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Easy Way To Wake Up In The Morning Involves A Cookie Tin Lid

Posted: 03/04/2013 8:33 am

For 20 years, Bruce Lubin and his wife Jeanne have been collecting tips and hints to save time, money, and make everyday tasks easier. Their book "Who Knew?"by TeleBrands includes thousands of money-saving secrets for cooking, cleaning, and all around your home. We are republishing a fabulous tip from the book on an easy way to help you wake up in the morning.

Saving money starts at home, and the tips in this section will give you simple ways to make your money go further both inside and outside your home. As you move from room to room, you'll discover how to affordably clean your home using all-natural, homemade cleaners; get rid of any kind of stain on the planet; organize like a whiz; keep your car at its best; and perform simple household repairs.

If "brrrring!!" isn't enough to wake you up anymore, maybe it's time to make your alarm even louder. Place it on a cookie tin lid, metal tray, or ceramic tile. The material will amplify the sound, creating a "BRRRRING!!" you can't ignore.

Click through our slideshow to see unique cleaning and organizing tricks for your home.

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  • Rub Pencil Erasers To...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/remove-sticky-price-tags-eraser_n_3493611.html" target="_blank">remove stick price tags</a>.

  • Clean Your Stove Top...

    using a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/clean-stove-top-naturally_n_3499261.html" target="_blank">baking soda and water cleaning solution</a>.

  • Remove Candle Wax...

    to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/remove-candle-wax-holder_n_3471158.html" target="_blank">reuse their glass holders</a>.

  • Remove Rust From Your Garden...

    using <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/23/remove-rust-garden-tools_n_3484717.html" target="_blank">crumpled aluminum foil</a>.

  • Clean Your Microwave...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/microwave-cleaning-tip-_n_3464449.html" target="_blank">using a coffee filter</a>.

  • Wash Your Delicates...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/13/washing-your-delicates-colander_n_3434067.html" target="_blank">using a colander</a>.

  • Use Baking Soda...

    to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/30/clean-barbecue-grill-baking-soda_n_3355649.html" target="_blank">clean your outdoor grill</a>.

  • Use Paper Coffee Cups To..

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/drilling-tip-paper-cup_n_3362873.html" target="_blank">catch the debris when using a drill</a>.

  • Use Salt To...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/11/remove-coffee-tea-stains-cups_n_3420410.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">remove coffee and tea stains on your cups</a>.

  • Remove Skunk Odors

    by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/04/-remove-skunk-odors-home_n_3385748.html" target="_blank">wiping your space down with vinegar</a>.

  • Use Alka-Seltzer Tablets To...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/26/unclog-drain-alka-seltzer_n_3333861.html" target="_blank">unclog your drains</a>.

  • Prevent Glasses & Silverware From Breaking...

    by using <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/prevent-glasses-from-breaking-dishwasher_n_3288652.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">rubber bands to keep them in place</a>.

  • Prevent Your Headphones From Getting Tangled...

    by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/21/organizing-headphone-wires-binder-clip_n_3308403.html?utm_hp_ref=organizing" target="_blank">using binder clips to keep them in place</a>.

  • Use An Ice Cube To...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/15/fix-carpet-dents_n_3275207.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">fix stubborn carpet dents</a>.

  • Aluminum Foil Can Help You...

    save time and money when <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/12/ironing-clothes-aluminum-foil_n_3254396.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">ironing clothes</a>.

  • Use Gravel To...

    clean those <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/10/clean-vases-gravel_n_3248130.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">hard-to-reach places in vases</a>.

  • Repurpose Old Newspapers To...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/02/make-your-own-broom-newspaper_n_3196396.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">make your own broom</a>.

  • Clean Your Windows...

    and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/27/weekend-diy-ideas-putting-off_n_3154750.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">six other home tasks you've probably been neglecting</a>.

  • Clean Rubber Spatulas Because...

    they're a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/19/clean-rubber-spatula_n_3112414.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">huge germ hot spot</a>.

  • Replace Nearly Every Household Chemical...

    using <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/20/clean-with-baking-soda_n_3103870.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">baking soda</a>.

  • Clean A Chandelier With...

    help from <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/17/clean-a-chandelier-hair-dryer_n_3093759.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">your hair dryer</a>.

  • Prevent Spills In Your Refrigerator...

    by placing your items on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/04/prevent-spills-refrigerator_n_3009421.html?utm_hp_ref=organizing" target="_blank">cutting boards</a>.

