Archive for the ‘Household Fun’ Category

Earlier today I went to over to Oregon, IL and the local mini-mall there, Conover Square, to check out the food pantry there (which I can not use because I don’t live in Oregon). Conover Square also has my favorite non-franchise coffee shop called Conover Coffee and Chocolates!

While browsing about I came across the free magazine and book bin table they have set up and grab like a dozen bring home. Free is ALWAYS good! In the collection I picked up these 10 booklets on household items and the many uses for them. I am sure you’ve seen books like this or seen websites…how to use salt to keep frost from forming on your windshield over night or using baking soda and vinegar to unclog a drain.

These booklets are all by Betsy Rossen Elliot, published by Publications International, Ltd. in Lincolnwood, IL 60712.

The titles of the booklets I got are:

  • Aluminum Foil: Removing Rust and Other Household Hints
  • Baking Soda: Brighten Your Smile and Other Amazing Advice
  • Bleach: Saying Good-bye to Bacteria and So Much More
  • Corn Starch: Buff and Shine Your Car and Other Incredible Uses
  • Lemon Juice: Lighten Your Hair and Solve Household Problems
  • Paper Bags/Plastic Bags: Unclog Showerheads and Other Simple Solutions
  • Salt: Clean Coffee Cup Stains and Other Best-Kept Secrets
  • Toothpaste: Take the Bite Out of Burns and Itches and Other Amazing Uses
  • Vegetable Oil: Unstick Frozen Car Doors, Solving Pesky Household Problems
  • Vinegar: Making Odors Vanish and Other Household Tips

I have only glanced through these booklets at the moment. I want to read and try some of the tips out and possibly write up a review blog here on the Happy Spin Gazette for my readers.

I noticed there is isn’t one on ammonia. I did a quick EBay search for the author, only found the set I have up for auction. Quick Amazon search, same results. Hmmm…if I decide to find tips and tricks using ammonia, I will have to use the internet or check in another book I have, Joey Green’s Magic Brands: 1,185 Brand-New Uses for Brand Name Products.

I love informative books like this for many reasons, but mainly because these household items are often cheap and can be used several times for many purposes before having to replace it, therefore saving hundreds…yes, hundreds…of dollars a year.  Another wonderful reason I like using these basic household items for various stuff is that they are often MUCH more safe to use then the brand products with a dozen different chemicals in them that are extremely harmful to your health, your family’s health, and your pets’ health.

What gets me is on the internet I see many people who get all “shocked” by using these basic items to clean like it’s some wild, new idea.  These basic household item uses have been around for decades, if not centuries.  Mainstream products like Lysol, Tide, etc have not always been there.  People…society today…has become so used to convienance, quick use stuff, and taking for granted what commericals, mainstream media tell them to use to keep their home clean.

If your looking for a good place to find tips and tricks for everyday household items, try Pinterest …  You can search for what you like and make a board (file) to save them on.  One of my favorite websites to visit!  My page is

Don’t be afraid to try this things out…you’ll be amazed at the results for many of them and the savings you’ll have when you do.  It’s okay to go back to the old school ways like our grandparents. After trying some of these things myself…I swear I even save more on TIME.