*If you don't have a baby wipe container, you can use a round plastic container and just drill or punch a large hole in the center of the lid.

**It is best to use expensive, thick paper towels. The cheap ones won't hold up to scrubbing.

Face/Hand Wipes

  • 2 tablespoons liquid baby bath
  • 2 cups water

Bathroom Wipes

  • 1/2 cup pine cleaner
  • 2 cups water

Window Wipes 

  • 1 cup glass cleaner
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Outdoor Window Washer

This is for cleaning the higher windows on your house that you can't reach except with a ladder.

  • 3 Tbsp. liquid dishwashing soap
  • 1 Tbsp. anti-spotting agent (Jet DryTM)

Put soap and anti-spotting agent into a spray bottle attachment for your garden hose. Spray upper windows and let them dry.  

Tough Hand Cleaner

  • 1/4 cup Fels Naptha*, grated
  • 2 tbsp. mason’s sand or pumice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cup plastic container (16 oz. cottage cheese container works great)

Place soap and water in a saucepan. Place over low heat; stir until soap is melted. After mixture cools, add mason's sand or pumice. Store in a cottage cheese container or margarine tub. Dip fingers into soap mixture and lather hands. Rinse well.

*Any grated bar of soap will work but Fels Naptha removes the stains better.
Skunk Smell Remover

  • 1 qt. hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp. dish detergent

Sponge on and let dry. Safe for use on cats and dogs.

Published May 1, 2009

Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the editors of http://www.LivingOnADime.com/. As a single mother of two, Jill Cooper started her own business without any capital and paid off $35,000 debt in 5 years on $1,000 a month income. Tawra and her husband paid off $20,000 debt in 5 years on $22,000 a year income.