Frugal Ideas

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent


1 cup Baking Soda

1 cup Borax
Mix thoroughly and store in a plastic container, using about 2 TBS per load.

Use vinegar in the rinse compartment as a rinse agent to help prevent residue
You can even add essential oils to make different scents
To save a little more money while using your dishwasher, open the door so they can dry when done washing.

Tips to maximizing your snack dollars

 Place opened packages in zippered plastic bags, which can be reused for the next snack, or into see-thru plastic containers.

If you find your snacks have become stale, try crisping them in the oven. This especially works with crackers and tortilla chips but it doesn’t hurt to try it with other goodies. Spread them on a cookie sheet and place in a preheated 300 degree oven. Bake 5 to 10 minutes, keeping a close watch so they don’t burn or over-brown. Allow to cool completely and then store in an air-tight container. Wait to sample the item until it is completely cool. It is often difficult to tell if the item improved if you sample while it is hot.

Already tried to crisp the stale snack but it didn’t work? Throw them back in the plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add a few spices, like lemon pepper and garlic salt, then use it as a coating to bake chicken, fish or pork chops.

Sometimes, if there are only small amounts of this bag or that snack, it is hard to get someone to eat that little bit. Gather those bits of Goldfish crackers, pretzels, cheese crackers and so forth in a clear container. Add a few raisins or chocolate chips, thus creating your own trail mix. Put it back in the snack cabinet and watch it disappear.

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