Hydrogen peroxide is cheap and has multiple uses. Combined with baking soda and Dawn dishwashing liquid, it makes a great stain fighter for sweat stains on T-shirts. Simply apply 1/2 teaspoon of Dawn on each underarm section of the shirt, 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide on each side, sprinkle on some baking soda and scrub with a nylon scrub brush.
Then launder as usual.
The first reader tip shares more ideas for hydrogen peroxide:
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE: It’s not just for streaking your hair anymore! I’m allergic to a lot of cleaning products (ammonia and Pine-Sol give me an instant sinus infection) and I would get sinus and breathing problems when I cleaned house.
It was always a major undertaking to find products that didn’t bother me much.
Hydrogen peroxide has no odor, and it disinfects. I started using it for quick bathroom cleanups. Then I discovered that it works great for cleaning glass and mirrors. Next, I tried it on spots on my carpet, and it worked great (color-test first, but I’ve never had a problem with it taking color out).
I have spray bottles of it all over the house now. Just spray some on a stain on the carpet and let it sit for a minute or two, then wipe with a cloth. I spray my countertop in the kitchen each day, and it not only disinfects, it also puts a shine on if you dry it well.
If you get stains on your teeth from drinking coffee, you can brush your teeth with hydrogen peroxide. After a couple of times, it gets rid of the stains.
Some people mix it with baking soda to brush teeth. — Celine, Missouri
COMPETITOR’S COUPONS: Craft stores such as Joann and Michaels accept competitor’s coupons. Somebody always has a 40- or 50-percent-off coupon for the week, so you should never get stuck buying at full price. — C.H., Missouri
USE YOUR PHONE: I downloaded the apps for the supermarkets I like to shop at on my Android phone. I go through their specials each week and click on the ones to add to my shopping list.
One other thing I do is take a photo of my pantry and fridge before I go shopping. I do this if I haven’t had the time to write a shopping list. Then I just look at the photos to see what I have or don’t have. — Brilly, forums
AIR FRESHENER: Take a used dryer sheet and put some essential oil/candle fragrance, etc. on it. Place it on your air/heating conditioner filter.
The house smells nice for much cheaper than canned air fresheners.
When it fades, add more oil, or replace it with a new sheet if it has helped filter dust and dirt. — Krickit, email
DISH SQUEEGEE: I got a Dish Squeegee scraper tool as a gift.
I thought it was something that I’d never use, but I love using it to scrape my dishes before washing them.
While a rubber spatula can work almost as well, I like that the squeegee doesn’t have a handle and you don’t need to pre-rinse dishes.
I use it to scrape crumbs from my counter and table, too. — Janice, Ohio
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