The weekly tip!

Out of all the items in your home, few get the same mileage as your tooth paste. You squeeze it every morning and every night, pushing out just enough to make sure that your pearly whites stay pearly white. How ever, what you might not realize is that tooth paste is alot more versatile than its name suggests. The same texture, ingredients, and properties that make it so good for scrubbing plaque off your chompers also make into a neat way to deal with many house hold cleaning chores, from scraping out dirty sinks, to re-shinning diamonds,to being a useful agent for removing gum from your kids hair, along with numerous other tooth paste hacks.

Now to be clear, the tooth paste that works best for these tasks is the plain white variety, rather than the fancy gel stuff, and you always want to make sure it doesn’t have too many extra properties like tarter remover, or what have you. Once you have your tube primed and ready to go, enjoy learning about these helpful tooth paste uses and don’t forget to share these tips with your friends.

As always, products needed for any of the tips posted in the Weekly Monday Tip section can be found at Dollar Tree!

It should go without saying- but enough of us don’t do it that we have to say it- That you should keep your owners manual when you buy a new washer or dryer and refer to it when ever you have a question about how you are using it. If you have never read the manual, now would be a good time. If you no longer have it, most manuals can be found online, or by calling the manufacturer.

Keep these things in mind and use good practices, and the boring nature of laundry day can stay that way. After all, we don’t want the excitement of having to shop for a repair service or a new washer or dryer and sooner than necessary. Here’s to a long life of the washer and dryer!

Laundry tip #1: Not cleaning out the lint.

If you do a google search on how to extend the life of the dryer, this tip will come up on every list. Its the one thing that most people fail to do and end up having to replace the dryer long before it is necessary. Like stuffing the machine, not cleaning the lint will cause the dryer to use more energy. It can also present a fire hazard. You should clean the lint filter after every load. At the very least, clean the filter when you have finished that days laundry.

Laundry tip # 2: Stuffing the machine.

The first 3 tips apply to the washer. This tip applies to both the washer and dryer. If the machine is too full, several problems can arise. For one, the load will not be done properly (not properly washed, not dry after a full cycle). The machine will have to work much harder, increasing the wear and tear, leading to disrepair or complete shut down far earlier than intended. It will also require much higher energy use, driving up the utility bill. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you do not exceed the machines intended capacity.

Laundry tip #3: Not properly using the dispensers.

The newest machines have designated dispensers for detergent, fabric softener, and bleach. Be sure to use these dispensers exactly as the manufacturer directs. Bleach is best added right after the wash cycle is started. These dispensers also need regular maintenance – clean them after each load or at least once every month. This will prevent build up that could cause a clog later on. Also build up of detergent or fabric softener could be left on clothing, which will attract dirt and stains the next time you wear the clothes. If your machine has a “clean” function, run that once a month as well.

Tip# 2

Using too much detergent: Wow! This stuff is really dirty. I’d better use alot more detergent. Haven’t we all said that at one point? The problem with that if you use too much detergent, your machine is at risk of over flowing! This can also happen if you use other cleaners, such as dish washing liquid. Most of us dislike mopping the floor as much as we dislike doing laundry.

Stick to the manufacturers recommendations for how much detergent to use. Using detergent pods is a great way to eliminate this scenario entirely. Also consider adding a few drops of water to liquid fabric softener.


uneven surface: Your probably familiar with the sounds: Heavy vibration, a rhythmic thump, and sounds similar to that of a hammer banging on a hard surface. This happens when your machine is unbalanced or uneven. The load inside a top loader will get in this condition if the clothes inside are not evenly distributed. If it is unlevel surface, it will happen with any type of machine. It is annoying, and can damage the motor. Use a leveling tool to make sure your surface is level. And take care in how you load your model.

The Laundry is one of those things that no one really likes to talk about, do or enjoy. While we are busy with our lives, very little is said about mundane household tasks like the laundry. But, because it is not a favorite thing to do, this equipment gets taken for granted.

Sort, wash, dry, fold. But when your machine breaks down….

We scramble for money to repair or replace. Upcoming tips will tell us how to avoid the ruin of your washer and dryer!

Use Hydrogen Peroxide to boost your dish washing. Add 1/2 c to your dish washing liquid to make it more powerful to remove food stains. Break up tough food stains by doing this: Make a paste with H2O2 and baking soda, rub it into the hardened food stains, soak for about 25 minutes, return and scour away with some warm water. scrubbing will be easy by the time you return!

Hydrogen peroxide, also called H2O2 is one of the best natural cleaning agents that you need to have in your cleaning closet. It is so versatile and has been proven to be effective in stain removal, and cleaning around the home. It is good for skin, oral treatments, and so much more.

H2O2 is used as an oxidizer, bleaching agent, and antiseptic. Here is one wonderful use you can apply around the home and take advantage of this cost effective product.

Washing with hydrogen peroxide- Brighten your white clothes by adding a cup or two of peroxide to your laundry and let it soak for about an hour and then wash as normal. H2O2 is a natural bleach alternative which removes stains just as well. And you can purchase it at your Dollar Tree.

Sanitize tooth brushes with H2O2! After each use, dip your brush is some hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and prevent the build up of germs, mildew, and mold between uses.

You can also pour a small amount into a spray bottle( Dollar Tree) and spray onto your toothbrush. Make this a part of your daily cleaning routine!

Your computer, keyboard, and mouse are prone to bacteria building up and can be a major contributor to cross-contamination. Dampen a soft clean cloth with hydrogen peroxide and wipe down your computer set. You may want to wipe down things like your phone, tv remotes and other electronic devices.