I may not be the most OCD housekeeper, but I’m no slouch either. So when our cloth shower curtain caught a case of mildew, I was sure I could save it, rather than have to replace it.
I tried several remedies: soaking in boiling water and tea tree oil, vinegar, color-safe bleach. None of them would get those spots out, but I just didn’t want to give it up. So I inspected the curtain closely and saw that the mildew had only taken hold on the bottom four or five inches–the rest of the curtain was perfect. I cut off the offending fabric, did a thin hem and hung it back up, in front of a brand-new liner ($3.50 at Aldi). The whole ensemble was replaced/refreshed for a couple of bucks and looks great. Since the liner is clear, you don’t notice if it hangs out a few inches below the curtain, but it’s generally (once it’s dry) tucked back in the tub anyway.
If you ever find yourself in this predicament, don’t rush to trash your cloth curtain. In the meantime, religiously dry out the liner/curtain after each shower and you may not have to worry about it in the first place!
Surgically removing mildew.
A roll-hem retains length.
I remember the day I sat down at the optometrist’s table to order that particular pair of eyeglasses. I got every bell and whistle on those lenses except for what turned out to be the most important one–the scratch-resistant coating. Oops. I soon discovered that even what seemed to be the softest, safest cloth for wiping them might as well have been sandpaper. Though you can’t remove scratches like that, you can improve them in a Frugular way. Take a small amount of furniture polish (any brand will do) and apply it to each scratch–or, in my case, the entirety of both lenses. Rub the polish in with a lens-safe cloth and repeat as necessary, maybe after every other thorough eyeglass cleaning. Your scratches will be far less noticeable, and as long as your prescription holds, you can get years more wear out of your specs.
Have you ever put a pillow in the dryer and had it come out a misshapen mass that you couldn’t rest your head on without needing serious chiropractic care? I had it happen a few times and began to worry there wasn’t a way to ever have a washed pillow come out in its original shape. I thought (especially with a young child), it might be better just to buy the cheapest IKEA pillow you could and say goodbye when it got dirty or squashy. Not the most Frugular approach. But then I read somewhere that a few tennis balls might do the trick, and boy do they. I use three for a single pillow and it comes out nice and fluffy. Invest in a can, if you don’t already have some on hand, and you’ll stretch your pillow dollars a lot further.
A book holder makes a Frugular iPad stand.
Although I’ve got a Clamcase for my iPad on the way (review upcoming), in the meantime, I’ve been desperate for something to prop my ‘pad up with, for cooking and watching video. While using a recipe on it a few days ago, I realized that what works for a cookbook might work just as well in this case. Voila! I popped it in and it worked like a charm. The metal bar in the front of mine obstructs the view when watching movies just a bit, but if you have a lucite book holder, you’d be in business.
For those who worry about splattering their iPad during kitchen duty, try covering it in a freezer bag. You’ll protect your precious pad without impeding screen sensitivity.
What’s your Frugular fix?
Take notes, Frugular friends. Look what this man did on $10,000 a year! It’s an inspiration to all of us who have felt poor with a lot more than that coming in. It’s not what you make–it’s what you do with it, right?
What is it, exactly, this Frugular? It’s what you get when you combine the concepts of modular, tubular and just plain nifty with the notions of saving money and living well. That’s Frugular–a stylish, modern way of living efficiently. Check in here for inexpensive ways to do it!