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Registered: 11-30-2008

(Date Posted:01-04-2009 10:45 AM)
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From: USA
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Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:01-04-2009 10:49 AM)

uses of baking soda

 Dissolve a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in water
in a microwave safe bowl, then bring to the boil in your
microwave. Allow to sit for a minute or two, then you should
easily be able to wipe out any baked on stains, plus your
oven will microwave will smell fresher too.


 
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Ammonia to Wash

A little ammonia added to your wash water with your whites will
help make them brighter. Be careful using this with delicates,
though, and also don't use it on bright colors as they color may
fade.
 
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Lemon Juice

If you apply lemon juice directly to soap scum and hard
water deposits, the lemon juice will help dissolve them.
You may have to let the lemon juice sit on the area for a
few minutes.
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From: USA
Registered:11-30-2008

Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:01-04-2009 10:51 AM)

Cleaning the Stove Hood

Greasy, glunky mess on your stove hood that you can't remove?
Spray with WD-40 and wipe with a clean soft cloth. Don't
understand why this works, but it sure does. I have removed 5
years of built up mess that I couldn't clean with anything else I
had tried. I was ready to pitch this one and buy one that was
easier to keep clean, but I sure don't have to now.
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From: USA
Registered:11-30-2008

Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:01-04-2009 10:53 AM)

Vacuum Refrigerator Coils

If you vacuum your refrigerator coils twice a year you will keep
the compressor running efficiently.
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From: USA
Registered:11-30-2008

Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:01-04-2009 10:59 AM)

Recipes for Household cleaners, laundry soaps, etc.


Homemade shout:

1/2 c. white vinegar
1/4 c baking soda
2 tbs ammonia
3 cups water
stir together and fill a labeled spray bottle. Spray on heavily soiled spots just before washing. (test a hidden spot for colorfastness first)


Fabric Softener:

2 cups cold water
1 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar

1. Place baking soda in LARGE bowl and pour vinegar over it; while it's bubbling, pour cold water in and mix.
2. Store in sealed container and shake before using to combine all ingredients.
3. Add 1/4 cup of mixture during the last rinse cycle (I use a downy ball and put it in at the beginning).

I have made this myself, and have noticed that the mildewy smell that often remains in your dishrags and washrags is no longer an issue with this fabric softener!


Liquid Laundry Soap: (shared by a friend)

3 Pints Water
1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated
1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer, NOT baking soda though!!)
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
2 Gallon bucket to mix it in
1 Quart hot water
Hot Water

Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.

NOTE: This will not make lots of bubbles! the detergent you buy in the store has a sudsing agent added to make the bubbles. You can find the Fels Naptha soap in the laundry isle at Wal Mart. If you can't find it you can use Ivory or the soap you like. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to make a fragrant laundry soap.

I only use 1/4 c. per load of the liquid laundry soap. I think it averages out to about .02 per load! You can't beat that! It's wonderful stuff too -- even if I became a millionaire, I would NEVER go back to the store-bought laundry soap.


Powdered Laundry Detergent: (shared by a friend)

1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup 20 mule team borax

Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For light loads, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy loads, use 2 tablespoons.


How To Make Your Own Cleaning Solutions:


What you'll need

* white vinegar
* water
* rubbing alcohol
* baking soda
* olive oil
* lemon juice
* liquid bleach
* three clean, empty, spray bottles
* a sealable container (this container only needs to be able to fit a couple of cups of liquid in it, hence, can be small.)


For cleaning surfaces and tiles (non-wood surfaces)

Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water, and put into a spray bottle. Label that bottle "all purpose cleaner".


For polishing wood surfaces and furniture
Mix 1 cup of olive oil with 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Keep in a sealed container, labeled "furniture polish."


For cleaning the toilets

Fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar, and label it "toilet bowl cleaner."


For cleaning sinks and tubs

Use baking soda as a scouring powder. For hard to clean sinks and tubs, add a little bit of water to some baking soda, to form a paste. Paint the paste onto the area you need to clean, and let sit for a half hour, then scrub it off, and re-scour with dry baking soda.

