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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Our money guru Sheila Conway is always looking for ways to save you money. Today she has one that saves both money and the planet. -- AP

Thanks, Anastasia! Ever notice that when you need to buy cleaning products, your grocery bill skyrockets? And once you’ve bought those products, you have to deal with the noxious fumes and odors when you use them. More and more companies are coming out with green cleaning products, but often at a premium price.

Did you know you can do much of your cleaning for pennies with items you have right in your refrigerator? Take the humble lemon, for instance. Squeeze half a lemon into a bowl filled with two cups of water. Add the squeezed half to the bowl, and place the bowl in your dirty microwave. Microwave on high for 5 - 10 minutes. Let the bowl stay in the closed microwave for another 5 minutes. Open the door and wipe the inside of your microwave clean with a sponge or towel.

What a great suggestion! Thanks, Sheila! And I’ll bet your kitchen and microwave smell lemony fresh afterwards, too. Readers, do you have any money-saving or cleaning tips you’d like to share? Let’s hear from you. -- AP

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