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. Put equal parts of Borax and sand (and a tablespoon of salt) into a container such as a shoebox and cover the flowers with the solution. Leave for two weeks to dry. The first reader tip shares another suggestion for Borax.
Spread it in a roach-infested house.
1 cup Borax
1 teaspoon sugar
Roaches will crawl in the mixture to get to the sugar. They will ingest Borax, which will harden inside the stomach, and die. Your building will be roach-free in three weeks or less. — Clyde, e-mail
— Save your geraniums from year to year. Don’t let the frost kill your expensive plants! Pull them up by the roots, tie the roots together, and hang in a cool but not freezing space until spring. I hang mine in the garage. Spritz the roots with water every week or so. When the weather warms ups, replant them. Some people cut them off, but I leave everything on the plant. The dead leaves will fall off and you can clean them up then. You will have new leaves in a week or so if the temperature is warm.
— Use water from your dehumidifier for your steam iron. There are no minerals in it.
— Use oven cleaner to clean the creosote (black stuff) that your wood-burning fireplace deposits on the glass doors. Be sure to keep the oven cleaner off painted surfaces. I bring the fireplace doors over to the kitchen and use plenty of newspapers.
— Be sure to wash your grapes carefully. I had always thought that spraying them with the kitchen sprayer cleaned them enough, but I was wrong. Now I put them in the sink, cover them with water, and gently agitate them (by hand). Drain the water, and repeat until the water is clean. You will be shocked as to how much dirt comes off grapes!
— Instead of buying expensive bathroom odor killer, I buy a $1 bottle of fabric refresher at the dollar store. Fill a small pump-spray bottle with the fabric refresher and leave it on the back of the stool. A $1 bottle lasts a long time. –Coleen S., e-mail
Refill smaller containers:
Instead of buying individual 16.9- or 20-oz. bottled soft drinks, I buy 2 liters when they are on sale and refill the smaller bottles. If you drink a lot, like I do, it doesn’t go flat before it’s used. I can buy 2 liters on sale (four for $5 each) and fill 16 smaller bottles — Luanne B., e-mail
Second use for clothespins:
I’ve been using them for years in the kitchen to close up plastic bags. I can’t stand the little metal-coated plastic ties or plastic, square tabs that come on bread bags, bagel bags, etc. As soon as I open the bag for the first time, out comes the wooden clothespin, which I use on the bag from then on. It’s so much faster opening and closing the bag not having to twist that little twistie open and shut each time. I’ve also used them to clip a plastic tablecloth to a plastic outdoor table when it’s very windy outside and we’re trying to have an outdoor picnic lunch. –Mary D., e-mail