The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2019

I can’t believe it’s 2020—a brand New Year, and new decade, too! The year 2019 has been an absolute whirlwind here at EC Central—a year filled with growth, joy, and bright new horizons.

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 1o most popular Everyday Cheapskate posts in 2019.

Here we go!

25 Items Under $25 to Help Organize Your Life

Woman buried under piles of disorganized clothes shoes and bags

Getting organized isn’t easy. But staying organized can be even harder. A place for everything and everything in its place. That’s the mark of an organized home …

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The Best Inexpensive Skin Care Products Recommended by My Doctor

Lady taking care of her skin

High-quality and effective skincare should not be considered a luxury available only to the wealthy. You can find high quality, reasonably priced skincare products that are equal, if not superior to their department store cousins—right in your drugstore or discount department store …

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Forget the Dry Cleaner: How to Wash a Down Comforter

A row of industrial washing machines in a public laundromat.

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s okay to wash your down comforter instead of taking it to the dry cleaner, the answer is yes. You can absolutely wash a down comforter without spending upwards of $60 (depending on the size, where you live, and how dirty it is) to have it dry cleaned professionally …

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How to Use Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should

White wool dryer balls save time and money every day

These things look like overgrown tennis balls, made of 100% wool yarn, that over time becomes “felted,” making them especially durable and not at all prone to unraveling. One set of wool dryer balls will last what seems like forever, softening thousands of loads of laundry—no batteries, refills, repairs or reconditioning required. It’s one [purchase] and done …

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Three Generic Cleaners Same as Brand Names but Way Cheaper

Cheaper than brand names

Most people are well familiar with the term “generic” when it comes to medications, a term referring to any drug marketed under its chemical name without all the fancy packaging and advertising.

Today I want to offer you cheap generic alternatives for these three popular cleaning products—Bar Keepers Friend, Super Washing Soda, and OxiClean …

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How to Clean a Shark Vacuum and Its Filters

Taking a Shark Vac Apart to Clean

1. Shark Navigator Pro LiftAway. 2. Remove dirt canister. 3. Remove foam filter. 4. Remove felt filter.

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.

It’s right there in the owner manual, which most of us don’t think to read until we have a problem. You need to clean your Shark every three months to keep it working at top efficiency—more often with heavy use. It’s easy …

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

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. 

This reader told me that the biggest challenge is always the bathroom, specifically the tub and shower. He kindly left specific details to my imagination but let me know that “gross” is not strong enough to describe what he often finds.

And that’s when he gave me his super magical potion—the only product he uses to return showers, tubs, tile, enclosures, faucets, and doors to their sparkling clean and sanitized selves …

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The 3 Vacuums I Use Every Day and Absolutely Swear By

the-3-vacuums-I-cannot-live-without-Shark-Deik-Cordless-Stick-Vac-DustBuster

If you have hard flooring, carpet or flat surfaces in your home, which just about covers every possibility—there are three specific vacuum cleaners that deserve your attention: an upright, a cordless stick vac and a cordless handheld. These are the worker bees, the Best Inexpensive vacs that I own, love, and do not want to live without …

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Worst and Best Ways to Clean Your Eyeglasses

Mother and daughter with eyeglasses

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 …

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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.
First I will give you the ingredients, followed by two Weed Killer recipes using them …
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I want to know – what was YOUR favorite Everyday Cheapskate post this year?

Thank you for helping to make 2019 such a fabulous year in this little corner of the Internet; wishing you the best that 2020 has to offer!

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