Category Archives: Cleaning

An Awesome, Easy to Make, Eco-Friendly Bathroom Cleaner

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A great bathroom cleaner recipe from the Oregonian.

“Heat 12oz of white vinegar in the microwave for 30 seconds. Mix in another 12 oz of colored dish detergent, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. The colorful mixture shows you where you’ve sprayed, the dish soap breaks down grease and dirt, and the white vinegar dissolves mineral deposits.”

~K

(Source: The Oregonian: Homes and Gardens of the Northwest V.0413,Issue 3)

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How to clean a teapot

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” Fill the kettle halfway with water, then fill the rest with white vinegar. Bring the contents to a boil and set is aside to soak overnight. The next morning, pour out the vinegar mixture, fill the kettle with water and bring to a boil to remove any trace of vinegar smell and taste.”

(Source: The Oregonian: Homes and Gardens of the Northwest V.0413,Issue 3)

The Many Uses of Barkeeper’s Friend

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find it at almost any supermarket

 This is a very useful tool to have even if you aren’t a supercleaner (lol). You know all that gunk and burnt on stuff in the drip pans (the removable pans underneath the burners) on your stove? Barkeeper’s Friend= goodbye gunk and burnt on stuff. Those stains and caked/burnt on stuff on your pots and pans? This stuff gets it all off! Just follow the directions on the container and use a sponge separate from the one you use regularly for dishes. This stuff is amazing! More uses are listed on the container, and I’m sure there are many more!

 

~K

Sponges

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Let’s be honest, do we really want to think, or even know, how much disgusting bacteria are currently growing on, or colonizing on our kitchen sponges? EW.

Here are a few simple tips to keep your sponge clean and healthy to use;

1) At least every 2 days, fill your sponge up with water and microwave it for 1.5-2 minutes, this will boil the water in the sponge and kill the bacteria.

2) make sure you do not just leave your sponge in the bottom of the sink, or on the side, get some sort of sponge holder so that the sponge can dry out. The longer the sponge is moist, the more bacteria thrive.

3) If you are using a sponge for dishes, only use that sponge for dishes. This may seem a bit ocd, but it will cut down on the cleaning chemicals (you may use them on the counters, etc), and types of bacteria your sponge comes in contact with.

 

Hope this was a help to you!

~K

 

P.S. If you are looking for a REALLY great sponge, that cuts away baked on and caked on, even burnt on stuff really easily, try the Lysol no scratch sponges, they are FANTASTIC! Plus, they are made so that it takes bacteria much longer to start to grow on them than a regular sponge. You can get a 4 pack for like $3 at Walmart.

Spiders, Honestly Some of the Scariest Things on the Planet! An Easy Non-Toxic Spider-Away Spray

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This actually works! All you need is;

Some White Vinegar

A Small Spray Bottle

Step 1: You are going to need to melt the coconut oil, so make sure any metal is off of the jar (also make sure the oil is not in plastic, or else the plastic might melt), and microwave the oil until it is melted.

Step 2: Use a funnel to fill about a fifth, to a quarter, of the spray bottle with the melted coconut oil, fill the rest of the bottle with vinegar, leaving about 1cm at the top so that it can be mixed.

Step 3: Put the cap on the bottle and shake it until it is well mixed, it should be a milky white color:

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Step 4: Spray the mix semi- liberally into all the corners of the rooms and around the doors, in any crevices or openings you think a spider would get in through, as well as a spray on the bottom of the windows. Don’t worry about any smell, it will go away very quickly, in fact, the vinegar can help eliminate any bad odors around where it is sprayed.

Step 5: Make sure that AS SOON as you are done spraying, you pour out whatever is left in the bottle immediately, as the coconut oil will harden again and make the spray impossible to use.

Step 6: Repeat this process about every month or so, it is great because it is non toxic, so it won’t hurt you or your pets to be around.

Tip: If you want to keep spiders away from your bed or sofa, before you put the sheets on, mist the mattress  (both top and bottom, all surface areas) and/or sofa with some antibacterial Windex, and let it dry before you put anything on them. This will kill any existing spiders and will help deter them in the future (for the next month or so)