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Vinegar for Gardening #3

Vinegar for Gardening #3

Use white distilled vinegar unless noted different.

Gardening with Vinegar


Stop mold from forming on cantaloupe by rubbing each melon with 1 teaspoon vinegar.

Climbing Frames

Clean and wipe down with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water.

Bird Nests

Need to stop birds from building nest in a certain area?  Drench area with vinegar several time over a few days.  The birds will stay away.

Animal Deterrent

Dogs, cats, deer, rabbits, raccoons, and foxes all hate the smell of vinegar, even after it dries.  Soak rags in vinegar and tie on to stakes or fencing.  Re-soak every 7-10 days.

Clay and Plastic Flower Pots

Make a solution of 1 cup vinegar and 2 cups cold water.  Soak pots over night.  Scrub clean and wash with soap and water.  Air dry.

Fresh Cut Flowers

Keep flowers fresher longer by adding 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 tablespoon sugar to your vase of water.

Garden Furniture

To deodorize and decrease mildew growth on plastic or mesh furniture, including umbrellas.  Mix 2 cups vinegar, 2 Tablespoons detergent in a bucket of hot water.  Take a soft brush to work the solution into the grooves including pads and umbrella.  Rinse with cold water.  Place in the sun to air dry.


Pour vinegar around the sandbox to keep cats from using it as a litter box.

Rhododendrons, Gardenia, Azaleas

If you have alkaline soil and are trying to grow the above flowers, add 1 1/2 Tablespoons of vinegar to 8 cups water.  Water the ground around the flowers.

Swimming Pool

Pour vinegar around the pool to keep flies away.

Vinegar Cleaning #2 Kitchen/Bathroom

Vinegar Cleaning #2 Kitchen/Bathroom

Use white distilled vinegar unless noted different.

Vinegar All Purpose Cleaner

Fill a bucket with 1/2 cut white distilled vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 gallon of water.  I fill a spray bottle and put the rest in a gallon jar to replenish the spray bottle when empty.  Spray on spots and stains wipe with a clean cloth.  Great for cleaning walls and painted surfaces.

Glass, Stainless Steel, Plastic and Laminate Surfaces

Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups water, 1 cup vinegar and couple drops dish washing soap.  Spray and wipe clean.

Pots and Pans

This is safe house on all metal cookware, including copper pans.  Combine equal part salt and flour.  Add just enough vinegar to make a paste.  Work the paste onto the cooking surface and around outside of pan.  Rinse with warm water and dry.

Mopping ceramic Tiles on Floor

Add 1 pint vinegar to a gallon of warm water.  Mop floor.

Ceramic Tiles on Walls

Mix 1 cup vinegar to 3 cups warm water.  Wipe tiles clean.


Keep sponges fresh by soaking overnight in 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup water.  Rinse before using.

Coffee Maker

Fill decanter with vinegar and 1 cup water.  Place filter in machine and pour mixture into the coffeemaker chamber.  Let coffeemaker run through a cycle.  Remove filter and replace with a new filter.  Run clean water through for 2 cycles.

Cutting Boards and Storage Jars

Wipe clean with full strength vinegar.

Drains deodorized and Unblock

Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down drain.  Next pour 1 cup vinegar down drain.  After foam disappears flush with hot water.  Wait 5 minutes.  Flush with cold water.  Repeat if necessary.

Glasses, Crystal, Fine Cut Glass

Add 1 cup vinegar to your sink filled with warm water.  Wash glasses.  Allow to air dry.


In a glass bowl place 1 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar.  Place in microwave and set for 5 minutes.  When bowl has cooled use mixture to wipe out microwave.


Clean with vinegar and rag.  Wi[ing everything down.


Wash scissors in vinegar.  Keep open to air dry.

Teapot, Thermos

Fill with equal parts vinegar and warm water.  Let sit one hour.  Rinse and air dry.

Vinegar Cleaning #2 Kitchen/Bathroom


Scrub and wipe down with vinegar on sink and toilet.  Rinse with cold water.

