Tired of cloudy ice cubes?

One of the ways that patriots remain independent and self-sufficient is something that we don’t talk a lot about. It has nothing to do with solar panels or wind turbines or stockpiling food and water. But it is about saving money.

It’s called re-purposing, which of course is using an item for a purpose that it was not intended. This saves you from having to spend money on a totally separate item to accomplish the intended task.

Over the course of the next several weeks, I’m going to be writing blogs that will give you quite a few re-purposing ideas that you can use with common, ordinary household items, as well as some basic tips and tricks you can use to make life easier at home. These tips will include suggestions that you can use in every room of your home, and I guarantee that you’ll save some money and time if you incorporate some of them.

So, here are the first 10:

• You know how brown sugar in a bag tends to get hard, requiring you to bang it a few times to break it up and make it usable? Well, you can avoid that by storing a couple of soft marshmallows in the bag.

• Install a regular coat rack just above the baseboard near the floor and use it to hang up shoes so that they don’t take up space on the floor.

• Deodorize sponges in your microwave oven. First, soak them in white vinegar or lemon juice, then place them in the microwave and put on full power for one minute. They’ll be very hot, so use tongs to remove them.

• Instead of throwing away your next Tic-Tac dispenser, use it to store very small, thin items, such as bobby pins.

• Next time you’re drilling a hole in the wall, attach a folded post-it note just below the hole to catch the resulting dust.

• Re-purpose an old picture frame as a serving tray for cupcakes or other food items.

• Instead of buying a watering can for your garden, rinse out a used plastic gallon of milk and puncture holes in the top.

• Use a squeegee to remove pet hair from furniture and carpets.

• When using a paint tray, cover it first with aluminum foil so that clean-up work is so much easier.

• To get clear ice cubes rather than cloudy ones, first boil the water, then let it cool, then pour it into your ice cube trays.

I’ll have plenty more of these re-purposing ideas to share with you over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, do you have any that have worked well for you? If so, I’m sure that our readers would love to know about them.

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