Saturday, February 4, 2012

Some Substitutes For Everyday Items

I should be sweeping the kitchen floor, right now, but I thought it would be more fun to share to great "substitutes" for some items I use everyday. Sorry, I don't have pictures to go with said items. I am on uber crunch time today (when am I not?). Anyway, I have recently discovered that.......

Cheap hair conditioner (accidentally bought on a grab and not look moment at the store) makes the BEST shave gel. No razor burn, no knicks, and super smooth skin.

An old toothbrush (properly disinfected in the dishwasher, so that you don't get eye cooties) is a great brow brush/ eyelash  groomer.

The lid off an ice cream bucket is a great substitute for a cutting board for cutting smaller items like fruit or cheese.

Clothes pins are great for closing the tops of chip, cookie, bread, etc. bags. They keep a tight seal and stay in place!

A metal bundt cake pan is great for freezing ice rings for parties. Freeze extra punch or water into ice rings. To use just set the pan in warm water  (just enough to go up the sides, not over the top) for a few minutes to release the ice ring.

These are just a few of my favorite way to reuse everyday household items.

What are some of your favorite ways to substitute and reuse items around your house ( I do love, love, LOVE handy ideas)?

Oh, and just so this post isn't totally pictureless, here is the picture of my daughter's Sweet Sixteen cupcake tree. You will be happy to know the stand was constructed out of scrap glass, and thrift store candy dishes. The cupcakes were baked with love (and sugar)!


  1. Glad to know that I am not the only person on the planet who uses a toothbrush to do my eyebrows. I use my kids old baby sized one. Works like a charm with a tiny bit of hair gel on it.

    When I cut open a bag of fries or veggies, I cut straight across the end and then use that piece of bag to tie the bag shut. Figure it is the same as using a twist tie.

    I have more, just have to sit and think about them.

    Those cupcakes look yummy!!

  2. I use a cleaned old toothbrush for brushing Grandbaby's hair!

  3. I LOVE the cupcakes!!!! Great ideas!

  4. Great ideas! I love the cupcakes!! I can't believe she is 16!!

  5. We totally agree...who wants to tackle mundane tasks when you could be blogging and sharing your great tips with the world! Loved these! We are your latest followers and will be adding you t the blog roll! Cheers, Ashleigh & Tiffani, The Drinking Girls

  6. Your followers miss your frugal genius. Hope all is well.

  7. You had a great blog. It's a shame you abandoned it.

  8. Your blog was one of the most informative frugal blogs. So very sad to see you go. I hope you are still surviving the great recession.

  9. I discovered the conditioner as shaving gel substitution by chance. I was out of shave gel and didn't want to use soap. It works really well! It's slick and a little goes a long way. Plus, while you work on one leg, the conditioner is softening the hairs on the other leg (I think) which should make shaving faster and safer. I just realized that don't bother buying shave gel anymore.

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