Shower Curtain

Place couple towels and shower curtain in washer.  Add 1/2 cup liquid laundry soap and 1/2 cup baking soda.  Wash on warm water cycle.  Add 1 cup vinegar to rinse cycle.  Before washing machine spins remove shower curtain and hang to air dry.

Shower Door, Sliding Door Tracks

Fill tracks with 2 cups vinegar.  Let sit 3 to 4 hours.  If tracks are really dirty heat vinegar for 30 seconds in microwave.  Scrub tracks.  Flush with hot water.  Vinegar Cleaning #1  Laundry/Washer



Vinegar Cleaning #1 Laundry Section

Vinegar Cleaning #1 Laundry

Use white vinegar for all the laundry tips.

WARNING:  Do Not us vinegar if you have added bleach to your rinse water.  Will cause harmful vapors.

Clean Washing Machine

Once a month pour 2 cups of white distilled vinegar into washing machine.  Set to run a full cycle empty.  Helps clean out soap scum and disinfect washer.

Conditioning Fabric

Stop purchasing expensive fabric conditioners.  Add 1/2 pint of vinegar to your rinse cycle.  Keeps linens soft.

Stop Color Fading

Pour 1/2 pint vinegar into your wash cycle.  Brightens colors in each load.

Colors Running

Soak any new clothes or fabric you think might bleed into other clothes.  Soak your new clothes in 2 cups vinegar for 15 minutes before washing.

Reduce Lint

Pour 1/2 pint vinegar into rinse cycle, helps reduce lint.

Stop static cling

Pro-long life of nylons and swimsuit by adding 1/2 pint to rinse cycle.

Take Yellow Out of Clothing

Soak clothing overnight in a solution of 12 cups warm water to 1 cup vinegar.  Wash next morning.

Blankets become soft and fluffy if you add 2 cups vinegar to rinse cycle.

Whiten Those Socks and T-Shirts

Add 1 cup vinegar to 2 1/2 pints of water into a large stock pot.  Bring to a boil.  Pour solution into a bucket and drop in socks or t-shirts.  Soak over night.  Wash next day.

Remove Odor from Clothing

To remove diesel, gas spills, cigarette smoke or mildew from clothing add 1/2 pint vinegar to rinse cycle.

Remove Blood Stains

Soon as possible, before the blood dries pour vinegar on the stain.  Soak 10 minutes.  Blot with a cloth or towel.  Repeat if necessary.

Deodorant Stains

Gently rub the spot with vinegar before washing.  Next wash on hottest setting that is safe for the fabric.

Crayon Stains

Rub crayon stain with an old toothbrush soaked in vinegar.  Wash immediately.


Wet the ink stain with vinegar. Rub in a paste of 2 parts vinegar to 3 parts cornflour.  Let the paste dry completely before washing.

Dried on Stains

Pre-treat with a solution of 3 Tablespoons of vinegar, 2 Tablespoons liquid detergent and 3 cups warm water.  Rub solution into the stain, blot dry and wash normal.

Remove Stains from Collars and Cuffs

Make a paste from 2 cups vinegar and 3 cups baking soda.  Scrub area and let paste set for 1/2 hour before washing.

Cloth Diapers

In a pail or bucket mix 1/2 pint vinegar, 16 pints of water.  Helps neutralize urine and prevents staining.  Soak and wash as usual.  Vinegar Cleaning #2  Kitchen/Bathroom


Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning/Cleaning

Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning/Cleaning

Thirty-six years ago I was given a large cast iron skillet as a wedding gift.  For several months it was moved around the kitchen until one day the hubby brought home some freshly caught fish.  He insisted on using the cast iron skillet to fry up these fish.

Honestly it was one of the best meals I have ever enjoyed.  Now came the part of clean up.  Remembering my mom used all kinds of different size and shapes cast iron cooking skillets and pots of course I called mom.  Yes, I called my mommy for help!  No regrets mom always comes through.

Mom explained how to clean out the skillet and store it for use the next time I wanted to use the skillet.  She explained how to keep it seasoned so nothing would stick.  Plus informed me how to use it to make wonderful meals on top the stove, in the oven and even out on the BBQ grill.

