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Everyday Cheapskate: Great Reader Tips: From Orajel to Stain Removers to VIP Treatment at the Store

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ORAJEL NOT JUST FOR MOUTHS

Our teenage daughter badly stubbed her toe, and we needed to clip the nail. Unfortunately, she wouldn't let us near it because of the pain. My wife found a tube of Orajel and covered the area using a cotton swab. It was like magic. It numbed the area well enough that I was able to take care of things. I would never have thought to use this product in this way. When Mary asked for tips of nonstandard product uses in her "Everyday Cheapskate" column, I couldn't help but share! -- Randall

DAWN FOR SPONTANEOUS CLEANING

I keep a bottle of Dawn, an automotive detailing brush and an old toothbrush in my shower. Dawn cuts the soap scum and does not leave a gritty residue. Just don't overdo it because it can get pretty slippery! -- Laurel

SHOUT OUT THOSE STAINS

I found the best cleaner for my dirty golf shoes: Shout laundry stain remover. It works like a charm, getting down in the creases and crevices to get out the ground-in dirt. My golf shoes are leather, and it has not hurt them or the color. -- Brenda

 

ERASE THE RED POLISH

Red fingernail polish accidentally spilled on my carpet, making a long, red streak. A friend told me to use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. The polish had already dried, but with a little elbow grease and several erasers, it all came out of my carpet. This is a wonderful product! -- Carolyn

LOOK OFFICIAL TO GET ATTENTION

Take a clipboard with you when you're shopping. You'll get waited on quickly, since sales associates will think you're either a mystery shopper or you're snooping for the competition. -- LaVonne

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