2020 washing away in the surf

The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2020

No doubt about it, we can now say with confidence that hindsight is 2020. There it goes, washing away—the year never to be forgotten.

2020 washing away in the surf

Despite all the challenges, it’s been a good year here at EC Central—a year filled with growth, surprises, worries, and wonder. And now we look toward the bright new horizons of 2021.

Believing that it’s always a good thing to look back to see where we’ve been and to count the blessings—here is a roundup of the 10 most popular Everyday Cheapskate posts in 2020 starting with number 10 and working our way to the number-one most popular.

Here we go!

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How to Use Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should

 

Because dryer balls also agitate against the fibers in clothes and linens, everything feels softer coming out of the dryer. And used properly, they also take care of static cling …

Read it here …

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Can’t Get Your Hands on Hand Sanitizer? Make Your Own

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What’s a wise person to do when hand sanitizer is nowhere to be found? You can make it yourself …

Read it here …

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Worst and Best Ways to Clean Your Eyeglasses

 

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You just paid a small fortune for new eyeglasses. On top of the cost for prescription lenses and fashionable frames, you opted for Anti-Reflective, Anti-Scratch and UV Coatings too. After all, eyesight is a precious thing and it’s only wise to do all you can to protect it, right? Absolutely! But here’s the deal: You may be destroying your investment one cleaning at a time …

Read it here …

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How to Remove Years of Kitchen Cabinet Grit and Grime

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When did you last look at your kitchen cabinets? Not a passing glance, but an up-close visual study …

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How to Clean a Shark Vacuum and Its Filters

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With all of the miles I’ve put on my numerous Shark vacs over the years, I’ve never had one fail. And while the manufacturer boasts that Sharks never lose suction, that is predicated on regularly cleaning Sharkie’s canister, filters, and rotating brush …

Read it here …

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Surprising Trick Removes Stubborn Hard Water Stains from Glass Shower Doors

 

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Got stubborn hard water marks and stains on your tub or shower doors that simply will not budge no matter what you try? You’re not alone …

Read it here …

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Einstein in the Kitchen or Let Them Eat (Carrot) Cake

Scrumptious Absolutely To-Die-For Carrot Cake

In this world there is carrot cake and then there is scrumptious absolutely to-die-for carrot cake—the kind of cake you’ve only experienced with a $200-per-person meal at a fancy hotel (you do that all the time, right?). This is the cake that’s going to make your friends and family think you’re a genius …

Read it here …

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How Can I Get Rid of This Stubborn Toilet Ring?

 

It’s not the most elegant question I get, but certainly one of the most common. “I’ve tried everything I can think of, but that stubborn, ugly toilet bowl ring won’t go away!” Or “It goes away, but just keeps coming back!”

Read it here …

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How to Make Ugly Soap Scum, Mildew, and Water Marks Disappear Like Magic

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Quite possibly one of the best tips to ever land my mailbox came from a guy who is a professional property manager. He handles rental apartments and lots of them. As an apartment is vacated, his job is to see that it is thoroughly cleaned and made ready for the next occupants …

Read it here …

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Hands Down the Best Way to Kill Weeds and It’s Not Roundup

 

There is one provable and very compelling reason to not buy Roundup: It’s too expensive! Even if it were proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Roundup is safe as water, I still wouldn’t shell out the high price for the stuff. I kill weeds like crazy with kitchen pantry items that are really cheap and non-toxic: white vinegar, ordinary table salt, and dishwashing liquid …
Read it here …
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And now I want to know—what was YOUR favorite Everyday Cheapskate post this year?

Thank you for helping to make 2020 such a fabulous year in this little corner of the Internet; wishing you the best that 2021 has to offer. Let’s make it a good one!

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  1. Rosie N, Whittier, Califoria says:

    Einstein Carrot Cake was the BEST!!, I’ve made this cake at least 5 times for different occasions and the comments have been great.
    I do have a question: I baked mini carrot cakes to give for Christmas gifts in the 4X6″ paper loaf pans.
    I had difficulty figuring how much time they needed to bake. I kept testing them and opening the oven door each time I tested them wasn’t good. The loafs didn’t rise in fact they fell.

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  2. Deena Costley says:

    My favorite tip from your newsletter is the homemade shower/tub cleaner. Works better than store bought products, is convenient to make (I always have vinegar and Dawn in hand) and I believe it also helps keep drain pipes clear of soap buildup. My drain always drains faster after I clean my shower and tub.

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