My whole world changed!  Some people will claim they are so big and heavy, clumsy, get hot (for more even cooking) and all kinds of other excuses.  All I can say is give cast iron a chance.

How does one go about seasoning and cleaning all those cast iron skillets and pots.  Not hard at all.  Follow along and I will walk you through the process.

How to Season Cast Iron

Warm your skillet over low heat.
Using a paper towel and seasoning oil or fat (corn or vegetable oil) Pour around 2 tablespoons of oil into your skillet.  Using the paper towel coat the oil inside and out of your skillet completely, including the sides and handle.
Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees.  Place skillet inwoven for one hour.  You might want to line the oven with foil so no mess is made.
If you see some smoke coming from the skillet, DON’T panic all is well.
NOTE:  If the temperature is too low the oil will be sticky which is not good.
After an hour turn off the oven and let skillet cool.
Wipe clean and store.


Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning/Cleaning

How to Clean Your Cast Iron

Rinse off skillet with warm water to wash away and remove loose food.

Coarse salt makes an excellent paste to scrub out your cast iron.  Pour 1/4 cup salt and add few drops water into the skillet.  Make a paste.  Using an old plastic dough scraper rub the salt paste around to clean the skillet.

You can also use those plastic dollar store scribes that come in a pack of 5 for $1.00 to scrub out your cast iron.

Don’t use dish soap on cast iron.  If soap is used accidentally be sure to rinse and dry completely.  Apply a light coating of oil and wipe completely clean.

Always and I mean always put your cast iron away completely DRY.  Rust spots will form if stored wet or damp.

See how easy it is to take care of all your cast iron cooking utensils.  Now go on and make a delicious meal your whole family will enjoy.  Clean up is a breeze!

ENJOY!  Cinnamon Dutch Baby


Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide

Benefits Hydrogen Peroxide
Benefits Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is more than just a disinfectant.  Growing up if we received a cut or scrape, mother always cleaned everything out of our wound and always poured some hydrogen peroxide over the cut or scrape.  Watching it bubble up was always neat.

There is many more reasons for using hydrogen peroxide and I will list several.  NEVER INGEST HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.  Yes you can use it in you mouth.  Never swallow any of the hydrogen peroxide.

Works as a bleaching agent for use it for cleaning.  Counters, cutting boards etc.  The oxidizing properties allow it to react with bacteria, viruses, spores and yeasts, making it a wonderful disinfectant.

Clean and disinfect minor wounds.
Stops minor bleeding.
Helps clear acne and boils.  Dab on, apply only once.
Cures canker sores and bad breath.  Dilute with water, swish around in mouth and spit and rinse, spitting again.
Foot fungus.  Equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide,soak feet.
Colds and ear infection and helps with wax build up.  Couple drops in your ear.
Detox Bath
Toothpaste.  Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixed into a paste.
Whiten finger nails.
Disinfect toothbrush.
Soften calluses and corns.
Cleans whitens grout.
Clean toilet bowl.
Replace bleach by using hydrogen to whiten and take yellowing out of whites.  Soak whites  for 1/2 an hour with equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide before washing.
Keep away from dark clothing.  It will bleach them out.
Disinfect toys, coolers and lunch boxes.
Clean dehumidifiers or humidifiers.




Dishwasher Tablets

Dishwashing Tablets
Dishwashing Tablets

Money saving tip of the week.  Stop buying expensive dishwashing tablets, liquid or powder.

Take 20 minutes to whip up your own dishwasher tablets.  Cross my heart this doesn’t take much time.


Here is what you will need.  1 cup Borax, 1 cup Washing Soda, 1/2 cup Epson Salt and 1/2 to 3/4 cup Lemom Juice.

Mix Borax,  Washing Soda and Epson Salt in a bowl  Add 1/2 cup lemon juice.  Mix well.  You want your mixture to easily stick together.  Add alittle lemon juice at a time if more is needed.

