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Do you ever substitute one product type for another?

Asked by RealEyesRealizeRealLies (30935points) February 22nd, 2010

Ravioli was on sale this week cheaper than canned dog food. Pitch gets Chef Boyardi this week, and he’s very happy about it. I’ll go through periods when baking soda feels better than tooth paste. I use dove body soap instead of shaving cream and have no problems with putting laundry detergent in the dishwasher.

Now I won’t make tomato soup out of katsup, but I’m open to your ideas of exchanging product types when in need, or even out of preference.

Got any suggestions that work and you’re happy with?

BTW… Pitch likes Ramen Noodles too

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lilikoi's avatar

I do this all the time. Recipes have always been guidelines more than hard rules. There are a million examples…Just yesterday, I made rum cake and substituted powdered ginger for candied, for example. Sometimes I use lotion instead of shaving cream. Broth for water is probably a popular one. Unsweetened chocolate and sugar for semi-sweet. Soap for shampoo for laundry detergent. Sea water for potable water when camping. Ribbons for belts.

xBRIANx's avatar

Occasionally, I substitute jalapenos instead of grape jelly. They are basically the same.

cookieman's avatar

My wife does this all the time in cooking.

When money’s tight, shampoo/conditioner can double as shaving cream and body wash.

Cornstarch for baby powder. Windex and a rag for Swiffer floor cleaning supplies.

faye's avatar

I’ve done this all my life. I’ve quit using Swiffer- it’s just sticky. I’m using plain water with splash of vinegar.

Sarcasm's avatar

I’ve never heard of laundry detergent in the dishwasher. mmm, those plates will smell like a fresh spring afternoon! Do you hang them up to dry on a clothesline afterwards? For the full effect.

I’ve used shampoo as soap, and vice versa, or for shaving cream. And I always use the dish soap as hand soap, if I’m washing my hands in the kitchen.
At the moment I can’t think of any good examples.

erichw1504's avatar

I tried using whipped cream for shaving cream this morning.

Didn’t go as well as I had hoped, but tasted delicious!

jaytkay's avatar

Shaving cream is weird to me. Soap and water works fine. Most store-bought cleaning products can be replaced with really cheap DIY concoctions.

A typical example is glass cleaner.
1 cup distilled white vinegar
2 cups water
½ tsp dish soap
10–15 drops essential oil
Spray Bottle

Lots more:

TheLoneMonk's avatar

Ummm I have a hard time with the laundry detergent in the dishwasher. You would get foam coming out of the door. All dish detergents are defoamed whereas laundry detergents have foamers added. The reason is that dish soap mixing with the greases in your dish machine tends to build more soap through saponification and thusly leading to large amounts of foam. Either your dish washer locks very, very tight or you wash all of your dishes before putting them in your dishwasher.

faye's avatar

I’ve done laundry detergent in the dishwasher. I didn’t have a bunch of foam or any problem. Of course I’ve been broke all my life so I wouldn’t have filled the container.

SeventhSense's avatar

I use dishwashing liquid as hand soap.. Same stuff but cheaper by the gallon.

thriftymaid's avatar

When I was a kid mother used diluted fabric softener on our hair because it was cheaper than conditioner. I’ve replaced some cleaning products with vinegar. I use vinegar to sanitize the laundry where I used to use ammonia.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar


Oh that’s ripe. Fabric softener for hair conditioner… who knew?

thriftymaid's avatar

@TheLoneMonk I imagine they used HE detergent.

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