Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 6, Issue 13 – October 27, 2013

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 6, Issue 13 – October 27, 2013

Greetings, my Thrifty Sisters!  I hope that you each had a fantastic week and were able to sneak in time to do a little thrifty fun!  (I am still hoping that someone will share the fruits of their labor with me on that apple pie in a jar recipe that I shared last week!)

My sister Karen has returned to sharing tips with the Thrifty Sisters (I have missed your sage advice and humor!)!  Karen had some clever tib-bits to share about olive oil:

Hi Lora,

The lady who sold me some black pearl earrings in Kaui said to rub olive oil on the pearls, as it helps clean them while not depleting them of their sheen, once a year.  I used it for a while as a tanning oil when I ran out of my Maui Babe lotion.  Maui Babe has kakui oil, caffeine, some other oil, etc. so it probably also made me smell like a tanned potato.  We use oil (can be any oil) to once a year heat up our pots and pans evenly to (a hot temperature), and lacquer it in the pots and pans, and then wash them.  It keeps the teflon on the pan, acting as a barrier between the wooden spoon and the pot/pan for almost a year. – Karen

Karen, these are great tib-bits!  Thank you so much for sharing! Has anyone else used olive oil for additional uses? That olive oil is pretty versatile stuff – from cleaning pearls to coating pans, to tanning – wow – who knew!? It is like joys of vinegar for the oil world!

And, speaking of vinegar, I realize that I love to tout the joys of it’s use, but there are always a few good reminders of when NOT to use vinegar. The following article has some great reminders and new to me information about when vinegar may not be the smartest of choices for certain cleaning chores.

“8 Ways Not to Use Vinegar” by By Adam Verwymeren,

Common household vinegar is one of those wonder products that people are always discovering new uses for. Whether you want to drive away dandruff, eradicate mildew, or keep bugs at bay, vinegar has been proposed as a solution to just about every problem under the sun.

But while it has a number of uses, vinegar isn’t always the solution, and on occasion it can be downright dangerous. Here are the top 8 ways not to put this miracle substance to work in your home.

1. While vinegar is good at cleaning many things, you shouldn’t confuse it with soap. Alkaline cleaners like dish detergent are ideally suited for lifting grease, whereas vinegar will have little effect on it. If you have a greasy cleaning job, reach for regular soap and leave the vinegar on the shelf.

2. You should never use vinegar on waxed surfaces. The vinegar will only strip the wax off, dulling the sheen on your nicely shined car. However, vinegar is a great option if you’re looking to remove an old coat of wax before you put down a fresh layer of polish.

3. Do not use vinegar on marble countertops or other stoneware, as it can cause the stone to pit and corrode, according to the Marble Institute.

4. Your smartphone and laptop monitor probably have a thin layer of oleophobic coating that limits fingerprints and smudges. Acidic vinegar can strip this off, so you should never use it to clean sensitive screens.

5. Cast iron and aluminum are reactive surfaces. If you want to use vinegar to clean pots and pans, use it exclusively on stainless steel and enameled cast iron cookware.

6. While both bleach and vinegar are powerful cleaning agents, when mixed together they make a powerful chemical weapon. Chlorine gas, the stuff used to clear the trenches in World War I, results when bleach is mixed with an acidic substance, so never mix them together.

7. While vinegar can be useful as an insecticide, you shouldn’t spray it directly on bug-infested plants as it can damage them. However, you can use vinegar’s plant-killing effect to your advantage by using it as a weed killer, as suggested by several people on Hometalk.

8. If you’re the victim of an egging, do not try to dissolve the remnants of this prank away with vinegar. Vinegar will cause the proteins in the egg to coagulate, creating a gluey substance that is even more impossible to clean up, says Popular Mechanics.

I also feel obligated to say that although vinegar is touted as a great way to remove mildew and mold, like bleach it only kills surface mold. Most mold problems are deeper than what you see on the surface, and your best bet is to kill them at their source (which is usually leaks and rotting drywall).

As the end of October quickly approaches, there may be a few of you trying to scrounge up some last minute costumes (Halloween is Thursday of this week).  I know that seems to be the case in my home.  Over the years, we have collected a few costume staples that have been reused from year to year, but even with a little help from the Halloween tub, ideas can run dry at the last minute. Once again, Martha has come up with some clever ideas to help those of us who may have lacked in creativity this year.  Check out these ideas that would be fun for any age level!

And with that my Thrifty Sisters, may you each have a spectacular week full of whimsy and fun. Enjoy the new olive oil tricks, and watch were you spray that vinegar! Keep on keeping it thrifty.


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