For cleaning mirrors, TV/computer screens, and glass
Mix together 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Pour into a spray bottle, and label it "glass cleaner."

For scrubbing hard floors

Fill mop bucket with steaming hot water, and add some liquid bleach. Read the dilution instructions on your bottle of bleach, to find out how much bleach to put into the bucket. (When you mop, open a few windows, to limit bleach fumes.)


For spot-cleaning carpets

Pour some undiluted rubbing alcohol on the spot, and rub with a wash cloth. This is a WONDERFUL trick! I've used it several times already!

Using just the above, you now have all the cleaning solutions you need, to clean your whole house.

Simple easy cleaner uppers (cleaning wipes)Contents:
Supplies needed
Making the product
Tips and suggestions
Warnings

For quick cleanups I make these cleaner containers. They're fun, no mess, and OLDER kids (notice I stressed older because these cleaners are toxic if ingested) love to use them, too! They save money, time and waste.

NOTE: Buy Ziploc or Glad disposable and reusable containers and a roll of "Select-A-Size" paper towels for this project.

For window cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, bleaching, degrease cleaners:
For all recipes:

Take about 30 paper towels and fold individually into squares. Place them into the container. Pour the bottle of cleaner using just enough to wet all the towels, but not saturating them. Seal the container.

When you're ready to clean, just remove a paper towel, wipe the area, then dispose of the towel.

For bleaching only:
Add one part bleach to 4 parts water.

For furniture polishing:

I pour Liquid Gold's furniture cleaner (the liquid soap kind) into the container with the paper towels.

For Just Soap:

Use 1 part soap and 4 parts water for washing items with just soap. follow the paper towel and container instructions above.


WOOD FLOOR POLISH
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil Mix the ingredients well, rub on the floor, and buff with a clean, dry cloth.


TOILET CLEANER
1 cup borax
1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice

Combine the ingredients to make a paste. Apply it to the inside of the toilet bowl, let sit for 1 to 2 hours, and scrub.

Grandma's cleaning sprayFor kitchen counter tops, spills, etc. She even used it on my couch to take out a stain.

Bottle of Ammonia (not sure of size-not the itty bitty small one but the standard one, usually around 88 cents).
Bottle of rubbing alcohol.

She would pour the two into an empty milk or water jug. Fill the rest of the way to the top with water. This was her concentrate. Then she would fill her spray bottle about 1/4 to 1/3 full and fill that bottle to the top with water.

Aromatic Vanilla Air Freshener Recipe

1/4 c. baking soda
4 c. warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
Eucalyptus essential oil Combine baking soda, vanilla extract and essential oil in a spray bottle. Slowly pour warm water into bottle, stirring gently. To use, set the spray bottle on mist, and spray.

Hand Sanitizing Gel Recipe

1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup grain alcohol
10 drops fragrance oil
1 drop food coloring

Combine ingredients and shake well. Store in a spray pump bottle to use.

Wrinkle Release Spray:
spray bottle
distilled water
1 teaspoon liquid fabric softener

1. Fill the bottle with distilled water.
2. Add liquid fabric softener.
3. Lightly mist the wrinkles on the garment from about 8 inches away until slightly damp.
4. Smooth wrinkles and hang garment until it's dry.

Homemade Oxygen Cleaner
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

Foaming hand soap
Buy a nice dishwashing soap. Rinse out your empty foaming container. Rinse container with warm water.

Add about 1/8 dish soap or less to about 7/8 warm water. Don't shake. Tip it to mix. It should pump just great and foamy.

If you get air bubbles or no foam, your mixture is too thick. Simply empty and start again and experiment with what works for you.

For no-foaming soap, fill a regular hand pump bottle 2/3 full with the dish soap and 1/3 with warm water. You can wash your hands and do dishes with this.

