One of the best ways to make your skin really soft is to use a sugar scrub. Sugar scrubs are available in a number of commercial skin-care products, used as an exfoliant in the tub or shower. The problem is that these scrubs can be pricey. That’s why today’s first great reader tip, recently posted at my blog EverydayCheapskate.com, caught my attention. I’d never thought about ditching the pricey scrub and going straight for the sugar. But I tried it and it works.
JUST A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR. Instead of buying expensive skin and facial scrubs from the department store, I use plain old sugar. I have it in a covered shaker container in my shower. I sprinkle some into my hand and gently scrub my face and neck with it, then rinse off. Works just as well as the store-bought scrubs, and I won’t run out because I always have it in the house. I also don’t have to worry about fragrance in my sugar scrub, which can be a problem with my asthma. Maryann, EC blog
NO HASSLE FIRE STARTERS. I save empty toilet paper rolls and keep them by my dryer. I stuff dryer lint inside the cardboard roll and fold down the ends when they’re full of lint (like a roll of coins). These make great fire starters for the fireplace and for campfires, too. Vicki, EC blog
CRAFTY LUNCH BAGS. I used to make fabric lunch bags from the bottoms of denim jeans (or other pants). A piece of velcro held the top folded down. My children enjoyed decorating their bags with puffy paints, and even my businessman husband used one. When the bags were soiled, I just threw them in the wash. My kids are grown, but the bags are still around! Bev, EC blog
PIZZA CUTTER MAGIC. I cut my kids’ pancakes into triangles or squares with a pizza cutter. I do this before the syrup goes on. It’s fast and easy and it doesn’t tear the pancakes. Caroline, EC blog
MORE PIZZA CUTTER MAGIC. I use a pizza cutter to cut up a plate of spaghetti for my little ones. Just roll it through the pasta and with just a few strokes, the pasta is in bite-size pieces, ready for a fork or spoon! Michelle, EC blog
WARMING WITHOUT FOIL. I use our crockpot or toaster oven to keep food warm when the entire meal isn’t quite done. It cuts down on aluminum foil since I don’t have to use foil to cover the dishes. Sadie, EC blog
STAINS ARE MAGICALLY ERASED. I save on detergent by using Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to get rid of coffee and tea stains in my mugs and tea cups. I simply swipe the stains away. Even the really cheap version at the Dollar Tree stores work well. I use them in my teapot, too. Pamela, EC blog
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