  • Keep Track Of Your Shades...

    by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/02/organize-sunglasses-hanger_n_2994807.html?utm_hp_ref=organizing" target="_blank">using a clothing hanger</a>.

  • Clean Wood Furniture...

    by rubbing it down <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/10/clean-wood-furniture-beer_n_3048854.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">with flat beer</a>.

  • Clean Your Headlights...

    with a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/09/clean-headlights-toothpaste_n_3046013.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">rub of toothpaste</a>.

  • Deodorize Your Gym Clothes...

    with these <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/05/laundry-tips-gym-clothes_n_3018365.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">easy laundry tips</a>.

  • Use Straws To...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-lubin/clean-small-spaces_b_2989989.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">clean small spaces in your home</a>.

  • 7 Places In Your Home...

    that are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/28/places-dirtier-than-your-toilet_n_2972129.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">dirtier than your toilet</a>.

  • Spring Cleaning: Bring More Light Into Your Home...

    by <a href="<HH--PHOTO--SPRING-CLEANING--1055321--HH>" target="_blank">dusting your lightbulbs</a>.

  • Repurpose Carabiner Locks

    to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/repurposing-idea-organize-hair-ties_n_2904191.html?utm_hp_ref=organizing" target="_blank">organize your hair ties</a>.

  • Keep Sponges Dry...

    by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/24/kitchen-sponges-cleaning-tip_n_2939441.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">standing it upright with a binder clip</a>.

  • Install Two Curtain Shower Rods...

    to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/22/organizing-tip-bathroom-shower-curtain_n_2926761.html?utm_hp_ref=organizing" target="_blank">organize your bathroom</a>.

  • Organize Your Closet...

    using <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/15/organize-closet-shower-curtain-hooks_n_2881150.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">shower curtain hooks</a>.

  • Spring Cleaning: Jumpstart Your Process...

    with <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/07/mail-organizing-spring-cleaning-tips_n_2813017.html?utm_hp_ref=organizing" target="_blank">these mail organizing tips</a>.

  • Use Nail Polish...

    to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/07/organize-keys-nail-polish_n_2823609.html?utm_hp_ref=organizing" target="_blank">mark your keys and prevent losing track of them</a>.

  • Prevent A Garbage Leak...

    by <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/12/repurposing-idea-newspaper-garbage-leaks_n_2857454.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_blank">lining the bottom of your trashcan with newspaper</a>.

  • Organize Your Pantry...

    with these stress-free <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/stress-free-pantry-organizing-tips_n_2813155.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">organizing tips by 'A Bowl Full Of Lemons' blogger</a>.

  • Use Mustard To...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/26/remove-odors-from-bottles-mustard_n_2762496.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">clean out bottles</a> with persistent odors.

  • Turkey Basters Can Help You...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/19/easy-way-water-plants_n_2713758.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">water your plants</a>.

  • Unstick Drawers Using...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/12/unstick-drawers-soap_n_2665889.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">a bar of soap</a>.

  • Juice Cartons Can Help You

    make nifty <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/10/magazine-storage-juice-carton_n_2638332.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">magazine storage</a>.

  • Use Tennis Balls To...

    make your <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/08/make-pillows-fluffy_n_2627392.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">pillows fluffy again</a>.

  • Flour Can Help You...

    clean <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/clean-stainless-steel-appliances_n_2627061.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">stainless steel appliance</a>s.

  • Paint Rollers Can...

    help you <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/04/easiest-way-dust-ceiling-fan_n_2608779.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">dust a ceiling fan</a>.

  • Use A Pumice Stone To...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/31/remove-rust-stains-toilet-pumice_n_2585176.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">remove rust stains</a> from your toilet.

  • Use Vanilla To...

    make your home <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/clean-your-oven-vanilla_n_2578038.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">smell like cookies</a> all day.

  • Plants Can Help You...

    as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-lubin/air-purifier-home_b_2564343.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">air purifiers at home</a>.

  • Use Magazine Perfume Strips...

    to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/27/deodorize-your-home-perfume-strips_n_2558250.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">deodorize your home</a>.

  • Clean Your Winter Gear

    How often should you <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/25/how-often-wash-scarves_n_2544105.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">wash scarves, gloves and hats</a>?

  • Tea Leaves Can Help You...

    eliminate <a href=" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/24/eliminate-litter-box-odors-tea-leaves_n_2536950.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">litter box odors</a>.

  • Use Dryer Sheets To...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/dust-baseboards-with-dryer-sheets_n_2529663.html?utm_hp_ref=cleaning" target="_hplink">keep dust baseboards clean</a>.

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