We can think of about a thousand things we'd rather spend our money on than cleaning and general housekeeping items. It might not seem like a lot at once, but overtime those sprays, sponges and paper products can add up. Luckily, there are a few repurposing ideas that can help you save money by either extending the life of these goods or practically eliminating the need for them.
Don't believe us? Just scroll through our slideshow to see five kinda weird but also kinda helpful tips and tricks.
Forget sprays and solutions, our editor found eight amazing ways to clean with vinegar. For example, you can remove greasy residue from your stove, counters or cabinets by wiping down surfaces with a mix of equal parts vinegar and water. You can also unclog your shower head by screwing off the head and placing it in a basin filled with vinegar.
OK, we know a box of Brillo isn't a fortune. But you can go through them rather quickly because they start to rust. Luckily, Thrifty Fun found a way to save them: Just put them in a plastic bag and freeze 'em until the next use.
Again, sponges don't cost an arm and a leg, but once they become moldy and smelly, you have to throw them out. In order to prolong a sponge's life, just attach it to a binder clip. This device holds the sponge upright, preventing it from sitting in water and allowing it to air-dry pretty fast.
If you've been using paper towels solely for cleaning up big spills (that's what our moms taught us to do), then you're in luck. You won't have to buy them anymore if you just sprinkle a little sand on the liquid and sweep it up.
Our blogger Bruce Lubin recommends DIYing your own bug spray. Since the main ingredient is usually alcohol, Lubin suggests mixing one part of rubbing alcohol and four parts water into a spray bottle.
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