Friday, February 12, 2010

say what you will...

You can go ahead and call me crazy, poor, and/or cheap (among other things) but I'd like to think that I'm a savvy genius! (who just had to spell check 'genius')

I have come up with a few fixes for when you find yourself stuck in a bind, running out of products late at night or in the early morning or when you are just feeling lazy.
I have utilized all 3 of the examples below and seriously, they work REALLY well.
Here you go...


1. Fabric Softener- I had this happen late at night, I was running a load of laundry in the washer when I realized we were out of fabric softener. Jeremy can go without it, I on the other hand cannot! The thought of touching towels, jeans or anything that hasn't been rinsed with fabric softener makes my skin crawl. I stood in the laundry room for just a moment before I thought, 'would conditioner work?' 'how much should I use?' 'should I use leave-in or regular?'. I just grabbed the regular ol' conditioner, added about 1/4 of a cup, if that to the load and it worked wonderfully!


2. Unlike the fabric softener, this one happened early in the morning while I was getting ready for work. I love coffee in the morning. I love making coffee in the French Press every morning. It’s timed perfectly into my morning routine between wrapping my wet hair in a towel and applying face lotion. The moment I realized we were out of sugar I panicked. I have already stopped adding milk to my coffee, and have replaced hot cocoa mix with a sprinkling of cinnamon, but SUGAR? Just like the fabric softener, I cannot go without it. Then I had a ‘duh’ moment. We have sugar, we have tons of sugar! It’s just not in the sugar bowl…it’s in the spice drawer. That morning I used blue sugar sprinkles to sweeten my cup of joe. My coffee may have been a weird dark greenish color but it tasted all the same. Bam, problem solved.


3. Now this one you may think is a little ridiculous but if you have ever tasted the tap water in Arizona you should understand why this trick comes in handy. This one definitely falls into the ‘Lazy’ category though. I’ve never tasted water that’s gone through an At-Home water purification that still doesn’t taste a bit like just plain tap water, so we buy our drinking water but I forget ALL THE TIME to buy water. We live steps away from a convenience store, I can see it out my window, I can throw stones to their parking lot but sometimes, when it’s late or I’m in my PJ’s or I just don’t want to leave the house I do something that is so dumb but so awesome at the same time. I break off some ice from a bag in the freezer (and there is pretty much always a bag of ice in the freezer, I’d really be screwed if there wasn’t, I’d have to, oh no, walk across the street!) put it in a glass and pop it in the microwave to melt the ice. Voila! Genius!

There you have it, my somewhat silly but actually pretty helpful tricks for around the house.


Gail said...

The next time I run out of fabric softener sheets I will definitely try your conditioner trick. For some reason I always seem to have extra conditioner in the house.

Twins & Co. said... are so innovative and resourceful! Love it!