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Everyday Cheapskate: Reader Tips - It's the Little Ways We Save That Add Up

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To remove pet hair from a rug, try a window squeegee. Just pull the rubber edge toward you, and let physics do the rest. Static electricity will cause the hair to cling to the rubber strip. -- Ed


Mix a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Using an old toothbrush, apply the paste to the grout and give a little scrub. Leave on for a few minutes; rinse. For stained grout between floor tiles, try rubbing the area lightly with folded sandpaper, but beware, as this will remove the grout sealer, too. Once completely clean, consider resealing all of that nice clean grout. Sealant is readily available at any home improvement center. -- Rob


Mix 1 part liquid fabric softener and 20 parts water in a spray bottle; set to spray a fine mist. Use as you would commercial aerosol antistatic spray by spraying lightly on clinging skirts, pantyhose, socks, dresses and so forth. Works well and super cheap! -- Maria



A spill-proof way to pour cupcake batter into muffin tins or pancake batter onto a griddle is to transfer it to a clean milk carton, using a funnel. The carton's spout lets you pour with precision and provides an excellent container for storage in the refrigerator. -- Renee


Would you like more information? Go to for links and resources for recommended products and services in this column. Mary invites questions, comments and tips at, "Ask Mary." This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of, a lifestyle blog, and the author of the book "Debt-Proof Living."

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