Tips – Donating unusable clothes, avoiding baggage fees, and everybody’s favorite…baby poop

Did you know you can still donate non-saleable clothes to Goodwill? They recycle them! I keep a box in the basement and if I have, say, a sock with a hole I throw it in there. (Or perhaps maternity pants that split in two while I’m wearing them.) Every so often I bag it all, mark it recycling, and take it to Goodwill. Mine actually has a big box right inside the drop-off area for clothes they can’t sell. I was told they get ground into insulation for houses.

What’s cheaper than checking a bag on a flight? FLAT RATE SHIPPING. This past weekend I was at a conference and severely underestimated the space I’d need in my suitcase for swag (free Webkinz! Free casserole dish insulator!) so I went on over to the post office, shoved a bunch of it in a box, and mailed it to myself. At $25-50 for a checked bag, I don’t think I would have kept the ‘free’ stuff, but it was worth $12 shipping to me. I’ve done this on vacations, too, even mailing myself a box full of just dirty clothes so I had less to schlep around.

Do you have baby poop in your house? You need Oxy Clean. Fill a sink (or utility tub if you have one of those, you lucky duck) with hot, hot water and a scoop of Oxy Clean and the poop will be gone by tomorrow. If you have three kids, you might as well go out and buy an industrial sized tub of Oxy Clean from Costco. You’ll use it. Last week it even made a towel used to mop up a full glass’s worth of spilled red wine look like new. To tell the truth, I was a little disappointed, if impressed, by that one. It was a kitchen towel we got at our wedding, 7.5 years ago now, and I wouldn’t be opposed to buying all new ones…

What tips do you have for me?


  1. I use Dawn with a big scoop of baking soda to clean my bathtub. The Dawn takes off any bathtub ring, and the baking soda scrubs down in the nonslip stuff at the bottom.

    Also, if I have leftovers at work I want to remember to take home (or coffee creamer at home I want to take to work with me) I put my keys in the fridge. Can’t leave without those, so I can’t forget!

    • Ooh, I love the keys thing. When I wanted to remember to bring the breakfast I packed for the airport last week I put like 10 post-its around the house and on my luggage! Keys would have been so much simpler.

  2. That keys thing is amazing – but I’d get all the way down to my car before realizing it.
    I have no tips for you, but someone told me lemon and baking soda for my toilets and holy moly, it actually worked!

    I love OxyClean – we use the liquid spray, and I spray it on all spots and leave it sitting on top of the washer until next laundry day and poof! gone! Even spots that accidentally went through the dryer because we didn’t realize there was a spot.