Hello again, savvy savers! If your anything like me, you are always on the lookout for new ways to save! Today finds us with a new list of things I am currently freezing, all non-food items, to save money in 2015:
- Pantyhose: Frozen pantyhose are less likely to develop runs as you are putting them on. The fibers are constricted by the cold and more resistant to handling, which is how many runs occur. Store your hose in the freezer until right before you need to wear a pair, and save $3-$10 a pair, by prolonging the life of your hose!
- Batteries: All batteries can be helped by being placed in the freezer, especially rechargeable batteries, as their nickel-metal hydride can expect to see a life expectancy extension of 90% or greater! So be sure to store your batteries in the freezer until you need to use them.
- Seeds: Seeds stay fresher in a frozen state and often will germinate more effectively after being frozen; please click here to see my seed store post!
- Candles: Candles actually burn better, and for longer, if they are lit after being frozen, especially soy and beeswax candles. Store your candles in the freezer until you want to use them. If you will not use them for some time after a special occasion, place them back in the freezer until the next use. The thicker the candle width, the more freezing will extend burning life.
- Moisturizers: Keep eye, face, and neck creams and moisturizers in the freezer. Remove them to get what you need, then place them back inside. Your creams and moisturizers last longer and work more effectively, for up to five years.
- Dust Mites: If you or someone in your family has a dust mite allergy, put pillows, curtains, small rugs, pillowslips, stuffed animals, linens and other small mite-infested items into sealed plastic bags and then into the freezer for at least 24 hours, will kill those pesky little buggers. If your child has lice, you can put no-wash items in the freezer to kill the lice.
- Denim: Don’t wash your raw, dark rinse denim pants, and instead freeze them for twenty-four hours to kill any bacteria or mites just as well as washing them can.
- Hard Drives: If you experience a hard drive crash, place the hard drive into a sealed plastic bag, then place it in the freezer for 5 hours. Remove, replace, restart your computer and quickly back up your data; the low freezer temperatures allow heat damaged files to be accessed, only until the drives come to room temperature.
- Sealed Envelopes: If you need to re-open sealed envelopes, place the sealed envelope in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Then gently insert your finger beneath a corner of the seal and open it. This method also allows stamps to be removed from mail, too!
Here’s to saving,