Category Archives: Cleaning

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.

DO NOT INGEST!

 

 

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.

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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!

 

How to Clean an Iron

 

This is my iron, YES, I still use an iron.
This is my iron, YES, I still use an iron.

Cleaning your iron isn’t as hard as you think.  I have several different ways you can go about cleaning your sticky dirty iron so it will glide smoothly over anything you plan on ironing.

1.  Take a old cotton towel and sprinkle coarse salt over your towel.  Turn your iron to the highest setting (without steam) and iron the surface of the towel sprinkled with salt.

The grime will stick to the salt and clean the base plate.

2.  One cup white vinegar and 1 cup salt.  Dissolve the salt over the stove with the vinegar.  After the salt has dissolved, let it cool (you want it to still be warm) take a old rag and start wiping the base plate.  This stuff smells but it works.  Take Q-tips to clean out the steam holes.

3.  Mix 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup water to make a paste.  Smear the paste over the bottom of your iron.  Using an old rag clean off the paste, buffing as you go along.  Set your iron on steam to clean away any paste that might have gotten in the steam vents.

Now go clean your iron.  It will thank you!  ENJOY!

Oven Cleaning

 

 

My gem of a stove and oven, I absolutely love cooking and baking with.
My gem of a stove and oven, I absolutely love cooking and baking with.

Unfortunately my gem, doesn’t self clean.  Here is a easy way to clean your oven.  The nice thing about this, you probably have everything you need right in your cupboards.

OVEN CLEANER:  8 Tablespoons baking soda, 8 Tablespoons Dawn dish soap, 6 Tablespoons white vinegar.

In a large bowl mix everything together.  This will foam up big time, use a large bowl.  You have been warned.  Rub a thin coat of the paste everywhere inside your oven.  The key word here is thin coat of paste.  Let sit for 15 minutes.  Wipe out with a damp cloth.

409 Cleaner

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For the past several years, making my own homemade cleaning supplies has become very important.  In the beginning the driving force was the cost of buying cleaning supplies.  Couldn’t believe how expensive the items were becoming.  This drove me to researching out some different options.  This 409 cleaner can be used all over your home.  Hiding inside  your cupboards are the ingredients just waiting to be made into this 409 cleaner.

You will need the following items:  2 Tablespoons white vinegar, 1 teaspoon Borax, 1/8 Cup Dawn dish soap and 1 Cup HOT water

Pour everything into a 16 ounce spray bottle.  Continue filling the spray bottle with cool water.  Don’t forget to label your spray bottle.

See how easy that was to make.  Now your stuck having no excuse to go clean the bathroom or kitchen.  ENJOY!

Ways to Use 20 Mule Team Borax

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Borax is 100% natural mineral.  You will not find any phosphates, chlorine or other added chemicals.  For years I have made my own laundry detergent.  One of the ingredients is borax.  Here are several more uses and reasons to buy and use 20 Mule Team Borax.

If anyone has more ideas on ways to use borax, please don’t keep it a secret.  Share your ideas that have worked for you.

  1.  Clean bathtub/shower, sprinkle on tub or shower.  Wet cloth and scrub.
  2.  Clean Toilet, pour 1/4 cup in, let sit for 30 minutes.  Scrub.
  3.  Garbage Can, 1 cup borax, 2 cups water, pour into garbage can and scrub.
  4.  Clear Drains, put 1 cup borax down drain, pour 3 cups boiling water down drain.  Repeat if necessary.
  5.  Water spots on dishes, Add 1 Tablespoon to detergent dispenser.
  6.  Carpet, Kills fleas and dust mites.  Sprinkle on carpet, wait one hour.  Vacuum.
  7.  Mattress, Kills bed bugs.  Sprinkle all over mattress, let sit 30 minutes.  Vacuum.
  8.  Shoes, Sprinkle in shoes to remove odor.

Borax, pretty awesome stuff.