensive products available, but you can manage your dry skin on a frugal budget....

  • sidewalkchalk5
    Make craft recipes for kids

      DEAR SARA: I once saw a “recipe” for sidewalk chalk, but cannot seem to find it on your site. Can you help me? (Also, please share any other useful kids recipes.) — Dianne, e-mail DEAR DIANNE:...

  • boraxking
    Use Borax for more than cleaning

    A few weeks ago, I mentioned Borax. Tons of tips came pouring in with even more uses for the miracle mineral. Some uses I had forgotten about such as it can be used to dry fresh flowers....

  • bamboofloor
    Clean bamboo floors with ease

      DEAR SARA: Can you clean bamboo flooring with vinegar? I’m sick of using two different things to clean my floors. I use vinegar on the bathrooms and kitchen, which is linoleum and ceramic tile, but Murphy’s...

  • Stretch your wardrobe budget

    You can look fashionable on a budget. Buy solid-colored and classic clothing with clean lines, such as crews, turtlenecks, V-necks, tailored jackets and cardigans, pencil skirts, pants and jeans. You can pare down to 10 to 20...

  • How to clean burnt pans

    DEAR SARA: Thank you for your column, what great info. Problem: I forgot a pan on the stove and burned the pan black on the inside. How can I remove this black? Thanks for your help. —...