Everyday Cheapskate Greatest Hits 2016

As we bid a fond farewell to the year 2016, I thought it would be fun to review the posts and products that were so popular they made it into Everyday Cheapskate Greatest Hits 2016.

Enjoy this trip down EC memory lane and the opportunity to revisit something you may have missed or forgotten about. Hint: The #1 post has enjoyed more than 337,000 views in 2016 … and counting.

1. Hands Down the Best Way to Kill Weeds and It’s Not Roundup. Commercial weedkiller that actually kills weeds, can get pricey! This post gives the recipes for short-term (so you can replant in the same area) and also long-term results (areas where you don’t want anything to grow.)

2. How to Make Ugly Soap Scum  Mildew and Water Marks Disappear Like Magic. Hundreds of thousands of readers have confirmed that “magic” is no exaggeration here. This DIY recipe for soap and scum cleaner is awesome and takes all the drudgery out of cleaning tubs and showers! You’ll never know until you try.

3. How to Remove Years of Kitchen Cabinet Grit and Grime. It never ceases to amaze me just how splattered and grimy kitchen cabinets can get. How does that happen? I’ve decided to set a rule for myself that my kitchen it not really clean until the cabinets are all wiped down and shiny, too.

4. Forget the Dry Cleaner: How to Wash a Down Comforter. It is shocking to learn just how much a local dry cleaner will charge to clean a down comforter. And if it’s King size? It’s enough to give you a heart attack. But no worries. You really can launder it yourself!

5. Using Regular Detergent in a High-Efficiency Washer is Risky Business. If you have a new washing machine, chances are good that it requires HE (high efficiency) laundry detergent. Think you can ignore that? I wouldn’t …

6. 16 Gifts College Students Want. Face it, young adults are not easy to buy for because they’re  on the cutting edge of everything that’s hip and cool. With technology changing faster than the speed of light, it’s not always easy to come up with great gift ideas. Don’t worry. I’ve done that for you.

7. Quick ‘n Easy Homemade HE Laundry Detergent: Update with Tutorial. Tired of paying so much for laundry detergent that won’t give your family members a rash bankrupt your grocery budget? Here it is: The recipe for how to make the stuff yourself—for about a nickel a laundry load.

8. How to Clean a Shark Vacuum and Filters. Thousands of EC readers own and love their Shark vacuums for many reasons, but one of the biggest: We know how to clean them! This tutorial gives the easy steps.

9. How to Clean and Care for Wood and Laminate Floors. Wood and laminate floors have become very popular over the past few years. And for good reason: They are beautiful! And you can tell when your floors are really clean because they sparkle and shine. But if you use the wrong products and techniques, it won’t be long before kiss that beauty good-bye. In this post you’ll find the exact DIY recipes that will do no harm, and assure many years of squeaky clean beauty.

10. Six Secrets for the Perfect DIY Manicure. Here it is—my favorite post and one of many others as well. DIY manicures are not difficult but it takes practice. If you haven’t already, I think that 2017 looks like the perfect time to achieve this money-saving skill.


Since we don’t sell products here at EC, deciphering which items I recommend have become most popular can be somewhat arbitrary. Because so many of you write to let me know, I use that as one gauge. And then there’s something called “analytics” that offers us a pretty good indication. When we put all of this together we can see which have resonated most with EC readers in the past year. And here they are:

1. Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional. How many ways are there to say how much I (and thousands of you my dear readers) love this vacuum? Here’s one: I have three of them. Looking for an excuse to make it four. More HERE.

2. Wool Dryer Balls. What an ingenious alternative to laundry softener products—you know, the dryer sheets and liquid softeners that make us itch and wheeze; and run up the grocery bill. With one set of wool dryer balls, you can nip all of those problems in the bud. It’s amazing how well they work. A set will last for 1000s of laundry loads and maybe even a 1000 years. No one really knows for sure. More HERE.

3. Instant Pot. This is the 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker—Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer all in one. This is the latest and greatest kitchen appliance out there, loved and adored by home cooks everywhere. Instant Pot has taken up the most ideal spot on my kitchen counter. I find I use it Every. Single. Day. More HERE.

4. Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner. Remember my kitchen cabinets (above)? This is the secret. More HERE.

5. Etorre Window Cleaning Kit. Do you love really clean, sparkling windows? So do thousands of your fellow EC readers. It works so well, and at less than $20 it’s easy to love. More HERE.

6. Utopia Bar Mops. I have six dozen of these babies that I rotate and launder regularly. And I use then with abandon in place of traditional kitchen towels and paper towels. It’s nothing for me to go through 5 or 6 per meal! And my hubs prefers one of these clean, soft, fluffy bar mops to a paper napkin at every meal. More HERE.

7. Hoover Steam Vac. I still consider this carpet cleaning machine to be the best thing I ever bought. My Hoover is now quite old carpet-cleaner years, but works just as well as it did on day one. Maybe it’s the secret way that I use it that makes it so useful to me. I’ll let you be the judge. More HERE.

8. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. Some people actually put this into their smoothies to aid in good health. But here at EC we use it for pest control. It’s amazing because it kills fleas, ants, spiders and all kinds of creepy crawlers. It is non-poisonous, non-toxic, odorless and easy to use. And cheap! More HERE.

9. Digital Laser Thermometer. Whether you want to measure precisely the temperature inside your oven or the surface that apple pie, this is the tool you want. It’s precise, it’s instant. And it’s reliable. More HERE.

10. The Ringer Cast Iron Cleaner. There’s nothing so lovely as a cast iron skillet that has become so well seasoned, it shines like a new penny! The secret is in the way you clean it. Never with soap, only hot water and some kind of implement that will not remove the seasoning, but instead polish it clean and beautiful. That implement is The Ringer. You won’t believe it till you see it. More HERE.

And so with that we tie a ribbon around another year.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

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  • Mary Plett

    Thank you Mary for your awesome advise that you always post. I have tried a number of them and they always work for me.
    I have a question though and hopefully you can give some advise on. My husbands head always gives off a grease when he sleeps. At least his pillowcases are always greasy even though he showers every night and washes his very short hair. I have tried blue Dawn and soaked them in it and it does not seem to help! Any suggestions?