You work hard. You multitask. Many of the items you have in cupboards and drawers can be doing the same. Most households have a number of low cost “double-duty” items on hand. The majority of these multi-duty products cost less than a couple of dollars. The next time you stain a shirt, smell something unpleasant, or slap at a pesky bug, think about these items. Not only will you be going green, you will be saving money too.


Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait 20 minutes, brush and flush
Remove burned food from cookware.  Fill your cookware with warm water, then dissolve six tablets and allow to sit for an hour or so.

Sooth Inset bites. Dissolve two tablets in water and saturate a cloth or cotton ball with the solution, and place on the bite for 30 minutes. Don’t do this if you are allergic to aspirin, which is a key ingredient in Alka-Seltzer


Remove perspiration stains from white fabric by dissolving two aspirin in half a cup of warm water and applying to the stained fabric. Leave for a couple of hours before washing.

Eliminate chlorine discoloration from hair by dissolving eight tablets in a glass of water and rubbing into your hair. Leave fro about 10 minutes and then rinse and shampoo.

Reduce pimples by making a paste of water and crushed aspirin. Cover each pimple with this paste: rinse after a few minutes.

Banana peel

Polish leather shoes with a de-stringed banana peel. Finish by buffing with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Fend off aphids by burying a dried or cut-up banana peels a few inches deep around the base of rosebushes.

Treat scraped skin. Rub minor scrapes with the inside of a banana peel to promote healing.

Shine your houseplant leaves. Rub them down with the inside of a banana peel to remove dirt and to make them shine.