Large sized shower caddy: My bathroom has very limited storage and I have a lot of shampoo, conditioners, etc. and didn’t really have a place to keep it handy until I went to a yard sale this summer and found a rather large mesh basket for holding produce in the kitchen. It is flat on one side so it can hang on a wall. I took it home and hung it in my bathroom over the shower neck that sticks out from the wall. It works beautifully; it holds all the shampoo, body wash and “stuff.” There is a top basket that is above the shower spray and I keep extra washcloths in that space.

Recycle tissue boxes: A reader writes, “I keep an empty tissue box by my dryer and stuff all the lint that comes off the clothes and gathers on the filter inside it. When spring comes, I take the box full of lint out to the tree grove and break it open for the birds to use to line their nests.”

Painting hint: When you are painting a room, put an old pair of holey socks over your shoes. They you can easily wipe up any paint drips off of the floor without having to bend over to use a rag.

(Great idea for those of us whose "bender-overs" don’t work quite as well as they used to!)

Deodorize the disposal: To deodorize the garbage disposal, put a half of a cup of plain salt right into the disposal and flush with water as you turn on the disposal.

Baby wipes to the rescue: A reader writes, “I am in a wheelchair and can’t get in and out of the bathtub or shower without help and I don’t have it often. A neighbor brought me a big package of baby wipes and told me they would work all over me too. They really helped.”

(Along the same lines as the "spit baths" we took when I was a child. You put some water in a little bowl, dampened a washrag, wiped it over a bar of soap and scrubbed yourself all over. Rinsed out the rag, repeated with the soaked rag, dried off, got dressed and were ready to roll. Of course that was back in the “good old days” when we hauled water in buckets to the house, heated it on the stove and then used it.)

Cleaning ceiling fans: Wipe your fan blades with a cloth dampened in white vinegar to cut through the grease and dirt.

Air goes up in summer, down in winter. In summer, blades should go counter-clockwise—press the button on the ceiling fan to the right. In the winter, blades should go clock-wise (switch the button to the left).

If you have hints or ideas to share, send them to PennyWise, Box 518, Kadoka, SD 57543; or email them to If you send me your name and address, I’ll send you a FREE copy of the PennyWise Newsletter. Please mention High Plains Journal when you write.

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