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Frugal Green Home and Garden Tips

Updated on September 27, 2016

Frugal Green Home and Garden Tips

Household products can save you money around your home.
Household products can save you money around your home. | Source

Use Household Products to Clean Your Home

Lots of windows to clean... use vinegar and newspapers.
Lots of windows to clean... use vinegar and newspapers. | Source

DIY Frugal House Product Tips For The Home


  • Take Vaseline and rub it all over the rubbers of your refrigerator.This will create a better seal and also soften the rubber of your refrigerators so that it will go back to being soft and seal better.
  • Wetting a paint roller with water and then rolling it all out on a wall, until all the water splatters out, before you roll it into your paint pan, will stop you from getting splatters all down your arms and all over you when you paint ceilings.
  • Using beer in a jar lid in the corner of your balcony will keep the beer bugs from your food when you are eating.
  • An inch of dish soap and water in a spray bottle will stop bees attacking you. The soapy water makes their wings heavy and they drop to the ground. I used this many times while I painted houses and run into a bees nest unexpectedly. I don't like doing this now that our bees are disappearing, If you have a better way to keep bees away, please let me know.
  • You can make a circle of mothballs, around the area of a BBQ picnic and mosquitoes or insects will not fly over the line. You need to space these mothballs approximately 2 inches apart around the diameter of where you want to have your party. This really works, I have done this in Florida many times around a pool party, three foot circle bigger than the pool area.
  • Sprinkling baking soda on your rug before you vacuum, letting it sit for 10 minutes and then vacuuming, will take out the smells from your carpet from animals or stinky feet. Very good smell retardent for cat litter boxes also.
  • Three cups of amonia in a bowl left overnight in your oven ,will loosen the left-on grim and can be wiped off with newspapers in the morning.
  • Baking soda and vinegar will unclog a drain.
  • Borax in small cups or jar lids left under your couch or chairs will rid your furniture of fleas.
  • Cayenne pepper sprinkled on window ledges will stop fruit flies and insects coming in your screens.
  • Vinegar and water will clean windows better and wiping them off with newspapers leaves no streaks.
  • Toothepaste will fill nail holes and you can even paint over it.
  • A cup of Lemon juice in the laundry will whiten clothes.
  • Put your sneakers in a tied pillowcase in the dryer to stop the banging of the shoes.
  • Add a big dried towel to your dryer load and it will dry your clothes faster with less cost to run your dryer. You can also hang your clothes on a rack to save money. I do this.
  • Save money to cook baked potatoes and drive a steel nail threw them before roasting them at 400 degrees.
  • Cut off the top of your frozen food bags an inch down from the top and use the top cutting for a twist tie. Never look for a twist tie again.
  • Two forks with the prongs locked into each other makes a great whipper.
  • Use your own clothes for packing materials when you move.
  • I personally have used all of these tips myself and they all work.

Frugal Garden Tips With House Hold Products

I tried a lot of these frugal garden tips on this garden and they worked.
I tried a lot of these frugal garden tips on this garden and they worked. | Source

Frugal Garden Tips With Household Products

  • 1 tablespoon of Epson salts and one teaspoon of sugar with 1 gallon of water can replace miracle grow . I have tried this all summer and had excellent results.
  • A Penny in the bottom of your vase with cut flowers will make your flowers last up to two weeks longer.
  • Egg shells will keep slugs away from your plants in the garden as they cannot crawl over them.
  • You can put flakes of red pepper flakes in the bottom of your bird feeder and it will keep the squirrels away, they don't like it but it doesn't seem to bother the birds.
  • String popcorn on a string to feed the birds and this stops all your birdseed splattering all over all the balconies below.

Get Healthy Frugal Household Tips

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Swimming laps everyday will increase your circulation of the blood. | Source

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Frugal House Products That Improve Your Heath

  • Corn starch made into a paste and put on a rash on your arm ,will stop at itching and stop the inflammation of poison ivy.
  • Meat tenderizer with stop the pain of Bee stings.
  • Lemon juice can be used to lighent your hair.
  • When you have flu or have a bad cold, you can cut an onion in half and place it by your bed at night. This will remove toxins from your room and the onion will eventually turn black proving that it has taken out the toxins and throw it away.
  • Apple cider vinegar will make belly fat disappear along with eating jalapeno peppers and hot red pepper flakes. These ingredients also help sinuses and have rid me of sinus headaches.
  • Coca-Cola or Pepsi is good for stomach aches. It eases my stomach ache a lot quicker than Ginger Ale does also eating bananas will aid in stomach ache.

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      Susan Britton 17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks a lot Marion so far it has been awesome :)

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      Marion 17 months ago

      Thanks Sue, What a lot of good tips. I have used several over the years and they do work. Have a super summer.

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      Susan Britton 23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks a lot @DDE I appreciate your input on my hub.

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      Devika Primić 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like your tips. Its useful and certainly lots to think about here.

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Stella I also attract them. That tip really works, I have used it many times in my yard but be careful your dogs do not go near them. A safer tip for you is to put a bounce dryer sheet under your hat. The mosquitos donèt like that either, I have tried and this works great. Have a good day :)

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi,Found this interesting, and I like the one about the mothballs for the mosquitoes. I seem to attract them. Great Hub, Stella

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ChitrangadaSharan thank you and I agree the less you spend the less you have to make. but these tips also work.

      @SAQIB6608 I thought about images but it would be a lot of pics of products or before and after photos that don't need to be here. I am up for your suggestions please and then can add them on later.

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      SAQIB 3 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      good enough tips. would have liked more imagery perhaps.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      These are very useful home and garden tips, which will definitely save some money. And a penny saved is a penny earned.

      Thanks for sharing this useful and helpful hub! Voted up and pinned!

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you @Faith Reaper . You are welcome and yes they work well. Thanks also for all your support with tweeting and sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome hub, Suzzy! You have provided such wonderful frugal house cleaning and gardening home products that work so well and yet cost pennies. I will be trying all of these and showing this to my husband too : )

      Voted up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Blessings

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank yopu @billybuc. I have been doing these things for years and wanted to share my tips.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm all about frugal, so this was very helpful. In this economic climate, more people should be considering tips like these.