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Lots more Sneaky Ways to save the pennies

edited 14 May 2019 at 9:52AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • JayJay14JayJay14 Forumite
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    I've boiled up my rhubarb leaves in some water and put the strained result in a spray bottle - Blackfly deterant for my broad beans.
  • stilerninstilernin Forumite
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    Rhubarb leaves? - I used to use them to cover emerging potatoes if a frost was forecast. Next morning just chuck 'em onto the compost heap.
  • bubbsbubbs Forumite
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    You are not supposed to compost rhubarb leaves as previous poster said they are poisonus(sp)
    Sealed pot challenge number 003 £350 for 2015, 2016 £400 Actual£345, £400 for 2017 Actual £500:T:T £770 for 2018 £1295 for 2019:j:j
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  • stilerninstilernin Forumite
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    I have composted them for the past 40 years and am still here.

    Have just 'googled' and found this.....

    Can I compost my rhubarb leaves

    Many folks have been concerned about adding rhubarb leaves to their compost piles. If the leaves are poisonous, they must be bad for compost as well, since rhubarb stalks contain a high concentration of oxalic acid which slightly toxic. What actually occurs when rhubarb is added to a compost pile is that the oxalic acid is decomposed and pH balanced rather quickly. People do not eat compost piles as a rule anyway, and even if a child were to eat compost dirt, there would be problems other than residuals from the decomposing rhubarb stalks. Experience has also shown that the level of acid does not inhibit the microbial action of composting. Compost piles which were nearly all rhubarb leaves and stalks have decomposed very nicely and the compost has behaved like ordinary compost and no inhibition of plant growth was noticed from the compost. Note that some items are a problem for composting including: eucalyptus leaves and bark, omnivore (cat and dog) pet faeces, meat scraps, and treated wood.
  • sock-knittersock-knitter Forumite
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    ZoeLB wrote: »
    Good luck, you'll love it! It's like getting new clothes for free. Let us know how it goes... :D
    well i got the dylon dye, only 2.99 and chucked it in washing machine, with a faded, pair of old blue jeans, which also had an oil stain on, turned on machine,
    couple hours later, brand new black jeans :j:j:j:j:j
    zoelb, your a star, those jeans were destined for the bin, now i cant wait to wear them, thank you again for such a wonderful tip :T:T
    loves to knit and crochet for others
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  • ApricotApricot Forumite
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    Wrap an elastic band around the pump part of handwash - stops people pressing it down too much and wasting it.
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    Aug 13 [STRIKE]£4235.19[/STRIKE]:eek: £2550.00 :cool:
  • BitterAndTwistedBitterAndTwisted Forumite
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    I'd be too ashamed to do that: my hand-wash pump dispenser is filled with Asda's 18 pence a litre foam-bath. And it's diluted 50/50 with water. I certainly wouldn't hesitate if I was using top-quality stuff, that's for sure. Canny Princesleah
  • septemberbluesseptemberblues Forumite
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    Wrap an elastic band around the pump part of handwash - stops people pressing it down too much and wasting it.

    Haha, that is a great idea :rotfl:especially if it is diluted/cheap already!
    KEEP CALM AND keep taking the tablets :cool2:
  • WinchelseaWinchelsea Forumite
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    As I posted a couple of days ago, rhubarb leaves are supposed to be a good mordant (fixative) when dyeing clothes with veg dyes, e.g. beetroot, red cabbage, onions etc.
    Keeping three cats, the car and myself on a small budget, and enjoying life while we're at it!
  • zoelb_2zoelb_2 Forumite
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    well i got the dylon dye, only 2.99 and chucked it in washing machine, with a faded, pair of old blue jeans, which also had an oil stain on, turned on machine,
    couple hours later, brand new black jeans :j:j:j:j:j
    zoelb, your a star, those jeans were destined for the bin, now i cant wait to wear them, thank you again for such a wonderful tip :T:T

    Ooh £2.99 is a good price - where did you buy it? I need to do some more dying!! I'm having withdrawal symptoms!

    Glad they came out well, I knew they would ... you will do it all the time now I bet :D
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