Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Environmentally sound cleaning remedies.

Environmentally sound cleaning remedies.

Clogged Drain Remedy
1 cup salt
1 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar

Mix, then pour down the drain. Follow with 2 quarts boiling water.

Fabric Softener
2 cups baking soda
2 cups white vinegar
4 cups water

Mix ingredients and store in a plastic or glass container in your laundry area. Label the container and keep it out of the reach of children.

To use: Shake the mixture and add 1/4 cup to the final rinse in the washing machine. If you have hard water, use 1/3 cup.

Drain Cleaner
1/2 cup salt
1/8 cup cream of tartar
1/2 cup baking soda

6 cups boiling water

Mix salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar and pour directly into the drain. Follow with boiling water. Allow to set for several hours - overnight if possible. Flush with cool water.

Plant Food
Use once a month, and your plants will be greener and healthier.

1 envelope unflavored gelatine
3 cups cold water
1 cup hot water

Mix gelatine with hot water until gelatine is dissolved. Add 3 cups cold water.

Room Deodorizer
1 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon allspice

Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe dish and heat until almost boiling. Set out in the room, and soon the room will be odor-free. This will reduce both food and cigarette smoke odors.

Sick Houseplant Treatment
4 or 5 empty eggshells
4 cups water

Put eggshells in water and let stand for 24 hours. Water the plants
with this mixture

Tough Toilet Stain Cleaner
Pour a box of borax into the toilet bowl; let sit overnight. In the morning the stains will be gone.

Vegetable Cleaner
Just mix a few tablespoons of cider vinegar with the 8 oz water, put in a clean spray bottle and spray your fresh produce from the grocers, it doesn't leave a smell on your produce, and it works great!

Just a footnote...I 'borrowed' this post from my Squidoo Lens..."Grandma Knew Best-100 Home Remedies".

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Turkey Cake

I ran across this informative video on You to decorate a Thanksgiving Turkey Cake.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thinking Christmas -- Toddler Gift Ideas

There are so many cool toys to choose from on Amazon...and these are the popular ideas for this season.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thinking Christmas -- Baby Gift Ideas

I'm doing a series of 'Thinking Christmas gift ideas' ideas for everyone on your gift list.
The first post is...Baby Gift Ideas.

Even if you don't find what you are looking for on the Amazon might be a 'starting point' to get your own imagination working.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Trick or Treat Bags

I've found some of the cutest Trick or Treat Bags
on Zazzle
and just had to share a few of them.

To see all of the Trick or Treat Bags available on Zazzle,
click this link.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Fall Cleaning

Autumn is 'in the air'...evenings have
gotten a bit chillier, Indian Summer hasn't
quite arrived.
Time to think about doing a really good
fall housecleaning.
It's best to do it sometime between Halloween
and get through those close
quarter winter months.

Here's a handy little list that might
make it a bit easier.
(Hint...I break my chores up into days
or week-ends..depending on my own schedule.)

-Check the outdoor paint on trim, decks and railings.
Do touch up painting if necessary.

-Check weather stripping around all external doors
and garage doors. Replace anything that is cracked
and weathered. Check the caulking around windows
and replace as needed.

-Check gutters and downspouts and clear out debris
and leaves.

-Drain and put away garden hoses.

-Clean and put away all outdoor furniture and toys.

-Wash exterior windows and storm windows.

-Clean window sills and wells, baseboards and corners.

-Clean all upholstered furniture with vacuum and/or
upholstery cleaner.

-Clean drapes and curtains.

-Turn mattresses and launder mattress pads, dust ruffles,
duvets, pillows and comforters/blankets.

-Clean all carpets before the first snow. The warmer
the outdoor temperature, the faster the carpets will

-Deep clean the kitchen (to get ready for Holiday cooking
and baking.) Early cleaning and organizing will make the
holiday food preparations so much easier.

-Clean kitchen sure to pull refrigerator
out and vacuum the condenser coils.

-Wash all light fixtures.

-Does your furnace need an inspection or cleaning. Better do
that before you have to turn it on.

-Stock up on furnace filters.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Planning Ahead for Fall Decor

If you are like me...after a couple of years of using some of my favorite Autumn wreaths or brightly colored flags...they begin to fade or get so dusty that I can't get them clean.
I've gotten busy enough that it's hard for me to get out --- or remember to get out --- early enough to get some really nice pieces. This year I'm thinking and planning ahead for my Fall are my choices available through Amazon.