Scoop one tablespoon out and place on sheet of foil.  If you want to get fancy use a mold.  Let dry.  Use one tablet per dishwasher load.  This made 24 tablets.

I like to store mine in a mason jar.  Enjoy!


Spray Starch

Spray Starch easy to make and use.
Spray Starch easy to make and use.

Pictured above are the three ingredients to make your own  Spray Starch.  Commercial spray starch has formaldehyde in their formula.  Something I don’t need to be breathing in anytime soon.

Using starch actually make your clothes last longer.  Perspiration and dirt cling to the starch and not the fabric.  Which comes out easy in the washer.

Stop buying those expensive spray cans of starch and make your own.

You will need the following:  Spray bottle, 1 heaping Tablespoon Corn Starch, 1 pint of water.  If you have hard water use distilled water.  1 to 2 drops of your favorite essential oil, which is totally optional.

Fill spray bottle with corn starch and water.  Shake well.  Your bottle will be cloudy.  Add essential oil and shake again.  Always shake before each use.

I like a light starch, but if you want a heavier starch just spray 2 or 3 times while ironing.  Now go make some spray starch and STOP buying those expensive spray cans.  Enjoy!

Scented Linen Spray

Scented Linen Spray. Spray everything. Stop buying Fabreeze.
Scented Linen Spray. Spray everything. Stop buying Fabreeze.

Stop purchasing those expensive  sprays like FaBreeze.  Instead start making your own.

Three ingredients.  Ten minutes of your time.  TaDa you will have your own Scented Linen Spray.

Here is all you will need:  3 1/2 Cups of distilled water, 1/4 cup of Rubbing Alcohol (or unflavored Vodka), 2 Teaspoons of lavender essential oil or your favorite essential oil.

Mix alcohol and essential oil in a bottle.  Add water until it is almost full.  Shake lightly to mix everything.  Place everything in a spray bottle.

Always shake before using to remix everything.

Now go spray all your bedding, curtains, rugs, toys, furniture etc.  Just spray everything!  ENJOY!



How to Clean Vintage Fabrics

Love Vintage Hankies and Lace
Love Vintage Hankies and Lace

If you have any Vintage (not using word OLD) fabrics that might be little yellow and stained, don’t worry.  In most cases the problem can be solved.  The very first tip you need to know is don’t use your washing machine or dryer.  Vintage fabrics are just too fragile.

First try soaking your items in cool water with a mild soap.  I like to let my items soak over night.  Rinse everything three or four times in cool water.  Don’t wring out the water.  Squeeze gently and use towels to soak and pat your item dry.

Dry flat on a towel. Don’t lay them out in the sun.

If your item is still stained here are a few other ways to make them clean.  The powdered Oxi Clean dissolved in hot water and before adding your fabric add some cool water.  Swish everything around.  Let soak overnight. and repeat with gently squeezing and drying with a towel.

If your fabric is extremely stained and yellowed you can simmer the fabric in a large pot full of water for two hours.  Just prepare your water using Oxi Clean as instructed above.   Don’t boil, simmer the water.

If you are cleaning pillowcases, tablecloths and napkins go ahead and hang them outside in the sun to dry.

Now you know how to clean all those great vintage fabrics.  ENJOY!


Carpet and Upholstery Stain Cleaner


Carpet and couch looking much cleaner.
Carpet and couch looking much cleaner.

For those spots that appear on your carpet and furniture, I have a great stain remover recipe.  In my family no one ever knows how those stains appeared, it is a mystery that has not been solved in over 35 years.

Three ingredients is all you need and I am very sure everything is waiting inside your pantry cupboards.  Come along and we will clean up some mysterious stains.

Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon dish soap
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
2 cups HOT water

Sprinkle on baking soda over your stain.  Wait 10 minutes or so and vacuum up baking soda.  Mix dish soap, vinegar and water into a paste.

Using a clean rag dab the stain remover on your stain.  Keep dabbing and blotting until stain is removed.

Repeat if necessary!

TIP:  You might have the entire family watch how you clean the stain.  On the job training is always best.  ENJOY!