Another money-saving trick:
I have added 30-40 percent water to my shampoo, conditioners, Dawn dishsoap, Bath & Body hand soaps, and shower gels. I hate to spend money on these things, and stretching them has sure been a blessing on the checkbook!
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And leave footprints on our hearts ...
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From: USA
Registered:11-30-2008

Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:01-17-2009 12:03 AM)

 
1.  SAVE YOUR TEA BAGS AFTER USE.  TWO BAGS MAKE A NICE CUP OF TEA THE SECOND TIME AROUND.
2.  ANY TIME YOUR CLOTHES WASHER OVERFLOWS WITH TOO MANY SUDS, SPRINKLE SALT ON THE WATER AND THE SUDS WILL MAGICALLY DISAPPEAR.
3.  WHEN YOUR VENETIAN BLINDS GET OLD AND START TO LOOK GRUNGY, YOU CAN POLISH THEM LIGHTLY WITH A COAT OF WHITE SHOE POLISH.  THEY'LL LOOK GREAT IN NO TIME.
4.  TO BRIGHTEN ALUMINUM COOKWARE THAT HAS DARKENED DUE TO ACIDIC SUBSTANCES LIKE TOMATOES OR VINEGAR, POUR A QUART OF CREAM OF TARTAR IN THE PAN AND LET STAND UNTIL THE WATER IS COOLED.
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Some stay for awhile
And leave footprints on our hearts ...
And we are never, ever the same."

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From: USA
Registered:11-30-2008

Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:01-20-2009 1:08 AM)

Wiping the inside of the fridge with vinegar helps prevent
mildew because acid kills mildew fungus.
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From: USA
Registered:11-30-2008

Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:02-08-2009 3:35 AM)

Mildew Remover

Why buy expensive cleaning products when you can get
the same results using ingredients you already have
at home? For a cheap way to remove mildew, dilute 3/4
cup chlorine bleach in 1 gal of water. Apply to tile
and grout and scrub; wipe shower stall and curtain;
rinse thoroughly.


Make Your Own Stain Remover

Mix 1 part laundry detergent, 1 part hydrogen per-
oxide, and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Spray
stains and rub material together or scrub with a
soft brush if needed.
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From: USA
Registered:01-27-2009

Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:02-15-2009 4:42 PM)

A Home Made Veggie Spray

I use baking soda to wash my veggies.

Sometimes I use 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice to 2 Tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water. I put this mixture in a sprayer bottle to spray my veggies with. Let it sit for a few minutes then rinse.

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From: USA
Registered:01-27-2009

Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:02-24-2009 2:31 AM)

TRICK FOR CLEANING PLASTIC DISHES

If you need to clean stains from plastic dishes, rub them
well with baking soda as you would if you were using a
scouring powder.  you can use bleach to remove tea, coffee
and juice stains, but bleach ruins the finish of some
plastic dishes.
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From: USA
Registered:11-30-2008

Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:03-01-2009 1:57 PM)

To keep drains running free and easy, and to prevent the
high cost of plumber fees; don't wait until the problem
is there, prevent it by pouring 1/2 cup baking soda
into the drain, followed with 1/2 cup white vinegar. This
solution will foam, (this is supposed to happen). Cover
the drain and leave for 30 minutes. FLush with cool water.
Do this once a month for pennies, to save hundreds down
the line!
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From: USA
Registered:11-30-2008

Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:04-01-2009 8:19 AM)

Put 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of your favorite
potpourri inside old panty hose. For odor-removing sachets,
tie the top shut with ribbon and place in hampers, closets,
or other areas that end up with bad odors.
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From: USA
Registered:11-30-2008

Re:** HOUSEHOLD HINTS **
(Date Posted:04-01-2009 8:26 AM)

Use Bubble Bath soaps in stead of liquid hand soaps


Liquid soaps are convenient, clean and expensive! But if you
are trying to cut costs around the cost try buying a big bottle
of cheap bubble bath and use that instead. There's a decent
variety on the scents and it's milder than soap, but it's good
enough to wash her hands with! And the best part...it's cheaper!

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