For 25 years, Bruce
Lubin and his wife,
Jeanne, have been
collecting tips and
hints to save time
and money, and
N tudent living environments have
not-so-clean reputations. And
college students are cash-strapped.
Enter baking soda and vinegar—
inexpensive miracle workers around
Clean the dishwasher
Once a month sprinkle a cup of baking
soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and
run a short, hot cycle. You’ll have a
fresh-smelling, spotless machine in no time.
Steam away microwave messes
In a microwavable bowl, combine ; cup
vinegar and ; cup water. Microwave for ; to
; minutes, then let sit for a few minutes
while the steam goes to work. You should be
able to easily wipe away any formerly
Refresh water bottles and thermoses
Fill the container with hot water and ;
cup baking soda, and let it sit overnight. In
the morning, rinse well.
Wash plastic storage containers with hot
water plus ; tablespoons baking soda. Let
them sit for ;; minutes or so and rinse.
These DIY beauty tips will
save you money and keep
you looking your best.
Sea salt scrubs help
remove dead cells and other
toxins present in the skin,
and you can make your own
in minutes. In a small bowl,
combine 1 cup sea salt and
just enough olive oil to make
a slightly runny mixture—you
don’t want it to be too loose.
Rub into dry hands and feet
for several minutes before
Mix a teaspoon or so of
sea salt into your regular
shampoo bottle to add shine
and bounce to your hair.
For pu;y eyes, soak cotton
pads in a solution of 1 cup hot
water and ½ teaspoon salt,
then apply them to your eyes
and relax. Your eyes will be
less swollen in 15 minutes
Freshen up the garbage disposal
Once a month, fill an ice-cube tray with
white vinegar and freeze. Put frozen vinegar
cubes into the disposal and grind. The ice
sharpens the blades while the vinegar
deodorizes the drain.
To wash leafy vegetables, fill a large bowl
with cold water and add a teaspoon of baking soda. Move the vegetables around in the
water, soaking them for ; minutes. All the
dirt will fall to the bottom of the bowl. Rinse.
Instead of oil, add a tablespoon of white
vinegar to boiling pasta to make it less sticky.
It lowers the pH level of the pasta, which
results in less stickiness.
Add a dash of distilled white vinegar to a
vase filled with fresh flowers and water to
keep the blooms fresh longer.
Baking soda and
vinegar can be
used in a variety of
creatively clean ways
by BRUCE AND JEANNE LUBIN
Who Knew? 10,001
Household Solutions: Money-Saving
Tips, DIY Cleaners,
Kitchen Secrets, and
Other Easy Answers
to Everyday Problems (Item #1208014;
early August) is
available in most
along with baking
soda, white vinegar
and other cleaning