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Everyday Cheapskate: Great Reader Tips: Recycle Home Chef Packaging, Laundry Stains and Stuck-On Stuff

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HANDY SCRAPER. In response to a recent post about finding something to use as a scraper when cleaning oven crud, we use a Lil' Chizler Vinyl Label Scraping Tool ($4 for a two-pack) all over the house to scrape paint and oven doors; to lift labels, decals and stickers; and to remove just about everything you can imagine. It does all of that without scratching. It's amazing. -- Kaki

RECYCLE HOME CHEF ICE PACKS. I posted my Home Chef freezer packs on freecycle.org. Quite a number of people wanted them. One hunter took two full boxes! -- Barb

RESHIP IT. In response to what to do with the Home Chef package material, we have a Going Postal shipping store that is happy to reuse all the packaging material for their clients' shipments. -- Dawn

NO MORE STAINS. I fill my hubby's thermos with boiling water, drop a denture tablet inside and let it sit overnight. I scrub with a bottle brush in the morning, and all the (disgusting) built-up coffee stains come right out! -- Joannie

DAWN RESCUE. I have a way of removing stains, especially grease, from washable fabric that I never hear anyone suggest. I put Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid on the stains and let them sit for a minute, and the stain comes out completely 99 percent of the time. A friend even used it on a pair of her husband's jeans that were still stained after having been washed several times. All the stains came out. Blue Dawn is easy to get at any grocery, drug or hardware store. -- Rita

NO-STREAK FLOORS, BRITE LAUNDRY. I have two products that I cannot do without. I'd tried Bona on my hardwood floors, and I found that it left streaks. Even with extra rinsing, it was still streaky. So I tried my trusty Murphy's Oil Soap (about $7) and followed the label instructions. It works great. There's no streaking; it leaves a clean shine; and it smells extra clean. I use it with the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop you recommend. It's perfect!

 

I have white capris, tees, etc., that needed a brighter look. I tried White Brite Laundry Whitener (about $10 for a 22-ounce jug). It makes everything so white and bright -- like new! -- Nell

STAIN RECIPE. Here is the recipe I use to make my own Laundry Stain Remover. Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup household ammonia, 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup liquid laundry detergent together in a 1-quart jar. Place the lid on the jar, and then pour the solution into a spray bottle to keep handy next to the washer. I spray stains generously, allowing the item to sit for about 10 minutes, and then wash as usual. It really works for me. -- Ginny

Got a great tip you'd like to share? Send it to me. It just might show up in a future column!

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Mary invites questions, comments and tips at mary@everydaycheapskate.com, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of "Debt-Proof Living," released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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