I plant basil every summer. Not just for culinary uses but for its medicinal value. A little research on the internet about basil will reveal that it has properties that help draw venom out of bites and stings but that a blog is for another day.
Since I usually don’t get around to planting basil seeds in the spring I end up buying a plant at the local home and garden store. This year there happened to be three plants in the planter instead of one. So being the frugal person I am I gently divided the roots of the three plants and replanted them into separate planters. And presto I now have three basils plants for the price of one.
Once the plants reached full size I took several cuttings and put them in water for a week or two to root. Once each plant had a fair amount of roots I transferred them to planters to give away. At this point I have lost track of how many plants I got from the one that I bought. I have shared with friends and at the end of the summer plan to take one of the smaller ones I rooted and bring it indoors for the winter. If all goes according to plan I won’t have to buy one next spring.
I have to treat all of my husband’s work clothes every time I wash them. I didn’t give a thought to how much soap I was adding to each load in doing so until I noticed the clothes were getting dingy and a little gummy. Now I fill the bottle as instructed below, spray the clothes and add whatever is left in the bottle to the wash load (don’t add any additional soap). That is it. Almost free effective stain remover.
Fill a 16 oz spray bottle 3/4 full with water. Measure out the amount of soap you would normally place in a load of clothes and add it to the spray bottle. Spray stains and add the rest of the spray to the washer. For heavy stains allow clothes to set an hour or two before placing in the washer. Since you are using the soap you would have placed in the washer anyway the only added cost is your time and a little bit of water.
You can make your own windshield wiper for pennies and it works great. All you need is a one gallon container, 1/2 C ammonia and 1T dish soap. Fill the jug with water leaving room for the ammonia and dish soap. Add the water first or you will find yourself waiting for the bubbles to subside before you can finish adding the water. Add the dish soap and ammonia. Put the lid on and shake. Add to the wiper fluid receptacle as needed. You might want to add a drop of food coloring so you won’t mistake the wiper fluid for something else. I write the name and recipe directly on the jug that way I don’t have to look for the recipe when I need to mix up a new batch. During harsh winters you may want to add a bottle of rubbing alcohol to make sure it doesn’t freeze.