Cheap Detangler

My daughter has curly hair and it constantly gets tangled. Instead of buying expensive detangling products I take a spray bottle, fill it with water and add one or two squirts of cheap hair conditioner.

It works just as well to comb out tangles as the expensive brands.




Clog-Free Hairspray

I discovered this quite by accident after having to unclog the nozzle on a can of hairspray for the gazillionth time.

After using a can of hairspray—assuming it is not clogged and sprays well—run water over the nozzle area. No need to rub or wipe it. Dump off any excess water, but DO NOT dry.

Do the same to the inside of the lid. Both the top of the can with the spray nozzle and the inside of the cap should have droplets remaining on the surfaces.

Replace the cap tightly. (If the cap has a little hole in the top, cover it with tape before doing this.). That’s it.

I have gone weeks between sprays and have not had a clogged sprayer for years. The water does not affect the hairspray at all, it just keeps a high moisture level in the cap so the spray in the nozzle can’t dry out.

Emergency Earring Fix

I recently lost the back to an earring while at work. I made an emergency replacement, that has lasted several wearings now.

I cut a small piece from a wide rubber band—about 1/4-inch long, then pushed the hook of the earring through it snugging it to the back of my ear. It worked great and did not show. Maybe too great, because I keep forgetting to buy a proper replacement! 


DIY Deodorant

Due to the heavy toxins in store-bought deodorants, I’ve wanted to stop using it for years, but didn’t know what the alternatives were. Recently, I stumbled on a recipe for homemade deodorant.

It has three ingredients:

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons unrefined, organic coconut oil

Mix the ingredients together well, then heat in the microwave for 20 seconds to melt and mix again. Allow to cool and set.

To use, apply to underarms with fingers.

I’ve been using this homemade deodorant for months now and I’m thrilled. It works as an antiperspirant

and also prevents odor. 

The best part? The recipe makes 6 oz. for roughly $1.30 in supplies. For 6 oz. of the clinical strength deodorant I’d been using, I would’ve paid approximately $28.25. Plus, I use way less of the homemade than I did the store-bought deodorant, which means I’m saving even because I am using less. Carmel


Make Your Own Foaming Soap

You only have to buy foaming soap once! What makes the soap foam is the bottle, not the soap itself. Save your bottle and refill it with your choice of soap. I dilute unwanted shampoo or soap/body wash. Start with 1/3 of the soap, then add water. For a thicker soap, increased the amount of shampoo/soap; but it’s usually not necessary.

Save on Self-Adherent Bandage

Coban, a type of self-adherent bandage, is expensive when you use it frequently.  After dressing a leg wound, twice a day for 3 months, I found out that a roll of self-adherent bandage didn’t last very long.  One day I was  in our local Tractor Supply Co store walking through the farm/horse section.  I saw packages of 4 Coban self adherent bandage rolls. Most of the rolls you purchase online and in general stores are 2″ or 3″ wide. These were 4″ wide x 5 yards long so they not only cost less, but were also more durable.

Homemade Gel Ice Pack

No need to use a frozen bag of peas.  Make your own gel pack to ease your pain.

You need:

  • 2- quart or gallon plastic freezer bags (depending on how large you want the cold pack)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol


  1. Fill one plastic bag with 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 2 cups of water.
  2. Remove as much air out of the bag that you can before sealing it shut.
  3. Place the bag inside a second freezer bag to protect against leaks.
  4. Place the bag in the freezer for at least an hour.
  5. When it’s ready, place a towel between the gel pack and your bare skin to avoid burning the skin.

Alternatively you could use dish soap instead of water, as this has a gel-like consistency.  It will also freeze and stay cold. 

Water and Plastic


Squeeze That Last Dab of Toothpaste from the Tube

Keep your toothpaste tube neat and tidy, and use up that last bit of its contents by periodically rolling it tightly from the sealed end.  Place a binder clip on the rolled edge to keep it in place.

Fold in the binder clip, if you prefer, to retain a neat and tidy package.  When you get down to the end of the tube, this method makes it easy to squeeze out the very last bit of product.